Hey everyone! I did this last year and got some interesting comments. One of the criticisms of mock drafts is that we don’t know who is available when the selections are made. Now that we know who was available when the Jets picked, who would you have drafted? Below are my picks.
1. Marqise Lee-WR-USC (Actual Pick-Calvin Pryor)
Some may say that this pick would have been a reach. I understand the concerns with Lee like his underwhelming junior season and his high drop rate. I would counter these concerns with his nagging injuries and the poor offense Lee was in 2013. His sophomore campaign was incredible in my eyes and I believe that 2012 was the real Marqise Lee. When Lee was healthy and had satisfactory QB play (ex- his final college game in the Las Vegas Bowl) he became an impact player.
2. Jace Amaro-TE-Texas Tech (Actual Pick-Jace Amaro)
Easily my favorite pick from this year’s draft. I had Amaro as this year’s best tight end and the fact that we got him at pick 49 is amazing for me. He’ll be able to get open quite often with his great route running abilities. His size fits the model of your typical NFL tight end and while his blocking is often criticized, I didn’t find it as bad as others make it. If he becomes as big of a receiving threat as I think he’ll be, then I think we’ll be able to forgive him for his blocking skills.
3. Pierre Desir-CB-Lindenwood (Actual Pick-Dexter McDougle)
I was one of the few people that really liked the McDougle pick. He has a lot of potential with the amount of athleticism that I saw on tape. I wonder where people would have ranked him if he had stayed healthy all year. That being said I thought that Desir was a better option at corner. Desir is a big corner with 33’’ arms which put him in the 92nd percentile among CB prospects. Being a small school prospect most likely means that he will struggle early on with NFL players but he seemed like a guy that Rex could transform into a great corner. It’s just one game, but I thought he did a great job in the senior bowl and many scouts were impressed all week during the drills.
4. Jared Abbrederis-WR-Wisconsin (Actual Pick-Jalen Saunders)
Abbrederis went way later than I and many others thought he would go (end of the 5th round). His route running was what separated him from all the other day 3 wide receivers for me. He’s aggressive when the ball is in the air and he catches the ball with his hands, rather than his body. His game against Ohio State where he went up against first round pick Bradley Roby is amazing as he ended up with 10 catches and 207 receiving yards. Adding Abbrederis to the Jet offense along with Lee and Amaro would make this offense explosive and could take pressure off Eric Decker.
4. Dakota Dozier-OG-Furman (Actual Pick-Shaq Evans)
I was really happy when the Jets drafted him at the end of the fourth. I assumed he wasn’t going to be available after the Jets picked Saunders so I was pleasantly surprised when the Jets got him. I’ll admit that scouting offensive lineman isn’t my strongest position to scout so I usually rely on other people when forming opinions. Several analysts were praising the Jets for getting a guy who many didn’t think would be a day 3 pick. Scouting reports say that Dozier will help a lot in the run game which Rex will like. Adding Dozier will help create some competition on this Jets offensive line which has some question marks heading into the season.
4. E.J. Gaines-CB-Missouri (Actual Pick-Dakota Dozier)
E.J. Gaines reminds me a lot of Dexter McDougle because they are small, physical and quick. Gaines held his own in the SEC last season with his great anticipation leading to 5 interceptions. At the very least, Gaines should be able to contribute on special teams where he excels at getting off blocks.
5. David Fales-QB-San Jose State (Actual Pick-Jeremiah George)
I wasn’t a big fan of the Boyd pick because I thought a good chunk of his success was due to having great receivers and the offensive system that he was in. His accuracy scares me and that’s one of the traits that a coach can’t really significantly improve. What I like about Fales is that he is accurate with the football and has a decent amount of arm strength. He was really the only late round quarterback that I thought had the potential to be a starter in the NFL. It’s unlikely that it will happen but at the very least I think he’ll be a good backup which the Jets will need once Vick is gone.
6. Isaiah Crowell-RB-Alabama State (Actual Pick-Brandon Dixon)
Crowell could’ve added to the dreaded backfield but I understand why the Jets didn’t draft a RB. Powell will be just fine as the team’s #3 RB but I wanted Crowell here just because I thought he was a top 3 RB talent wise. He scared a lot of teams away with his off field concerns which lead to him being kicked off Georgia’s team. If Crowell stays out of trouble, I think he’ll be an every down back with the potential to score on any given carry.
6. Shayne Skov-ILB-Stanford (Actual Pick-Quincy Enunwa)
Having watched a lot of Stanford games, Skov always jumped out at me. It seemed that whenever he was near the ball carrier that he always made the play. His ideal NFL size and great instincts led to him being a good run defender and I thought he had the potential to one day succeed David Harris. I really don’t know why he went undrafted. He tore his ACL a few years ago but there were players that got drafted who had the same injury.
6. Jonathan Dowling-SS-Western Kentucky (Actual Pick-IK Enemkpali)
This pick would have been based on pure potential. Dowling is tall, has long arms and has great speed. He looks really raw on tape but with good coaching I think he has a future in the NFL.
6. Morgan Breslin-OLB-USC (Actual Pick-Tajh Boyd)
Just like his teammate Marqise Lee, Morgan Breslin showed what type of player he is in 2012. Breslin registered 13 sacks that season and 4.5 sacks in 5 games in 2013 before a hip injury wiped out the rest of his season. If healthy, Breslin’s first step can help him become a productive pass rusher in the NFL.
7. Brandon Coleman-WR-Rutgers (Actual Pick-Trevor Reilly)
My draft has already addressed the WR position twice, and one of them was a first round pick. Despite that, Coleman’s 6’6’’ frame along with his 4.56 forty is too tempting to pass up. Usually when a guy with those measurables is available that deep in a draft, it’s because they have a tremendous amount of flaws. While I see flaws in Coleman’s game, I think he is more polished than people give him credit for. I thought his route running was crisp and that he was very quick for his size. If he can use his tall frame better when jumping up for the ball then I really think he can produce some big numbers.
So what’s your opinion Gang Green? Who would you have picked if you were John Idzik?