I am one of those weirdo's who spends months researching the NFL draft. I have done this for the past 20 some odd years. Getting your hands on timely info in the beginning was nearly impossible. Now with the tools we have I am living the dream. Over the past months I completed nearly 100 seven round mock drafts using every "reliable" source I could find (I told you I was a Weirdo) and of course they were all vastly different. One constant was that the amount of quality talent was enormous compared to past drafts (I was in nirvana).
Finding talent in the 1st round was easy (you could throw a dart at a board and find a quality player). Getting more than one 1st round player is a problem; it seemed everyone wanted to trade up and get one of those prized 1st 5 players. That would be costly (you could spend the rest of you draft picks just to get back into the bottom of the round). Or mortgage the future (Buffalo) send 2015 picks to your rivals, besides some can't miss picks don't always work out and now you cursed your franchise for years to come.
I found the middle of the draft (picks 50 to 150) to be loaded with accessible talent if you could find a trade partner; someone who was looking for that one player to get them to a championship. For me (a 40 year long suffering Jet fan) that team was the 49ers. I know they wanted a speed receiver and knew one would not fall to them. Sitting at 18 all we needed was for B. Cooks to fall to us; and he did. Using the respected trade chart we could send #18 to the 49ers for picks #56,61,77,129 and 170. They would have two 1st, two 3rds and three 7ths. It would give the Jets 16 picks; I know, I know I'm crazy; we can't put 16 rookies on the roster, but here me out.
First of all I loved the Pryor pick, we have needed a player like that for so long, but our team is bereft of talent; name a Jet reserve (other than K. Ellis) who would start for another team? Well, one injury and that player is starting for us. Remember when Nick got hurt, we had no one to replace him. So as the draft rolled on I drafted for the Jets like we had made the trade. Using about 20 homemade charts and a pile of notes, this is who I selected:
#49) J. Amaro TE Texas Tech 6'5 265 4.74/40 I thought we was great, now I think I underestimated him
Traded # 56 and 233 to Denver for #63, 170 and a 2015 4th (this trade did happen)
#61) G. Jackson OG Miss st 6'3 336 Huge kid with skill and nuanced blocks; starter a LOG for 10 years
#63 M. Martin OG/C USC 6'3 320 A backup for Nick (my #1 center in draft) and be a swing guard if needed
#77 T. Brooks FS FSU 5'11 198 4.37/40 He is everywhere on FSU game tape, loves to blitz and hit
#80 D. Moncrief WR Miss 6'2 221 4.40/40 Guy can take the top off and he is very productive.
#104 J. Saunders WR Okla. 5'9 165 4.44/40 I had him at pick 209 but had to take him here 'cause the Jets did.
#115 K. Norwood WR Alabama 6'2 198 4.48/40 Great kid with soft hands and skill
#129 B. Vereen SS Minn. 6'0 198 4.47/40 Another great kid who can cover the field.
#137 C. Fleming OT Stanford 6'5 323 Smart with a mean streak; our new swing tackle.
#154 E. Stinson DE Alabama 6'3 287 Can play anywhere on a 30 front; and you know he is well coached.
#170 A. Exum CB Va. Tech 6'0 213 4.59/40 This school always seems to turn out great corners.
#171 R. Reynolds CB Ore. st 5'10 4.51/40 My favorite kid in draft; I can't believe he went undrafted
#195 B. Dixon CB NW Mizzu st 5'11 203 4.41/40 He was one of my sleeper picks, and I had him at this pick.
#209 D. McCullers DT Tenn. 6'7 352 And this guy is not fat. Don't know if he fits our scheme but he is a monster.
#210 S. Skov ILB Stanford 6'2 245 The human missile, guy plays his best in big games.
#213 C. Jones OLB FSU 6'3 240 4.74/40 Guy can play any of our 4 LB positions, sideline to sideline.
There it is, I think almost all these guys would make our team (with a couple on the PS). As I was doing this I could not believe the talent that was still left on the board; an embarrassment of riches. IMO this draft would have helped our talent base for years to come. Most would have started on ST and in a few years could be starters.
I know some of these guys have problems; Exum has been injured in the past and Jones failed a drug screen but these are kids and you hope with some guidance they could be productive. Remember Warren Sapp failed his drug screen and he did alright. If you don't dare to be great you are scared to be great.
Like I said, I loved the Pryor pick but I think you could give him up to stock our roster.
Let me know what you think; and be kind. GO JETS