I know I've been posting a lot of mocks lately, but most of them are more want or wish than reality. We all know Mr. Idzik is not exactly Mr. Splashy. He's looking for value at their positions. While we all have in our heads who we would love to see drafted at certain points in the draft, what he sees is a different story. So with that in mind, here's how I could realistically see the draft unfolding. While it's not exactly what I personally would prefer, I can't say it would be a bad draft.
Round 1 Pick 18: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame
Everyone knows we could use some O-line help. And Idzik is the kind of guy, that would take an OL in the first round over a WR if they are rated pretty close on his board. Martin is quick, flexible, and a good blocker. He's athletic, and very durable, never missed a game. Was MVP in the pinstripe bowl vs Alabama. Has the intangibles Idzik is looking for and he will be a good leader in the trenches.
Round 2 Pick 17: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Okay, so we all have our opinions of Benjamin. Some love him, some hate him. He's reportedly dropping on some boards because teams would prefer him at TE and wants to stay at WR. But in the second round, the talent can't be beat. The Jets brought him in for a reason. They like him. And he's the kind of guy who could potentially be a hybrid TE/WR. Best of both worlds. Line him up anywhere and he's a matchup nightmare. Nobody can argue that the kid is HUGE at 6'5" 240lbs and has the talent to be a star. He would be a nice target for either Vick or Geno.
Round 3 Pick 16: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
We know the Jets brought in all the top CB in the draft and then brought in this guy. He's kind of a sleeper in the CB department. Very similar to Cromartie. He's a long guy with fantastic athletic ability. He can do a really good job in press coverage and has the ability to go up and challenge for the jump balls. Since we took an OL in the first round round, it makes sense to get our CB help here.
Round 4 Pick 4: Terrance West, RB, Towson
West has been flying up the boards. And with 2500 yards, at an average of 6.1 per carry and 41 TDs in 2013, he should be. He can run between the tackles, he can bounce it outside, he can catch out of the backfield, he can block, he can do it all. A real 3 down back. CJ2K is short term, and Chris Ivory has trouble staying healthy. While Powell is serviceable, West is a big upgrade and would be the insurance we could use at the position.
Round 4 Pick 15: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
So if you haven't heard this name, you should. All he does is make clutch catches all day long. He's a smaller receiver at 5'9" 197lbs, but he runs a 4.4, has great hands, and he's not afraid to go across the middle and make a play. Gets in to his routes crazy fast. Explosive off the line. Has really good intangibles. Smart kid. Good example for young players. He's in that Paul Richardson, Brandin Cooks category.
Round 4 Pick 37 (COMP): Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor
Supposedly, the Jets payed special attention to Dixon at Baylor's pro day. Personally I'm not crazy about Dixon. Allen would be strictly FS if we go Dixon. He's not very fluid but he is fast. He does have the ability to chase guys down. And he is a very good tackler. Very good at run support and wraps guys up. Hard hitter. Not a bad pick to sure up a position we're lacking in.
Round 5 Pick 14: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
This guy is so underrated it's ridiculous. Outstanding route runner, amazing hands, and made 1st round prospect CB Bradley Roby look like a freshman high schooler hauling in 10 catches for over 200 yards and a TD vs Ohio State. Does a very good job using his body to shield off defenders. Very intelligent player. He's been hugely overshadowed by the amount of talent in this years class of WR. Abbrederis could be the steal of the draft at his position.
Round 6 Pick 19: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
So we all know that Idzik hasn't ruled out taking QB in this draft. So here he grabs David Fales. Fales is a Chad Pennington type QB. Not the strongest arm. Not gonna wow you, but he gets it done. He's got very nice touch on the ball and very good accuracy. A cerebral type QB. Very good football IQ. The kind of QB who puts in the work necessary to be a starter. He's the kind of player you want on your team and in your locker room.
Round 6 Pick 33 (COMP): Dri Archer, WR, Kent State
You want electric? Well here's your power plant. This kid is lightning in a bottle with the ball in his hands. Faster than fast. Will be a RB/WR/PR/KR specialist type player. Don't be surprised if he beats out Ford for the KR/PR duties.
Round 6 Pick 34 (COMP): Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
The boom or bust player of the draft, Colt Lyerla. If he keeps his nose clean, he has the ability and the talent to be the best TE taken in the draft this year. Before his sporadic off the field issues, he was projected to be one of the the top TE coming out this year. His athletic ability is uncanny and if he can get his stuff together, he could be a really special player.
Round 6 Pick 37 (COMP): Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
Look, we all like David Harris, but he's not getting any younger. Max, pound for pound, can't really be beat at this point in the draft. He's football smart. Hard nosed great tackler. Does a very good job of diagnosing plays and adjusting accordingly. He'll be a leader without question. Has some trouble in pass coverage, but so does Harris. He makes up for that with his ability to diagnose and make adjustments on the fly.
Round 7 Pick 18: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Now we took McGill but who knows if he'll pan out. Wilson is a nickel corner. That's what he's best at, leave him there. And while Milliner showed signs of being a worthy CB at the end of the year, nothing is set in stone. Enter Aaron Colvin. He'll most likely red shirt this year but before he got hurt, he was one of the better corners in this draft. Has very good instincts and matches up well with receivers of any size. If McGill or Milliner don't work out this year, Colvin should be able to step right in next year and make an impact.
So there it is. All said and done, it wouldn't be my favorite draft, but you could easily make a case for every player taken. In reality, I see this type of draft as a real possibility. Not the flashy type of draft but the valuable type. Idzik style.