Taking a little break from the scouting aspect of the draft, I thought it was about time I got my first Jets seven round mock up. Always liable to change between now and the draft depending on who we retain, who we release, who we sign or trade for.
When we get closer to the draft, I will be putting out a complete mock first round for all 32 teams, but that will likely come in early Arpil.
With some players relying on the combine to move up, and some who may well fall, the rankings towards the 5th/6th/7th rounds might be off come April 22nd. I'm sure everyone has their own unique ideas about what they would like us to do, and there are really no wrong answers, so make sure you put yours down in the comments.
Right now though I'm going to give you mine, so join me after the jump to see what I would like to see the Jets do in the 2010 NFL draft as of today.
New York Jets trade the 29th pick (1st round) and the 243rd pick (7th round) to the Cleveland Browns for the 38th pick, 107th pick (4th round) and 183 pick (6th Round)- I know using the draft value chart can be useless at points, but when doing something like this, the value is almost equal with those selections and it is the easiest thing to use without getting players involved. I thought Kansas might be a better option to trade with here as they hold two second round choices, but we all love trading with the Cleveland Browns.
With the 38th pick in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas:
This really is a no brainer for me, when you can move back to add selections, and add a player with the skills and motivation of Shipley, you should do it. This gives Sanchez another weapon to work with, yes it looks like we have patches on the defence, but maintaining a more balanced offence should also be a priority. He fills the need of a slot receiver perfectly. He has great hands, and with a QB like Sanchez, having a receiver who you can rely on to catch the ball is vital. He has a great work ethic, he can take short passes and take them 20-30 yards, and is as elusive as anyone with the ball in his hands. I still think he is a first round talent, but the general thought is that he is a early-mid second round choice. Not taking any chances we grab him here. I can't imagine how defensive coordinators would game plan for a running attack of Shonn/Jones/Leon and a passing attack of Cotchery/Edwards/Shipley/Keller and Leon. It would balance us out more and give Sanchez that quick read receiver who somehow always finds a way to get open. Said many times, I don't like comparing college kids to NFL pro's but he has Wes Welker type instincts and hands.
With the 61st pick in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select: Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State:
Right now many people feel like he will be here when we select at our own choice in the 2nd round, will he? I'm not so sure, I think some team will fall in love with his physicality and general upside. He had some character issues, but they were not major ones, and he seems to have sorted that out, you can't hold these things against players for ever. We need another corner to play opposite Revis, that's no secret. Cox did in college what Revis did in the NFL, just not as successfully. He often manned up on the best receiver, and 9/10 he held his own. He did a great job against Georgia's AJ Green and he is one of the most promising young receivers in college football. He is physical at the line, plays a great press game, can play in either Man or Zone. Tackles well in the open field, and can contribute on kick returns. He may need some work, but he would be an upgrade on what we have right now if we don't sign Lito. He is faster more physical, more aggressive and a better cover corner than any other corner on our roster (obviously minus Revis). In my opinion we are getting an absolute steal here
With the Browns 107th pick in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select: Tyson Alualu, DT, California
Will Alualu drop to the top of the 4th round? I doubt it, I think he is likely a top 3rd round prospect, but stranger things have happened in the draft. At 6-3 and 290, he could move out to defensive end in a 3-4 or still play inside in 4-3's, he is a great leader who works his butt off on every single snap. He won't be the strongest, and he won't be the quickest, but he will always be around the ball, whether that be in the backfield, at the line or down the field. He is a play to the whistle type player. He finished his career at California with 26 tackles for a loss, and 16.0 sacks, 7.5 of them coming in 2009. As he has gotten older he has gotten better, he is a hard worker. In three years as a starter, he averaged around 60 tackles a season. I watched Alualu against Oregon this season, against one of the better running teams and he did a great job of getting penetration and stuffing the run. I'm all for giving Rex some toys to work with, and give him a hard worker, who has talent and is willing to listen and learn, and you never know what you could get. I think we are set at DE for 2009, Ellis/Douglas/Devito all showed talent in 2009, and with Pouha and Jenkins, I'm drifting towards addressing that issue if it is still one in 2011, picking a player like Alualu is a low risk, high reward type deal in the 4th. When it is all said and done however, I doubt he reaches us.
With Philadelphia's 5th round pick in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select: Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt
A man much wiser than myself once said that you can never have enough cornerbacks, and well I agree with that, especially as the NFL is turning into a passers league. Lewis is another guy who is a physical guy, he gets his hands on receivers up at the line and has good instincts. His hips are not the best and some project him better at the safety position in the NFL, but you can never have too much flexibility. He is a good blitzer who will wrap up the ball carrier, and certainly can deliver a hit when he wants to. Very bright guy who reads the game, and takes his education seriously, willing to listen on the football field and during meetings. Doesn't have the agility to always stick with faster short area receivers, but has decent straight line speed, so any seperation receivers get in the cuts can be 'cut' down later. He is a project, but your not going to get a sure thing in the 5th round, I like his potential, and physicality. Finished his Vanderbilt career with 106 tackles, 18 passes broken up and 11 interceptions.
With the 183rd selection in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select: Corey Peters, DE, Kentucky
File this under 'another toy project for Rex'. Before his senior season, not many people were talking about Peters, he was a attractive looking undrafted free agent option. After a good senior season he has climbed into draft consideration, and could well go in the 5th if he has a good combine. At 6-3 and 295, he has decent size, he has good hands, needs to work on his moves, but he had 12 tackles for a loss last season and 4 sacks, all while playing in the SEC. NFL draft scout have him projected as a 7th round pick, even after being named a All SEC first team selection and taking home defensive lineman of the year twice in 2009, so very interested in Peters in the 6th round.
With the 204th selection in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select: Deji Karim, RB, Southern Illinois
I know that running back is by no means a pressing need, but when you get into the 6th round, I always think you are trying for the lightning strike. Karim could possibly be it, he is a smaller back, with plenty of speed. He has been rumoured to run a sub 4.4, and with Leon questionable on his return from a serious leg injury, and Jones winding his career down, I think it would probably be wise to possibly look for a compliment to Greene. Karim has that potential, he is fast, he plays low and he uses his speed to the outside, he is also a receiving threat out the backfield. 1694 yards and 18 TD's as a senior at Southern Illinois last season, his balance is questionable, his vision needs to be worked on, but he has a combination of power and speed, and for a 6th round prospect, I would say it's worth taking a punt on him.
No 7th round selection
I have gone back to try and make sure the draft picks are right, the numbers of the exact pick might be a little off, trying to work these things out on a Friday night often don't go well. Just to recap though. We started with, our 1st, our 2nd, Philly's 5th, our 6th and our 7th. I traded our first and 7th to Cleveland for their 2nd,4th and 6th. Leaving us with Cleveland's 2nd, our 2nd, Cleveland's 4th, Philly's 5th, Cleveland's 6th and our 6th.
Cleveland's 2nd: Jordan Shipley
Our 2nd: Perrish Cox
Cleveland's 4th: Tyson Alualu
Philly's 5th: Myron Lewis
Cleveland's 6th: Corey Peters
Our 6th: Deji Karim
Again this is liable to change before the draft, that's just Mock 1.0.