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Mocking the Jets: Post-Week 9

Who do the internet draft guys have the Jets taking?

Steve Dykes

As the Jets clinch yet another season with a non-winning record and surely will not make the playoffs, the biggest prize at the end of the road of 2014-2015 is where the Jets wind up in the draft. On a weekly basis, I will be taking a spin around the internet to see who the more popular mock draft guys have the Jets taking. I will try to keep it to guys who update consistently.

Without further ado, lets take a spin around the net and see who's Mocking the Jets:

Walter Football

New York Jets: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

There is so much controversy surrounding Winston, from the alleged sexual assault, to the crab legs, to the autographs, to his suspension for shouting a stupid meme in the student union (funny that the old farts running Florida State didn't know what it meant). However, Winston is too talented not to go high in the first round.

Winston is also too good for the Jets to pass up. I'd be worried about him in New York, but the team is in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, as it's clear that Geno Smith is not the answer.

CBS Sports

Rob Rang- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Dana Brugler- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State


Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Given the moribund QB play from the Jets, you'd think that that position would be the focus of a high-round pick. It could easily be, but just maybe the Jets should see what Geno Smith and Michael Vick could do if they had a fighting chance in the backfield. In week 8 the Bills were there before Jet QBs had a chance to set up. With the exception of C Nick Mangold, all the other Jets offensive linemen grade negatively, per As much as Brick is paid, ($11.7M cap - highest on the team) they need more production.

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The Geno Smith era is over in New York—by the fault of his own weaknesses, the failings of the New York Jets coaching staff and front office and a lack of talent around him. Regardless of the reasons, the realization that Smith isn't the future of the Jets will come with dramatic changes in New York.

Obviously, quarterback becomes the biggest need on a roster full of needs. The Jets realistically need help along the offensive line, could add at least one wide receiver (especially if Percy Harvin is a short-term add) and need new blood at outside linebacker, cornerback and safety. But they will also be looking for a new head coach barring something unforeseen over the next eight weeks.

The new regime in New York will need a quarterback, and Oregon's Marcus Mariota is the best prospect in the 2015 class. He's mobile, smart, a high-character player and a quarterback with the arm strength Geno Smith lacks and the accuracy that holds Michael Vick back from being a quality NFL quarterback at the end of his career.

Mariota is NFL-ready right now and will give the head coach in New York a true shot at winning.

Football's Future

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

While it is hard to totally blame Geno Smith for the Jets woes, his inconsistency and decision making has not helped. Mariota will be the next rookie QB the Jets pin their future on.

Football Insiders

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

General manager John Idzik will admit drafting Geno Smith was a mistake by bringing Mariota to the “Big Apple” via the NFL Draft. The Oregon signal caller has all the physical and mental aspects teams look for in a young franchise prospect. Mariota’s ability will be put to the test early in New York.

Mock Draft HQ

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

NFL's Future

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Wow. That’s about all I can say about the Jets right now. If the wheels weren’t falling off before John Idzik’s press conference, they have now. Mike Vick is the QB of the now, not that it matters. In today’s NFL guys like Geno Smith don’t get second chances after the season he’s had. He’s as good as done in New York and Mariota gives them a difference maker at the position.