We all have our opinions on draft analysts, some we like, some we dislike. Some of us love mock drafts, some of us absolutely hate mock drafts. However for those who enjoy them, McShay is back with another mock but this one has a little twist to it.
Most of the time, analysts will try and predict what the organization will do, even if they disagree themselves. They are predicting what they think will happen on draft night to the best of their ability, it's tough and it's not an exact science at all.
So it's refreshing to see McShay stray away from curve and just do a mock based on his own thoughts. These are selections he would make if he were GM of each team, they are not necessarily the picks he thinks will happen.
So for the Jets, he selected:
18. New York Jets: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
If I thought the Titans fans would boo me for my pick at No. 11, things could get downright ugly with Jets fans after this pick. Not just another defensive player in the first round, but a corner? I get it, but let me explain my reasoning. I think it's too early to take Marqise Lee, and all the top remaining players on my board in this scenario are either quarterbacks or defensive players. Moreover, the Jets could certainly afford to improve at cornerback, and Gilbert could provide some much-needed playmaking ability from the defensive backfield (two interception returns for TDs in 2013, six career kick return TDs). They'll wish he was more physical, however.
Cooks, Beckham, Dennard, Ebron, Clinton-Dix, Evans and Watkins are all off the board in this scenario. If the Jets fans at the draft booed this selection, I would be very disappointed. For me he is the best corner in the draft, Dennard suits our style more but Gilbert is the best athlete in the entire draft. Personally I would have absolutely no problems with this selection if we were to make it come draft night.