I'm going to go off of 2 assumption: Mariota and Winston are off the board when the Jets pick, and I'm not going to project trades. I'm going to give my option A, my option B, and my "potential surprise that I would be ok with" pick for the first 3 rounds, after that point it will turn into an option C. The seventh round will contain just one option. Let's get it started.
Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
6-4 7/8", 235 pounds (238 at Pro Day), 34" arm length, 10" hand size, 4.64 40 yard dash, 1.61 10 yard split
Randy Gregory certain comes with his share of concerns. He's light for an NFL linebacker at a shade under 240 pounds. He doesn't have overwhelming production, compiling only 7.5 sacks in 2014 after a very good 10.5 in 2013. His technique needs work (this probably goes for any rookie). He had an odd, old knee issue that was scoped last year. And of course, there's the pink elephant in the room, the failed marijuana tests. That said, Gregory is still my guy because, in the end, the guy has a 6-5 frame, 34 inch arms, great athleticism, and superb change of direction skills (3-cone drill time of 6.8 seconds would've been in the top 15 at this year's NFL combine... out of ALL participants). He makes great inside moves to the QB and plays with a natural bend. Is he a work in progress? Absolutely. But when you have a defense with the Sons and Revis and Cro and Harris and Davis, you can afford to make things easy for Gregory and tell him "go get QB!"
Option B: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
I've come full circle on Amari Cooper, and I think he's worth this pick. Polished, fast, smart. Could help immediately in the slot.
Potential surprise pick that I would approve of: La'el Collins, OT, LSU- Best OL in the class for my money.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
5-11 3/8", 206 pounds, 32" arm length, 8 5/8" hand size, 22 bench press reps, will run at Pro Day on April 15
This guy is hands down one of my favorites. In fact, I'm going to say something unpopular here: I rank Coleman ahead of Melvin Gordon. The way Coleman ran last year is remarkable. He rushed for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 7.5 yards per carry (same as Melvin Gordon did last year). Coleman only had one game where he didn't break 100, and only 3 games where he was held under 5 yards a carry. He not only did this while playing on a terrible Indiana team that only won 4 games in 2014, but he also did it while playing 60% of the season on a broken toe. Coleman may be one of the more unique prospects we've ever seen in terms of his abnormal production on long runs; of his 28 career rushing TDs, an astounding 50% of them (14) have come from over 40 yards. He has great acceleration through the first and second level of the defense, finishes his runs with power, and sprints on every carry. Unfortunately, this may be his curse, however, as Coleman sometimes displays a lack of patience to let his blocks develop. His small hands are also a cause for concern. Still, he's a hard runner, can play all 3 downs because he's a decent pass catcher and pass protector, and a home run threat. He reminds me a lot of Darren McFadden, which may not be the most flattering comparison considering McFadden's career, but you saw in 2010 that a healthy McFadden could be a special back.
Option B: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
You can also replace Coates here with Nelson Agholor or Phillip Dorsett, all of whom I think are high quality 2nd round WRs, but I think Coates has the most ability and upside of the 3. The other wild card here is Dorial Green-Beckham, who for my money is the best WR in the class but comes with baggage.
Potential surprise pick that I would approve of: Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State- Undersized but versatile, very athletic, plays with explosion
Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
5-9 7/8", 182 pounds, 30" arm length, 8 3/8" hand size, 4.40 40 yard dash, 35.5" vertical leap, 6.89 3-cone drill
After teasing it for the last two option Bs, Jeremy finally takes a WR. Tyler Lockett is the type of explosive, quick-twitch juice player the team needs. Lockett is an intelligent player who's father and uncle were both big time players at Kansas State and played in the NFL. Lockett runs good routes and has the ability to take the top off of a defense. In addition, he's an All-American return man. The Jets could certainly use help in both of those areas. He's not the biggest guy around but at 5-10 182, he's not exactly Brandon Banks either. I could easily see Lockett initially being a #4 receiver and return man for the Jets immediately, and possibly taking Kerley's job by the end of the season.
Option B: Josue Matias, OG, Florida State
Although Matias broke my heart by backing out of his Rutgers commitment and going to Florida State in the 11th hour, he's a quality pass protecting guard with great footwork. He gives the offensive line a young shot in the arm and is likely more talented than any of the other young guards on the roster.
Potential surprise pick that I would approve of: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor- will require lots of work but he's a good athlete with good tools
Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville
5-11 3/4", 218 pounds, 32" arm length, 9 1/2" hand size, 4.65 40 yard dash, 27" vertical leap
There's a ton of reasons not to want Gerod Hollimon. He's an atrocious tackler and, on top of that, an unwilling one. He's not a great athlete, registering a mediocre 4.65 40 yard dash and a terrible 27 inch vertical leap. It's been said that he does not have great football character and work ethic. All of these are valid, legitimate concerns. At the same time, I cannot ignore what is right in front of my face- this guy tied the all time single season record with 14 interceptions in 2014. His ball-hawking is unmatched by anyone else in the class. A guy who can create turnovers has a lot of value in the league, and for the cost of a 4th round pick, I will put my faith in Bowles to fix what else is wrong with him.
Option B: Donovan Smith, OT/OG, Penn State
Smith is a mountain of a man at 6-6 340 with 34 and a half inch arms. He's not the most athletic tackle around but does strong work in the run game and looks to project as a potential right tackle or inside at guard. More young depth for the offensive line.
Option C: Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers- Above-average athlete with good height, long arms, and solid blocking ability.
Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech
6-6 1/8", 238 pounds, 33 1/4" arm length, 9" hand size, 4.46 40 yard dash, 37" vertical leap, 12 bench press reps
Purely a potential play here as Waller is another in what is a seemingly endless line of freakishly athletic wide receivers from Georgia Tech. Waller hasn't done much in his college career, with only 51 career receptions for 971 yards in his 3 years. He's a linear athlete with a limited route tree, but he's fast with great length and athleticism who will tower cornerbacks. If the rest of his game comes along, he could be a potential steal.
Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama
6-4 3/8", 229 pounds, 34 1/4" arm length, 9 1/4" hand size, 4.72 40 yard dash, 33" vertical leap
Another potential play in the 7th round with the small school QB. Bridge is the very definition of a project. The raw tools are there. He has the height, tremendous arm strength, some decent mobility and wheels, and can push the ball downfield as well as maybe anyone in this draft class. However, Bridge's accuracy is very scattershot and he did not put up big numbers even though he played in the Sun Belt. He needs to get his footwork under control as well. With a good QB coach and quite a bit of patience, Bridge may be a worthwhile developmental player.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.