Without doing complete mock drafts I will instead only post what we care about - the 20th, 51st, 83rd, 119th, 157th, and 198th overall picks a.k.a. the tentative Jets draft positions. I will try to make each one of these mocks unique with no prospects overlapping, that way I don't end up with 3 mocks all with the same flawed logic or spirit behind them. Let me know what picks you agree with, which you don't, and even share your big board in the comments - I would love to see them!
Mock #1:20) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
If Jack Conklin or Ronnie Staley are available here - I take them over Decker, however I see both being selected in the 10-20 range. Decker is the fourth and last takcle in this draft class who I have pegged as a day 1 starter and as such - the Jets need to nab him. I understand the philosophy of BPA and Decker certainly fulfills that requirement here so long as guys like Bosa, Buckner, Jalen Ramsey, etc aren't here. I see the arguments for Zeke or a OLB like Floyd, but the Jets simply cannot afford to pass on a starting caliber tackle in this years draft - especially one of Decker's caliber whom in previous years, may have been a top-20 lock, but thanks to elite prospects like Tunsil, Staley, and Conklin he is pretty far down on the list. The depth at the top of OT works the Jets benefit in 2016, and they get their starting RT for the next 5 years.51) Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Collins is a beast of a runner. His stock has been on the rise ever since the end of the college football season. The reason? More people are watching his game tape. Even in youtube videos you can see the guy plays with power and "shimmy". He'll run you over if you're on your heels and give you a little shimmy if you're on your toes. He's Chris Ivory 2.0 with better hands and (hopefully the combine confirms this suspicion) better speed on tape.83) Kamalei Correa, EDGE, Boise St.
An underrated, athletic EDGE defender who has been able to produce 19 sacks over the past 2 seasons. If he lasts to 83 and scouts continue sleeping on him, he's going to make a great young pair of rushers with Lorenzo Mauldin. Expect his name to be called a lot between now and the draft - rising his stock form a current 4th round project potentially into the second.119) Deiondre Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
Hall might be the longest CB prospect I have ever seen, standing in at 6015 with 34.75" long arms - that's longer than than the majority of OT prospects in this years draft. He was the MVC DPOY and has been living on an island for Northern Iowa for three seasons now. He plays with attitude and confidence which may help him transitioning as a rookie - but will most likely hurt him at times to. He's a longer and more known prospect than Richard Sherman was, but of course he played in the Missouri Valley Conference instead of the Pac-12. With Hall, the FO will signal they're ready to move on from the previous CB prospects of the Idzik era such as McDougle, Milliner, and the likes.157) Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State
Another tackle in college kicking inside in the pros. Rees is a mean run-blocker with some athleticism, and with ideal size for a guard at the next level - he could be a nice prospect for the Jets. Give him a year or two to develop and he could be solid OG in the NFL if not a solid depth guy until then.198) Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
Quigley is gone, now give us the most consistent punting prospect out of the SEC ever. He excels at pinning teams inside the 20 and has a strong leg and posts consistent hang time. Quigley strong leg = kicking far, Kaser strong leg = high and far. One out-kicks coverage, one consistently pins opposing teams by playing to the team aspect of special teams. Need I say more?
Mock #2:20) Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Now I am personally not a fan of taking a RB in the first round, but there is no denying the talent of Zeke. He's the most complete RB in this class: a threat to run through you or around you, the speed to not get caught from behind, and the hands out of the backfield. If the brass go with Zeke at 20, I won't be upset - cautiously optimistic, but optimistic nonetheless.51) Su'a Cravens, LB/S, University of Southern California
At 6-1 225, Cravens is an extremely versatile defender who I'm sure is on Todd Bowles' wish list. He started the year as a fringe first round talent in the mold of Shaw Thompson of the Carolina Panther/Washington Huskies from last year's draft. However, Cravens has been falling out of favor with several scouts and media members, his tape in coverage shows some poor angles in both run defense and coverage as well as getting caught following the QBs eyes. He has some maturing to do as a player, but I don't think there's a better scheme or fit for Cravens than with Bowles and the New York Jets. With this pick the Jets add even more talent to a an already talented young squad, and reunite two USC teammates in Cravens and Leonard Williams.83) Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas
A mauler of a guard, he played in a power running scheme in the vaunted SEC and with the Jacob's Trophy on his resume (awarded to the top offensive lineman in the SEC) there aren't many other prospect who look like a better fit on paper tan Tretola. His upside is limited, and with a history of weight issues he needs to have a good showing at the combine not so much for his weight or strength or even his speed, but to show that he can handle his current weight and show good conditioning. If he's sucking wind through the drills, expect him to be taken off of many teams boards completely (particularly teams with uptempo offenses like the Pats, Eagles, and Niners). The Jets need OL, they get a starting guard who will pair with Carpenter perfectly.119) Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
If we can't get Carson Wentz we may as well get the guy who has been keeping him clean all of these years. A two-time all american tackle projected to go in the fifth round? If his stock doesn't rise too much more, I think he's a coup this late in the draft. He missed the senior bowl with a sprain which was unfortunate for him, being a small-school guy, had he played well against other top seniors from the FBS he could be a top-50 pick. His loss is the Jets gain here, expect him to compete for the starting RT spot as a rookie.157) Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple
An explosive tackle out of Temple, he will bring even more depth to the DT position. The Jets will like this guy in interviews - he's reported as having a tenacious on field motor and is very coach-able. He also has the Temple connection with Mo, so that's something, right?198) Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, UCLA
Lou Groza award winner his senior year for top kicker in college football, he's the second best kicking prospect in this draft but should come cheaper and is more talented than Nick Folk. Sign him up and let's turn the special teams around this year, starting with Fairbairn.
Mock #3:20) Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
With Decker, Conklin, Staley, and Tunsil all already off the board at this theoretical pick, and all top rated defensive players on Macc's big board also gone in scenario, the Jets take the most versatile and intriguing offensive lineman in this draft in Whitehair. He plays with great footwork and technique and can play all 5 lineman positions in a pinch. A top FBS tackle at 6'3" in college, he'll be a guard in the pros and with a good head on his shoulders I think he can take the reigns from Mangold at center someday. Whitehair is far from a sexy pick here, but he's one that will pay off in consistency along the offensive line for years to come.51) Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
One of the few Ohio State prospects who actually played 4 years of college football, scouts take shining to Perry even though he doesn't posses the natural athleticism of some of his teammates because he's a leader in the locker room, has strong character, and a non-stop motor. He looks like he could be better in coverage but does a good job in run support off the edge thanks to his motor. I see him as potentially slotting in at ILB in Bowles scheme as well, but the more play-makers at the LB position - the better.83) Jayron Kearse, SS, Clemson
At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Kearse is not your typical DB. He's an enforcer in the mold of Kam Chancellor or Deone Bucanon who could play a similarly valuable role in Todd Bowles' defensive schemes. He's been known to take poor angles but so did Calvin Pryor his entire rookie year and it appears Bowles and the new defense helped him to kick that habit. He may not last into the fifth because his stock isn't very high at the moment - but that may change after the combine numbers he'll most likely put up.119) Connor McGovern, OL, Missouri
Another versatile offensive lineman, McGovern may be the strongest prospect in this years draft. He has played both tackle and guard in college and has broken multiple weight room records while at Mizzou. Expect him to put up big combine numbers, but if he doesn't impress as much as I expect him to, then his current status as a mid-late round pick may stand and he will wind up as a serious catch at 119 for the Jets. Most likely a depth lineman in 2016 if selected, McGovern may also even push for the RT spot. Nothing but options for the Jets line if they take him and they need some youth and talent in that group. With Whitehair and McGovern in this mock - the Jets get that.157) Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
A small shifty change of pace back who is also one heck of a kick returner. He has sure hands out of the backfield and was able to run between the tackles at SJSU effectively. A special teams contributor from day one and a third down back of the future.198) Cre'Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
An undersized corner with good cover skills, he's a very similar size to last year's top rookie corner Bradley Roby. He has good cover skills and and instinct for the ball. He is also a very good returner and can compete on special teams. Let him fight it out a CB depth and potentially be a dual threat as a return-man as well.