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NFL Mock Draft 2016: Linebacker in the First Round for the Jets?

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The Combine is taking place in Indianapolis, but mockers are still hard at work. Who do the latest mocks have the Jets picking?

Eddie Brown (San Diego Union Tribune)

20. N.Y. Jets (10-6) – Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St., So.

Lee has proven to be a dynamic play-maker during his short time in Columbus. With Bosa ejected early on an already-depleted defensive line, Lee was pivotal in the Buckeyes’ 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Fighting Irish. He tied for the team lead with seven tackles, including two sacks. Top needs: OL, pass rusher, TE

51. N.Y. Jets – Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn, Jr.

83. N.Y. Jets – Devontae Booker, RB, Utah, Sr.

115. N.Y. Jets - Denver Kirkland, OG, Arkansas, Jr.

NFL Spin Zone

20. NY Jets


After narrowly missing out on a stud running back or a franchise-type quarterback, the New York Jets sit back and fill a role on their defense they have needed for a while. Leonard Floyd is a strong outside pass rusher who can make plays on the quarterback by himself. The Jets have some strong pass rushers, but they are all on the interior. Getting a guy who can get to the quarterback on the outside is a need for this defense.

Floyd is an athletic rusher who does a great job of using his length to his advantage. His hand movements and overall pass rush arsenal is impressive and he has the natural speed and quickness to make noise on the outside. Floyd is not much of a threat in coverage, and is not great against the run, but he can get to the quarterback with regularity.

The Jets’ defensive line is loaded with mean and nasty interior rushers who command a lot of attention. Adding Floyd to the mix would bring a lot of one-on-one pass rush scenarios for the young edge defender. That would likely bring a lot of success for Floyd and the Jets’ defense.