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NFL Mock Draft 2016: Will the Jets Draft Leonard Floyd?

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Let's take a look at recent mock drafts involving the Jets. There is a definite theme revolving around one Georgia pass rusher.

Chris Fedor (Cleveland.com)

20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd, Outside linebacker, Georgia

The Jets have a strong defense, but they were forced to blitz in order to create pressure off the edge. Floyd will need to add some bulk to his slender frame, but has the speed and athleticism off the edge to become a terror under head coach Todd Bowles.

Alex Jeffery

#20, Jets - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia - It's pretty clear from Mike Maccagnan's comments that he's fairly happy with the production from his offensive line (despite their obvious lack of youth and talent), so the first position he's going to be looking to upgrade is the linebacker position. Calvin Pace turns 36 this season, and this was a position that really didn't provide the pass rush that Todd Bowles wanted from them. Floyd is a lot like Barkevious Mingo, in that he's more of a freak athlete in terms of speed and size (6'4 232lbs) than actual linebacker, but giving him a role as a spot starter with Calvin Pace as he develops his pass rush sequence this season would be a really smart move. Floyd probably isn't a day one starter like some of the other LBs in this class, but with good development and some time, he could very well become the best one here. Floyd will bring the speed and length the Jets lack from Calvin Pace while also taking some of the pressure off sophomore Lorenzo Mauldin.

Alpha Football Expert

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34.JETS-(dallas)- LEONARD FLOYD - LB - GEORGIA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CONNOR BARWIN - EAGLES
Calvin Pace is past his prime and will be 36 next year. Plus former first round bust Quinton Coples was cut late in the season. right now 2015 3rd rounder Lorenzo Mauldin is their only threat as 3-4 rush backer. Floyd is a great athlete that can bend the arc on the way to the passer, but he needs a wider array of moves right now. He also needs to add muscle,  spent far too much time playing the middle like Clay Matthews last year, and it was a waste of his rushing ability in my opinion.  His overall tape wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be either.He is too light to be an every down player right now in my opinion, and I think he is just a situational pass rusher as a rookie. That's why I don't have him as high as many others. I think he will do well at the combine, but unless he shows up weighing at least 245 pounds he could drop out of the first round.

51.NY JETS - XAVIEN HOWARD - CB - BAYLOR
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRUMAINE JOHNSON - RAMS
Antonio Cromartie was cut this week, and even he is brought back later for less money, he will be 32 next season. Plus Revis will be 31, and Todd Bowles needs al ot of corners because he likes to blitz so much. Howard is a big , physical, corner that is used to taking on #1 WR's . He gets by more on his physicality than polished technique right now, but his ability to press alone will get him on the field early in sub packages. He is a ball hawk, and he is already strong in run support.