Recent mock drafts seem to agree the Jets will be drafting an edge rusher with the 20th selection. They differ when it comes to which edge rusher the Jets will select.
John McLain and Aaron Wilson (Houston Chronicle)
McClain: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
Wilson: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
20. New York Jets
Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky: He has a lot of pass-rush ability and would help the outside pass rush in a big way. He would have to adjust to standing up more, but he is capable.
20.JETS - NOAH SPENCE - OLB/DE - # - E. KENTUCKY
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JUSTIN HOUSTON - KC
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 a 3-4 rush backer.Spence is a high profile redemption story. His talent is undeniable, but his dismissal from Ohio St. after failing multiple drug tests put even a top 100 round selection in doubt until recently. Not only did he pass lot of tests this year, but he requested to be tested as often as possible, and had a good season. Then he was the best edge rusher at the Senior Bowl, and coaches at both Ohio St. and eastern Kentucky went to bat for him. Things were looking up until he disappointed both athletically & reportedly even in some meeting rooms as well at the combine. I think he would be best in a 3-4 ,as he struggles to hold his ground at the point of attack & shed in the run game, but he has a big enough frame to add a little more muscle and keep his burst & quickness. I wouldn't take him this high, because of the past problems , underwhelming combine , and his inconsistent motor on tape. However ,this is not a good year for edge rushers , and beggars can't be choosers.