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2016 NFL Mock Draft for the New York Jets: Part 2

The free agency rush has come and gone, and now it is time to for Drew (@DrewFromJersey) to put out our 2nd edition of our joint mock draft.

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Round 1

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

HT: 6'2" WT: 202

40 Time: 4.50

Mike Maccagnan proved to us last year that he will take the best player available, no matter what position. This strategy will do wonders for our depth for the future. Drafting for pure need is dangerous. It is the best player available model that helped sway us to picking Doctson. In a thin draft for receivers, Doctson is one of the best. and he fits the mold for what we look for in a receiver to a T. He is big and strong, and his style of play resembles a fan favorite, Brandon Marshall. We probably have Marsh for another year or two before he starts demanding more money or things sour. This pick gives us some great depth, and allows us to groom his replacement.

Round 2

Su'a Cravens, S/LB, USC

HT: 6'1" WT: 225

Projected 40 Time: 4.65

It's been a long honored tradition that the Jets have slow and old LBers. That didn't change much last year under Bowles. I do believe this is the year that we buck that trend. We feel like Bowles has been searching for that perfect guy to be a hybrid safety/LBer. If the draft falls in a favorable way, that guy could be Su'a Cravens. For most teams Cravens will be sliding down their boards because they don't really have a fit for him. In our defense, it is all too obvious what his role would be. Where most teams are stumbling over themselves to decide on if he is a safety or a linebacker, we will ask him to be both. Cravens can bring a much needed resurgence in our LBer coverage.

Round 3

Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State

HT: 6'5" WT: 256

40 Time: 4.84

When was the last time we had a complete TE? Based on the interest we were giving Jermaine Gresham, Macc and Bowles are thinking its been long enough. The closest thing we had to a TE was Quincy Enunwa, and Drew has taken a hard stance by saying "Can't have one of best athletes on the team blocking 80% of the time." Essentially, we need an inline TE that can take some of the blocking responsibilities away from Quincy, and allow him to be more of a receiving threat. Nick Vannett can be that guy and more. He was asked to do everything at Ohio State, and he did it all admirably. They didn't ask him to be a receiving threat a great deal, but proved he could be if given the chance.

Round 4

Max Tuerk, C, USC

HT: 6'5" WT: 298

Projected 40: 5:15

I swear this pick isn't because Mangold was spotted at a Trump rally. All good things must come to an end sometime, and it's almost time for Mangold's end with us. He is one of my favorite players, and he will be sorely missed when that time comes. Over the last few years, Nick has been dinged up a few times. We never really had a suitable backup to come in and fill his monster shoes. By picking Tuerk here, we can kill two birds with one stone. We can both, groom Nick's eventual replacement and also give us some needed depth along the interior o-line.

Round 5

Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA

HT: 6'5" WT: 311

40 Time: 4.98

Throughout the year, we were irked several times by hearing announcers and "experts" say we have a "good" or "great" offensive line. Both of those couldn't be farther from the truth. It was an O-line that struggled to pass protect and was very inconsistent in the ground game. The worst of the group was Breno Giacomini. It will be difficult to replace Brick this year, but we can absolutely replace Breno. We can do this with low cost FA, or with a rookie. Benenoch is a sleeper pick for me. He has shown the athleticism and nimbleness to develop into a decent RT or RG. Right now his run blocking is way ahead of his pass protection, but he has a decent ceiling that we can work with.

Round 7

Ben LeCompte, P, North Dakota State

HT: 5'10" WT: 196

40 Time: 4.95

This is a pick that isn't sexy, but much needed. We were near the bottom of the league in punting last year. It's shameful that we haven't addressed this yet. We need a punter that can punt us out of any trouble our offense puts us in. My favorite punter coming out this year can do just that. Wentz got most of the attention in Fargo, but LeCompte was no slouch. He was equal if not better than any of his big school counterparts. With 62 punts this year, he averaged 45.9 yards, and had a long of 73. We can't think of a better 7th round pick that could contribute more right away.