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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Guard for the Jets?

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Who do the latest mock drafts have the Jets selecting? In the case of Pro Football Focus, you have to give them credit for being original.

Will Brinson (CBS)

20. New York Jets

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky: Can't slot them with a running back moving forward after the Matt Forte acquisition and the defensive line situation is suddenly a lot more in flux. No one's sure what Muhammad Wilkerson's status is going to be thanks to injury and contract, so grabbing more talent on the defensive line works here.

Don Banks (SI)


Todd Bowles and the Jets’ talented defense could use another athletic edge rusher to plug into their impressive front seven. Notice the trend here, football fans? I’ve given the Dolphins, Bills and Jets first-round pass rushers because that’s how you attack Tom Brady and the Patriots’ consistently effective passing game. To beat New England, the quarterback must go down, and he must go down often. Which is why everyone is searching for the next Von Miller.

Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus)

20. New York Jets: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State

The Jets line is in need of a rebuild, almost across the board. Though the best left tackles are all gone, Cody Whitehair gives them the ability to make fixes on the right side, whether at guard or tackle. Whitehair was actually our highest-graded tackle in the draft class this season, with a monstrous +31.0 run blocking grade. His pass-protection was far weaker (hence the projected move inside to guard), but it is certainly not out of the question that he remains outside and performs well. He surrendered just 14 total pressures this past season.