Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
HT: 6'6" WT: 244
40 Time: 4.86
Mock Part 1: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Mock Part 2: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
I really wanted someone else here, but both Drew and circumstances are both forcing me to go along with Lynch in the 1st. Mike Maccagnan has admitted to inquiring about the #1 pick. If this move was to happen, it would undoubtedly be for either Goff or Wentz. Lynch is nowhere near as polished as those two prospects, but his ceiling is high, and so is our demand for a franchise QB. Depending on how much our guys like Lynch, we might still be looking to trade up. If we don't pull the trigger on a trade, and Lynch is still there at 20, it would be hard to see us passing on Paxton. The ideal situation would be to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick, which would allow Lynch to sit and work on his problem areas.
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
HT: 6'5" WT: 301
Projected 40 Time: 4.98
Mock Part 1: Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
Mock Part 2: Su'a Cravens, S/LB, USC
The offensive line has been neglected by the Jets for quite some time. In 2006, NY drafted both D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold in the 1st round; Since then, the only other pick in the top 2 rounds, was Vlad Ducasse. In that ten year period, there has been a parade of ineffective veterans marching into roles bigger than themselves. The retirement of D'Brickashaw Ferguson marks the end of an era. In this mock, it also marks the end to an era of shunning O-linemen in the early rounds. Spriggs is a very good athlete, but needs to work on his technique. Right now, he can take over for Breno Giacomini, and be an immediate upgrade. In time, he may be able to move to the left.
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
HT: 6'4" WT: 244
40 Time: 4.72
Mock Part 1: Deion Jones, LB, LSU
Mock Part 2: Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
Fackrell makes a lot of sense for us. If he does fall this far, we wouldn't hesitate to take Kyler. Fackrell can fill multiple needs; He is a swiss arm knife. We can line up Kyler anywhere on the field, and he can get the job done. If we need a someone to play ILB, and fill a gap, Fackrell can do it. If we need an off ball linebacker to cover a TE or RB, Fackrell can do it. If we need a guy that uses leverage well, to rush the passer from the edge, Fackrell can do it. Just about anything you would want a LBer to do, he can do. Some teams might not have a position picked out for Fackrell. I don't see this as a problem with us, because of the fluidity of our defense. We also have a lot of age in our linebacking core, so a youth infusion is needed.
Max Tuerk, C, USC
HT: 6'5" WT: 298
Projected 40: 5:15
Mock Part 1: Victor Ochi, Edge, Stony Brook
Mock Part 2: Max Tuerk, C, USC
All good things must come to an end at some point, 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.
D.J. Reader, NT, Clemson
HT: 6'3" WT: 340
40 Time: 5.33
With the draft being stacked with talented D-linemen, Drew and I thought it would be a shame to go the whole draft without picking one up. There is so much talent, that there will be talented guys dropping farther than they should. One of these guys could be D.J. Reader. He is a stout NT, that can grow into a role similar to Damon Harrison.
Tom Hackett, P, Utah
HT: 5'11" WT: 195
40 Time: Punter Speed
Mock 1: Ben LeCompte
Mock 2: Ben LeCompte
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. In past mocks, I have gone with my favorite punter in the draft, Ben LeCompte. This time around, I am going with the punter the Jets have been rumored to be interested in. In 61 punts, Tom averaged 48 yards a punt, with a long of 76. We can't think of a better 7th round pick that could contribute more right away.