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NFL Mock Draft: Will the Jets Go Offense or Defense in the First Round?

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We are down to the wire. Who will the Jets take in the first round? We don't know. Here are some guesses.

ESPN (Beat Writers - Rich Cimini for the Jets)

20. New York Jets

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Jets also could pick a cornerback in this spot -- William Jackson III is a possibility -- but they succumb to the temptation of finding a quarterback of the future. Lynch won't help them in 2016. Presumably, he'd sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for at least a year, assuming the unsigned Fitzpatrick returns. It's a gamble for a team with an older roster whose window is closing. -- Rich Cimini | Watch the pick.

Fox Sports (Peter Schrager)

20. New York Jets (10-6): Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Started just about every game the past two years as a 3-4 DE for Alabama. Reed can plug the run, but also get to the quarterback. He can bench press 500 pounds and was the alpha dog on an alpha dog defense. "Snacks" Harrison is with the other team in East Rutherford and Muhammad Wilkerson's days in green could be numbered. The Jets reload on the D-line.

51. New York Jets: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

83. New York Jets: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State

118. New York Jets: Deandre Houston-Carson, S/CB, William & Mary

235. New York Jets: Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Washington

241. New York Jets: Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU

CBS  (Pete Prisco)

20. New York Jets

Noah Spence, DE-OLB, Eastern Kentucky: This kid has some off-field issues that will scare teams away. But he has pass-rush ability and the Jets lack it in the worst way. Take a chance.

Sports Illustrated (Greg Bedard)


The Jets traded for Ryan Clady after D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired, but they can’t be sure what they’re going to get out of Clady given his injury history. And RT Breno Giacomini is no lock to make the team. Drafting Decker could clear up cap room and improve the line.