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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Jets Going Defense in First Round?

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Who do the latest mock drafts have the Jets picking? Let's take a look below.

Jared Dubin (CBS)

20. New York Jets

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: And now we get to the part of the draft where just about all of the picks from previous weeks remain the same. We've have Floyd penciled into the Jets for a while, and it still makes sense.

Chris Burke (SI)

20 NOAH SPENCE DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky

The New York linebacking corps looms as a significant issue. Sheldon Richardson is expected to shift back to DE after spending time last year as an OLB, further weakening a shorthanded unit. They need help inside at some point. They get help outside right here, taking a shot on Spence and his ability to get after the quarterback.


Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus)

20. New York Jets – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Alexander excels in man coverage — exactly what the Jets love to play behind their blitz-heavy scheme. His movement skills make him a perfect corner to match up with the shifty receivers from their division rival, the New England Patriots.

51. New York Jets – Joe Thuney, OT/G, NC State

One of our favorite sleepers in the draft, Thuney brings versatility to the defensive line after grading as a top-20 guard in 2014 and top-5 offensive tackle in 2015. It’s not always pretty, but he rarely loses in the run or pass game (surrendered only seven pressures on 507 snaps in pass protection in 2015).

83. New York Jets – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Jets take a chance on Cook who has the downfield aggressiveness to win games with a strong receiving corps, but also the short-area accuracy to lose games as well. It’s worth seeing if they can shore up the latter.