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My Draft Redo - Let's see in 3 years who won

This is the fun part - the real mock draft. The mock draft where you know exactly who is on the board and how the draft is shaping up. The 2016 draft was defined by a ton of trades and a ton of surprises - with opinions on talent varying wildly. The only caveat here is that I am assuming the player the Jets actually took would also have been gone by their next pick - so I can't act like Darron Lee would have fallen to the third round and say I would have taken him there. Without further ado, here is where I wanted to go on draft night and still would have gone now with some time to think about it.

Round 1 - #20 overall - Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

If Macc had selected Jack it would have rhymed and it would have been beautiful. They have the short term veteran free agent signings should he need a little more time to recover, but I would have been thrilled with either Jack or Jaylon in the first round. They were undeniably the best players available at #20 - yes medicals are a big risk but both are 3 down LBs with better instincts, who are better tacklers, and are better in coverage than any other LBs in this class. Both are also top notch football characters and leaders both on and off the field - the exact type of guys Bowles is looking for. I understand why they were off the Jets board, but I think it's much easier to justify taking a chance on an injured prospect than taking on guys as reclamation projects.

My backup selection: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss - A monster receiver who could keep the Jets WR group dominant for years after Marshall leaves.

Round 2 - #51 overall - Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas St.

Everyone knows about my affinity for Whitehair at this point and I was surprised and thrilled to seem him available with the Jets on the board at 51. I was even more disappointed when they passed on him for Hackenberg. He was the BPA on the board at arguably our biggest position of need. He steps in day 1 as either the starting RG or RT and could also turn into Mangold's successor. His tape shows the footwork, balance, and intelligence of a 10 year NFL vet - I expect this guy to have a nice long NFL career (but he may never bean All-pro type of player due to his upper body strength).

My backup selection: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson - Arguably the best man-corner in this draft falling into the laps of one of the most man-heavy defensive backfields in the league with an opening at #2 CB. Again, taking what the board gives you can pay off in spades.

Round 3 - #83 overall - Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

I actually was OK with this pick. The Jets have a need on the EDGE and the best EDGE guys on the board were Kyler Fackrell and Jenkins. There were reports of the Jets working out both prospects on campus so I'll defer to them on this one. From what I saw on tape, I liked Fackrell's length and athleticism better, but Jenkins is willing and able to do the dirty work while still getting production.

My backup selection: Sheldon Day, DE/DT, Notre Dame - A very productive college player whose film justifies a 2nd round selection. Not the best athlete but would provide better depth than Jarvis Jenkins in year 1 and could develop nicely to help give the Jets options in a few years when Sheldon wants to get paid like Mo wants to get paid now.

Round 4 - Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron

Jatavis Brown is every bit the athlete that Darron Lee is and when you watch his tape you see that he hits harder, is a surer tackler, and is better in coverage as well. An inch shorter and several pounds lighter than Lee, size is an even bigger question mark for Brown than it is for Lee. He's a vocal and strong leader on the field and in the locker room and he works his tail off. This is the nickel LB/hybrid guy I wanted and I think he offers just as much upside as Lee and is more NFL ready as well.

My backup selection: Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford - I really wanted Kessler here but the Browns took him. Hogan offers many of the same qualities as Kessler - just with a funkier release and slightly less accuracy. Hogan possesses ideal size at the position and comes from a pro-style system. He could step in day 1 if necessary and be a safer option than Geno and Petty.

Round 7 - Tom Hackett, P, Utah

No complaints here, they got him as an UDFA

My backup selection: Cre'von Leblanc

Round 7 - Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Again, no complaints here, WR3 upside late in the 7th, he was BPA here.

My backup selection: Devon Cajuste, WR/TE, Stanford

My final thoughts:

I didn't like the way this draft played out for the Jets in terms of offensive prospects. I did not see any elite QBs in this draft nor did I see any big time WRs after Sterling Shepard was off the board. RBs are always a crap shoot late in the draft but fortunately the Jets do not have an immediate need there.

I also really did not like the trade for Shell, unless he's able to be an upgrade over Giac right away, it wasn't worth it.

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