A few of our sister SB Nation blogs have been running with this theme over the last few days and I know the community here at GGN loves a little draft talk, so I decided to pose the hypothetical right here...What would the Jets look like had they listened to the final mock drafts published by ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr and Todd McShay?
As you know, Kiper and McShay release several mock drafts throughout the off-season, following the college season, the senior bowl, the combine...you get the point. However they always finish with their final mock in April, just before the picks are in. Have you ever wondered what the Jets would look like had they listened to these guys? Well we've done the homework so you don't have to.
Interestingly, the Jets haven't selected a single player that was predicted to them by ESPN, so the draft guru's are 0-14 when trying to predict the unpredictable...we are the Jets after all.
Obviously we need to keep in mind that some players had already been taken by the time the Jets came to select. For example, I'm sure we'd all prefer to have Odell Beckham Jr with the Jets over Calvin Pryor, but Beckham had already been taken.
So without further ado, here they are...what are your thoughts? Are the Jets better off now than they would have been? If you had to pick a perfect draft class using only the data below, which would it be? One thing is for sure, I don't think anyone needs reminding how defensively heavy our drafts have been.
Mel Kiper - Linval Joseph, DT (Pick number 46 - New York Giants)
Todd McShay - Jared Odrick, DT (Pick number 28 - Miami Dolphins)
Actual Pick - Kyle Wilson, CB (Pick number 29)
Mel Kiper - Phil Taylor, DT (Pick number 21 - Cleveland Browns)
Todd McShay - Akeem Ayers, LB (Pick number 39 - Tennessee Titans)
Actual Pick - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE (Pick number 30)
Mel Kiper - Michael Floyd, WR (Pick number 13 - Arizona Cardinals)
Todd McShay - Michael Floyd, WR (Pick number 13 - Arizona Cardinals)
Actual Pick - Quinton Coples, DE (Pick number 16)
Mel Kiper - Barkevious Mingo, DE (Pick number 6 - Cleveland Browns)
Todd McShay - Tyler Eifert, TE (Pick number 21 - Cincinnati Bengals)
Actual Pick - Dee Milliner (Pick number 9) Sheldon Richardson, DE (Pick number 13)
Mel Kiper - Odell Beckham Jr, WR (Pick number 12 - New York Giants)
Todd McShay - Brandin Cooks, WR (Pick number 20 - New Orleans Saints)
Actual Pick - Calvin Pryor, S (Pick number 18)
Mel Kiper - Kevin White, WR (Pick number 7 - Chicago Bears)
Todd McShay - Vic Beasley, OLB (Pick number 8 - Atlanta Falcons)
Actual Pick - Leonard Williams, DE (Pick number 6)
Mel Kiper - Keanu Neal, S (Pick number 17 - Atlanta Falcons)
Todd McShay - Eli Apple, CB (Pick number 10 - New York Giants)
Actual Pick - Darron Lee, LB (Pick number 20)