O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
6'6" - 251 lbs
40 Time - 4.51
Mock Part 1: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Mock Part 2: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
There will probably be a lot of negative feedback for this pick, but either way, here is our logic. It seems like Mike Maccagnan is full steam ahead with Christian Hackenberg as his quarterback. This makes it unlikely that we go for a quarterback at 6. Some of the names that are out there in connection to us, are cornerback Lattimore, free safety Hooker, strong safety/free safety Adams, inside linebacker Foster and tight end OJ Howard. Foster and Lattimore are injury risks, so we are taking them off our list. Adams will most likely be taken in the top 5. This leaves Hooker and Howard. Hooker is a great centerfielder, and would be a great addition to a team that plays a lot of single high safety. This isn't us though. Bowles would much rather have a safety like Adams. We can find that safety later in the draft. This leaves Howard. A bruiting tight end, that is both a great blocker and a mismatch nightmare fore defenses. Tight end hasn't been a valuable position in the last few years, but with a new offensive coordinator in town, things can change quick. I think Macc will do everything possible to try and trade out of the 6th spot, but if we are forced to pick, Howard is the guy we chose.
Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown
6'4" - 248 lbs
40 time - 4.61
Mock Part 1: Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan
Mock Part 2: David Njoku, TE, Miami
This year's edge class is one of the deepest we have seen in a while. Even though we weren't in the best position to grab one at 6, we are in the perfect position to grab a very good edge in the 2nd. Rivers was mostly an unknown to the general public before the Senior Bowl. That whole week of practice, the scouting world took notice of what Rivers could do against better competition. He dominated in preparation and then dominated in the game. There is nothing flukey about Rivers. He is a well put together machine that can be a menace on the edge for years to come as a Jet. Once you get over his small school status, it is easy to have him up there with some of the bigger names.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
5'10" - 216 lbs
40 time - 4.62
Mock Part 1: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Mock Part 2: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Drew and I both love Hunt, and that won't stop now, despite his slow 40 time. We see a very productive running back in Hunt. He has the size you want, and the elusiveness you crave. His patience and vision are tops in the draft. Right now we have the underused Bilal Powell, and the mostly ineffective, Matt Forte. Forte will probably be let go after the 2017 season. Powell can't handle the workload himself. He will need a counterpart to take the weight off his shoulders. Hunt can step in, and be that back. He won't wow you with his breakaway speed, because he doesn't have it. He will wow you with how hard he fights for every yard, and how many defenders he makes miss to get those yards. He can also be a decent option as a receiver.
Round 3 (Sheldon Pick)
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
6'3" - 198 lbs
40 time - 4.45
The Jets resigned Marcus Williams, and picked up Morris Claiborne in free agency. These moves moves won't be looked at as saving our secondary, but they were decent moves nonetheless. One thing we can't do, is let those signings keep us from dipping into this deep pond of cornerback talent. There is a certain type of secondary player we haven't had since Antonio Cromartie left our shores. We lack a cornerback with size and speed. Ahkello Witherspoon can step right in and fill that void. In 2016, he was mostly known as the other corner opposite of Chidobe Awuzie. To those that were really paying attention, we saw a complete cornerback. He is long and fast, and led the league in passes defended. His knack for finding the ball, and separating it from the receiver, is 2nd to none. Even with his size, Witherspoon has very fluid hips and fast feet to break on balls. Where Awuzie was giving up TD's to John Ross, Witherspoon was breaking up quick slants to the same top rated receiver in the red zone. If you can find a corner that can out quick Ross, with Witherspoon's size, you take him.
Round 3 (Compensatory Pick)
Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
5'11" - 197 lbs
40 time - 4.54
Mock Part 1: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Mock Part 2: Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown State
In the first round, we had the option to mock Hooker to us, but declined because we thought we could find a better match later in the draft. If we want to go the safety rout in the 3rd, we should go with Xavier Woods. Xavier has the tackling skills, tenacity to play up towards the line, and the coverage skills to be a Bowles free safety if the play calling asks for it. That's the kind of safety Bowles wants. A safety that can play both positions. Woods has the skill-set to be that kind of safety at the next level.
Tyler Orlosky, Center, West Virginia
6'3" - 298 lbs
Bench reps - 24
Mock Part 1: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
Mock Part 1: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
It was a sad offseason when it came to the center position. We lost our beloved Nick Mangold. It was the right time to part ways with him, but it is still sad to see him go. In Mangold's absence last year, Wesley Johnson stepped in and did an average job. He was retained to fight for a starting spot this year. Now we need to find him some competition. Tyler Orlosky can be that guy. He plays with a mean streak, and has a lot of leadership skills to go with it. He has all the traits we loved in Mr. Mangold.
Marquel Lee, ILB, Wake Forest
6'3" - 240 lbs
40 time - 4.65
Mock Part 1: Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
Mock Part 1: Shelton Gibson, WR/KR, West Virginia
David Harris was on the verge of being cut to make way for Dont'a Hightower. This shows that the Jets want to find his replacement sooner rather than later. We decided to add another Lee to the mix. Lee is another rangy linebacker that also has some value in coverage. He has some developmental value. here in the mid to late rounds.
Josh Tupou, NT, Colorado
6'3" - 325 lbs
Bench reps - 29
Mock Part 1: Tarell Basham, Edge, Ohio
Mock Part 2: John Toth, C, Kentucky
We see Deon Simon as our future at NT. I think we also see a youth movement taking place. Steve McLendon is 31, and has become one of the few remaining 30 plus guys. I could see us cutting him sooner rather than later. Tupou can be the next late round defensive tackle to sit and wait for his time to shine. If we do anything well, it is finding defensive tackle talent late in the draft, or as an UDFA.
Here is a possible depth chart we can see come September.