Doing a one round mock draft takes a lot of time, doing a two round mock draft is an effort in persistence. So completing a 7 round mock draft for every single team is the draft equivalent of creating Lord of the Rings...OK, I'm exaggerating, but it's still a daunting task.
NFL.com's Chad Reuter recently released his 7 round mock draft and we're going to look at who he selected to fly the flag in NY for the Jets over the coming years:
1st Round - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
My take: I don't mind this selection, but as I mentioned in my "no thanks" article, selecting Lattimore would concern me from a durability perspective. He has all the talent in the world, but dodgy hamstrings are no joke. If he stays healthy, the Jets are getting one hell of a corner who fits the Bowles system to perfection. Saying that he has Jamal Adams going number 7, so I'd take him to be on the safe side.
GGN Pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
2nd Round - Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
My take: Harris offers decent value here, but I really worry about his hand usage and how easily he gets engulfed by tackles sometimes. He does have some explosion and a wicked first step, I like his spin move and his ability to slot in as an OLB straight away. He was also extremely productive. Going defense again is rough, but looking at the scenario, there aren't that many offensive options available outside of RB Kamara.
3rd Round - Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
My take: Absolutely love this. Godwin is one of my favourite prospects in the draft. I really think he'll go in the 2nd, but if he were there in the 3rd, I'd run the selection to the podium. A great combination of speed, size and strength who catches the ball extremely cleanly and runs some savvy routes. Sign me up skip.
3rd Round - Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
My take: It's hard to hate this selection. Kazee may be a little limited at the next level due to his size and his deep speed is only average. However 43 passes defensed and 16 interceptions over the last 3 years? That production is fantastic, and he plays with flexibility and + change of direction.
5th Round - Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
My take: This is far too rich for my taste. I have Jones as a 7th round type player, and personally I always think you can find defensive line guys late in the draft or even as UDFA's. Jones is a sluggish guy who plays with little leverage or balance. I'm not a huge fan. Chad actually has Pat Elflein still available in the 5th, which is a huge surprise to me. So i'd snap him up here no questions asked.
GGN Pick: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
6th Round - Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T
My take: This would be a very exciting pick, he's nicknamed "The human joystick" for a reason. He has electric speed and the ability to cut on a dime, his change of direction and acceleration is on a different level. However he also has a thick lower body which prevents him from dropping at first contact. He is only 5'6 and 179lb's though, so durability will come into question.
7th Round - Cam Keizur, C, Portland State
My take: Cam will struggle to make a roster IMO, he doesn't play with much power and he has short arms. In my scenario I take Elflein back in the 5th, so here I'm not even thinking about Keizur. So I'm gonna take my guy Kyle Sloter from North Colorado. If you're going to take a flyer in the 7th, why shouldn't it be on a QB who has some real upside and workable intangibles.
GGN Pick: Kyle Sloter, QB, North Colorado
So there we have it, I 100% respect anyone who attempts to put a 7 round mock together. I actually thought Chad did a decent job here. I suggested three changes in rounds 1,5 and 7, but apart from that, we're all good.
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