Haason Reddick, Edge, Temple
6'1" - 237 lbs - 40 Time 4.52
Mock Part 1: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Mock Part 2: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Mock Part 3: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
We decided to go away from the boring picks that everyone seems to be mocking to us, and pick a versatile prospect that I needed some convincing to take this high. I view Reddick thriving as a 4-3 SAM linebacker, but the truth is, he can thrive wearing many different hats. His fluidity in space is second to none in this class. He is quite special. The way he slaloms through defenders is unique. An actual mirror probably couldn't mirror him for long. In 4-3 sets, he can pass rush or drop into coverage from the SAM position. In our 3-4 sets he can rush as an outside linebacker, or play inside. Bowles also has a lot of contacts with Temple, so he might have an inside track on him.
Chidobe Awuzie, FS/CB, Colorado
6'o" - 202 lbs - 40 Time - 4.43
Mock Part 1: Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan
Mock Part 2: David Njoku, TE, Miami
Mock Part 3: Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown
With our 1st pick, we grabbed a versatile pass rusher to help throw quarterbacks off rhythm. In the second we want a versatile player for our secondary. Awuzie can be our honey badger. If we need a centerfielder, Awuzie is the guy. He can also man up on the outside or in the slot. Chidobe is a one stop shop for all things secondary. He becomes even more valuable as a blitzer, and against the run. There isn't much he can't do.
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
6'1" - 209 lbs - 40 Time - 4.42
Mock Part 1: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Mock Part 2: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Mock Part 3: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
We have seen Godwin picked all over the place, so early in the 3rd is as good a place as any to take him. With Godwin, we get a very physical, reliable, deep threat that is a beast of a blocker. A receiver that can dominate with or without the ball in his hands will improve our offense on many levels. Drew and I see the future of this team being filled with predominantly athletic and versatile players that benefit the team in more ways than just in their traditional duties.
Round 3 (Sheldon Trade)
Josh Jones, SS, NC State
6'1" - 220 lbs - 40 Time - 4.41
Mock Part 3: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Josh Jones blew the roof off the combine, and his stock has been rising ever since. Jones is an athletic freak that has experience at both safety positions. He has the speed and the range to track all across the field. Josh has the size and physicality to man up with tight ends. Jones is also a hard hitter. We can't imagine anyone would want to be on the other end of hit, with Jones running full speed.
Round 3 (Compensatory Pick)
George Kittle, TE, Iowa
6'4" - 247 lbs - 40 Time - 4.52
Mock Part 1: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Mock Part 2: Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown State
Mock Part 2: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
Kittle is a former receiver/secondary player who transitioned to tight end. He then worked his way to being one of the best blocking tight ends in the class. George is a people mover. He has a way of blocking his assignment off the screen. A combination of leverage, hand use and execution, makes Kittle a dominant force. We shouldn't just look at Kittle as a one trick, blocking pony. He has the speed to become a dangerous receiving threat in the flats or up the seem.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
6'1" - 233 lbs - 40 Time - 4.65
Mock Part 1: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
Mock Part 2: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Mock Part 3: Tyler Orlosky, Center, West Virginia
Every mock needs a feel good, inspirational story. James Conner is ours. Conner is as tough on the field, as he is in his recovery. Behind his pads, follows a powerful man. What the Jets lack in their stable of running backs, is a bruiser. Bilal Powell and Matt Forte are great West Coast style running backs, but I wouldn't want either of them in short yardage situations. Conner would be ideal in this situation, and be an instant leader/locker room boost.
John Toth, C, Kentucky
6'5" - 307 lbs - 40 Time - 5.51
Mock Part 1: Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
Mock Part 2: Shelton Gibson, WR/KR, West Virginia
Mock Part 3: Marquel Lee, ILB, Wake Forest
Mike Maccagnan brought back Wesley Johnson to compete for the starting center spot recently vacated by longtime Jet, Nick Mangold. With that said, he shouldn't be given the spot outright. John Toth would be able to compete with Johnson right away. Toth has a mean streak to him that we like. If we do want to in a power run direction, John is the perfect match. Toth is powerful, and gets great leverage to open up running lanes.
Jack Tocho, CB, NC State
6'0" - 202 lbs - 40 Time - 4.54
Mock Part 1: Tarell Basham, Edge, Ohio
Mock Part 2: John Toth, C, Kentucky
Mock Part 3: Josh Tupou, NT, Colorado
We picked Awuzie to be a jack of all trades in our secondary, but could see most of his snaps in a safety capacity. This cornerback class is stacked, and there will be talent throughout the whole draft. We would be remorseful if we didn't get some more depth at CB. Tacho is a very smart, and high effort corner. Tocho is physical, and is ideal for man coverage. If you happened to see his game against Notre Dame, he battled through the elements to have a very productive game.
Here is a look at what our Depth Chart could look like after final cuts.