2013 NFL Draft: Pass Rushers Who Would Fit the New York Jets

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Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

3. Barkevious Mingo: Barkevious Mingo is your ideal pass rusher. At 6’5, 245 pounds, Mingo is a physical freak. What separates Mingo from other pass rushers is his speed. Mingo’s first step is what makes him successful. His wide array of moves allows him to get by an offensive lineman. He has
always been a high class guy and looked upon as a leader since his sophomore season at LSU. One thing Mingo needs to improve upon is his ability to stop the run. At LSU, Mingo was mostly used as a straight pass rusher, so his ability to stop the run is not very strong. In my opinion, Mingo reminds me a lot of Seattle Seahawk’s linebacker, Bruce Irvin. Irvin played a big role in Seattle’s defense, and if Mingo reaches his full potential, he could do the same for another team. Although I favor Jones and Jordan, Mingo would not be a bad pick for the Jets at #9 overall. Despite his 2012 season only registered 4.5 sacks, he still was able to get to the QB and that as stated earlier, is a dire need for the Jets.

4. Brandon Jenkins: While Jones, Jordan and Mingo are all almost a lock to go in the first round, Jenkins seems to be in the 2-4 range. Let’s say the Jets decide to pick an OG or even a QB in round 1. This means it is almost a guarantee they would look for an OLB in the upcoming rounds. In my opinion, Jenkins is a guy the Jets should target. Jenkins is a very versatile athlete. At FSU, he played both OLB and DE in which he lined up opposite another big name player, Bjoern Werner. At 6’3, 265 pounds, Jenkins has good power and great speed while rushing the passer. Jenkins is considered average against the run, which has hurt his draft stock. Overall, Jenkins seems to be a solid selection for any team. If the Jets don’t pick on OLB in the 1st, Jenkins could be a steal in the later rounds.

Just a few solutions for the Jets’ age old problem of not being able to get to the passer on a consistent basis.

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