March is here. Soon enough, April will be here, and then, the NFL draft. It’s that time of year where the mock drafts come fast and furious. Every “expert” in cyberspace, on the dial, ..etc., has an opinion as to who is going where, and Sports Illustrated is no exception.
The latest edition of Sports Illustrated’s Mock Draft was released late last week, and it has the Jets going offense, with Tennessee WR Cordarelle Patterson:
Patterson exited the combine with the aura of a top-10 talent, and as badly as the Jets need more juice on offense, it’s difficult to see him slipping past New York. His one season of major college experience is a real concern, but his size, speed, athleticism and play-making ability will likely overcome that issue. Patterson carries some risk in the top 10, but since when have Rex Ryan and the Jets been timid on the personnel front?
I do agree that the Jets need help with playmaking on the offensive side of the football, and the Jets certainly aren’t “timid” on the personnel front. This young man can play, but taking a guy with only one year of major college experience is an IMMEDIATE red flag. He also uses his body too much for my taste, needs to catch the ball with his hands more.
Couple that with the fact that, in SI’s scenario, some excellent edge pass rushers will be available, such as Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, and Ziggy Ansah, and you see that the Jets have much safer options at number 9.
Should they take a WR this April? Probably. But there are so many, they shouldn’t do it at #9.