New York Jets 2014 Full Mock Draft

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With a game left in the regular season and nothing to look forward to but College Bowl Games, a Senior Bowl, and combine in February, this is the draft I want to see for the Jets. (Highlights are below each player’s entry.)

Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) sits on the field during the game against the Baylor Bears at AT

Round 1 Pick 14
Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech – There are only 2 starting quality tight ends, Amaro and Eric Ebron. Amaro gets my vote because he is 6’6 while Ebron goes 6’4. Also Amaro has two years of solid statistics that exceed Ebron’s. He also stepped his game up against top 25 college teams, and didn’t put up big stats in only garbage games. They both run about a 4.6, I’d be good with either over Sammy Watkins, but Amaro gets the nod. The receiver class is deeper, and they can get a starter in round two.

Round 2
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt – Everyone thinks the Jets need a big “playmaker”. The Jets need four receivers, not one. They need all four receivers to be good or excellent route runners that can catch passes away from their body. When you try to get playmakers and develop them, you wind up with Stephen Hills that are not natural receivers. Matthews is a 1st-2nd round fringe player. He will be pushed down to the 2nd round for two reasons. The first is that everyone will jump on the workout warriors which he will not be tops in the combine, and the other reason is he is a senior, and again that “potential” or “ceiling” label will get him. I have a feeling he will be a 2nd rounder. If he does the Jets need to grab him. He is 6’3, can high point grab any pass, runs great routes, has good hands, and great instincts. The last two seasons alone he has 200+ catches, 2600 yards, and is setting SEC records. That is the type of receiver the Jets need, one that makes continuous catches rather than one or two big plays a game.

Round 3 (from Tampa Bay)
Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss – I’m tabbing offense early, and this completes the trifecta. Moncrief is a better receiving prospect than 1st round guys like Marquise Lee or Watkins. He runs great routes, and he has a solid 6’3 220 pound body, and he looks the part. Go and Youtube Moncriefs games against top 25 teams like LSU(7) or Texas(14) from 2012 when they had 1st round defensive backs like Eric Reid (LSU) or Kenny Vacarro (Texas). Moncrief repeatedly torched those secondaries. He does everything well, and I expect him to be a 1st or 2nd rounder by the time the evaluation process is done, rather than the 3rd round grade he has now. I watched him beat press coverage with ease, and abuse defenders giving him even a five yard cushion. He is the closest thing to Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns in this draft. He makes a lot of acrobatic catches, and shields defensive backs from the ball to make great hand catches routinely. The best thing he excels at is double moves and hitch routes.

Round 3 pick 2
Jeremiah Attaochu LB Georgia Tech – This is a 6’2 240 pound beast that is super aggressive. He posted 10 sacks in November alone this past season. For the year he had 13 sacks for 2013 and another 10 sacks in 2012. He’s not a one year wonder. He’s aggressive, he’s a hard hitter, and he’s violent. He reminds me of James Harrison, if Harrison was younger and had 4.6 type speed. Attaochu was used as both a DE and an OLB in 3-4 situations. If the Coples experiment continues, I can see him being the other bookend OLB, with Calvin Pace handing over the reigns to him after one season.

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  • Piazza31nyj

    We need two receivers but if we get them in the second and third rounds our offense won’t be much better next year. We have 50m in cap space so I would sign Maclin or Decker in FA as a possession receiver and then draft Sammy Watkins in the first round. Maybe a TE in the 2nd and a safety in the 3rd.
    I think we have to sign Jon Asamoah in FA so we don’t have to start winters

    • Vincent Hall

      I heard that discussion, and I agree to upgrade you need to tab the free agent market. Where we differ is I think Macklin will want a deal similar to what Holmes got when he signed, and again he is not worth big money. Just my opinion, but you draft rookies, and sign affordable free agents only.

  • Richardson91

    This draft is loaded with WR. 20 could go in the first 100 picks. Their are only two tight ends in this draft that are legit receiving threats and they will both likely go in the top 20. The past few years with Josh Gordon (Sup 2nd), Jeffrey and Allen all going in the second or later shows that impact receivers can be found later. It all comes down to scouting departments, FO and coaching staff having similar vision and an eye for projectable talent and coachability. Allen Robinson, Davonte Adams, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Paul Richardson, Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. will all be in the late first-second round mix. Cooks and Beckham are the two that jump out on tape consistently and I am hoping their height pushes them down to us in second. Ebron and Amaro are both elite talents. Sign me up for one of them, a second round WR plus an FA such as Tate or Maclin.

    • Vincent Hall

      I agree that wide receiver is loaded. Tight end is a must, because the way the league is you need an every week contributor at tight end. Cumberland is not that and Amaro or Ebron will be. I thought about Idzik and his frugal nature, I don’t think they will spend a lot in free agency and Tate and Macklin have never proven to be elite as starters (All Pro) consecutive years. If you’re not going to get an elite player, you may as well sign a free agent for depth, and draft a rookie.

      • Richardson91

        In principle, I agree with your stance on free agency but we can afford to overpay for a second tier free agent for the next few years. They would come off books or have a low cap hit in time for second contracts for key players. This is the blueprint the Seahawks used with Sidney Rice and Zach Miller. But it needs to be for a player(s) that will help the overall growth of the teams and a few of the younger players. While Golden Tate is not a number one on a playoff contender he has a few traits that would greatly assist the growth of Geno and a stable of young receivers. He has great hands, instincts and fights for every ball. Reminds me of Coles. I strongly believe that as much as Geno was affected by the revolving door at the skills, the lack off confidence that players such as Cumberland and Hill would contest for poorly thrown balls, tip balls into picks or make the right route adjustments made him lose his aggressiveness. Tate would set a tempo of toughness sorely needed in our receiving corps. Add the bonus that he can return punts and it makes sense. I am not as high on Maclin but he knows Marty’s offense. If Marty’s gone and Bevell is in then Tate makes even more sense to me.

      • JDBrooklyn

        for tight ends i do love Ebron but like i said in an above post – if you can’t get Mike Evans – who i really like for the jets, I say draft Ha-Ha Clinton Dix at safety… immediate productivity and just a no brainer in my mind.

  • Paul Newbold

    Where’s the safety? The Jets need safety help badly and I don’t think they can afford to do it with free agency again!

    • Vincent Hall

      I addressed the safety position with Marqueston Huff, and a project guy in the 6th round Jonathan Dowling. They are both free safeties. I think there isn’t much value for starting caliber safety after round 1. I think they get depth and let Antonio Allen develop while maybe trying to upgrade over Landry.

      • Paul Newbold

        Thanks Vincent. I’ll look into Huff further, I must admit I’m not all that familiar with him. I’m not that high on Allen, and the Landry/ Reed bandage didn’t stop the bleeding. Several of the recent “mocks” I’ve read have seemingly seen Clinton Dix falling out of the first round. Reportedly the best true free safety in this draft, do you think the Jets might make a grab for him in the second? Besides the offense, I see safety as the greatest need going ahead.

  • JDBrooklyn

    If the Jets don’t sign a reliable safety in the offseason (should have plenty of cap space to do so) if someone is out there on the market. If Mike Evans is not on the board in the first round, and safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix from Alabama is – i say that’s a no brainer, he’d be an immediate contributor. You take him… safety has been a huge problem for us this year… maybe keep someone like Ed Reed around to mentor him, but allen and landry just aint cuttin it really. Not enough consistency on their part.

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