‘Tis the season for mock drafts, as we all know by now. We have a lot of time to write them, revise them, and write them again, with the draft not beginning until the first week of May this year. So, there will be many of these across the landscape.
Dane Brugler is an analyst for NFL Draft Scout. I bring his mock draft to our attention because his is the first in a while that has the Jets taking a name that we haven’t seen in many of these. Who is it?
ODELL BECKHAM JR, WR, LSU
Although he’s been a turnover machine, Geno Smith will likely hold onto the starting gig for another year. And the Jets need to add more weapons to the offensive arsenal and Beckham helped himself at the Combine, pushing him into the top-20 conversation.
Take a look at his entire mock by clicking here.
The Jets need a playmaker, and Beckham Jr is one of those. With several of the Jets that are interested in off the board in this mock, the choice is not particularly surprising. I mean, Eric Ebron was in the top ten in this particular mock, so in this scenario, adjustments will have to be made by the Jets’ camp.
One player that the Jets are leaving on the board that many think the team will take is Marqise Lee.
So, is Brugler right? Did Odell move into the top 20 with his performance at the combine? Let’s look.
His 40 yard dash time was 4.43 seconds, very fast. He was a top performer in the 20 yard shuttle with a performance of 3.94 seconds, and in the 60 yard shuttle with 10.93 seconds. What does that mean to us? It means that Odell Beckham Jr. can change directions with ease, a skill that will translate beautifully in the pros.
The only element of his combine performance that bothers me is only seven reps on the bench press. Obviously, not because he has to block, or make his living tackling. But, the biggest change from the college game to the pros is press coverage. A receiver needs to be able to muscle out of press coverage.
A weaker wide receiver will have some trouble getting off press coverage, and this is a red flag for me. But other than that, I won’t be upset if the Jets make this choice. What do you guys think?