I don’t like Mock Draft articles because they are inevitably wrong as they don’t account for the fact that some teams draft the best player available while others on need. It also can’t account accurately for trades. However, since there hasn’t been any Jets news of note recently, I will take a stab at it anyway, predicting who the Jets draft. I will draft based on need early then best player available later on. I ran a simulator at draftek.com and I will make a selection based on the players on the board when the Jets select.
Rd 1 – Pick 18 – Eric Ebron-TE (Draftek pick Marqise Lee-WR)-With the highest rated tight end on the board, the Jets run to the podium to make their pick. Ebron is a matchup nightmare that plays in the slot more than anywhere else. His comparison is Vernon Davis, although he is slower at 4.6. Ebron should become one of the difference making, pass catching tight ends like Gronkowski, Graham or Davis and would be a great addition to the Jets offense.
Rd 2 – Pick 49 – Keith McGill – CB – Utah (Draftek pick Lamarcus Jordan – FS – FSU) - McGill brings size, versatility and the ability to play press man coverage. He was brought into Utah as a FS, where he played five games before injuring his shoulder. The shoulder didn’t respond to rehab so surgery was necessary and he missed the 2012 season. When he came back in 2013 they switched him to corner and he used his 6’3″ size, leaping ability and long arms to press and intimidate his opponents. Like Cromartie, before he came to the Jets he has the label of a less than willing tackler but that is correctable with coaching. Assuming he checks out physically, the Jets have another chess piece for Rex Ryan to move around at safety and corner. After he learns he should settle in nicely opposite Milliner to form a duo that can play the press man coverage that Ryan likes.
Rd 3 – Pick 80 – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU (Draftek pick C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa) - Although I am a big fan of Fiedorowicz, the fact that Ebron fell into the Jets lap in round one means they can go somewhere else in round three. Jarvis Landry is going to have an excellent pro career. He has the lowest drop rate in college football at 2%, he is an excellent route runner and he plays faster than he tests. He is the guy on a team that always gets open on 3rd downs and makes the big catch, in the mold of a Jericho Cotchery. Every team needs a player of this ilk and paired with Kerley, the Jets will have two.
Rd 4 – Pick 104 – Adrian Hubbard – LB – Alabama (Draftek pick Adrian Hubbard – LB – Alabama) - This is a prototypical upside pick. Hubbard has a great frame at 6’6″ and 252 lbs. with a massive wingspan. His 4.69 forty belies his game speed and his strength is underrated as well. The problem is he has only showed his ability in flashes and has yet to put it together. He could turn out to be a productive starter, if he applies himself, or he can bust if he never puts it together. I feel much more comfortable drafting him in the 4th than in the 2nd or 3rd.
Rd 4 – Pick 115 – Ed Reynolds – FS – Stanford (Draftek pick Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood) – Reynolds is physical and hits hard with that being an understatement. He supports the run well, can cover athletic tight ends, can play deep and is really aggressive. Reynolds also has good size at 6’2″. His excellent ball skills make him a weapon in the secondary.
Rd 4 – Pick 137 – Charles Sims – RB – West Virginia (Draftek pick Charles Sims – RB – West Virginia) - Sims is a dual threat, who is just as dangerous catching a screen pass as he is running off tackle. With 4.48 speed and the ability to make opponents miss in the open field, Sims can definitely be a weapon in a diverse offense. Sims needs to bulk up a bit to be more effective running in between the tackles but that will not be his role as a Jet. He will be an outside runner and receiver if he is brought in. In the late 4th round Sims would be a quality addition.