Full Mock Draft: New York Jets

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Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets coach Rex Ryan speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rd 5 – Pick 154 – Russell Bodine – G – North Carolina (Draftek pick Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah) – The Jets need depth on the offensive line, especially ones with the developmental potential to be a starter. He has been described as alert, competitive and looking for someone to hit on each play, according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com. He gets off the ball well, is able to move forward and blocks to the next level. He has smaller than average arms and he will have to have great technique to overcome that.

Rd 6 – Pick 195 – Jeremy Gallon – WR – Michigan (Draftek pick Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – Eastern Illinois) – This is where I remind you that this is based on a Draftek simulation because I find it hard to believe that Gallon will be here at this point. If he is, then he is clearly the best value.  He may only be 5’7″ and 185 lbs. but he runs a 4.42 40 yard dash and led Michigan in receiving the last two years. He broke Michigan’s single season receiving record in 2013 with 1,373 yards including a game with 369 yards on 14 catches. Gallon is also a returner who can compete with Jacoby Ford.

Rd 6 – Pick 209 – Louchiez Purifoy – CB – Florida (Draftek pick Louchiez Purifoy – CB – Florida) Purifoy is already a special teams ace and the Jets sorely need help on special teams. He also has potential in man coverage and press man coverage having experience being put on an island (no, not that island). He played good competition at Florida. Low risk, high upside.

Rd 6 – Pick 210 – Ryan Groy – OG/T – Wisconsin (Draftek pick Michael Campanaro – WR – Wake Forest) – A guard that played tackle as well, Groy was a first team All Big-Ten selection by the coaches in 2013. He measures 6’5″ 317 lbs. and is one of the long lineage of Wisconsin guards. His athleticism has been questioned but according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, he answered those questions at Pro Day and teams have a higher grade on him than most think. I like his Wisconsin pedigree, his toughness and versatility.

Rd 6 – Pick 213 – James Morris – ILB/OLB – Iowa (Draftek pick John Urschel – G – Penn State) – Morris has had over 100 tackles each of the past two seasons with 18 tackles for loss to go along with four interceptions in 2013. He had a good four year career with the Hawkeyes before having a poor Combine which sent his stock plummeting. Perhaps given a chance to make it on special teams, while developing his abilities at linebacker, he could make the 53 man roster and maybe be a contributor down the road.

Rd 7 – Pick 242 – Kevin Pierre-Lewis – OLB/SS – Boston College (Draftek pick Deandre Coleman – DE – Cal) – Pierre-Lewis is a hybrid LB/S who had 107 tackles, 10 1/2 tackles for loss and six sacks to go along with an interception for a touchdown last year for the Eagles. He has also made plays on the special teams unit. Pierre-Lewis needs to put on some weight to stay at linebacker. He ran a 4.51 at the Combine.

So that’s my best guess based on the available information I have. Just like being a major league baseball player, if you get 4 out of 12 of these right you are doing a great job. It’ll be fun to see how I do.


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