I understand the scrutiny of mock drafts. Majority of the time they are not very accurate, and do not portray what will actually happen on the day of the draft. While that may certainly be the case, it is always fun to give them a try. In this draft, the New York Jets have 12 selections, which makes it even harder to predict. In my opinion, I feel that the Jets will trade some of these selections in hopes of trading up, simply because I do not feel there is room for 12 more players on the roster.
Round 1, Pick 18- CB Jason Verrett TCU- While I have not seen many mocks with Verrett linked to the Jets, I believe he would be a great pick at 18. Verrett actually has a visit planned with the Green and White next week, so John Idzik will get to know him better. Verrett can play in the slot or outside, and is a very physical and tough player.
Round 2, Pick 49- WR Allen Robinson PSU- While Robinson may not last this long in the draft, if he does though, the Jets should be all over him. In my opinion, Robinson is the most underrated receiver in the draft. He has the ability to come in and start opposite Eric Decker week one.
Round 3, Pick 80- TE CJ Fiedorowicz Iowa- There may not be a bigger need on the Jets roster than the tight end position. Adding Fiedorowicz would change that instantly. The former Iowa Hawkeye has already come in for a visit with the Jets.
Round 4, Pick 104- OLB Trevor Reilly Utah- The Jets can certainly use some depth and young age at the OLB position. While veteran Calvin Pace recorded 10 sacks last season, he is not getting any younger. Adding a pass rusher like Reilly would be a nice depth addition for this year, and has the potential to pay off in the future.
Round 4, Pick 115- S Ed Reynolds Stanford- While many are not high on Reynolds, I believe he would be a nice pick in the fourth round. He would be a nice addition to a secondary that needs improvement. He would be able to see time behind Allen/Landry.
Round 4, Pick 137- OT Joel Bitonio Nevada- More depth for the offensive line.
Round 5 Pick 154- WR Josh Huff Oregon- Do not be shocked if the Jets draft 2-3 receivers in the draft this year. If the Jets want Geno Smith to continue to improve, they need to add playmakers around him, which they have done nicely this offseason, but need to add more in the draft. Huff is another underrated receiver who would provide depth.
Round 6, Pick 195- G Jon Halapio Florida- Depth, Depth, Depth. Can never have enough depth on the offensive line.
Round 6, Pick 209- CB Loucheiz Purifoy Florida- The Jets add two Gators in the sixth round. Due to a poor combine, Purifoy’s stock has significantly fallen. If he gets his head right, he is a steal in the sixth round. At the least, he provides more depth at the CB spot, and can contribute on special teams.
Round 6, Pick 210- QB Logan Thomas VA Tech- This late in the draft, I feel that the Jets should add a QB for strictly depth purposes. Thomas would compete with Matt Simms for the 3rd QB spot in training camp.
Round 6, Pick 213- TE Colt Lyerla Oregon- I wrote about Lyerla a few weeks back. Based on his play alone, he is a first round. This is a good spot to take a chance on the talented, but troubled tight end.
Round 7, Pick 233- DE Cassius Marsh UCLA- It would not be a draft without the Jets adding a defensive lineman. Nothing but more depth here.
This is my attempt at a seven round mock draft for the Green and White. Would love to know your opinion on some of these selections. Would you be happy with his draft?