Brian Baldinger Mock Draft: The New York Jets Select…….


Brian Baldinger

We are just under two weeks away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, live from Radio City Music Hall. As such, we continue with the analysis from around the league as we come to conclusions as the wait comes to a close. Tonight, we look at another mock draft from the experts around the league.

This one is interesting for a few reasons, as you will see.

Tonight’s draft is one from Brian Baldinger. We have all seen Brian and his work if we watch the NFL Network. He appears on the “Playbook” program, among others. He will make appearances on many of the shows around the network, as well as doing analysis for FOX games during the season.

He has released his first mock draft of the season. Let’s see who he has for the Jets at number 18:

JUSTIN GILBERT, CB, OKLAHOMA ST.

Rex Ryan collects corners because his defense doesn’t work if they can’t lock up. The Jets have lost Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis in back-to-back years. Wide receiver can wait until Round 2.

Take a look at his entire mock by clicking here.

So what do we think?  There has been a big ground swell for this type of move from some factions of the Jets’ fan base.  It’s an understandable feeling.  There are few that are confident in the players that are on the roster at the cornerback position.  Not many feel that the Jets have the player on the roster that can start this upcoming season.  So, the Jets would have to take to the draft to fill the void, no?

We have talked about this before, but, my opinion?  No!  Absolutely not.

The Jets need dynamic players on offense, and in great quantities.  This is a fact not in dispute.  Even if we take a look at this particular scenario, and see that Eric Ebron is long off the board, my mind still does not change here.  There are players like Marqise Lee and Brandin Cooks available at this spot.  Game changers on offense are what the Jets need.  And they need them fast.

Don’t forget about Rex Ryan’s ability to teach as well.  He would do a lot more with a mid-draft cornerback, than Marty and the offense will do with a middle of the road player at WR.  Talk to everyone after Stephen Hill drops some passes this year, if he makes the team.

To me, there are just too many playmakers available for the Jets to pass up.  Despite the logic to take a cornerback, I still say you have to go offense.  Some are going to disagree with me, some already have and expressed so at the website.  Please sound off in the comments and tell us what you are thinking on this subject.

I bring this draft to your attention as well because of a couple of other interesting moments.  Follow the link to Brian’s draft once more, and take a look at it.  Somebody is missing.  Who is it?

Teddy Bridgewater.  He has Bridgewater falling out of the round entirely.  Baldinger probably isn’t the only one who thinks so, thanks to a bad Pro Day.  Baldinger has also moved Johnny Manziel far lower than most other draft writers.  According to Baldinger, Manziel falls all the way to #26 of the draft to Cleveland.

Comment on the quarterbacks in this round as well.  Agree?  Disagree?  Let me hear it.

Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Justin Gilbert New York Jets Nfl Mock Draft Teddy Bridgewater

  • Edward Kirby

    I would say trade down on that first pick and reinforce the OL. This helps the passing game (keeping Vick upright and off the DL), the running game, and provides an additional top-100 pick in — what many are already calling — an historically rich draft. A Pro Bowl caliber guard would do wonders for the offense.

    Unrelated comment: does Barr (OLB/UCLA) remind anyone else of Gholston, or is it just me?

  • Andrew Delpezzo

    If the Jets get Justin Gilbert in the 1st and a safety like Buchannon or Ward in the 2nd just think about how good this defense could be. The Jets need to build around the D-line adding speed behind them maybe even taking a speedy linebacker at the top. We know Rex wont miss on D!! (even if its Anthony Barr who does slightly remind me of Vernon Gholston)

  • Dustin Schrank

    gilbert has amazing athletic ability (cromartie like) I wouldnt pass on him, I would take him in this scenario and trade up in the 2nd and snatch cooks too.

    • Paul Newbold

      He’s actually more physical than Cromartie I think. I don’t think he’ll be around at #18, but you know Rex would love to add him opposite Milliner! I’d gladly take Dennard if he were there at 18 as well.

  • Paul Newbold

    The sad part is they created the hole at corner themselves. I was looking forward to one of the top receivers from this draft myself, luckily the draft is deep. There are surely some talented receivers to be had in the second round, guys that can come in and contribute. I see both sides of the argument, I just believe Rex wins the argument (if there is one) and they go corner in the first. Arguably the offense is already improved over last year, why not complete the defensive rebuild early? Return to offense and develop some of the talented depth this draft has to offer. They very well could wind up with two starting WR’s from the 3rd and 4th round of this draft. I’m not too certain that is the case for CB. Either way they go, they still have 12 picks in a very highly touted draft, a good set of options, and an amount of flexibility to go after a guy if they choose. Its a position I’m sure more than one NFL GM would love to be in! Let’s ace this draft!!