Mock New York Jets Draft Wrap Up

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2013-coach-rex-ryan-camp-presser-v2-650-nfl_thumb_130_95The Jets next selected Antone Exum of Virginia Tech with their 4th round compensatory pick (137) because Rex loves corners and this is a true value pick to find Exum available here. A concern about recovery from an ACL injury in January of 2013 leaves him here. Exum can be a chess piece moved all around by Ryan and Thurman because he has experience at corner and safety. Has good size at 6’0″ and 213 pounds. Exum has press man experience as well as two years of free safety work to fall back on. The diehards that come on Day 3 of the draft give their approval here.

The Jets traded down from 154 in the 5th round to 162 and picked up pick 237 in the 7th round as a result. Ryan Groy of Wisconsin slipped through the cracks and was still available then. Groy plays left guard mostly but has experience at center and even a couple of games at left tackle. Definitely a backup with starter’s potential.

Into the 6th round at pick 195 the Jets draft a running back going with Mississippi State’s LaDarius Perkins. Perkins is built like a bowling ball at 5’7″ and 195 pounds. He has 4.46 speed and had over 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior. He cuts well, accelerates well and has breakaway speed when he gets to the next level. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and block as well. Good value in the 6th round.

Pick 210 floored many Jets fans when John Idzik selected Colt Lyerla, the tight end out of Oregon. After all the talk about character and fitting into the “Play Like a Jet” mold, Idzik drafts a player who is extremely talented but has major character red flags, such as an arrest for cocaine possession and multiple suspensions from the school. Still a lot of experts believe he can be an offensive weapon that can break a defense down the seam. A pairing of Amaro and Lyerla would be scary for opponents and Cumberland would still be on the roster as insurance.

The following pick the Jets selected Jeremy Gallon of Michigan. Gallon led the Wolverines in receiving the past two years despite inconsistent quarterback play. He plays much taller than his 5’7″ frame and has the single-game Big Ten record for receiving yards with 369 against Indiana in 2013 as well as the Michigan single-season receiving record (besting Braylon Edwards) with 1,373. Gallon is a better player than his measurables indicate and one that just finds a way to succeed.

The last of the compensatory picks is pick 213. Vinnie Sunseri of Alabama is a safety who can drop in the box and support the run as well as having good hands and excellent football IQ. He also called the signals for the Alabama defense and has value as a special teamer.

The 7th round begins with the Jets own pick at 233. Rex gets his pick and the Jets draft Tajh Boyd, QB out of Clemson. Boyd is mobile, has won a lot of games at Clemson but is also not very accurate and has had a nightmare of an offseason with poor performances. Once considered a possibility of a 1st round pick last year he is now here in the 7th just waiting for a chance. It’s a good value plus Rex has seen him play more than any other college quarterback and likes him. Good developmental quarterback.

Lastly at pick 237 the Jets take a flyer on defensive end Michael Sam of Missouri. Sam will be heralded because of his announcement that he will be the first openly gay player in the NFL. Football-wise, it is odd to see the SEC Co-defensive player of the year available in the 7th round but here he is. Sam had 11.5 sacks last year and finished the plays that were flushed to him. He would project to OLB with the Jets but although he has a high motor, his speed and quickness around the edge. Some teams will stay away because the player will always generate extra attention and could be a distraction in year 1 if the media gets out of control. He also will have to assimilate into the locker room where there still are some prejudices but here he has a friend in Sheldon Richardson and that would make his transition easier.

So there you have it. 12 picks are in the book with the focus on offense with a QB, an RB, 2 WRs, 2 TEs and a OL. Defensively, they got the best corner in the draft and another corner that can can play safety. They also addressed OLB for the 1st time in awhile, as well as some special teamers that will have a chance to develop into future starters. They took some chances with Lyerla and Sam that will test the locker room but on paper they are an improved team today.

We’ll see how the real draft turns out in less than 2 weeks. I, for one, am getting antsy waiting for the Draft. Can’t wait.


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  • Frank Antonelli

    The myth that Rex needs top CBs to have a good defense is being perpetuated by the clown media and Mevis lovers. The fact of the matter is that he has built great defenses that included great corners and ones
    that included average corners. The fact of the matter is that he had average corners in Baltimore and had years when the injury bug hit his corners so hard that he was playing people out of position. Despite this
    his defenses have always been stellar. You’re not going to have 11 stars playing on defense, you need a coach that can get them to play as aunit and mask any deficiencies as best as possible. I have complete
    faith that the Jets will have at least a top 10 defense in 2014 and probably top 5. Our concerns should be around how they will manufacture some offense rather than who plays corner.

    P.S. If corner is the best rated player on the Jets board then by all means take a corner but not because of the myth that Rex needs corners.

    • Paul Newbold

      Rex can get the most out of his corners without a doubt. That being said I’m sure he’d love to add Gilbert or Dennard’s athleticism to his arsenal. Either one of these guys would look great opposite Milliner! Top Corner? Top Receiver? We’ll all know pretty soon! Let’s just hope whomever they draft in the first brings with them a big impact!

    • RONBO19

      Frank, excellent post! If the pass rush is as good as many Jet fans anticipate the corner play will be less of an issue. On the other hand, there has to be some degree of competency at that position or opponents will attack with quick short passes that expose the defense to long drives that eat the clock and wear out the big boys up front. Your point about manufacturing offense is also critical as one of the best ways to help the defense is for the offense to pull its own weight as well. Last years super bowl was the perfect example of this as as good as Seattle looked defensively,especially in the first half where the game was basically decided, things would have been a lot tougher if Russell Wilson did not make play after play with his arm and his legs keeping drives going that not only scored points, but ate up hugh chunks of the clock that kept the defense fresh and not over exposed as our offense frequently did last year as a result of frequent three & outs our worse yet,turnovers.

      • Paul Newbold

        Ronbo, are we to gamble that the pass rush improves and that they are so good they can cover up a weak secondary? As stout as our defensive front was last year, they still lacked consistent pressure, over all they failed to sack the QB on a regular basis. The Jets were tied for 13th in the league last year in sacks, producing 41 sacks. Our secondary last year was dismal as well. They were tied for 22nd in interceptions in the league, only producing 13 for the season.As you said, a level of competency is needed at the position, I don’t see us having an adequate talent level on the roster at this point! Do we need play makers on offense? They added Decker and Ford in free agency, they will undoubtedly add talent at WR and TE during the draft, plus whomever they can grab when cuts begin. Just my opinion but the need at corner outweighs the need for a WR in the first. An infusion of young talent at OLB, CB and S through the draft will bring up the defensive rankings and set the Jets up for years to come! I’d love Dennard at #18, and wouldn’t complain at all if they chose to move up and grab Gilbert in the first! Just my take…I can understand the frustration fans have been feeling towards our offensive woes….but it will be better regardless this season, with or without a first round receiver. Finish the defensive rebuild and improve the offensive talent level,With 6 picks in the top 150 and 12 overall picks, the Jets should have no problem achieving those goals!

        • RONBO19

          Paul, you must have misunderstood my post.I agree we need corner first because Izzy flopped miserably in free agency. My only concern is the price to move up can be exorbitant and I’m not in favor of over paying as neither Dennard or or Gilbert are without flaws in their game.There is no Darrell Revis or Asante Samuel in this group so if it were to come down to Beckham,Cooks vs a Varrett or any of the second tier guys I would prefer the better player over the bigger need. I’m not convinced any of the corners in this class are better than Beckham or Cooks.
          But as usual, i get your point and for the most part agree!

          • Paul Newbold

            yeah, I guess I did misunderstand your post I guess. NYJETS>COM has an interesting video interview with Idzik and his scouting team. Of course, he commits to nothing, and says little as usual, but he does touch on his approach to trading up or down. I’m reading between the lines a bit, but it may signal they are considering a move of some sort. You might want to watch it if you haven’t already. I’d love to hear your take. Your posts are informative and you tend to keep a level head concerning issues, unlike some others around the net. Keep them coming, I enjoy the reads, and the debate!

          • Craig Hoffman

            I think you are right Paul. While I don’t think they will move up, or down for that matter in round 1, I can see them leveraging their 4th to get back up into the 2nd round. I think that all the impact tight ends will be gone by then and they do need to protect themselves for the run on wide receivers that is an eventuality.

    • Craig Hoffman

      I am aware that Rex can have good defenses without top flight corners. Dennard is one of the highest rated players in my opinion and could be a star for years to come. Another argument for taking a corner is a position scarcity one. There are less potential star corners than wide receivers in this draft.

      • Frank Antonelli

        I don’t have a problem with them taking a corner as long as they are the highest rated player on Idzik’s board. If not let’s do what we did last year with Richardson and stick with best player available.

  • Paul Newbold

    I’d be happy with that draft. A stout young defensive line, two #1 draft picks on the outside at corner, and infusion of youth in the LB corps, the defense should be set for years to come. Offensively they get some young receivers to develop, two potentially deadly tight ends, and a developmental guard, offense is improved. Next season they finish the offensive rebuild after re-evaluating Smith. They would be competitive this year, and in a good position to be considered contenders the following.