2015 NFL Mock Draft: A Surprise at Number Six for the New York Jets


May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet and NFL shield logo before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Good evening Jets fans. Again we are going to take a bit of a break from talking about the general manager and coaching searches to look ahead at the upcoming NFL draft. Rod Graves is keeping the team moving forward for now, as the interim general manager. The Jets have a lot of holes to fill, and this draft is going to be huge.

As we have talked about, the mock draft season has already begun. With most of the first round set, the mock drafts are coming fast and furious. We have taken a look at a few so far, but today we are going to look at two of them.

The first one comes from our friends at “SB Nation”. The second comes from the site “The Football Educator”. Our buddy Ron Pickett is a contributor there, and the site is run by former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist. Sundquist was also a candidate for the Jets general manager job, eventually filled by John Idzik.

Why did I choose these two drafts? Because they both had the Jets choosing the same player with the number six pick. Who is that player? In these scenarios, who do the Jets draft? It’s not a scenario I have seen yet. However, it is one that will help the New York Jets at a major position.

So, with the sixth pick of the first round (in these scenarios), the New York Jets select…………

Jan 1, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) during the post-game press conference after the 2015 Rose Bowl college football game at Rose Bowl. Oregon Ducks defeated Florida State Seminoles 59-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

First, the explanation from SB Nation:

After mocking this pick in November, it is starting to become popular for several reasons. Firstly, the idea of Winston in New York is fun. Secondly, the Jets’ quarterbacks aren’t good. That, thirdly, makes it easy, especially since we don’t know who will coach the Jets.

Now, the rationale from the “Football Educator”:

The Jets could very well stick with current quarterback Geno Smith for one more year, but with a new coaching staff slated to come in next season, they will want their guy in the most important position on the field. Winston has enormous potential on the field and has shown rare pocket presence, anticipation, and leadership there. Off the field, he is an immature kid that needs to grow up fast. After FSU’s last game of the year vs Alabama Winston stated he is focusing on playing baseball this season for the Seminoles and didn’t seem like a lock to even declare for the draft this year, so stay tuned on his status.

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To view each of these mocks, click here for the SB Nation mock, and here for the Football Educator.

Personally, I would be happy, as I assume many of you would. To me, Winston is the more pro-ready quarterback. If Winston falls to number six, the Jets could be set for quite some time if they choose to draft him.

Of course, he may very well not fall at all. I don’t know that I see Winston making it that far. But if enough teams are scared of with his character concerns, it could happen.