2015 NFL Draft: New York Jets Take a Pass Rusher and a Lineman Early
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
Time to break down another Mock Draft. ‘Tis the season, as they say. The Combine is over, so the speculation will roll on, right up until draft day, all around the NFL landscape, including right here.
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Yahoo! has released their latest mock draft, following the NFL Combine. This version is two rounds long, making it a little bit more interesting.
As I said in the beginning, the Jets get a pass rusher and a lineman. So let’s start with round one. Who do the Jets select with the sixth pick of the draft?
Next: Round One Pick
Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive endRandy Gregory
(4) looks on before the game against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
With Calvin Pace near the end and the jury out on Quinton Coples, the Jets could use someone to heat up the edges. Gregory’s combine weight of 235 pounds might be a concern, but with the Jets featuring such strength up front with Sheldon Richardson, Mo Wilkerson and Damon Harrison. They would allow Gregory to pin his ears back in passing situations.
I love this pick. The Jets need a dominant pass rusher, a guy they can count on for the big sack when they need one. The Jets had a good pass rush last year, but there were times when they needed to close out games with a sack, and they couldn’t pick it up. A guy like Gregory, especially after that Combine workout, has me convinced that he could be that guy.
Let’s move on to the second round, and see who the Jets select with 37th overall pick.
Next: Round Two Pick
Nov 1, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi (70) vs Louisiana Monroe Warhawks during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Texas A&M Aggies won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A & M
Landing a player whom we pegged as a top-five possibility as recently as six months ago would be nice for the Jets, whose offensive line looked depleted last season.
Take a look at the entire mock scenario by clicking here.
Here is some footage on Ogbuehi from a game against Mississippi State:
I have to admit to not having much familiarity with Ogbuehi, but what I see on the tape I like. He has good footwork, keeps a low center of gravity, and gets his hands on his opponent quickly. The Jets offensive line is aging, and Ogbuehi would be a good fit.
Our resident draft guru, Sean Durham, told me that if this scenario played out, he would be “ecstatic”. He said that the Jets would be getting a “steal” in round two. That’s good enough for me.