2015 NFL Draft: New York Jets First Two Round Picks…
Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Time to review another mock draft from a New York Jets perspective. We have been looking at the mock drafts from all over the map, and even creating our own, for weeks now, and we will continue to do so right up until draft day.
Today, we are checking out a mock draft from our friends at SB Nation. This week, they have released a two round version of their latest mock draft. We will take a look at both of the Jets draft picks, and I will comment on the scenario at the end of both picks.
So, let’s take a look at the two draft picks now.
Next: The Picks
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterbackMarcus Mariota
throws a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
If the Jets want to get Mariota, they’ll have to hope a team doesn’t trade ahead of them to get him. In this mock, there isn’t that risk, so the Jets get the dynamic Oregon quarterback. In New York, Mariota should easily overtake Geno Smith as the team’s starting quarterback.
Let’s move along to the second round, and see who the Jets choose with the 37th overall pick in the draft.
Oct 25, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers defensive endEli Harold
(7) stands on the field against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
A lot of people have Harold in the first round, but his issues getting off blocks are troubling. He could thrive, though, if he’s coached up in the right system and adds power.
Take a look at the full mock here.
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It’s an interesting pair of picks. We do know that the Jets have a need at both of these positions. However, you know by now how I feel about Marcus Mariota. There is always the possibility that I am wrong, as Mariota is definitely a great athlete. His accuracy and his ability to read defenses still leaves me suspect. A quarterback in the top ten needs to be a sure thing. Marcus Mariota is not.
Eli Harold is a good choice in the second round. Here is some video for anyone unfamiliar:
Harold is definitely an explosive pass rusher, but as the mock mentions, has some trouble disengaging from blocks at times. He seems like a good value for a second round draft pick.
To me, based on this scenario, I would prefer Kevin White, Vic Beasley or La’el Collins at number six and a receiver with the 37th draft pick, unless they take White. If they take White, Harold makes more sense with that second pick, unless a value like Andrus Peat drops to the Jets at 37.
How do you guys feel?