2015 NFL Draft: Todd Gurley to the New York Jets in McShay Mock


We are in the home stretch, ladies and gentlemen.  The NFL draft is less than one week away.  At this time next week, we will already been in the second round.  Finally, we will be able to end the speculation and look at the future of the New York Jets.

Todd McShay from ESPN released his fifth mock draft just a couple of days ago (Insider subscription required).  For the Jets, he has chosen Todd Gurley, RB out of Georgia.  Here are his thoughts:

Now that Gurley is cleared from a medical standpoint, I think he’s going to go high. Maybe not this high, but I do think this pick would make sense. The Jets’ biggest need is at quarterback, but they won’t be able to find one in this scenario, and having an elite back like Gurley would provide help for an offense that won’t be getting above-average quarterback play — and new general manager Mike Maccagnan saw firsthand with Arian Foster in Houston the impact an elite running back can have. Other options for the Jets here include WR Kevin White, OL Brandon Scherff and edge rushers Randy Gregory and Vic Beasley. There was a time when I thought Gurley would last until the 20s, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore.

The more thought I give to taking a running back in this spot, the more I see it. I still believe that the Jets go edge pass rusher here, but I can justify going running back, I really can. Look at Todd Gurley’s stats:

Rushing & Receiving

Gurley adds an explosiveness out of the backfield that Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley do not.  The Jets need a game breaker, a guy  they can get on the outside, and we see him 50 yards later.  When Todd Gurley has been healthy, he fits that bill.  Now that he has checked out medically, I could understand this pick.

I don’t think the Jets WILL take Todd Gurley, I believe they will look at other positions, such as edge pass rusher.  I am saying that I could understand and get behind it if the Jets DO take Todd Gurley.

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