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2016 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets select Taylor Decker

Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Taylor Decker on the bench against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Taylor Decker on the bench against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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In this 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the NY Jets select a premier offensive lineman and find a much-needed edge rusher in the second round.

After bringing in general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles in 2015, the Jets wasted no time getting to work.  They were able to build trust and a better culture in the locker room by acquiring some key free agents who made an immediate impact both in the locker room and on the field.  Improvements did not stop in free agency, as the 2015 NFL Draft was also a success for the Jets scoring an “A” across many sports media platforms.

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Maccagnan, Bowles and company look to continue the progress through this year’s free agency period, which kicked off already as well as in this year’s draft where they will look to fill voids and infuse positions with younger talent.

So far this offseason we have watched the Jets play the market slow for the most part, but they were able to make a splash in landing former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.  In addition, they also brought back Bilial Powell and signed former New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson.

The recent free agent signings of Forte, Powell and Robinson help immensely in my opinion.  Their contracts cover the next three to four years, which allows the Jets more flexibility for drafting other positions.  New York should not reach for a running back and end up using their first round pick on Ezekiel Elliott.  As much as a difference maker he could be, there are positions that require much more attention at this time than running back for the Jets.

Based on free agency thus far and looking over the roster, here is a full six-pick mock draft with the direction the Jets should head in.

Next: Jets go offensive line in Round 1

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Taylor Decker. 1. 30. . <p>The Jets need to address their offensive line early and throughout the draft.  They need to infuse youth across the board on the offensive line which is a top priority this offseason.  When you take a look along the Jets’ line from last season: <a href=. Offensive Tackle

Next: Jets land edge rusher in Round 2

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. <p>Another position of need with the Jets is an edge rusher.  They have allowed <a href=. Linebacker. Leonard Floyd. 2. 30

Next: Jets grab much-needed tight end in Round 3

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30. . <p>The Jets’ offense would benefit greatly from adding a tight end into the mix.  Former second-round pick <a href=. Tight End. Nick Vannett. 3

Next: Jets add quarterback in Round 4

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. <p>Even if <a href=. Quarterback. Brandon Doughty. 4. 30

Next: Jets bolster offensive line in Round 5

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Graham Glasgow. 5. 30. . <p>The acquisition last season of <a href=. Center/Guard

Next: New punter for Jets in final round

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Punter. Tom Hackett. 7. 30. . <p>The 2015 campaign left Jets fans with a lot to be desired in the special teams department, specifically given the punter position with one <a href=

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