Coffee with the Jets: New mock draft predicts a DE in 1st Round

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22: Arden Key #49 of the LSU Tigers celebrates with John Battle #26 during the second half of a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22: Arden Key #49 of the LSU Tigers celebrates with John Battle #26 during the second half of a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

In this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets, Todd McShay’s latest mock draft has them going defensive end in the 1st Round, Todd Bowles not wanting to give Christian Hackenberg a shot, and a look at the continued success of Demario Davis.

The weekend is almost upon us as more snow has hit the beautiful city of New York today and well, the temperatures are finally where they’re supposed to be at this point in the Winter. For the New York Jets, they continue to practice and prepare for another tough road game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 15 action.

It’s crazy how fast the NFL season has gone and all the injuries that hit a plethora of teams. Even the Jets got hit with a huge injury as Josh McCown just had surgery on his broken left hand. It’s hard to predict if last week will be the final game of his journeyman career but here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery and that the Jets rally and play a fine game on Sunday in honor of everything he has done for the team this season.

Below you will find some of the top articles on the internet around the Jets that go perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. Make sure it’s light and sweet so you can get the day started right!

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In Todd McShay’s first mock, Jets continue a draft tradition by Rich Cimini (ESPN)

McShay has them selecting LSU edge rusher Arden Key, who is listed on the school’s roster as a 6-foot-6, 265-pound linebacker. I know what you’re thinking: Another defensive player? It’s an annual tradition for the Jets, who haven’t picked a first-round offensive player since quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2009.

I know, I know. Todd McShay’s first mock draft has the Jets taking Arden Key out of LSU who is an edge rusher. Now, at the end of the day, defense wins championships but the Jets lack offensive playmakers that make opposing teams have to prepare for. They need top talent at key offensive positions on the team at wide receiver, running back, and as always, a premier quarterback. Perhaps the Jets should break this tradition of always taking a defensive player with their first-round pick and draft a true offensive threat that will make an instant impact immediately upon arrival? Clearly, their offense needs a lot of work and don’t even get me started on the offensive line which will need a massive overhaul this offseason.

Todd Bowles plans to keep Christian Hackenberg in bubble wrap by Rich Cimini (ESPN)

Petty outplayed Hackenberg in the preseason, so he deserves to be the No. 2 quarterback, but there’s really no harm in giving Hackenberg a series or two. Give him a small package of plays and send him out there. Baby steps, right? It’s time to pull him out of the bubble wrap.

Cimini does have a point here in that the Jets still have no idea what they have in quarterback Christian Hackenberg when it comes to seeing what he can do in a real regular season game but there could also be something happening behind the scenes. Coaches and trainers see a lot more than fans do on a weekly basis throughout the season at practice, meetings, and everything else in between. Perhaps head coach Todd Bowles doesn’t see anything in Hackenberg just yet that warrants him getting some playing time since many analysts and experts believe Hackenberg could end up being a bust of a draft pick. Maybe the Jets don’t want to risk further embarrassment by having him play and having the football world see how terrible he might be. Your guess is as good as mine but for now, unless Petty plays horrifically or gets hurt, Hackenberg probably won’t see a single snap this season.

Top Tackler Demario Davis: It’s in the Details by Randy Lange (New York Jets)

With 138 tackles through 13 games, Davis is on pace for 170. David Harris, his partner in the middle of the Jets D for four seasons, never had more than 150 in a season. The last Jets to have more tackles were Jonathan Vilma with 187 in 2005 and James Farrior with 181 in ’01. (All tackle totals are based on coaches’ video review, not pressbox stats.)

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Linebacker Demario Davis sure has turned into quite the pleasant surprise. He’s always hustling on every play, leading his teammates around him, and on his way to having the best season of his career so far. The Jets were smart to bring him back since he’s turning into the kind of player they had envisioned him to be when they drafted him back in 2012. At the rate Davis is going, he’s going to end up being a key part of the Jets defense as they continue to rebuild over the next few years as he can lead the way for all the young linebackers around him thanks to his veteran leadership and experience.