Round 2, 38th Overall, NY Jets: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
It's hard to predict mock drafts in January without knowing the direction teams will take in free agency. The Jets could very well find their starting right guard in free agency, but in this case, they land him in the draft.
Boston College's Zion Johnson is an athletic, zone-blocking specialist who probably doesn't have the length to play tackle at the NFL level, but could be an excellent guard.
Johnson transferred from FCS-level Davidson and immediately forced his way into the starting lineup of one of the most talented offensive lines in football. With three years of starting experience under his belt, Johnson could step in and compete for the Jets' day-one starting right guard job.
The Jets continue to rebuild their offensive line with a young foundation and Johnson could be the latest addition.
Round 3, 69th Overall, NY Jets: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
Admittedly, this is one of my early-season draft crushes. Ohio State's Jeremy Ruckert is not only a local product from Lindenhurst High School on Long Island, but he's everything the Jets are looking for in a tight end.
Ruckert is a competitive blocker who, at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, has an NFL-ready frame and the lateral agility to climb up into the second level and play a key role in the run game.
On top of that, Ruckert might just have the best hands of any tight end in this year's class. Despite an overwhelming lack of production in a stacked offense, Ruckert's highlight reel is filled with one-handed grabs and improbable catches.
He could step in and immediately compete for the starting tight end job with another veteran the Jets bring in via free agency. Plus, who doesn't love a good hometown hero story?