We've been doing these NY Jets mock drafts for months now, so in the spirit of Senior Bowl week, I figured we'd do something a little different. What if the Jets were only able to draft players on the current Senior Bowl rosters?
That's right, we set out to run through a complete seven-round all-Senior Bowl mock draft with a few catches. For starters, obviously all 32 teams won't be picking because there wouldn't be enough players in the draft pool.
The Jets will also have all nine picks that they currently have in the 2022 NFL Draft, not just one pick per round. But since other teams aren't picking, this is essentially a list of nine players the Jets would love to add from the Senior Bowl rosters, while taking into account position value, need, etc.
Again, only players currently on the rosters will be considered. So prospects like Devin Lloyd and Jahan Dotson who were initially selected but later opted out will not be included.
Let's take a look at how we did.
NY Jets Pick 1: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
This might come as somewhat of a surprise to some people, but remember, position value is considered here. Roger McCreary plays a premium position, fills a need, and is a legitimate first-round prospect.
At 6-foot, 190 pounds, McCreary doesn't have ideal length or deep speed for the position. But he's a twitched-up athlete with elite man-cover traits, superb ball skills, and the instincts and IQ to be more-than-capable in zone coverage as well.
Overlooked in a class featuring freaks of nature like Derek Stingley Jr., Andrew Booth Jr., and Kaiir Elam, McCreary brings an NFL-ready skill set to the table despite not possessing elite physical traits.
McCreary is someone who could go late in the first round and instantly step in as a starting-caliber cornerback with plenty of room to improve. He would be a great addition to a young Jets secondary.