The New York Jets have immediate need for replacements at the following positions: outside linebacker, right tackle, free safety, running back, and wide receiver. Also the Jets could look to acquire a new 4-3 defensive end/3-4 defensive tackle to replace the current starter, Mike Devito, who isn’t capable of contributing in the pass rush.
In addition to these needs for starters, the team would benefit by acquiring more offensive line depth and overall depth on defense. So I present the following seven round New York Jets focused mock draft.
With the 16th overall selection the New York Jets select Quinton Coples, defensive end out of the University of North Carolina. He can play both the 4-3 defensive end position and the outside 3-4 defensive tackle position. Coples may even be able to contribute in situations as an outside linebacker due to his exceptional athleticism.
The Jets utilize the 47th overall selection to select Doug Martin, running back out of Boise State. Martin is an all-around back who has the ability to contribute both as a running back and as a receiving option. Due to his experience in a passing-oriented offense he is an adequate pass blocker.
Trade: The New York Jets send their 77th overall pick, 2013 3rd round selection, and a 2013 seventh rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 51st overall pick. Mike Tannenbaum selects Ronnell Lewis, 3-4 outside linebacker/defensive end out of Oklahoma. Lewis is an effective pass rusher who has the potential to be a major impact player for the team.
Rex Ryan gets his pick in the fifth round this year, so with the 154th overall pick he selects Andrew Datko, offensive tackle out of Florida State. Datko is a talented player who has a lot of potential but his time at FSU was riddled with injuries. An excellent low risk, high potential reward pick.
New York’s first sixth round selection, 187th overall, is Dale Moss, wide receiver out of South Dakota State. Moss has the same type of athleticism that Braylon Edwards displayed with the Jets but has none of the injury or character concerns.
Mike Tannenbaum selects Drew Butler, punter out of Georgia, with the 202nd overall pick. Butler is by far the best punter prospect in this draft and would be an immediate upgrade at the position. Tannenbaum then drafts Janzen Jackson with the 203rd overall selection. Jackson has the athleticism to play free safety at a high level in the NFL but slides to this part of the draft because of character concerns, mediocre tackling technique, and average defensive instincts.
With the 232nd overall selection the New York Jets select Rishaw Johnson, offensive guard out of California of Pennsylvania. Johnson is a high potential prospect but has questionable character. He will likely not be on many teams’ draft boards for that reason but the New York Jets are not afraid to take risk on prospects like Johnson (i.e. Kenrick Ellis in 2011).
The very last pick for the Jets, 244th overall, is used to select Greg Zuerlein, kicker out of Missouri Western State. This pick would allow the Jets to completely replace their specialist positions.
Some other third day prospects the Jets may draft instead of the ones shown:
T.J. Graham (WR, NC State) could be an option in the fifth round.
Tauren Poole (RB, Tennessee) would be an excellent pick in the fifth/sixth round if the Jets don’t select Doug Martin.
DeQuan Menzie (CB, Alabama) might be a possible pick for the Jets on the third day of the draft. He’s a good slot corner prospect.