New York Jets 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: Seven Rounds
New York Jets GM John Idzik Has Begun Assembling his 2013 Roster
Each Monday night here on the site, I'll be breaking out a new mock draft of all seven Jets selections in the 2013 NFL Draft. You can check out last week's first edition of my Jets mock draft here, to compare.
A lot has changed in the past week, as the league year kicked off and NFL free agency began along with it, and the Jets have been able to somewhat address their positions of needs on the free agent market.
The Jets signed outside linebacker Antwan Barnes and running back Mike Goodson to three-year deals, as well as quarterback David Garrard, nose tackle Antonio Garay and guard Willie Colon on one-year pacts.
The Barnes signing on Monday afternoon caused some last-minute deliberation in this week's mock, but in the end, I decided to attack the first two rounds of the draft in a pretty similar fashion to last week.
That doesn't mean it can't change in future weeks. In fact, it almost certainly will as draft day approaches.
Rookie general manager John Idzik has done a nice job in the first week of free agency, filling in some depth and creating competition at key positions with some shrewd signings that could pay dividends.
However, Idzik is well aware that the best way to establish long-term success in this league is by scouting, drafting and developing young talent. Let's take a look at what the Jets' 2013 rookie class could look like.
Round 1 - DE/OLB Ezekial ''Ziggy'' Ansah - BYU
For the second week in a row, I'm going with a pass rusher with my first pick. That is, if he's still on the board.
Ziggy Ansah (above, right) has been flying up draft boards in recent months, and it's very possible that he's selected before the Jets have a chance to grab him. Very similarly to my first pick last week, if you recall.
The 6'5, 271-lb Ansah hasn't been playing football very long, but has tremendous potential thanks to his athleticism, speed and strength. He's capable of being a three-down player at the next level.
The big man would likely play the 4-3 defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker role for the Jets, and he should be able to make an impact right away. He's one of the best DE/OLB prospects in the draft, and he'd be a great fit.
Between Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah, you've got two excellent prospects who could potentially thrive in the pros with a guy like Rex Ryan coaching them. The Jets would love to have either one, if available.
(Last week's selection: DE/OLB Dion Jordan)
Round 2 - DE/OLB Cornellius ''Tank'' Carradine - Florida State University
I just can't help myself. Just as I did last week, I'm going with back-to-back pass rushers to kick things off.
Even with the signing of pass rush specialist Antwan Barnes to a three-year deal earlier this afternoon, I still think the Jets could get great value with Tank Carradine with their second-round pick, 39th overall.
As I mentioned last week, Carradine is a strong pass rusher who is coming off a torn ACL that caused him to miss out on most of the pre-draft process. Competing with Barnes should bring out the best in both of them.
(Last week's selection: Carradine)
Round 3 - TE Travis Kelce - University of Cincinnati
Like Tank Carradine, tight end Travis Kelce is another player who I have going to the Jets for the second week in a row, in the very same draft position. In Kelce's case, it's round three.
Kelce is a guy who might be better right now than former Jets tight end Dustin Keller ever was or ever will be, and the Jets don't have to waste their time trading up to overdraft him like they did with Keller five years ago.
Travis Kelce is athletic enough to be a threat in the receiving game, but also strong enough to run block as well. That versatility is something the Jets have sorely needed over the last few years.
The 6'5, 255-lb Kelce would probably start right away, and he's better than any free agent tight end remaining.
(Last week's selection: Kelce)
Round 4 - S Shamarko Thomas - Syracuse University
The first real shakeup from last week's mock draft to this one is flip-flopping my fourth- and fifth-round picks.
Rather than go with a running back in round four and a safety in round five, I'm going vice-versa this week, mostly due to the signing of running back Mike Goodson to a three-year deal last week.
5'9, 213-lb safety Shamarko Thomas (above, right) is an aggressive safety who excelled at the NFL combine, showing great speed, strength and athleticism. The Jets should be able to mold him into an immediate starter.
The Jets will likely make a play for an affordable free agent safety to pair up with second-year players Josh Bush and Antonio Allen, but Thomas would be a solid option to throw into the mix as well.
(Last week's selection: RB Stepfan Taylor)
Round 5 - RB Christine Michael - Texas A&M University
In a deep class of running backs, Christine Michael is an intriguing prospect who could still be on the board in the fifth round. He's a diamond in the rough who could be more productive as a pro than he was in college.
The 5'10, 220-lb Michael runs with speed and power, with a low center of gravity as well. He opened some eyes at the East-West Shrine game and the NFL combine, and he should be a good fit in the Jets' offense.
After the signing of Mike Goodson, I made running back less of a priority this week, but I'm not ignoring it.
Goodson and Bilal Powell will likely battle for first-team reps, but a rookie like Christine Michael would have a good chance to compete for playing time as well, along with Joe McKnight.
(Last week's selection: S Duke Williams)
Round 6 - S Earl Wolff - North Carolina State University
I'm taking a second safety here in the sixth round. You can never have enough defensive backs, after all.
Earl Wolff has been compared to ex-Jets safety Yeremiah Bell, a man he could very well up replacing if the Jets call his name on draft weekend. Bell left as a free agent this offseason after one season with the team.
The 5'11, 209-lb Wolff is capable of defending both the run and the pass, and it's no secret that Rex Ryan loves versatile safeties that can cause confusion for opposing quarterbacks in their presnap reads.
Wolff has good instincts, and should improve with more coaching. He's worth a look on day three of the draft.
(Last week's selection): OG Garrett Gilkey
Round 7 - OG Blaize Foltz - TCU
I'd be lying if I said I didn't give this guy some extra credit for having an awesome name.
That being said, Blaize Foltz might be worth the gamble in the final round of the draft.
The Jets added veteran guard Willie Colon to play right guard, which means Vladimir Ducasse is the frontrunner to win the left guard job, barring the possible re-signing of Matt Slauson.
The 6'4, 330-lb Foltz was not invited to the NFL Combine, but he did impress at the East-West Shrine game, and he's got good size for the position. He could be a viable NFL player if he ends up in a good situation.
I mean, come on. Who doesn't want a guy named Blaize on their team?
(Last week's selection: TE Ben Cotton)
That's it for version 2.0 of my seven-round Jets mock draft. Check back next week for the third edition.