New York Jets 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: Seven Rounds
Rex Ryan Will Need His 2013 Draft Class to Make a Big Impact as Rookies
The day that NFL teams have been preparing all year for is now just a month away.
The 2013 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and NFL front offices are working overtime trying to assemble their draft boards and get ready for the biggest, and arguably most important, annual event of the NFL offseason.
The addition of a great rookie draft class can be the difference between being an also-ran or a playoff team, as we saw with the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks last season.
For the New York Jets, a strong draft class could go a long way, and coach Rex Ryan, (above, center) would certainly love to get a big impact from his rookies in 2013 as he looks to prove himself to new GM John Idzik.
So what might that rookie class look like? That's something that I've been tackling every Monday night here on Rant Sports, with my seven-round Jets mock draft. This is version 3.0 of my seven-round Jets mock draft.
In case you missed the first two editions, you can find my first Jets mock here, and my second mock here. Expect a few more changes this week, but don't be surprised to see a few picks stay the same as well.
In this week's mock draft, there may be a relatively significant change-up early in the draft, and maybe, just maybe, I'll even call the name of a quarterback for the first time in this series. Read on to find out.
Round 1 - OG Chance Warmack - University of Alabama
Yes, for the first time in my weekly seven-round Jets mock draft, I am not taking a pass rusher with the Jets' first-round selection. It's not so much a change of heart, it's just a more conservative projection this week.
I'm becoming less and less optimistic that either Dion Jordan or Ziggy Ansah will be available when the Jets are on the clock. In the interest of "best player available," I'm going in a different direction this week.
Chance Warmack, (far left, #65) could become the first guard to be selected in the top 10 of the draft since Chris Naeole in 1997. Naeole played 11 seasons in the NFL, but was never named to the Pro Bowl.
The 6'2, 317-lb Warmack will start immediately for whoever drafts him, and many scouts believe he can develop into one of the better guards in all of football and have a long, successful NFL career.
If the Jets added Warmack to their offensive line of D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon and Austin Howard, that could very well be one of the best offensive lines in football for years to come.
I'd still prefer a pass rusher at this spot, but Warmack is an intriguing prospect nonetheless.
Round 2 - DE/OLB Cornellius ''Tank'' Carradine - Florida State University
It's fair to say that I like the value that Tank Carradine could provide if he were available to the Jets with their second-round pick. He's one of two players who I've selected in the same spot for the third week in a row.
The Jets signed veteran pass rusher Antwan Barnes to a three-year deal last week, but Carradine is another guy who can flat-out get after the quarterback when he's healthy.
The 6'4, 276-lb Carradine is still recovering from an ACL tear, and he does have a lot to prove when it comes to developing into a three-down player, but he would be a nice fit for the Jets if he's available at 39th overall.
Round 3 - TE Travis Kelce - University of Cincinnati
Three weeks and three mock drafts, but only one player who keeps showing up as my third-round selection week after week after week. It's safe to say I love Travis Kelce in this spot, in case that wasn't obvious.
Kelce may not be the type of tight end who can burn a defense deep, or be a 90-catch threat, but what he can do is knock a linebacker on his behind and block with the best of them. He's no one-trick pony, either.
Listed at 6'5, 255, Travis Kelce is very strong and athletic for his size, and he's probably already a better receiving threat and a more well-rounded tight end than former Jet Dustin Keller ever was.
The Jets will almost certainly draft at least one tight end this year, and they should be able to wait until day two or three of the draft to get one. I think they'd be pretty pleased to get Kelce in Green and White.
Round 4 - S Bacarri Rambo - University of Georgia
For the second week in a row, I'm taking a safety in round four. This week, I'm going with one of the better names in football, Bacarri Rambo, a talented kid whose draft stock has taken a hit due to off-the-field issues.
The 6'0, 211-lb Rambo rebounded from an early-season suspension to have a strong senior season in 2012, starting all 10 games he played in. He was also named to the All-SEC second team.
Rambo has the size, athleticism and instincts needed to play safety in the NFL, but he may be a tad rough around the edges. However, with some good coaching, I think he would be a solid pickup in the fourth round.
Round 5 - QB Zac Dysert - Miami University
For the first time in the now three-week history of my seven-round Jets mock draft, I'm taking a signal caller.
There have been some rumblings about the Jets possibly being interested in Dysert, the MAC quarterback who comes from the same school as Ben Roethlisberger, which isn't exactly a football factory.
At 6'3, 231, Dysert has NFL size, and his style of play has drawn some comparisons to Roethlisberger, who would probably be Dysert's best-case scenario NFL comparison with proper development.
That being said, he has a long way to go, and he definitely needs to be coached up. Most of the quarterbacks in this year's class fall into that category, however. I wouldn't shed a tear if the Jets passed on all of them.
Nevertheless, Dysert is an intriguing prospect. If he's on the board in round five, I'd imagine a few NFL teams would put serious consideration into drafting him. We'll see what happens in about a month from now.
Round 6 - S Earl Wolff - North Carolina State University
I like the idea of taking two safeties in this year's draft, and I'll stick with that strategy again this week.
Earl Wolff made his debut in my mock draft last week, and I like him enough to double up on him in round six again this week. It's very possible he goes earlier than the top of round six when all is said and done.
Wolff seems to be a versatile safety that can play the pass or the run. With the benefit of coaching, he could even crack the starting lineup as a rookie. The competition at the safety spots is wide open for the Jets, too.
Even if Wolff isn't the guy, I certainly wouldn't mind the Jets bringing in two safeties via the draft this year, as they did last year. With good coaching, youth in the back end could be a positive thing for Gang Green.
Round 7 - RB Zac Stacy - Vanderbilt University
In version 1.0 of my mock draft, I took a running back in the fourth round. Last week, in v2.0, I waited until round five to grab a running back. This week, I'm waiting all the way until the final round to grab one.
A combination of two things led to de-emphasizing the position for me. One is the overall depth of running backs in this year's draft, and the second was the Jets' signing of free agent running back Mike Goodson.
I think Goodson is a nice fit on this team, and I don't believe running back is a very pressing need anymore for the Jets. That being said, I still wanted to grab one late, and I think Zac Stacy would be a pretty good fit.
Stacy was a workhorse in college, rushing for over 1100 yards in each of his last two seasons and averaging over 5.5 yards per carry both years, which is definitely no small feat in the defensive-minded SEC.
He could be an absolute steal in the seventh round, and he deserves to go earlier than that. Any other year, he probably would, but in a stacked class of running backs, he may have to wait a while to hear his name called.
Version 3.0 of the Rant Sports seven-round Jets mock draft is in the books. Check back for v4.0 next week.