New York Jets 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: Seven Rounds
The 2013 NFL Draft Draws Closer and Closer by the Day
The calendar has turned to April, and for NFL teams, it means for that the 2013 NFL Draft is just weeks away. It also means mock draft season is in full force, especially seven-round New York Jets mock drafts.
Today, I'm bringing you version 4.0 of RantSports.com's official seven-round Jets mock draft, and I'm shaking things up this week, including a brand new name for Jets fans to look for in the first round.
I've said repeatedly this offseason that the pass rush is key, and I'm sticking by that mantra again this week.
Last week, I gave the Jets guard Chance Warmack in the first round, the first time I haven't given them a pass rusher in round one. Thankfully, I've realized the error of my ways and corrected that this week.
I've been saying for weeks that Dion Jordan and Ezekial Ansah should be the top pass rusher targets for the Jets, but I worry that neither will be on the board when the Jets are on the clock at ninth overall.
Rather than take a guard (which I will address later on in this mock draft) with the ninth pick, I've found a pass rusher that should still be on the board and that I've really come to like as a draft prospect in recent weeks.
I've picked a Florida State pass rusher in the first two rounds since v1.0 of my Jets seven-round mock draft. That streak continues in v4.0, but things are a little bit different this week. Read on and check it out.
Round 1 - DE/OLB Björn Werner - Florida State University
Surprise, surprise. The Florida State pass rusher comes one round earlier this week, in the form of 22-year-old Björn Werner, a German-born junior expected to go off the board in the first 20 picks or so.
The 6’3, 266-lb Werner (whose given name can be spelled Björn or Bjoern) earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year and consensus All-American team honors in 2012 after putting up 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
Unlike some other first-round pass rush options, Werner can also play the run, and he can even drop back in coverage, with a knack for batting down passes. He had 18 passes defensed in his 38-game collegiate career.
Werner isn't perfect, but he might be the best fit for the Jets if Jordan and Ansah are off the board. With all due respect to Barkevious Mingo and Jarvis Jones, consider me all aboard the Björn Werner bandwagon.
Round 2 - OG Larry Warford - University of Kentucky
With his Seminoles teammate Werner going to the Jets in round one, I'm finally taking Tank Carradine out of my mock draft. Not because I've soured on him. Quite the opposite. I think he'll be gone before round two.
Instead, I'm going with offensive guard Larry Warford, who's been rising up draft boards in the pre-draft process and could go off the board pretty early in the second round.
Last week on the popular Jets web show, "Flight 5 Live," I said that I wouldn't be surprised if Chance Warmack did not develop into the best pro guard of all the guard prospects in this year's class. I stand by that.
Warford is one of many guard prospects in this year's class who could be a very good pro, and the bottom line is that it just wouldn't be good value to take a guard in the top 10 of this draft, in my opinion.
Instead, the Jets could grab a guy like Warford in the top 40 of the draft, and probably get similar results.
Round 3 - TE Travis Kelce - University of Cincinnati
Congrats, Travis Kelce! The 6'5, 255-lb tight end is the last man standing of sorts, the only prospect who's appeared in all four iterations of my seven-round Jets mock draft. And in the same draft position, no less.
I'm not sure where Kelce will land in the actual 2013 NFL Draft, but I would love to see him in a Jets uniform, needless to say. The tight end class is actually pretty deep though, and the Jets will have plenty of options.
Nevertheless, what I like about Kelce is his strong blocking ability, more than anything. He's a true two-way tight end, which is definitely something the Jets haven't had in a long, long time. Let's make it happen in 2013.
Round 4 - S JJ Wilcox - Georgia Southern University
This is the third week in a row I'm going with a safety in round four, and I'd actually love to pick up a pair of safeties in this draft, if the board shakes out right. It might not be that unrealistic a scenario, too.
JJ Wilcox (above, right) comes from a smaller school, but he had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl and he could be a legitimate candidate to start as a rookie if he ends up in the right situation.
The 6'0, 215-lb Wilcox could go as high as the second round, according to some draft experts, and I imagine that the Jets or any other team would be thrilled to get him in the third or fourth round.
He's a physical safety with good speed and a nose for the football. He'd be a nice fit in the Jets' secondary.
Round 5 - QB Zac Dysert - Miami University
Last week, I went with a quarterback for the first time, and I'll stick with Zac Dysert again this week. It's pretty difficult to project where these quarterbacks will get taken, but round five would be good value for Dysert.
He's got good size (6'3, 231) and athletic ability, but like most of the quarterbacks in this draft, he probably needs a fair amount of coaching before he'll be ready for the NFL. He can learn from the bench to start 2013.
Round 6 - S Tony Jefferson - Oklahoma University
I want another safety in this draft, and if Tony Jefferson is available this late in the draft, I think it would be worth taking a shot on him. He's got talent, but is far from a finished product as it currently stands.
There have been some questions about Jefferson's work ethic, and he had a pretty poor showing at the NFL Combine, putting up a pedestrian 4.75 second 40-yard dash and only 16 reps on the bench press.
That being said, the 5'11, 213-lb Jefferson also had 119 tackles in 2012, and he's an athletic, hard-hitting safety who should be able to make an immediate impact on special teams from day one of his NFL career.
It's hard to gauge how much his height and pre-draft showings will hurt his stock, but he might be a guy who ends up being a great mid-to-late round value with proper coaching when it's all said and done.
Round 7 - RB Zac Stacy - Vanderbilt University
As I did last week, I'm waiting until the final round of the draft to grab a running back, and that running back is Zac Stacy once again. He was very productive in college, and doesn't seem to be getting a lot of love.
Stacy didn't appear to be phased from the gauntlet of SEC defenses he faces in his collegiate career, as he rushed for over 1100 yards and over 5.5 yards per carry in each of final two college seasons.
I think Mike Goodson and company can handle the load at running back for Gang Green this year, but it couldn't hurt to add a guy in the late rounds, too. I think Stacy would be a nice fit.
With that, v4.0 of the Rant Sports seven-round Jets mock draft is in the books. Look for v5.0 next Monday.
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