New York Jets 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 5: Seven Rounds
The 2013 NFL Draft is Less Than Three Weeks Away
It's that time again, NFL fans. We're now less than three weeks away from the start of the 2013 NFL Draft, and you can almost feel the anticipation in the air, as a brand new rookie class is set to join the NFL ranks.
As the lead New York Jets writer here on RantSports.com, I've put together a weekly seven-round Jets mock draft every Monday night for the last month, and now it's time for the fifth edition of my Jets mock draft.
By now, I've made it pretty well known that I would love to get a pass rusher early in the draft, especially if guys like Dion Jordan or Ezekial Ansah are still on the board when the Jets are on the clock at ninth overall.
I don't think any team, especially the Jets, could truly get good value with a guard prospect in the top ten, but regardless of who the Jets target, I'm confident that rookie GM John Idzik will come away with a great player.
So what's new in this week's seven-round mock draft? Well, I've excluded a quarterback for the third time in this series, and there is now only one player who's stuck around for all five iterations of this mock draft.
I've focused mainly on the edge rushers who I'd like to target in round one, but this week I'm taking a different style of pass rusher, an elite prospect who perhaps could find himself slipping to ninth overall to the Jets.
Round 1 - DT Star Lotulelei - University of Utah
(Mock Draft v1.0 Round 1 pick: DE/OLB Dion Jordan; Mock Draft v2.0 Round 1 pick: DE/OLB Ziggy Ansah; Mock Draft v3.0 Round 1 pick: OG Chance Warmack; Mock Draft v4.0 Round 1 pick: DE/OLB Björn Werner)
Welcome to the Jets mock draft, Star Lotulelei. A true nose tackle, the 6'2, 311-lb Lotulelei has drawn comparisons to Haloti Ngata, another Tongan nose tackle who has turned into a perennial Pro Bowl player.
Lotulelei (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) was thought of as a top five prospect before a health scare caused some uncertainty about his future. Fortunately, he's been cleared to play, and he should go off the board pretty early.
This draft is pretty difficult to predict, especially in the top ten, and I think it's conceivable that somebody from the group of Jordan, Ansah and Lotulelei ends up falling to the Jets. I'd love to have any one of the three.
Adding Lotulelei to a defensive line that already includes Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples (not to mention Antonio Garay and Kenrick Ellis) could give the Jets one of the best defensive lines in football.
Round 2 - ILB/OLB Arthur Brown - Kansas State University
Arthur Brown is a very intriguing prospect. He's a guy who's really grown on me lately. I really like the versatility he brings to the table, as a guy who can play both inside and outside at the linebacker spots.
It wouldn't surprise me to see Brown sneak into the back half of the first round, just like Tank Carradine, another guy I love for the Jets. It sure would be nice if either one was available for the Jets in round two.
Brown played mostly inside linebacker on K-State, but at 6'0, 241, a move to the outside might bode well for him in the pros. Wherever he ends up, he seems like a guy who could make an immediate impact as a rookie.
Round 3 - TE Travis Kelce - University of Cincinnati
I love the thought of Travis Kelce in a Jets uniform. Everything that needs to be said has been said.
All you need to know about him is that he can knock a blocker on their behind unlike any tight end the Jets have had in a long time. He's no one-trick pony, either. Click any of the four write-ups above to learn more.
Round 4 - S JJ Wilcox - Georgia Southern University
I've come to the conclusion that I want to take a safety in the fourth round, and this is the fourth week in a row that I'm doing so. For the first time, however, I'm taking the same round four safety two weeks in a row.
I really like JJ Wilcox as a smaller school prospect with big-time ability. He might go earlier than round four, according to some draft gurus, but I think he'd be a nice fit for the Jets if he's still available by then.
Wilcox is said to be a physical player at 6'0, 215-lbs, which should translate well to the pros. He's also said to have good speed and a nose for the football. I'm sure Rex Ryan would love to get a chance to coach him up.
Round 5 - RB Christine Michael - Texas A&M University
I'm going back to the future with this pick. The Jets have reportedly shown strong interest in Christine Michael, a running back who I originally selected here back in the second week of my mock draft. Welcome back.
The last couple of weeks, I've taken a quarterback here, but this week I'm eschewing signal callers all together and just assuming that David Garrard wins the Comeback Player of the Year award, or something like that.
The 5'10, 220-lb Michael has a nice blend of speed and power. He'd be a nice addition to the Jets' stable of running backs that already includes Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell, and he'd be a solid pick in round five.
Round 6 - S Robert Lester - University of Alabama
The Jets drafted two safeties on day three of the draft last season, and I wouldn't mind doubling up on that strategy again here in 2013. Finding an impact safety or two late in the draft is far from impossible this year.
As for just who those safeties are, well, that's the job of a general manager and his scouting department. I've rattled off a bunch of different safeties during this process, and Robert Lester is just the latest candidate.
There was a time not long ago that Lester was thought of a guy who could go as high as the first round, like his former teammate college Mark Barron. But those days are long gone now, and his draft stock has fallen.
Nevertheless, at 6'1, 220, Lester has NFL size, and perhaps with some coaching up, he could regain some of that luster and prove to be a solid pro. Like many safeties in this class, he could be good value in round six.
Round 7 - OG Blaize Foltz - TCU
We've reached the end of our journey, and here in the seventh round, I'm going back to another second week selection in offensive lineman Blaize Foltz, who might have one of the better names in this year's draft.
Name karma aside, Foltz has pretty good size at 6'4, 330, and while he was not invited to the combine, he did have a pretty impressive week at the East-West Shrine Game, and he could be worth a shot in round seven.
Guard isn't the most pressing need for the Jets, but you can never have enough depth on the offensive line.
That's it for v5.0 of the Rant Sports seven-round Jets mock draft. Look for v6.0 next Monday night.