New York Jets 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 6: Seven Rounds
10 Days Until the New York Jets Select 9th Overall in the 2013 NFL Draft
The 2013 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, and NFL fans going through football withdrawal are that much closer to one of the biggest annual events on the NFL calendar, draft weekend in New York City.
At this point, I'm quite certain I'd love to get a pass rusher early in the draft, especially if one or both of either Dion Jordan or Ezekial Ansah are still on the board when the Jets are on the clock at ninth overall.
I don't think the Jets, or any NFL team, would get very good value taking a guard with a top ten pick, but regardless of who the Jets select, I'm confident that rookie GM John Idzik will bring in some good players.
For fun, this week I've envisioned a scenario where the Jets wind up with two LSU linebackers in the first two rounds, and they use a seventh-round pick on a guy who's never played a down of football in his entire life.
Next week, I'll try to project the Jets' actual draft class as closely as possible, but this week will be my last attempt to have a little fun with the mock draft process. Read on for this week's seven-round Jets mock draft.
Round 1 - DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo - LSU
I really want to see the Jets take a pass rusher in the first round, and I don't think it would be a reach to select one at ninth overall, even if the top tier guys are already off the board by the time the Jets are on the clock.
Name karma aside, I'm not the biggest fan of Barkevious Mingo, personally. However, if Dion Jordan, Ziggy Ansah and Star Lotulelei all go in the top eight, Mingo could very well be the best fit for the Jets at nine.
The 6'4, 241-lb Mingo is an excellent pass rushing prospect, and while may not be as well-rounded a player as Jordan or Ansah project to be at the NFL level, Mingo can flat-out get after the quarterback. Sign me up.
Round 2 - ILB Kevin Minter - LSU
(Round 2 selections in previous editions of this mock draft: v1.0 - DE/OLB Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, v2.0 - Tank Carradine, v3.0 - Tank Carradine, v4.0 - OG Larry Warford, v5.0 - ILB/OLB Arthur Brown)
This week, I'm taking another LSU linebacker with my second pick, and that's inside linebacker Kevin Minter. Minter was arguably LSU's best defensive player in 2012. Impressive, considering the quality of that defense.
Inside linebacker might not be the most pressing of needs, but with Bart Scott gone and David Harris slowing down, it might be a shrewd move for the Jets to draft a guy like Minter and pair him up with Demario Davis.
The 6'0, 242-lb Minter was a consistent force on the LSU defense in 2012, racking up a team-high 130 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss. He's a strong blitzer and tackler, and he may project as a three-down linebacker.
Round 3 - TE Travis Kelce - University of Cincinnati
I love the idea of grabbing a tight end in round three, and Travis Kelce is my choice, as he has been every week of this mock draft. There are a ton of viable tight ends in this class, but Kelce is my favorite.
The Jets really can't go wrong with any tight end on day two of the draft. I hope they grab a good one.
For more information on Kelce, check out one of the Kelce write-ups above from one of the previous weeks.
Round 4 - S JJ Wilcox - Georgia Southern University
I really like the idea of getting a safety in this draft, and the Jets might be able wait until day three of the draft to grab one. The safety depth in this class might enable teams to find starters even in rounds four or later.
I'm not sure that JJ Wilcox will be there in round four, but he looks like a small-school college player who can develop into a big-time pro. He's got the size, speed and instincts to be successful at the next level.
Wilcox, or any other rookie safety, would give the Jets more depth at a position that likely will feature two second-year players in Antonio Allen and Josh Bush, and recently signed veteran Dawan Landry.
Round 5 - OG Garrett Gilkey - Chadron State College
This is the first time I've had a prospect move up a round in my mock draft. Division II standout Garrett Gilkey, a sixth-round selection in my first mock draft, returns to my mock draft this week as a fifth-rounder.
Gilkey was invited to the NFL combine and demonstrated that he is a legitimate prospect with his combination of size and strength. At 6'6 and 318 lbs, I think the former college tackle has a future as a guard in the pros.
Rather than spend an early pick on a guard, the Jets should be able to get a developmental prospect later in the draft. It's a strategy that worked in the past with Matt Slauson, and it could work again with Garrett Gilkey.
Round 6 - QB Sean Renfree - Duke University
After the Jets signed veteran safety Dawan Landry last week, I'm coming off my strategy of taking a second safety in round six. Instead, I'll take a flier on a late-round quarterback, like Sean Renfree of Duke.
Nearly every quarterback in this draft is flawed in one way or another, and they'll all need to be coached up and developed properly in order to reach their respective NFL potential. Renfree is certainly no different.
Renfree is listed at 6'3, 219 lbs, and is regarded as a smart quarterback who was very well prepared in college. He's got good size and arm strength, and he completed 67% of his passes as a senior, 65% for his career.
Round 7 - DE Lawrence Okoye - Great Britain
This is a wild card that could be worth a shot. 21-year-old Lawrence Okoye is a hulking 6'6, 304-lb Olympic discus thrower from London, England who has never played a down of American football in his entire life.
Okoye, who is of Nigerian descent, turned down law school at Oxford University to train for the discus, and he quickly became one of the most gifted discus throwers in the world after just 20 months of training.
A rugby player in his youth, Okoye now has his eye on the NFL, and he expects to sign with a team after the draft. His workout at an NFL regional combine awed scouts, and it's possible he gets drafted in round seven.
Okoye ran a 4.78 second 40-yard dash, had 10'5" broad jump and a 35" vertical leap. He also did 30 reps on the bench press. With raw athleticism like that, it's easy to see why he's suddenly on the NFL radar.
With that, we conclude v6.0 of my seven-round Jets mock draft. My final mock will be published next week.