By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 14, 2014
The New York Jets have been proactive early in the free agency period, adding players to their offense, most notably wide receiver Eric Decker. But the Jets still have a lot of work to do in this year's draft, especially on offense. Here's a mock draft of which players the Jets should be targeting in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Signing Eric Decker isn't nearly enough to solve New York's problems at wide receiver; the Jets also need to add a top-flight receiver in the draft, and Lee is the kind of dynamic playmaker that the team needs to give its offense a boost.
The Jets have some holes to plug along the offensive line, and that requires using an early-round draft pick. Jackson is one of the best guards available, and he's drawn comparisons to last year's offensive rookie of the year, Larry Warford. He'd be a great addition for the Jets in the second round.
Even with a lot of problems on offense, Rex Ryan isn't going to wait long before picking up a defensive player he likes. Attaochu is a pure pass rusher who won't play every down, but he'll get after the quarterback, which is exactly the type of player Ryan is looking for.
Even with Eric Decker signed, taking one wide receiver isn't going to be enough for the Jets. With a deep wide receiver class, Bryant could be a steal in the third round. His size will be a nice complement to picking up Marqise Lee in Round 1.
Rex Ryan will start Day 3 of the draft with defense, with a cornerback being a good bet after the team cut Antonio Cromartie. Gaines has good size and athleticism, and he's physical against the run. He'll be a nice addition for the New York defense.
Barrow is the type of big and physical athlete that Rex Ryan loves, and the chance to add an athlete like him with a good upside this late in the draft is not something Ryan is going to pass up.
Crowell is a risky pick, but less so in the sixth round. The Jets have mediocre talent at running back, and Crowell was the top running back in the country coming out of high school. He's worth taking a chance on late in the draft.
Lyerla has a ton of off-field concerns, but he has the talent and athleticism to be a top-notch tight end. The Jets will take a chance on him late in the draft on the off chance that he cleans up his act; if he does, the Jets will have a great player on their hands.
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