With tomorrow night’s NFL Draft just hours away, I thought I’d take a shot at guessing who the Jets might end up with. The Jets have 8 picks with the firepower in round 1 to end up with more. It’ll be interesting to see new GM John Idzik’s draft strategy after round 1 tomorrow. I think we’ll know his style if he trades up, back, or stays put.
With that, here goes.
Round 1, Pick 9
LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU - Ideally, I would want Dion Jordan but I don’t see how he falls to 9 so Mingo is the most likely to be there when the Jets go on the clock. Mingo is my 2nd rated OLB, behind Jordan, and he reminds me an awful lot of Von Miller. Let’s hope so.
Round 1, Pick 13 (from TB)
OG Chance Warmack, Alabama - Warmack could go 10 to Tennessee but he’s probably the safest linemen in this draft. The fact that he plays guard and not tackle is why he is not going first overall. Jets lost both starting guards in Free Agency and so help me, Vlad Ducasse is not the answer.
Round 2, Pick 8
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee - Cordarrelle Patterson is stealing the spotlight away from Hunter, which is good for the Jets. Hunter is probably more Pro Ready than Patterson. He would be a solid 2nd round selection.
Round 3, Pick 10
TE Vance McDonald, Rice - McDonald is a big, tall, fast TE who lined up all over the field for Rice. He even took a few handoffs. He’s crazy strong and can run-block with the best of them.
Round 4, Pick 9
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU – Mathieu would need to slide to 4th round in my opinion and with his college background, he might. He passed his combine drug-test so that’s a start. Someone will likely take a chance before the Jets pick here but it would be a nice pickup. Mathieu can also contribute for special teams, returning kicks and punts.
Round 5, Pick 8
RB, Kenjon Barner, Oregon - Barner is fast (4.39 40 yd dash). Very fast. But, he’s also very small. A fifth-round pick on Barner wouldn’t be a bad thing. They could develop his size and skills to help them in the future.
Round 6, Pick 10
SS, Zeke Motta, ND - I wasn’t at all impressed with film on Notre Dame’s Zeke Motta but I really like the young safety talent the Jets have on their roster in Antonio Allen and Josh Bush. We need to continue to develop and we may need to add Motta to the fold to see what he can do. If anything, practice squad material.
Round 7, Pick 9
LB, Eric Martin, Nebraska – Martin had trouble seeing the field early on at Nebraska and was more a “off-the-bench” type player but saw the field more due to injury and he didn’t come off. He recorded 8.5 sacks during his senior year at Nebraska as a defensive end.
Final Note: I’d like to see the Jets trade their number 13th overall selection to acquire more picks. The middle rounds is a deep draft and the Jets could benefit from stockpiling picks. They need help everywhere and draft picks will help them build for the future.
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