Here’s a number of the latest Mocks from around the web …
COURTNEY UPSHAW OLB ALABAMA
There’s no question the Jets need to get after the quarterback to underscore one critical element of Rex Ryan’s team profile: a dominant, turnover-fueled defense. Upshaw transitions best as a 3-4 OLB. When I studied him, he reminded me in some ways of Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley: similar size, similar body type. In addition, Upshaw showed the natural strength to be an effective power rusher. There were also snaps in which he bent the edge and closed with speed. Upshaw has the versatility to put his hand on the ground and rush from a three-point stance, as well.
MELVIN INGRAM DE SOUTH CAROLINA
Rex Ryan wants to get back to bullying offenses with an aggressive pressure scheme that sends rushers from all angles. Ingram possesses the speed and athleticism to thrive as a hybrid weapon along the front seven, which will improve a pass rush that has underachieved the past few seasons.
RILEY REIFF OT – IOWA
The team has reportedly tried to trade starting right tackle Wayne Hunter in the past. Reiff could fill in at that spot right away if Rex Ryan finally finds a taker before, during or after the draft.
COURTNEY UPSHAW OLBALABAMA
Upshaw isn’t a natural pass rusher, but with the way Rex Ryan schemes, he can optimize this hybrid talent. Wideout Michael Floyd could be tempting at this point, too.
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
This one may have the Jets fans at Radio City jumping off the second level, but it’s a smart play at 16th overall. Gang Green Nation will want a playmaker here, but right tackle has to be the selection. Mark Sanchez got clobbered last year, and that’s because Wayne Hunter and Robert Turner aren’t starters. Martin protected Andrew Luck for the three years Luck played quarterback at Stanford. Now, he’ll protect two first-round picks — Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Tebow.
DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw Alabama
When it comes down to it, the Jets need Upshaw’s pass-rush potential even more desperately than they do Poe’s space-eating, run-stuffing skills. Upshaw is the kind of havoc-creating player Rex Ryan can make good use of as a 3-4 outside linebacker.