Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI have never done a Mock Draft and could have lasted ’til the end of days without doing one. That said, last week on the podcast, Corey challenged me to pull seven round mock draft. It’s not pretty, but here’s the first three rounds for you to chew on before we tape our podcast today…
Round 1:18 (18) — Eric Ebron TE North Carolina — The Jets know that they need to add pass catchers to invigorate this offense. Right now there’s a lot of jockeying around receivers as we enter the draft and so I fully expect there will be a mini-run on receivers before the time that the Jets get to make their first pick. With that in mind, it’s hard to overlook a 6’4″ 250 pound tight end with playmaking ability from anywhere on the field. Greg Cosell mentioned this specific play against Miami on the Around The League podcast as one reason why Ebron could be a special player in the NFL; there’s very few tight ends, let alone receivers who could do this in the pros. If Ebron and the physical and speedy receivers are all off the board? The Jets might consider a corner like Jason Verrett or Darqueze Dennard.
Round 2: 17 (49) — Cody Latimer WR Indiana — There’s a lot of hype around Latimer right now, but we expect he could last well into the second round, making him a shrewd pickup for the Jets on Day Two. Latimer is a versatile receiver with plus size (6’3″ 215 lbs) with speed. There might be some work to shape Latimer into an NFL ready receiver, but with Eric Decker, David Nelson, Jeremy Kerley and a run-heavy offense, the pressure would be off Latimer to step in as a force from day one. Should Latimer not last this long, WR Donte Moncrief out of Ole Miss is a name to consider.
Round 3:16 (80) — Keith McGill CB Utah — There’s no question that the Jets want to address the cornerback position. Kyle Wilson seems to be on the way out after 2014 and free agent Dmitri Patterson is a stopgap at best. The Jets need a player to pair with Dee Milliner and that man might be McGill. McGill only played one year of cornerback after converting from safety, and that could make him drop, but he is long and rangy (en vogue for NFL corners even moreso considering Idzik’s history in Seattle) is speedy but he needs some polishing on the technical aspects of his game … something we think Rex and his crew is more than equipped to offfer a player like McGill.
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