Bassett’s 100% Arbitrary Mock Draft: Rounds 1-3

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I 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…

NFL: CombineRound 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.

keith-mcgill-combineRound 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.

Rounds 4-7 coming later today .. send us your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #TJBPicks!




475 comments
Phil Sanfilippo
Phil Sanfilippo

Corner in round 1.  WR is deeper and we can find someone with ability in round 2.  Corner is our weakest area.  Yes Decker and Kerley are not enough, which is why we address the issue in round 2.   Past drafts are meaningless, I'm not sure how anyone can say Corner is not our most pressing need.

idothis2
idothis2

i wouldnt be upset if kony ealy or dee ford is the surprise 1st round pick.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Are you guys aware that from 2000 to 2009 when the Lions where the absolute worst team in football they drafted 4 WRs and 2 Qbs. With 8 total Offensive players (the others were tackles)

Think about that.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Are you guys aware that since 2007 the Jets have drafted a CB or D-lineman with 6 of their 8 first round draft picks.....

Think about this...

braziljets
braziljets

1st = CB

2nd = WR

3rd = OLB

4-7 = BPA trying to get a TE


I don't mind if Idzik trade up to reach someone really value and keep "only" 10 from original 12 with better chances to get more ready-starters!


GO JETS!

will898
will898

Maybe the Jets trade Coples for a 1st rounder this year.

John Fitzpatrick
John Fitzpatrick

I like Dennard as the first pick, and TEor WR in the second.

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

5 pass catchers? I'm cool with that, but what would that mean for guys like Hill and David Nelson?

j_spikett
j_spikett

you cannot evaluate a draft a day, a week, even a month or two after a draft. it takes at least a year sometimes two or three. don't get caught up in all this hype and evaluation that will take place afterwards.

theeditor
theeditor

The JETS don't need a TE who can't block a lick. Especially with a first round pick. Resign Keller if you want a TE that can't block. The Jets need to pick a WR or a CB with pick #18.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Maybe Kleck man is just trying to light a fire under Coples.

bradysucks
bradysucks

It is Rex Ryan's goal to turn the Jets into the Ravens.....but the Ravens needed to add more talent on offense before they won a super bowl with Flacco......They helped out Flacco and good things happened.....When they took away that help last year (Boldin, Pitta (injured) etc) the team nosedived


The Jets should get some fancy new toys for Geno and Marty Morninweg to play with on draft day


Swami has spoken

a57se
a57se

@DrJonathanReefer  

It took them that many times to get it right....Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford.


Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks  That's great...sorry had to eat diner...Nobody is disputing the fact that Decker needs another WR opposite him. It's the law of supply and demand. This draft is deeper at WR then it is at DB. Hence, we need to grab one of the better DB's in the first and look to draft a WR from the second round and beyond...I know you probably will have a hard time understanding simple economics but try and hang in there kiddo. I'm here to hold your hand if you need me too.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@will898  I don't think anyone would give up a first for Colpes. We only got a first and 4th for Mevis...

bradysucks
bradysucks

Joe Klecko said Coples looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane

OUCH!

marcus81
marcus81

@will898 or trade him for Mingo straight up to fill a need, Jet's won't be able to keep everyone

marcus81
marcus81

@John Fitzpatrick I wouldn't mind a top CB and TE with the first 2 picks, Dennard and Amaro, or Lee and Verret, but if Jets go best TE and receivers available with the 1st 2 picks can't complain ether

bradysucks
bradysucks

@John Fitzpatrick  


I'd rather they pick Dennard than Ebron and I'd rather see them pick Cooks or Lee or OBJ than Dennard

marcus81
marcus81

@Paul Samuels Jets should hold onto Hill for another year, too much of a waste to let him walk for what Jets gave up to draft him, he's still young too

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Paul Samuels  


Who cares?


Best players play.....we need to weed out the poor WR's who can't cut it

WW85
WW85

What's the fun in being reasonable?

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@bradysucks  


If you track any team the season after they signed their "!00 million dollar QB", the results are the same.   The cap is doing Goodell's partity  all by itself.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks  Rex was with the Ravens when they won a superbowl with Trent Dilfer and it was the defense that won that championship not the offense!!!

bradysucks
bradysucks

Jets 1st round picks

2007 CB

2008 TE

2009 QB

2010 CB

2011 DL

2012 DL

2013 DL

2013 CB

2014 CB

Talk about putting all your eggs in 2 baskets....DL & CB

There are other positions on a football team that could use an infusion of 1st round talent

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks  Yes, but if you read his entire comments (misinformed though they are) he actually acknowledges what an explosive and dominant player Coples can be and just suggests he doesn't always give 100% effort.  And he said the same thing about Mo.

Bent
Bent moderator

@marcus81 @will898  Coples is a better fit for the Jets system than Mingo.  Also why would the Browns trade their 6th pick from a year ago for a guy who they'll have to exercise the option on at the end of the year and extend a year sooner?


We have the best defensive line in the league.  I don't get why everyone wants to break it up.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @jake100  I said it from the getgo, Coples is not a pass rushing OLB!!!!!!!!! Too big, he is best going straight forward as a dlineman to engage the big olineman.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @jake100  

Its the -10 rating and the 32 out of 42 worst by PFF for his pass rushing that worry me.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Tequila Joe @bradysucks  


Weak argument Joe......


That Ravens team was unique........The huge majority of super bowl teams are good on both sides of the ball

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks  Read the post i wrote prior to your weak rants. It's simple economics...Again, I fully understand that you don't know what that means. Like I said, I can walk you through it if you need some help but I am done arguing with you. You are clearly lacking the fundamentals to have a a decent discussion. Good luck...One other thing. Think about it, do you really think that was my argument? If you do, well, like I said, I'm here if you need some tutoring. Not LMAO, just feeling bad for you...Good Luck once again.

bradysucks
bradysucks

So you are saying Tannenbaum didn't get his offensive picks right in the 1st round .....and therefore Idzik should just not draft offensive talent in round 1? This might be the dumbest argument in Jets blog history

Lmao

Think about it....I know you know this is not a valid argument

bradysucks
bradysucks

It is time to draft another position besides DL and CB in the 1st round

Yes it is

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks  

CB's-revis, Wilson and Milliner...are you complaining about this.

TE dustin Keller-Underachiever

QB-Mark Sanchez-I personally never wanted him

DL's-Wilkerson, coples and Richardson...again, are you complaining about this


It's crazy bradysucks that you think this works for your argument...The only players that didn't work out were the ones drafted on the OFFENSIVE side of the ball. It seems like we are great at drafting defensive player...maybe we should stick to that in the first round...

a57se
a57se

@Bent

It is much more fun saying Coples looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane......I'm sure we'll hear about that for the next two years.

marcus81
marcus81

@Hazard2012 @Bent@marcus81@will898 no one wants to break anything but with a salary cap you can't keep everyone, you have to spread the money on the team so that you have a balanced team, Jets will have to spend more money on offense, Jets still need an O lineman in case Winters still struggles, and top CB in case the draft doesn't work out, Jets will end up spending most of the money on DL and still have holes, you can only have a few good players and plug in with the draft and FA's

a57se
a57se

@Bent

I can't wait for the draft to be over....

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Bent @marcus81 @will898  


I don't get it, either.  The DL is the heart and strength of this team, and is young and getting better.   It's madness to look to break it up,  The play is to try and lock it up for the next decade and augment it, in this draft, by getting Pace's heir apparent --- a true edge rushing OLB --- to make it the most dominant DL in the league.   


Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 @dabronx  I disagree and, I suspect, so does Rex Ryan.


If the Jets drafted Van Noy, he'd replace Pace and Coples would remain as the Rush LB.  In fact, I quite like the idea of this, if he's as good as he's cracked up to be.


As for his PFF grades, he was positively graded from midseason onwards, averaged 4.5 total pressures a game over the second half (elite production once he got over his broken foot and settled into his role) and the grades don't account for the fact that every team was getting rid of the ball quickly to mitigate pressure because if you beat your man but the QB gets rid of it before you arrive, you still get graded negatively, an obvious weakness in their system.


As they themselves said the other day: "If a team’s offensive philosophy was to throw screens and quick slants every pass play, then it would make life for the offensive linemen relatively easy.  If that was the philosophy, we could see that the team’s linemen never allow pressure over the entire season."  And that's what many teams did against the Jets.


Who cares if he's a "natural pass rusher".  If he gives his blocker constant trouble and gets consistent pressure on the QB (even when they are getting rid of the ball early when they can), he's doing a great job.


Also, the Jets do have Antwan Barnes, one of the most consistently productive situational rushers over the past five years.  I can't imagine many rookies coming in and being more productive than he would next season.


If you read the Klecko comments he isn't saying Coples isn't very good anyway, he's saying Coples is a DOMINANT player and just suggesting that he needs to play hard all the time (and he also said the same thing about Mo in the same interview).

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@dabronx @jake100  I could not count the analysts that say it is about time that the Jets obtain a TRUE pass rushing olb, it would take the D to a new level!!!!!

dabronx
dabronx

@jake100  I completely agree. He needs to go back to DE. I would love if they Jets could pick up Van Noy in the third and put Coples back to where he belongs.

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks  Yeah, the defense did cost them that game with their first half performance, but the offense didn't exactly help.


The defense actually scored two points and the offense gave up a TD on a fumble, so actually the offense scored 17 and the defense gave up 17.


The killer stat though: 14 missed tackles...13 of them in the first half (wow).

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Pete 57  


Not true...


The offense didn't score points....


The defense gave up 24 points......The Jets offense ONLY scored 19 points vs the Steelers that game


I admit the defense had a poor 1st half but the offense couldn't score for the Jets.....19 points won't get it done


The Jets need an offense capable of scoring when they fall behind.......It can't ALWAYS be the defense's job to win the game

Pete 57
Pete 57

In fairness, the defense lost the game against Pittsburgh. They didn't show up in the first half.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Sad that these simple concepts are so hard to explain to some people

Amazing how a person can understand that Millner needs help with a good CB on the other side but can't understand that Decker needs help at WR with another playmaker opposite him

Then factor in that the Jets have a top 10 defense every year since 2009 and an offense that struggles to score points and is turnover prone

This isn't rocket science

bradysucks
bradysucks

Joe

The Jets defense is mess!!!! What will we do???

(PANIC ATTACK)

Where was the Jets pass offense ranked the past 2 years Joe????

Out of 32 teams where was the Jets pass offense rated???

Lmao

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Tequila Joe  Lets face it, we are not going on a real run this season, so we have to keep building for the future, and I agree, if a solid CB is there first, go for it, but we greatly need offense after that. Rome was not built in a day, but as long as the jets stick to the plan, we have a lot of hope.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@jake100 @bradysucks  It takes WR time to develop and if it was Sammy Watkins sitting there at 18 I would agree but he won't be. Whatever WR will be sitting there is going to have major growing pains and probably won't be a real threat for a couple of years...

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@bradysucks  Lets not get carried away with the defense. They have issues against the pass at CB and saftey and lets face it, the LBers are not that great either in coverage. But I agree, that the offense is lagging behind even after that is said. The defense automatically improves if the offense can stay on the field.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@bradysucks  I agree, and that is what I have been saying! Decker needs another top wr to take the heat off him.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Tequila Joe @bradysucks  


The Jets still have a great defense and a great running game Joe.....and if the Jets could throw the ball the team could have won 2 super bowls instead of lost 2 AFC Championship games

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100 @Tequila Joe @bradysucks  


You can't have just 1 good WR in the NFL anymore......The top defenses like Seattle etc will take that guy out of the game and if you don't have extra firepower you are screwed.....


Revis and other good CB's will take Decker out of big games and Kerley gets injured at some point this year.....


That leaves the Jets with Nelson, Gates, & Hill......


Joe doesn't understand this....too complex for him

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks @Tequila Joe  When we went to two AFC championships we had a great defense and a great running game. That's the path to the glory land when you have a guy like Geno behind center. They need to upgrade their DB's so we can have a great defense once again. Right now they are just good and that's not good enough. Check out Seattle, they had the 26th ranked passing offense (we had the 31st, question answered) last year but the 4th ranked rushing offense, the FIRST RANKED PASSING DEFENSE and the 7th ranked rushing defense. This is the formula we had (when we went to back to back AFC championships) and this is what we need to get back too. For us, it starts with fixing that secondary! What star WR did Russell Wilson have on his team last year. He had a bunch of good receivers, a monster running back and a great O-Line. Right now we need to upgrade our PASS DEFENSE and our O-Line to get back to that and yes add another WR but that is really third on the list...

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Tequila Joe @bradysucks  Times are changing. Yeah , years ago you might have gotten away with a mediocre offense and a top defense, but barring, anomaly's, now days you need to put up points as the nfl is overly offensive friendly. Even the Hawks had a top 5 running game and Wilson was close to a mid pack qb, but their D was sick and very rare. If they had a bottom offense, they would not have won the big one. The only other exception in the last few years was Flacco, but the reality is, if you dont have an offense that can score now days, you wont win the big one.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Tequila Joe  


The Jets have a good defense.....duhhh


What was the pass offense ranked last year? Answer it this time.... 



Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks @Tequila Joe  I guess Bear Bryant was wrong when he said "defense wins championships." I mean what could he possibly know...Good thing Seattle had such an overpowering offense to compensate for their lack of defense...Ridiculous!