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 together a seven round mock draft for the Jets. It’s not been pretty, but here’s the final four rounds for you to chew on which we discussed in full on the podcast today.
4:4 (104) [from TB] – CJ Fiedorowicz TE Iowa — The Jets need to boost their run-blocking this season and Fiedorowicz might be the biggest and most imposing run-blocking tight end in this class. He’s skilled enough to as a blocker to immediately contribute on offense and has potential as a pass-catcher too. Fiedorowicz would have to compete against Zach Sudfield for a roster spot, but should be able to beat out the former Patriot. Keep an eye out for Jack Mewhort (OT Ohio State) our Louchiez Purifory (CB Florida) as well.
4:15 (115) – Josh Huff WR Oregon — Despite picking up two offensive players with their first two picks, the Jets would be wise to dip back into the receiver pool before the end of the fourth round. Huff is a tough player and is willing to make tough catches in traffic, but he also has good speed (4.47 40 at his pro day) and can make plays in open space. Huff might also be an addition for kick or return work as well. Look also for WR Robert Herron here as well.
4:37 (137) [compensatory] — Ed Reynolds FS Stanford — The Jets are oversupplied with safeties who can work against the run, but the team needs more depth among their safeties who can contribute in coverage. Reynolds has the prototypical build for the position (6’1″ 207 lbs) and has good speed as well (4.56 40 yard dash). While he has shown some overaggressive tendencies in college (targeting, hitting with crown of helmet) that won’t deter Rex Ryan and the Jets staff from relishing the physical nature he could bring to Jets special teams and maybe eventually sub-package work.
Round 5:14 (154) — Michael Sam DE/OLB Missouri — Sam will have a long wait to get drafted next week and many project him to land in the late fifth, even seventh round. That said, Sam is a player who could come in and from day one work in the Jets sub-team package to rush the passer and do so from a three-point stance. Doing so standing up will prove to be more of a challenge for the former Mizzou Tiger and will require coaching up from Rex and the defensive coaches.
6:19 (195) – Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina — I know, I know .. the team drafts a fourth pass catcher? Hazel is a FCS product and they are generally more athletic/upside players but that is not the case with Hazel. Hazel is technically sound and can work inside and outside as a receiver. At 6’1″ he has long strides and can get up to speed fast but has more straight-line speed than burst. Hazel looks tough and durable, but might need to work on how he will create his own separation at the next level.
6:33 (209) [compensatory] — Blake Treadwell OL Michigan State – Treadwell wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine but he is a good prospect. The former Spartan isn’t the most athletic player, but he understands leverage well and uses it to his advantage.
6:34 (210) [compensatory] – Kevin Pierre-Louis SS/OLB Boston College — The Jets have shown their hand in that they won’t be looking for linebackers early in the draft, but don’t be surprised if they pick up a few in the later rounds and let them compete for roster spots with an eye on larger roles down the road. His size makes him a “tweener” but he might be asked to either bulk up, or slim down depending on what position the Jets would ask him to play. With 12 draft picks, the Jets will have the luxury of trying out a few players and selecting who they want to make as potential special teamers before other consideration. I see KPL in that mold here.
6:37 (213) [compensatory] — Jay Bromley DT Syracuse — The Jets might be set at their defensive line starters, but addressing depth for the future is never a bad thing. Bromley was a dominant player at Cuse, but he needs an NFL strength and conditioning program to work on his lower body strength and working with one of the best line coaches in the league in Karl Dunbar will help his anticipation skills.
Round 7: 18 (233) — Tevrin Brandon CB Monmouth — A small-school prospect (Steiny noted the Jets interest here) who transferred from UConn after a legal incident, Brandon is physical and has speed despite small size which might make him a fit as a special teams flyer and in a slot role in time. From what we hear, there’s been a few AFC East teams that have expressed interest in Brandon.
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