Mel Kiper updated his mock draft this week, and in his first two rounds he picked
First round? Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks.
Analysis: No player was a tougher cover in college football last year, and we learned why once we got to see Cooks run at the combine. This is a player who is every bit the athlete last year’s top wide receiver selection Tavon Austin is, and Cooks is also a little bit bigger. He’s just the type of player the Jets need, a tough cover both underneath and running intermediate routes. The Jets need more than one pass-catcher out of this draft, but I also said that last year and they went defense with the first two picks
Second round? Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
The Jets get the wide receiver they need in Round 1, and double down with pass-catchers in Round 2 in adding ASJ. He’s something of an unrealized talent (at least for me) and could allow the Jets to utilize some new looks. He’s a big target.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI’m no draft expert, but it does seem amusing to me that Kiper’s first two picks were the same as the ones that I gave to the Daily News this week in their blogger panel.
I might be a little biased based on my results, but I 100% agree with Kiper’s reasoning here. The Jets really liked Tavon Austin coming out of college and they’ve made it plain that they like Cooks. Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was the one to attend Cooks’ Pro Day and the team has invited him to visit the facility.
By the time the Jets pick in the second round the more polished tight end talent will be off the board, but I do think that they have a hole on their roster at the position and adding an athlete like ASJ will allow them to ease into the use of the penciled in starter at the position Jeff Cumberland but provide the personnel group upside in a talened but raw player who could be a good two-way tight end like ASJ projects to be.
For me, as we stand three weeks out from the draft, grabbing these two players would be an ideal situation. While the draft might play out very differently than this ideal, the good news is that this draft is very talented and so even though the Jets will draft in the middle of the first and second rounds, they are primed to have someone fall in their lap at both spots.