Kiper updates his mock draft, Jets pick offense in first two rounds

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.com

I’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.




144 comments
cosmicwy
cosmicwy

i like odell beckham way more than brandin cooks.  ODB literally comes back to every ball, goes up to grab the ball at the highest points, and makes catches with his hands not body. 


after watching lots of cooks and backham highlights, i'd be happy with both, but wayyyyy happier with backham.

Anthony Lamberti
Anthony Lamberti

I think Radio city would go nuts if  are 2 picks are this I know i would...


1 rd pick is Cooks if you ask me i think he would be out of control in MM offense.


2rd ASJ I love this guy I have been very high on him since everyone started saying Ebron i want ASJ over Ebron i feel he CAN DO IT ALL this would be a steal hands down for the jets.



jetlife
jetlife

I found this interesting stat on Odell Beckham: 


"About 36% of Beckham's rec yds & 78% of his TDs came vs UAB, Kent State & Furman. Other 10 games he was 43 rec, 736 yd & 2 all purpose TDs."

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

Both Kiper and McShay have The Jets taking Cooks and Seferian-Jenkins in Rd 1 & 2. Personally, I'd be shocked if we go offense in both rounds--I expect the Jets to pretty well split between defense & offense in the first 4 rounds. If Gilbert or Dennard are still available at 18, I think Idzik will give Rex the corner he needs. If not, I think we'll probably go with Cooks or Beckham--though I would not be surprised if Idzik goes strictly BPA. And if that's the case, the first round pick could be a huge surprise--OLB, OL, S, TE, WR, CB. Almost the only positions I would rule out are QB, RB, and Defensive Line. 


If things broke the way I'd like, we'd go Gilbert (or Dennard) first round, Jordan Matthews (or Landry) in the second, but I wouldn't complain at all if we flipped the equation and went Cooks (or Beckham) first round and Verrett (or Fuller) in the second.

marcus81
marcus81

Jets probably draft CB or receiver with the first pick, although receiver is the biggest need

Marvel
Marvel

Landry is not getting drafted in the second round... just saying

juunit
juunit

Are you kidding me? The guy who was the best TE in the country in 2012 is an unrealized talent? Just fire Kiper already.

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

i would not be against the jets drafting an o-lineman with their 1st pick. 


despite the continued focus on the passing game, football is won on the lines,. the jets have one of the best defensive lines in the game. now they can address the o-line. they're set at the tackle and center spots. but unless the players drafted last year are ready to make incredible leaps in progress, they'll need help at the guard spots. 


they way this year's draft is being talked about, as many as 3 qb's and 5-7 wr's/te's will be drafted in the 1st round. giving the jets an opportunity to get an impact and immediate starter on the line.


they picked up johnson to go with ivory and powell. they have 2 qb's that have great legs and are mobile. with that backfield and an above average offensive line, they could lead the league in rushing. not bad for year 2 of Idzik. 

bob
bob

Smoke and Mirrors .. Rex likes to play defense and run the football. From what I'm hearing that part of Geno's strengths is he is a good pocket passer Payton Manning and brother Eli are really good if they can step up into the pocket and deliver the ball. that takes a top center and guard to get that done. we should have at least 3-4 top pics on the o-line. as a Jet strategy bottom line is with out a top running game and putting everything on the QB in a QB driven league is some what overrated I think its much wiser collectively  to have a very good offensive line with talented dancing bears. the D-line and O-line should be our strengths....



Draft in the trenches boys It will make you an honest man.


Smoke and mirrors... Zack Martin?



Dats Right and don't you forget it ..Yours truly ...Sir Barks Alot.




Brendan
Brendan

Successful trip for Record Store Day, now who wants to argue about draft prospects!? 

Nolan Meyer
Nolan Meyer

What I would like to see is them get Dennard in the first ASJ in the second WR in the third not sure who would be available, rush LB and offensive line in the fourth.  I think our biggest ? at this point is CB not WR.  and if ASJ is available in the second he would be a steal. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

Meet the Jets next TE:  Especially with the signing of Johnson

  1.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa 
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 265. 
    40 Time: 4.76. 
    Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 

    4/5/14: Fiedorowicz had 30 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. He did a solid job as a blocker for the Hawkeyes, and has more speed and athleticism than one would think. Fiedorowicz turned in a solid performance at the Senior Bowl and showed off more athleticism than one would think at the Combine. He could be more than just a blocking tight end in the NFL. 

    8/3/13: Iowa had a down 2012 season, but Fiedorowicz was one of the bright spots. He hauled in 45 receptions for 433 yards and a touchdown. Fiedorowicz did a solid job as a blocker for the Hawkeyes. He had 16 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. Fiedorowicz was used exclusively as a blocker during his freshman season in 2010. 

    Fiedorowicz definitely has the size and strength to be a good blocker in the NFL. He has the receiving ability to contribute for the passing game and should continue to work on his receiving skills as a senior. 

    Personal: Pre-business major. Son of Leeann and Gary Fiedorowicz.

dabronx
dabronx

@cosmicwy  

I prefer Cooks. OBJ wasn't even the best WR on his own team in college (statistically). 

jaylee_222
jaylee_222

@_bk_chino you gotta do something with your acct! I follow you but don't see any tweets. Only RTs

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife  But we're not allowed to talk about that, so shhhhh. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@marcus81  


It can work out either way.   Posted this Fanspeak mock I did yesterday that I thought turned out pretty well for one that took a CB first --- and a DE second:



18 - CB Justin Gilbert

49 - OLB Demarcus Lawrence

80 - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

104 - WR Donte Moncrief

115 - G Dakota Dozier

137 - RB Lache Seastrunk

154 - S Telvin Smith

195 - QB Tom Savage

209 - CB Louchiez Purifoy

210 - S Dez Southward

213 - DT Deandre Coleman

233 - WR TJ Jones


bob
bob

@Marvel


I think Landry could get picked before the 1st round. Maybe ya never know.

Edward Kirby
Edward Kirby

@Marty Luc I agree, and I'd trade down to the bottom of the first round to get the best guard available to do it.

In this draft -- stacked as it is with talent -- I'd do everything I could to get as many picks as possible in the 1-25 to 3-125 range. If that means trading future picks, I'd do it.

But trading down the 1-18 (and maybe an assortment of the 5th, 6th, or 7th picks available) to get three additional picks in that range would be my goal.

I like what the Jets are doing this year. I've always favored going after the skill positions through FA and using the draft to maintain a top-10 defense and top-5 OL. I would much rather have a 30-something QB with a handful of Pro-Bowl nods managing the show (which, in my fantasy world, would be running game-heavy; I'm real old-fashioned in that I love the ground and pound) than taking my chances on a high, first round rookie QB. There are plenty of Jim Plunketts and Vinnie Testaverdes out there that want a ring before they retire, and historically, the Jets seem to have had good luck with them. Ditto the running back position.

The Jets OL -- once one of the best in the NFL, and still not too shabby -- has slipped a bit in recent seasons, and they've gotten a bit older as well. Bringing in a future Pro-Bowl guard would keep that asset strong for years to come. It would also help protect the greybeard Vick and provide the holes for Johnson to hit the homeruns everyone is expecting from him.

williamg1
williamg1

@Marty Luc  I would really dislike using our 1st round pick on a backup O lineman (because that is exactly what they'd be in year 1). 

Brendan
Brendan

@bob  3-4 picks!? Bob-o, you trying to go with an 8-man OL now? 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@johnnyl65  


Sorry, Fiedorowicz is more a consolation prize for not landing one of the four elite TE's in this draft.   He's big, he can block, and can catch, but he's nowhere near the play-maker that Ebron, ASJ, Amaro or Niklas...and it's a play-maker we need, not another, bigger Cumby.  

bradysucks
bradysucks

@johnnyl65  


Nothing wrong with a massive TE from Iowa who can block.......thumbs up

bharper42
bharper42

@Hazard2012 @marcus81  You're spending 1 & 2 on defensive players and allowing all of that prime offensive talent go when we've had a monstrosity of an offense the past 2 years?


Do you expect the defense to score points for us because they havn't done that in years.


CB doesn't score points.  We lost with good cbs the past couple years how are we going towin with a rookie and a 2nd year CB?


offense will help the defense out much more than those defensive picks ever will.


don't mean to be snide i'm just tired of all these BPA picks and defense first prognostications.  


The first 3-4 rounds should be offense and allow for a bloodbath to occur in camp.  Then you'll see a strong team and a winning season imo.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hazard2012 @marcus81  


Well that draft would make the defense even scarier but if you don't hit on the Moncrief pick we will be a mess at WR....I say this because the better teams will take Decker out of the game and the other receivers the Jets have aren't productive......As much as we like Kerley he barely had 500 yards receiving in 2013......which is terrible


Good DB's like Revis (or Sherman) can neutralize Decker which leaves the Jets with no firepower at receiver behind Decker on the outside....I'd rather address WR with a blue chip pick in the first 2 rounds

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

Why would a first round draft pick be a backup? The jets started a third round pick last year. If they did that then it's also conceivable that a first round pick could start this year

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@williamg1 @Marty Luc  


Agree, though you'd have to be tempted if a Lewan or Martin fell...but then they're not back-ups.   They're starting.   Otherwise, maybe try to grab a Turner, Dozier, Mewhort, Bitonio or James, etc. in rounds 3-4.   Heck...they might start on our line, too.  

bob
bob

@Brendan @bob


No just another top pic adding a Mangold or D-brick to the unit.


I would like with the 1st pic a dancing bear and the 2nd pic a beaver who blocks it all up.. dats right!


And the 3rd pic a golden retriever.. he get da ball... he like to get da ball.


Dats right!

bradysucks
bradysucks

The Jets definitely need to add playmakers......but they also need a TE who can block as well as catch....To ignore this need is a waste when you have a playmaker like Chris Johnson in your backfield.

Lots of very productive TE's aren't dynamic like Ebron and Vernon Davis...Guys like Jason Whitten and Heath Shuler who are big and slow in comparison to Davis and Ebron are plenty effective at the NFL level

A guy like Fiedorwicz could do very well in Morninweg's offense and be productive as both a blocker and a receiver

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@bradysucks @johnnyl65  He's our play making TE, opening up holes for thunder and lightening and sealing the outside edge.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bradysucks @Hazard2012  


Fully understand...and agree to large degree...but in getting a CB first in that mock I automatically lost all the top WR's, and then taking Lawrence second I compounded the problem...but it was a calculated decision and trade-off.   With that kind of D I could afford to take a chance on O.  

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hazard2012 @bradysucks  


Landry is a potential Antonio Freeman or Boldin type WR....


I like ASJ.......


Moncrief I like also but not as the only WR the Jets take....


As I said before, I strongly believe the Jets should draft a blue chip WR in the first 2 rounds and then if you want to add Moncrief in round 4 for depth then the pick makes a lot more sense.....

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bradysucks @Hazard2012  


Don't agree...besides, a TE ...or at least ASJ or any of the top four TE's in this draft...are potentially as important to this O than any WR.   So I do go O rounds 3-4, but not with two WR's.   

That's splitting hairs, though.   Frankly, ASJ or any top TE would be a much better choice than Landry...who's a #3 slot receiver....another Kerley, hopefully more durable.   Moncrief is a potential #1 WR, imo, so you now have a receiving corps comprised of Decker, Moncrief, Kerley, Nelson and Hill (don't forget TJ Jones, too), and both ASJ and Cumby at TE and now CJ and out of the backfield...


This is a very potent and dangerous O...no matter how you slice it.   

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hazard2012 @bradysucks  


If the Jets drafted defense in the 1st 2 rounds like you suggest then they need to draft WR in rounds 3 and 4 in my opinion.....


round 1 Gilbert (or Dennard)   DB

round 2 Demarcus Lawrence  OLB

round 3 Jarvis Landry  WR

round 4 Moncrief  WR

round 4 CJ Fiedorwicz TE

round 4  Dozier (or Watt) G

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bradysucks  


Also meant to totally agree re Decker...he can't be the only threat because the likes of Revis and Sherman will take him --- and almost any other top WR  --- out of the game.   Of all the second tier WR's in this draft, however, I think Moncrief will emerge as the best.  

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bradysucks  


Agree it's taking a chance on Moncrief...thought TJ Jones could become a nice slot, Kerley-like receiver; but I really think Moncrief will emerge as a top-end WR in a year or two...he just needs to learn to play more physically.   


But yes, the D becomes scary...with Gilbert opposite Milliner and Lawrence mentoring under Pace off the edge...or maybe on certain downs lined up beside Coples....absolutely sick.     

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bob @Hazard2012 @marcus81  


I actually tried one last night you might have liked given your earlier post re OL...


Zack Martin first, Su'a Filo second...even has Demarcus Lawrence third and Jeremy Hill fourth, but then things went south from there.   


Hard to go OL with top two picks and expect much value at skill positions later. 

bob
bob

@Hazard2012 @bob@marcus81 I like that posted draft I would be a happy camper scoring all those players I hope it shakes out that way or even close that way would be very good for the Jets.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bob @Hazard2012 @marcus81  


Kinda like the real deal on draft day, you can only play the hand you're dealt...but stranger things have happened.     Moncrief usually isn't there in the 4th round, either.   But...if my hunch about Moncrief proves out, the above draft looks pretty good.  

bob
bob

@Hazard2012 @bob@marcus81

there are 8 good CB in this draft which mirrors the 11 good receivers its possible  Id be very surprised if Purifoy drops past the 3rd. ASJ to the 3rd round hard to believe that also. what the supply and demand factors for these misc. teams for guys to be thinking falling into these rounds I guess 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bob @Hazard2012 @marcus81  


He did in this mock.   I would have thought the same about ASJ making it to 80...almost never happens.  


If you've played with Fanspeak, though you'll notice that lots of CB's make it to the later rounds for some reason.     Purifoy and Roberson, among others, almost always there late.  Not sure why.

bob
bob

A QB gets hit enough they all get rattled ..

bob
bob

@brendan @bob


Putting the game on one guy like a QB well that just doesn't allways work out but putting the game on a strong offensive line that wears you down collectively as a hole in the fourth quarter makes much more sense that one QB.

Brendan
Brendan

@bob What's the official ruling on dancing bears? As long as they shave their claws down they can play? I think a dancing bear between Brick and Mangold would be a scary sight!

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

Heath Shuler is back?? Guess it's never too late to resurrect that top qb prospect career!

Jk, we know u meant Miller...great point about them btw

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@bradysucks  


True, but only Amaro of the top TE's in this draft has suspect blocking skills.  Niklas and ASJ are better blockers than you think, almost as good as Fiedo...and Ebron's getting better in that, too.   


Again...I'm not looking for productive...I'm looking for game-changing.   I'd only settle for Fiedo if all the other guys were off the board.   

bradysucks
bradysucks

@johnnyl65  


I had Fiedorwicz mocked to the Jets yesterday......He fills a big need as a blocker and if he can help out in the passing game the pick is a home run.....Iowa has produced some pretty productive NFL tight ends over the years.....