With all the other hubbub and goings on, who is picking whom for the Jets in their mock drafts?
Todd McShay on ESPN
Analysis: I have no problem with Mingo as a top-10 pick. His lack of sack production is being overemphasized, as he often faced extra attention from double-teams. In multiple games I saw on tape, he was limited in a gap-discipline game plan to limit mobile quarterbacks.
Yes, he needs to get bigger and stronger to hold up better against the run. He also needs to improve his speed-to-power rush, but he is an explosive pass-rusher already, and his motor is always running. He is athletic enough to occasionally drop into coverage, but he will get paid to get after the QB. That’s exactly what the Jets need on defense.
Mel Kiper on ESPN
Pick analysis: It’s about time the Jets found an athletic difference-maker on the edge for Rex Ryan. The interior of the defensive line should be a strength with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, but they need edge speed. Mingo is a freak athlete, and could become a star with the right coaching.
Free-agency factor: The Jets are pretty tapped out, and won’t be able to find a player of Mingo’s caliber on the market. Remember, they also need to figure out the future at QB, but I think they’ll look at QBs further down the board.
Peter Schrager on FoxSports
Alec Ogletree, outside linebacker, Georgia
The Jets bid farewell to several defensive veterans in the past few weeks, including Eric Smith, Bart Scott and Calvin Pace. They’ll look to reload with some defensive playmakers in the draft. Ogletree’s a great place to start. A converted safety, he played both the inside and outside linebacker positions in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, too.
Numerous off-field concerns, including a four-game suspension at the start of the season and DUI earlier this month, could ding Ogletree’s draft stock. I think he’s a good fit in New York, if they’re willing to gamble on a guy with some red flags.
John Idzik was in the room when the Seahawks rolled the dice on Bruce Irvin last year; I think his first pick as GM of the Jets is Ogletree this year.
Daniel Jeremiah on NFL.com
JARVIS JONES OLB GEORGIA
The Jets need more pass rush, and Jones is the perfect player to provide it.
Matt Smith on NFL.com
ZIGGY ANSAH DE BYU
He’s a splash player. He’s an impact player. And while there’s not a lot of tape on him, not a lot of production, you simply can’t ignore what an athletic specimen Ansah is, and how easily he makes his way into the backfield. Rex Ryan will be giddy with the selection; the fans in N.Y. will boo the heck out of it.
Bucky Brooks on NFL.com
JARVIS JONES OLB GEORGIA
Rex Ryan desperately needs an explosive edge rusher to take his hybrid scheme to another level. Jones dominated the SEC with his explosiveness, and Ryan would love to tap into those skills to help Gang Green get back on track.
Josh Norris on NFL.com
XAVIER RHODES CB FLORIDA ST.
Yes, I’m projecting Darrelle Revis will indeed be traded. The Jets could target a pass rusher or nose tackle at this spot, but I think Rhodes will go earlier than expected.
Rob Rang on CBS Sports
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: The Jets’ woeful offense certainly remains a prime concern but Rex Ryan’s focus has always been on the defensive side of the ball. The Jets got only a nine sacks out of their top three outside linebackers a year ago. Jones, on the other hand, is dynamic off the edge. He led the country in tackles for loss (24.5), sacks (14.5) and forced fumbles (seven). Only concerns about his health (he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2009) could push him this far down the board.
Dane Brugle on CBS Sports
Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: The Jets need a lot of help in several areas, mostly on offense, including the quarterback position. But the Jets have struggled to put pressure on the opponents’ backfield and Mingo would give Rex Ryan’s defense a pass rusher with upside.
Pat Kirwan on CBS Sports
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: The Jets can’t rush the passer and haven’t addressed the issue in free agency. The only real pass rushers left in free agency are all older players like Abraham and Freeney.
Will Brinson on CBS Sports
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: A large portion of this pick is predicated on the Jets dealing Darrelle Revis. If that doesn’t happen — and surely it will at some point — then maybe this changes. I’d be stunned to see them go somewhere other than defense.
Matt Miller on Bleacher Report
The Pick: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Finding a pass rush has been the need of the New York Jets for several seasons now, and with Rex Ryan committed to building a team his way this offseason, it’s likely that the team will finally address that need for an outside linebacker in its 3-4 scheme.
Barkevious Mingo is an exciting edge-rusher coming out of a conservative LSU scheme that rarely asked him to pin his ears back and attack the quarterback. You see that ability from Mingo, though. The production isn’t on film to know he’s a surefire stud, but with his athletic ability, there’s a chance he’s the best fit in a 3-4 scheme among this year’s class of talented pass-rushers.
Charlie Campbell at WalterFootball
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Jets have a lot of needs with Rex Ryan’s job on the line. In order to survive, they have to compensate for the inept Mark Sanchez as their quarterback. Landing elite play-makers around him could help set up some easy mismatches for Sanchez to exploit.
Sources told WalterFootball.com before the 2012 season that Tennessee had a great third receiver behind Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers that was going to have a breakout season. That wide out was Patterson, and after Rogers was kicked off the team, Patterson took his place as the starting X (split end) receiver.
The junior college product showed off his elite speed and explosiveness when he opened the season by beating David Amerson for a 41-yard score on a go-route straight down the field. Patterson also took a carry for a 67-yard touchdown later in first quarter. He had six receptions for 93 yards and a score against the Wolfpack. Patterson totaled 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns this season. He ran the ball for 308 yards and three scores, too.
Patterson is very fast and explosive. He is raw, but filled with potential and could end up being a high first-rounder.
Scott Wright on NFLDraftScout
After an extremely disappointing season things only seem to be getting worse for the Jets. To call this an organization in disarray would be an understatement as there doesn’t seem to be much of a long-term plan in place. Regardless of what the future holds every team needs pass rushers and with Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas both out of the picture New York must bring in someone who can be a threat off the edge. Oregon’s Dion Jordan is a freakish physical specimen with a long, rangy frame and outstanding speed and athleticism. Jordan could project to either defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level depending on scheme but the consensus is that his best fit would be standing up in an odd front. If Jordan is off the board, which is quite possible, there should still be some good pass rushers available at this point and the Jets could turn their attention to Ezekiel Ansah of B.Y.U. or Barkevious Mingo of L.S.U. With LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell both leaving as free agents there is also a huge hole at safety so Kenny Vaccaro of Texas would be a possibility. Alabama OG Chance Warmack could be in the discussion too if they are ready to give up on Vladimir Ducasse, who thus far has been a big bust. For what it’s worth the Jets have been linked to West Virginia QB Geno Smith too.