Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Here’s a bunch of mock drafts and the comments about the Jets and their needs from the authors. You can see that wide receiver is a common theme. Leave your thoughts in the comments!
NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah
BRANDIN COOKS WR OREGON ST — The Jets need offensive playmakers and Cooks is an explosive weapon with outstanding production.
NFL.com Bucky Brooks
MARQISE LEE WR USC — Eric Decker gives the Jets offense a steady presence on the perimeter, but the passing game still lacks an explosive playmaker. Lee is a dynamic receiver with the speed and running skills to thrive in New York’s version of the West Coast offense.
NFL.com Charles Davis
ODELL BECKHAM WR LSU — The building continues around QB Geno Smith, but Rex Ryan might really want a CB.
SI.com Don Banks
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU — Seems only logical for New York to add another receiving threat to pair with the freshly minted Eric Decker, or a top-flight cornerback to help offset the loss of Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis over the span of fewer than 12 months. Beckham may have nosed ahead of pass-catchers like Marqise Lee and Brandin Cooks for the distinction of being the draft’s No. 3-rated receiver. But if the Jets want to go with a first-round cornerback for the second draft in a row, after Dee Milliner was taken last year, their choice probably boils down to either Ohio State’s Bradley Roby or Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller.
SI.com Doug Farrar
Marqise Lee, WR, USC — Grabbing Eric Decker in free agency gives the Jets one piece in a passing game that desperately needs an overhaul, and the signing of Michael Vick gives the team a good Plan B in case Geno Smith still isn’t ready for prime time. To that equation, let’s give Gang Green a sleeper of a receiver in Lee, whose tape is certainly better than the middling accolades he’s received through the pre-draft process. Perhaps it’s because Lee played through injury in 2013, or because this receiver class is so deep, but it certainly seems as if many are missing the boat on the qualities that make Lee an interesting NFL prospect — his second-level speed, explosion after the catch and vertical ability that belies his 6-0 frame. The Jets would be well-served by taking Lee (who reminds me of Reggie Wayne) here.
CBS Sports Rob Rang
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Rookie Geno Smith certainly took his lumps as a rookie but considering the weapons surrounding him, his struggles aren’t surprising and he appears likely to return as the Jets’ starter in 2014. Cooks is an extraordinary athlete with the agility and speed to complement newly signed possession receiver Eric Decker.
CBS Sports Dane Brugler
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: Although he has been a turnover machine and Mike Vick is now on the roster, Geno Smith will likely hold onto the starting gig for another year. The Jets added Eric Decker in free agency, but need to add more weapons to the offensive arsenal and Beckham helped himself at the Combine, pushing him into the top 20 conversation.
CBS Sports Pete Prisco
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: They have a big hole at corner and this kid could fill it.
CBS Sports Pat Kirwan
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland gave up his jersey number to Eric Decker for a reported $25,000. He will be giving up the starting TE spot to Ebron if the Jets draft him. The Jets haven’t had a matchup TE since a healthy Dustin Keller.
CBS Sports Will Brinson
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: The Jets need another wideout to pair with free-agency haul Eric Decker. There are a few good fits here but Dennard — who can play the style of press-man coverage Rex Ryan prefers — makes more sense for a team that needs a top-tier corner. If Dee Milliner progresses suddenly the Jets defense could scare.
Walter Football Walter Chrepinsky
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State — The Jets need to add more play-makers to the roster because Geno Smith was surrounded by the worst supporting cast in the NFL last year. Eric Decker was signed, but New York needs more receivers. The top weapon who can be added to the roster is Brandin Cooks, who blew up the Combine. For more on the Jets potentially choosing Cooks, check out the 2014 NFL Draft Team Rumors page.
Optimum Scouting Eric Galko
Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU — The Jets have made it clear that they want to add more receiving threats to their offense, even after adding Eric Decker. If they can’t land DeSean Jackson in the rumored trade, adding one of the best receivers in the draft seems like the most likely option. Beckham is a long, explosive receiver who can provide a big play dynamic for Michael Vick or Geno Smith.