Mock Draft Roundup

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.



297 comments
bharper42
bharper42

The defense is already good and can only get better if we have an offense that gives them leads, a better time of possession, and field possession.  You're not getting that by drafting a CB in the first.  But you will get that drafting offensive playmakers in the 1st or 2nd.  


draft defense 3-7 rounds but not the first 2.  


Our offense has been pathetic and woeful for too long now.  How much longer are you people willing to live with such a sad, sordid offense.


offense in 1st 2 rounds and quite possibly the 3rd as well.


a good offense improves a defense.

boose2
boose2

I think it's laughable to assume Jets are, or should, pick a WR 'no matter what' at pick 18. If they have a player who grades out to be next Ed Reed or T Suggs, there is no way they are passing it up. Sure there will be an uproar with the fan base at first, but lets not forget what history has taught us:

2012:

5th Blackmon

13th Michael Floyd

20th Kendall Wright

30th AJ Jenkins

33rd Brian Quick

43rd Stephen Hill

45th Alshon Jeffery

54th Ryan Broyles

63rd. Rueben Randle

None of these 1st or 2nd RD WRs had 900 yds or over 5 TDs their rookie season (I realize they are all only 2 years in, but maaaaybe 3 will ever even sniff #1 WR status, IMO).

Good franchises draft good players. If Rex/Idzik thinks Dennard/Pryor/etc. is gonna ball... that's who we should take. Just ask the Portland Trail Blazers... they NEEDED a big man so they HAD to take Sam Bowie.. they didn't need Michael Jordan.

WW85
WW85

Brandin cooks had the fastest 60 yard shuttle in HISTORY at the combine: 10.72   His 40 time of 4.33 was the fastest this year. His unofficial 10 yd split of 1.5 is considered blazing.

Just saying.

Monty
Monty

steelers got DHB for less than we got jacoby Ford..even at picking up the scraps Idzik can do better.:)

signing goodson ford  and Patterson and hoping they have career years and/ or all of our draft picks are steals is not a viable plan. 

These players have never done.. what we need people to do..well thats how idzik got his job so maybe he figures it will work out 


Marty Luc
Marty Luc

it's a shame that wilson hasn't lived up to his #1 draft pick status. if he had, that would be one major hole that would be plugged right now. 


wilson and milner would man the CB spots and the jest could then use their 1st 2-3 picks to draft offense (wr, TE, rb,  or line in whatever order idzik sees fit). 


then with their 4th round picks they could shore up the secondary and pick up a solid slot corner and/or a safety with range.

jimjets
jimjets

Without being an alarmist I agree with Brady sucks. Has to be offense with first pick this year. Maybe even second pick. I do believe in Rex and he fielded a playoff caliber defense last year. And that was with an offense that kept giving the ball away and Cro and milliner. I'd love another shut down corner but they need offensive play makers

bradysucks
bradysucks

Bent

Can you Name one playoff team from last year with zero elite players on offense?

Can you tell me how many elite players the Jets have on offense?

Don't say Mangold & Brick because they don't score any points and even with them the offense has been terrible the past few years

Drafting defense 5 years in a row in round 1 has never been done in NFL history by a team that won a Super Bowl. It's not a balanced way to build a good football team. A team has offense & defense - and good teams need talent on both sides of the ball

Hoz
Hoz

It will be very interesting if Clinton-Dix & Calvin Pryor is still on the board at 18 because Idzik is unpredictable.

Bent
Bent moderator

Rapsheet: Note: Chris Johnson wasn’t on the @nfl’s transaction wire yesterday. Release should be official Monday at 4. Until then, no talks with teams


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
So...all this media speculation about whether or not the Jets have reached out is completely meaningless. 
Brilliant!

Kirk Michael
Kirk Michael

Odell beckham has to be the choice, I see immediate potential out of him when he comes in the NFL. Cooks is a tiny bit faster but odb wider frame n makes catches 6 '3' dudes should be making and he can electrifying on special teams. We don't want a corner. Rex is the best def coach in the league he played al those yrs with a pretty weak line, now we have the one of if not the best front 7 he should be able to be in the top 5. Get wr who can produce rite away maybe some how get amaro,we have the picks to trade up and if we do get chris Johnson we have a top 10 to 12 offense. With Martys system along with two guys in ODB N AMARO can produce rite away. ODB just has weight,size,plays bigger n looks more electryong then cooks. I would be surprised if Marty had his choice n choose cooks.

bradysucks
bradysucks

You quoted just one draft and you make a fair point. However - Over the history of the National Football League there have been a tremendous amount of great receivers taken in round 1.

Al Toon - round 1

Wesley Walker - round 1

Keyshawn Johnson - round 1

Obviously I am only naming NY Jets receivers but if we were to break it down team by team we would find plenty of great receivers drafted in the 1st round.

Also comparing basketball to football is nuts. 5 guys start in basketball and Jordan was able to control the game. If you want to compare Jordan to an elite QB then I get it.....but comparing Jordan's effect on a basketball game to other positions in professional football besides QB makes little sense.

bradysucks
bradysucks

The combine is bogus but Cooks would be a great pick. He has great game speed. The thing cool about Cooks is he fights bigger defenders for the ball and usually wins those battles even when he's double teamed. He's also durable and can catch a 5 yard slant and turn it into a 40 yard gain.

He's exactly what the Jets need

Pat d
Pat d

Combine times are not what you base your picks on. They train for those special drills.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Monty ford is signed for 10k over the minimum.   it's not even guaranteed unless he's on the roster week 1. your complaint is ridiculous.


Mateen Kemet
Mateen Kemet

@Marty Luc  we have 8 CB's on roster now and 4 of them are slot Cb's- Wilson, patterson, reeves, patrick.   I think they may give Wilson another shot at the no2, or Patterson.   WIlson has turned into a realy good Nickel so they might not want to change that but with Idzik I dunno.  He may say well we spent a 1st rd pick on this dude, make him earn his next contract.   Note: I don't think both Patterson and Patrick make the club.   On outside you got Walls, Ras- I Dowling ( sleeper- former 2nd rd pick that can't stay healthy), Lankster (STS) also fightign for No2 and Milliner as our No.1.  I could see us making this crowded and drafting another OUTSIDE Cb and realliy having a helluva competition for that No.2 Cb spot and have Wilson really challenged for the slot.  The lose would be a very good No4 cb.  No 5 and 6 will be specialty cb's and STS ( lankster, prob reeves)

marcus81
marcus81

@Marty Luc the same could be said about Keller at TE, he did not live up to his potential as a 1st rounder, and Jets traded up get him

bradysucks
bradysucks

It is a complete lie that Rex can't put a good defense on the field without two all pro cornerbacks. Rex can work with anything. He is a smart coach who will use the personell he has and put them in a position to win games. Rex Ryan is not a one trick pony.

Our defense will be fine. The defense is loaded with talent

Our offense has NOT been fine.

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks  


Carolina.  And arguably San Diego too.


I don't care whether they draft offense or not.  Here's some food for thought though:


The Jets have drafted nine defensive players in the Rex era.  All nine are still on the roster.  They've drafted 18 offensive players.  Only eight are still on the roster...and five of them were last year's rookies, all of whom did nothing or played poorly.


With such a comparative success rate of developing drafted players on offense and defense, maybe it would foolish to spend the first rounder on an offensive player that has a much, much higher chance of being a non-contributor.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent  


So Everything Manish Mehta tweets IS NOT a fact?????


SHOCK

Mateen Kemet
Mateen Kemet

@Kirk Michael  Amaro doesn't block nd is basically a 260lb slot receiver. Plus he comes out of a spread college offense, so it will take him a while to understand PRO routes etc.  We don't want a project, we need someone who's NFL ready, PLUS   We want to run the ball so to me, that means - NIKLAS or Fiedorowski in 2nd or 3rd.  Both those guys have good hands as well.  Personally I think WR in 1st CB 2nd TE 3rd

Pat d
Pat d

Lee, Cooks, Beckham. I want one of them.

marcus81
marcus81

@jake100 @Monty Jets are being cautions with money, they burned a lot of it with Tanny, signing Decker and Breno are good signings, still have the whole draft, Jets are not a player or two away from a SB to spend too much on free agency right now.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @Monty  And the fact it's NOT the minimum gives the Jets the advantage of being able to re-sign Ford before the start of the following league year if he plays well, something you cannot do, by rule, if they receive the minimum.

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@marcus81  but with keller, even if he had lived up to his potential he still wouldn't be a jet right now. the jet's salaries last summer were so out of control they wouldn't have been able to sign him. 


this summer the jets have the cap space and the draft picks. but now they have to spend one of those picks or cap money on a CB because wilson isn't able to hold down the starting position. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Bent  

I would argue that if they drafted offensive players with their first round picks,  that imbalance would not be as pronounced.  The problem with the Jets is that they cannot find good offensive players later in the draft,  which says to me there is a problem with the scouting. 

Dee Milliner,  Sheldon Richardson, Quenton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson,  Kyle Wilson,  Vernon Gholston, Mark Sanchez, Dustin Keller, Darrelle Revis,  D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Jonathan Vilma, Dewayne Robertson, Bryan Thomas, Santana Moss.

2001 since we last drafted a playmaker in the first round in Santana Moss, unless you consider Dustin Keller a playmaker.

koala
koala

@Bent do you really believe this or just playing devils advocate? We have a lot of new guys on the scouting team notwithstanding Broadway and Bauer and the fact that guys like Shonn Greene and Keller aren't on the team doesn't mean they were horrendous picks, both actually made strong contributions when they were here. If we have trouble evaluating offensive guys I don think our hit rate will improve by waiting to the later rounds, in fact I think the opposite would be true

maynardfan
maynardfan

@Bent  Regarding recent 18 offensive draft picks -- of which only 3 non-Idzik picks remain -- perhaps the most important change Idzik has made is in the scouting/talent department.  


I think -- before the draft -- it would be good for you or Brian to do a full review of that area.  Who are they?  What's their background?  It seems to me that Idzik used the old Jet scouts for the 2013 draft…and used their information "more correctly"…and now has (hopefully) an even stronger team in the talent evaluation area. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

Carolina had Steve Smith & Cam Newton

Chargers had Phillip Rivers and Keenan Allen

All 4 of those players are better than anything the Jets have on offense (besides Decker)

The Jets failures to draft well on offense is all the more reason why they need to stick with it until they get it right. This draft is loaded with talent on offense. If the Jets can't find a few upgrades in this draft they are incompetent

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks @Bent  


Oh, well, at least he didn't completely lose his marbles and start writing bizarre and barely relevant satire articles based on a 22-year old Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson movie.


Wait...he did?

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Pat d  Haven't you realized by now that Bent is actually an artificial intelligence?  C'mon, look at his avatar.  Looks nothing like a human.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Pat d  


During the draft.


Boooooring.

Pat d
Pat d

Bent

When do you sleep

D
D

A better* , damn iPad

D
D

The jets have abetted "core/nucleus" of players than we have had in a long time. We are young and hungry. Young means we are faster. This is before 12 picks. We had the luxury of letting players we drafted setback and learn so they can grow in their second year.

Decker was a great signing however his value goes up if we get a speed wr looked odb or cooks.

I hope I'm not in the minority but iDzik is the best GM we have had in a long time. The foundation he has built is solid

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 @Bent @Marty Luc @marcus81  


Exactly, I've never said anything remotely even along the same lines as "everything the Jets do is right".


We're in year two with a new regime.  One of the main reasons they never get to the Super Bowl is because they have always been far too impatient.


I've learned that lesson.  You obviously haven't.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marty Luc @marcus81  


"the jet's salaries last summer were so out of control they wouldn't have been able to sign him"


The Jets are currently $26m under the cap.  All they'd have had to do to sign Keller to the $4m deal he got from Miami would be to create $4m of cap space and then they'd still be $22m under now.  They could easily have achieved that just by converting some salary to bonus.


It's a myth that their salaries were "out of control".

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Bent @koala  

I remember thinking we would be lucky if Mo lasted until our pick which was near the end of the first round. Teams couldn't project him as a pure DE or NT and he wound up slipping from where he was projected top 20 to the Jets at 30.  And of course Rex knew exactly how to use this man child.

Bent
Bent moderator

@koala @Bent


I don't "believe it" per se, I was just putting it forward as a possibility to expand the conversation beyond being over-simplistic.  I guarantee it's at least partly true.  I'm 99% convinced that Mo wouldn't be as good as he is if he went to a team like the Raiders instead of landing with Rex/Dunbar.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Bent @bradysucks the inability to develop elite offensive skill position talent seems to predate the current regime.  I think that may be partially why some people are frustrated.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent @bradysucks  



Bent


I honestly think if they get the players Morninweg asks them to get that the Jets will improve....


Morninweg was part of the group that drafted a bunch of good offensive talent with the Eagles and probably played a pretty big role in Philadelphia.....


The Jets failure to add decent offensive talent recently in the draft I blame mostly on Mike Tannenbaum ......Tannenbaum could recognize PROVEN talent in free agency but he was not good at drafting offense......He didn't hit on any offensive players other than Kerley after Mangini left....and he ignored Terry Bradway's pleas to draft Russell Wilson...

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks  


"All 4 of those players are better than anything the Jets have on offense (besides Decker)"  Good, so you admit that either the Jets had an elite player or neither of these teams did.


Maybe they aren't bad at drafting on offense.  Maybe they're bad at developing the guys they draft.


Is their success with defensive players because Rex and his staff are so good at identifying talent?  Or is it because they are so good at coaching up that talent.


I bet it's a bit of both.  And then on offense, they don't seem to have either of those things, so maybe they'll either fail to identify the best talent or won't develop whoever they get to their full potential.


And that's why spending the money they have on already-established offensive players has been smarter than relying totally on some total unknowns in the draft.


"The Jets failures to draft well on offense is all the more reason why they need to stick with it until they get it right." -  Yeah, I'm not convinced the best way to fix a problem is to keep doing what you've been doing all along.  That's why adding the likes of Decker might prove a good step forwards.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @Bent  


How the hell else am I supposed to explain it?  It was inexplicable.


If it wasn't satire, what the hell was it?!?!


Maybe it was another example of the "Sanchez picks his nose" story that went up when they got hacked.