Since the Combine starting this week, here’s a quick look-in on who’s picking whom for the Jets in the first round. This way, you can keep an eye on certain guys during the workouts in Indianaoplis and how they fare in front of the watchful eyes of the NFL.
Our thoughts at the end of the post … add yours in the comments!
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Jarvis Jones, OLB Georgia: Rex Ryan loves defense. Jones excels at rushing and playing in space.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Cordarrolle Patterson, WR Tennessee: The Jets need explosive players on offense. Patterson is a perfect fit to provide some excitement on the outside. He also provides additional value on special teams, contributing as both a kick and punt returner.
Josh Norris, NFL.com
Dion Jordan, DE Oregon: Sure, Jordan will have to undergo shoulder surgery after the NFL Scouting Combine, but his mobility and comfort in space are outstanding. I might prefer Jordan behind a four-man front as a strong-side linebacker, but he could make the Jets’ defense much more versatile with his movement skills.
Todd McShay, ESPN
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: The Jets have one of the most depleted rosters in the NFL right now, but they’re not going to find an answer to their quarterback problem in this scenario. That means finding a competent right tackle, a young pass-rusher (Calvin Pace likely to be cut) are at the top of the priority list. Jones would fit the bill as a pass-rusher. He’s versatile, closes quickly and looks to jar the ball loose when he gets to quarterbacks or ball carriers.
Mel Kiper, ESPN
Dion Jordan, OLB Oregon
Analysis: Yes, they really need skill position upgrades, with wide receiver, tight end and running back all areas of need. But the value is an issue, so if the Jets don’t trade down, they’re better served going with the best player available at another position of need. I’m a big fan of the interior, with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples in place, but the Jets could really use an edge rusher. Jordan is light, but he has long arms, great athleticism and I think can be a guy they don’t need to shuttle in and out depending on downs and matchups. He has star potential, and the pass rush gets some help.
Rob Rang, CBS Sports
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: No team made the playoffs a year ago that finished tied or worse than the 30 sacks the Jets managed. Young defensive linemen Quinton Coples (5.5 sacks) and Muhammed Wilkerson (five) paced the unit but a more explosive edge-rusher is needed. Versatile enough to play defensive end, linebacker and even cornerback while at Oregon, Jordan would be a perfect fit.
Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: 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 Jordan is one of the most versatile athletes in this draft class.
Peter Schrager, Fox Sports
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: The “star” of this draft could be Lotulelei. See what I did there? Jets fans might not do flips over the selection of another defensive player in the first round, but Lotulelei is a steal at No. 9 overall. Compared favorably to Haloti Ngata, the 6-4, 320 pound junior college transfer was a stud at Utah the past two seasons. Married with two daughters, you won’t find him in any New York tabloids. He’s a relentless worker with no ego. That’d be a welcomed addition to the Jets locker room.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comOur Reaction: Sensing a theme? Another year, another external pass rusher for the Jets being assumed to get picked in the first round. Jarvis Jones looks like he’s secured his top ten status with his recent medical report. Dion Jordan is the one most closely linked with the Jets in these picks and it’s not an unfair fit. Losing Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace is going to be taxing on the Jets defense. Jordan is extremely versatile and has the athleticism to drop on coverage … but that’s not something Rex puts all that much stock into when it comes to a rush linebacker, per Joey Clinkscales last year. Jordan has had some injury concerns in college and needs to add more bulk to his frame to properly hold up as an edge-setter in the NFL … but the question is how much bulk can he add without losing speed? The other area is his technique, it’s raw but promising. Still he wasn’t the most productive (in terms of sacks) during college …