Laquon Treadwell, with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Devin Smith? Why not? The Jets selected Leonard Williams last year with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson already on the roster, so they've proven that they'll take the best player available. That could be Treadwell, who would slide in as the third receiver. As for Smith, the Jets run four-receiver formations quite often, so he would stay involved, and he'd have a greater role once Marshall moves on.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Vernon Butler, DT - Butler has been compared to Muhammad Wilkerson. Coincidentally, Wilkerson is likely to leave the Jets soon.
2. Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB - A weird name here, but one I'm told is in consideration.
Pick change; previously Jason Spriggs, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
One of New York's biggest needs is at inside linebacker, and they even needed one prior to Demario Davis' departure. Kyler Fackrell has the length the Jets prefer at linebacker.
Rd. 3, Pk. 20
Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
As of this writing, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still on the open market. Charlie Campbell reported that the Jets have been scouting quarterbacks hard this offseason, perhaps well aware that some team would outbid them for Fitzpatrick (or knowing he'd ask for too much money). With that in mind, Cardale Jones is a strong possibility here. From the sound of it, Jones will be chosen in the second day, and he projects as a great fit for Chan Gailey's offense.
Rd. 4, Pk. 20
Joe Schobert, OLB/3-4OLB, Wisconsin
The Jets have needed help at outside linebacker for quite some time now. Finding a better pass rush would help take care of some of the issues in the secondary.
Another defensive lineman? Well, the Jets have shown interest in Robinson, and he is a pick who fits with Mike Maccagnan's history. Muhammad Wilkerson may not be signed long term, Snacks Harrison left in free agency, and Sheldon Richardson may only be on the team for two more seasons. Thus, here's an immediate replacement for Harrison and a player with big upside.
Sources say that Robinson is a tremendous athlete who has a freakish speed/strength combination. He has the flexibility to play nose tackle or end in a 3-4 defense. Robinson also could play nose tackle or three-technique in a 4-3. He is a stout defender at the point of attack yet can get after the quarterback.
Robinson would be a contender for the No. 1-overall pick if he had been more consistent for the Crimson Tide. Aside from the consistency, teams say that Robinson is a decent kid, but they wonder about his passion for football. That, in combination with his interviewing poorly at the combine, could cause him to slide in the 2016 NFL Draft.
In 2015, Robinson recorded 46 tackles with seven for a loss and three sacks. The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder recorded 49 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes batted in his sophomore season. In 2013 as a freshman, he was too good to keep on the sideline. Robinson was an impressive defender for the Crimson Tide with 38 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks.
Pick change; previously Taylor Decker, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
The Jets are smart not to overpay Ryan Fitzpatrick. He's only a stopgap signal-caller at this point in his career, while the team's third quarterback, Bryce Petty, was just a fourth-rounder. General manager Mike Maccagnan worked with Bill O'Brien in Houston and heard O'Brien gush about Hackenberg. The Jets have done a ton of homework on Hackenberg this spring. New York needs a long-term franchise quarterback and I think Hackenberg is the target.
In 2015, Hackenberg completed 54 percent of his passes for 2,525 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions. He needs to make big improvements to his accuracy and precision, but in almost every game of his career, he also made some great passes downfield that were dropped by his receivers. After being sacked over 80 times across the past two seasons, Hackenberg is a project and not an instant starter in the NFL.
Hackenberg completed 56 percent of his passes in 2014 for 2,677 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He played better than the numbers indicate as his supporting cast was a huge liability and the offensive line was awful. To end the season, Hackenberg led a huge overtime, comeback win over Boston College, completing 34-of-50 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
Hackenberg (6-4, 223) was the star recruit for Bill O'Brien at Penn State and proved the hype wasn't misplaced during an impressive 2013 season that saw him named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Hackenberg completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,955 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions that season. He also ran for four touchdowns. Hackenberg has good size and a strong arm. He showed better field vision while playing for O'Brien.
Rd. 3, Pk. 20
Deion Jones, OLB, LSU
The Jets need some young talent at linebacker and have shown interest in Jones.
In 2015, Jones had 100 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, five sacks, three passes batted and two interceptions. He used his speed to fly around the field and make tackles for the Tigers. The 6-foot-1, 219-pounder had a quality week at the Senior Bowl and did well in pass coverage, too. However, NFL sources say he's been overrated by the media because he's very undersized as a linebacker stuck in a safety's body. They feel that Jones is going to be a situational player, and may not be a three-down starter if he can't add significant weight. Thus, I've heard lower grades on him than the consensus in the media.
Rd. 4, Pk. 20
Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
The Jets could use some cornerback depth after cutting Antonio Cromartie.
Redmond (5-11, 182) played well for the Bulldogs in 2015, making 25 tackles, two interceptions and one pass broken up before a season-ending injury due to a torn ACL. If it weren't for the injury, Redmond would probably be an early rounder. He is a tough corner who has the versatility to play on the outside or in the slot. In 2014, Redmond racked up 51 tackles with five passes broken up and three interceptions.
I think the Saints know that they really screwed up in the draft last season. They over-drafted every one of the players they selected prior to the 3rd round. P.J. Williams was a good selection there but wound up injured. But the rest of them are all role players, and while they are not looking to replace them in this draft, they do need to add impact players, and they have gaping holes on the offensive line. So here they move down projecting that some of the really good players will fall, since they know that the Jets are trading up here to get in front of LA in order to take Paxton Lynch. It's a good decision for both teams.
Now that they have fixed the LT hole created by the retirement of Ferguson, the Jets can move up to the this spot to grab the only franchise QB in this draft. It amazes me that even though none of the QBs in this draft are going to be expected to start right away, Lynch does not rise to the top for every team. I couldn't believe how teams didn't view Bortles as a franchise QB two years ago either, but this is how bad teams are made. It's not an accident. There is some not-to-flattery chatter in KC about Doug Pederson, and this is not a town that typically dishes dirt on people who leave. I think he will take Wentz knowing that he is quite a bit more raw than Lynch because he is arrogant enough to believe that he is a QB whisperer who can mold Wentz into his Tom Brady. Whatever. This is a great trade up by the Jets. Fitz re-signs by now. Goodbye Geno.
** Previous Pick ** DE Kevin Dodd.
** Previous Pick ** NT A'Shawn Robinson.
** Previous Team ** Saints.
Another potential Paxton Lynch spot and one that seems way more likely, though I won’t pick it here. Besides QB (also I’m a believer that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back at some point, they just have to work it out the fit is just too perfect), there is no bigger issue on this team than an abysmal pass rush. Todd Bowles is a defensive whiz and can get by with his exotic scheming and blitzing, but imagine this defense if he didn’t need to do all of that and could just rush four and still cause problems? Yikes. Adding Floyd is one big step towards achieving that. Floyd is a long, rangy athlete at 6’6” with 33” arms and an awesome 4.6 second 40 time. He also has the explosiveness needed in a pass rushing threat evidenced by his 39.5 inch vertical and 127 inch broad jump. He’s got all the athletic tools and change of direction/ anticipation skills to truly excel in both aspects of the game, defending the run and rushing the passer. He’s a bit thin and that might be the biggest knock and somewhat scary thing about him, can he set the edge the way an outside linebacker has to do to defend the run effectively? At this point he probably cannot do so effectively enough to be an every down every situation player, but under Bowles’ guidance he certainly looks like a good bet to get there eventually, all while impacting the game situationally which makes the Jets defense look awfully scary on third downs in the immediate future.
I don't think its necessarily a bad thing that Ragland, generally considered the best inside linebacker prospect outside of a healthy Jaylon Smith, fell this far; it's just a matter of scheme fit and personel with other teams. A good portion of the league is distancing itself from the old-school middle linebacker: The run stuffers who were built like horses and dominated the run, but were gross liabilities in coverage. The beautiful thing about Todd Bowles' Jets defense is that they're so talented in the back end that they don't really need a middle linebacker who is great in coverage. Ragland is the kind of hard-nosed force up the middle that will strike fear into running backs with his bone-shattering hits and natural instincts. He'll step in immediately and provide the kind of leadership and on-field shot calling ability this team is lacking.
I know he’s got character issues stemming from the multiple failed drug tests due to ecstasy use, but he’s just too dang talented. I always believe that talent really does trump character issues and boy does this guy have talent. A star at Ohio State early in his career before getting dismissed, he picked up right where he left off at Eastern Kentucky University with 11.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss. Great motor (I LOVE players with good motors clearly, something you just can’t teach), versatile as he’s played standing up and with his hand in the dirt, and he just knows how to get upfield and make plays. Extremely explosive as he finished near the top of the class with a 121 inch broad jump. He needs to get stronger and not be pushed around as often as he is but his character on the field is fantastic as he’s a hard working kid by all accounts. The Jets also desperately need a pass rusher from the linebacker position. The edge guys on the defensive line appear to be set with Mo Wilkerson (though he may get traded so that’s something to keep an eye on), Sheldon Richardson, and last year’s rookie Leonard Williams, the linebacker position is a mess with a bunch of average players at best. Spence can come right in and help get after the quarterback.
Mackensie Alexander is who a lot of
people expect here. I think that the Jets will
either sign Paxton Lynch to scare Fitz, trade this
pick to a team who wants Lynch, or fill a need
that might shake up the roster. The Jets to me
encompass what it means to have talent at every
position, but not necessarily the right type of
talent. The front seven have skill, but the Jets
could use a multi-purpose tool at their disposal
and that is exactly what they get with Lee. He is
a strong player who has the skills to rush, but
will prefer to stop the run and cover the flats
and middle. Luckily, the Jets have a good pass
rush already, a number one corner who can
train a project possibly from somewhere in the
2nd-4th round range like Artie Burns, Sean
Davis, Harlan Miller, or Kendall Fuller who had
good news at his medical check saying he may
be ready for training camp.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 20
Darron Lee, OLB,
The Jets picked Leonard Williams last year, proving that they'll draft the best player available, even if they don't have a need at the position. This year, the Jets have selected perhaps the best player available - and one who actually fills a need. The Jets have had a hole at inside linebacker for a very long time. Darron Lee, who could've gone as high as No. 14, figures to change that. Lee is very athletic and has a ton of upside. He projects as a great fit in Todd Bowles' defense.
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Christian Hackenberg, QB,
The Jets fan the NFL Network camera caught was shouting, "We got a QB!" Well, we'll see. I'm a Penn State alumnus, and I've called Christian Hackenberg a trap. He has supreme talent, but there are numerous things wrong. He's inconsistent with his throws; he struggles to process information quickly; and he also had some locker-room issues at Penn State. I would've taken him in the third round. This is a bit too early for my blood, and I don't know how he fits Chan Gailey's offense.
My criteria for this mock is what I would do at each pick, not what I think will actually happen. I still try to tie the picks to reality as much as possible, but this far out, it just isn't realistic to try and make predictions. When the rumor mill really starts plugging away, I'll make some real guesses.