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(Update: I adjusted my initial mock to reflect the fact that Dion Jordan won’t slide pass the Browns, and the Jets lack of action in the tight end free agency market. Also factored in is a hypothetical (but probable) trade for New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory.)
The New York Jets go into the 2013 NFL draft with a pick in all seven rounds, and with needs at multiple positions, general manager John Idzik and his scouting department will need to maximize their value. It seems a foregone conclusion that star cornerback Darrelle Revis will be traded some time before the draft, so with Tampa Bay being Revis’s likely landing spot, let’s assume Idzik strikes a deal and receives the Buccaneers 2013 first round pick(13), third round pick, and their 2014 second round pick. This mock will reflect that trade.
1st Round (9) – New York Jets select DE, Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Previous Selection: DE, Dion Jordan, Oregon
As we get closer to the draft, it’s becoming clear that Dion Jordan will be long gone by the 9th pick. That leaves Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, and Ezekial (Ziggy) Ansah as the only pass rushers you could justify taking with the 9th pick. Peter King says that Rex Ryan is “smitten” with Mingo, who has drawn comparisons to current Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware. Having Mingo, Coples, and Wilkerson on the same line would make for quite a nasty combination!
1st Round (13 from Tampa Bay) – New York Jets select WR, Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Previous Selection: WR, Tavon Austin, West Virginia
There is one thing the Jets offense severely lacks and that is playmakers. Santonio Holmes is coming off the dreaded Lisfranc Injury, Jeremy Kerley operates best out of the slot, and Stephen Hill could use some stick ‘em. The offense needs someone who needs to be accounted for wherever he is on the field. The team needs a receiver that can line up outside the numbers, in the slot, or even in the backfield. That is why the Jets desperately need to select Tavon Austin. Austin is super-fast running a 4.34 in the forty at the combine, a threat to score a TD from anywhere on the field. In his last two seasons at WVU, he had 215 receptions, 2,475 yds.,20 TD, 88 rushing attempts, 825 yds., 4 TD. Whoever the starting QB is, all they would have to do is flip Austin the ball and I’m sure he could make something out of it.
2nd Round (39) – New York Jets select OG, Larry Warford, Kentucky
Previous Selection: RB, Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
The fact that the Jets brought in RFA running back Chris Ivory in for a very friendly visit makes it less likely they draft a RB this high. It’s therefore a stronger possibility that they will look to address another glaring hole on the roster – guard. Top dogs Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack will be long gone by the time the Jets are making their pick, leaving Warford as the next man up. He is quick on his feet, powerful, and would be an excellent addition to a line that already includes Nick Mangold, Willie Colon, Austin Howard, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
3rd Round (72)-New York Jets select QB, Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
Previous Selection: Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia
The Jets signed free agent S Dawan Landry, which fills their need for a veteran safety, and having him on board may force the Jets to fill other areas of need, like quarterback. I originally had Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib in this spot, but rumor is that Buffalo will select him with their 2nd round pick (40th overall). Zac Dysert has been shooting up scouts and experts draft boards. He has the size, 6’3” and the look of a potential NFL starter. Scouts compare him to fellow Redhawk alum, Ben Roethlisberger. Last season, with no talent around him, he threw for 3,483 yds, 62.9 completion percentage, 25 TD’s, and 12 INT’s. If you’re telling me Dysert could turn out to be as good as Big Ben, then sign me up! (Special shout out to GGN’s Scott Salmon, who has been on a Dysert crusade.)
3rd Round (73 from TB) – New York Jets select TE, Gavin Escobar, San DiegoState
Previous Selection: CB, Tyrann Matheiu, LSU
My last mock did not address the TE position at all. The thought was the Jets would sign a veteran TE but they have yet to do so. Escobar stands at 6’6” and ran a 4.82 in the forty. He’s not known for his blocking skills, but is a very talented receiver. Scouts say he runs routes like a WR and catches everything with his hands. If the Jets do decide to select him, he may only be in on passing downs, although the team still has Konrad Reuland who could serve as a blocking TE on running downs.
4th Round (104) – New York Jets select FS, Josh Evans, Florida
Previous Selection: Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Despite the addition of Dawan Landry to their inexperienced safety platoon, the Jets still lack a starting free safety. They could decide to roll with a combination of Antonio Allen/Landry or Bush/Landry. But the chances are that they select a free safety before the 5th round. Josh Evans roamed the secondary with fellow 2013 NFL draft prospect Matt Elam and watching tape of Evans reminds me a lot of former Jets S Kerry Rhodes. He is smooth in transition and can cover WR’s and TE’s with the greatest of ease. His only problem, like Rhodes, is his inconsistent tackling. Pairing him with Landry, would ease those concerns.
5th Round (136) – Traded to New Orleans Saints for RB Chris Ivory
Previous Selection: QB Zac Dysert, Miami(OH)
I’m predicting the Jets send their 5th round selection to the Saints for RB Chris Ivory. Ivory is more of a bruiser than anything else. He didn’t play much for the Saints but, when he did, he made it count. The 25-year-old has a 5.1 career yards per rush average and 8 TD’s, although his biggest concern is staying on the field. He had multiple injuries in 2010, started the 2011 season on the PUP list, and played in only 6 games last season. The potential of pairing Ivory with Goodson has to have Jets fans salivating. The Saints have a crowded backfield with Thomas, Sproles, and Ingram, and do not have much cap room. If the Jets offered their 5th round pick to take Ivory and his salary, how could the Saints (who only have 5 picks) say no?
6th Round – New York Jets select Michael Catapano, DE, Princeton
Previous Selection: Duke Williams, SS, Nevada
Another player that has been rising up draft boards is Michael Catapano. The 6’3” Tiger ran a 4.75 in the forty and put up 225 lbs 33 times. The Jets could use depth on the defensive line with the loss of both Mike Devito and Sione Pou’ha, and working with both Rex Ryan and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, Catapano could be a future star in the NFL.
7th Round – New York Jets select Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
Previous Selection: Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
A local prospect, Maysonet has already drawn interest from the Jets. He recorded 267 carries for 1,964 yds. with 21 TD’s, and scouts compare him to current Redskins starting RB Alfred Morris. Like Morris, Maysonet makes one cut and hits the hole. He is very consistent and decisive, but a big negative is that he has not had much experience catching the ball out of the backfield. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards in the last three seasons.