First round: 16th overall
Total picks: 10
Round-overall: 1-16, 2-31, 3-77, 5-154, 6-187, 6-202, 6-203, 7-232, 7-242, 7-244
Gang Green’s biggest needs
1. Outside linebacker. Not since John Abraham in 2005 have the Jets had a pass rusher that scared opposing QBs right out of their jock straps — and that includes their 2008 all-world bust Vernon Gholston, on whom they wasted a valuable first-round pick.
Now is the time where the Jets must pull up their big boy pants and grab their next Abraham, justifying the excellent pass coverage provided by their corners.
2. Safety. Victor Green has long retired, and still the Jets have yet to replace him. I know they had Kerry Rhodes for a few years, but he was more focused on being a male model than being a safety for Gang Green.
The Jets may be in the position to make a play for Mark Barron, a safety who is highly regarded and who would all but make the Jets a team that a QB wouldn’t try to pass on, especially against a tight end driven offense.
3. Wide receiver. Even though the Jets are looking to focus on the run, it is apparent that they lack depth at the WR position. The Jets have connected themselves to the hip of Santonio Holmes, owing him a boatload of guaranteed money, which scares any team open to trading for him.
With Holmes in the saddle, the Jets must focus on bringing in a No. Two receiver to sandwich between Holmes and speedster Jeremy Kerley, who is best-fitted as a No. Three. The draft is loaded with wideouts this year, leaving Gang Green with many options, if Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd is not available when the Jets are on the clock.
Who the Jets might target
Say the Jets do not take the bait and, as rumored, trade up into the third spot in the draft, grabbing Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who is believed to be the next coming of Adrian Peterson.
The Jets would still be left with many options at the sixteenth spot, an edge rusher like Courtney Upshaw would be nice, following an excellent BCS Championship game performance against LSU. He would make up for the Jets woes of drafting Gholston in 2008.
In the event Upshaw is off the board, look for the Jets to look at Upshaw’s college teammate Barron, who would help lock up division foes like Pats’ tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez — that is if a team like Dallas does not grab him earlier in the round.
Another first-round possibility is Notre Dame’s Floyd, who might still be available at No. 16, though he has boat load of baggage, coming off a DUI arrest before the 2011 season and two other alcohol-related citations prior to that.
The Jets admittedly have done their homework on the talented but sometimes troubled Floyd, but they may go on the belief that players’ coach Rex Ryan can handle him and make him fly in formation.
“We’ll have 16 names we’re comfortable with. Could we slide up or back (in a trade)? We’re certainly going to be open to all scenarios,” said Jets General manager Mike Tannenbaum. “We’re happy at 16, that’s the cards we’ve been dealt, and we’ll maximize those opportunities. We do like the flexibility of having the 10 (picks).”
Football Nerd’s 2012 Mock first round (With possible trades)
1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB-Stanford
2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB -Baylor
3. Buccaneers (TRADE From MIN): Trent Richardson, RB-Alabama
4. Browns: Morris Claiborne, CB-LSU
5. Vikings (TRADE From TB): Matt Kalil, OT-USC
6. Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR-Oklahoma St.
7. Eagles (TRADE From JAX): Fletcher Cox, DT
8. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB –
9. Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB-Boston College
10. Bills: Mark Barron, S-Alabama
11. Chiefs: David DeCastro, G
12. Seahawks: Chandler Jones, DE/OLB-Syracuse
13. Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR-Notre Dame
14. Cowboys: Michael Brockers, DT-LSU
15. Jacksonville (TRADE From PHI): Whitney Mercilus, DE-Illinois
16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB-SC
17. Bengals: Stephen Gilmore, CB-SC
18. Chargers: Riley Reiff, OT-Iowa
19. Bears: Cordy Glenn, G/T-Georgia
20. Titans: Quinton Couples, DE-NC
21. Bengals: Kendall Wright, WR-Baylor
22. Browns: Doug Martin, RB-Boise St.
23. Lions: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
24. Steelers: Don’t’a Hightower, MLB -Alabama
25. Broncos: Dontari Poe, NT
26. Texans: Stephen Hill, WR-Georgia Tech
27. Patriots: Courtney Upshaw, DE-Alabama
28. Packers: Shea McCleian, OLB-Boise St.
29. Ravens:Bobby Massie, OT
30. 49ers: Kevin Zeitler, G
31. Patriots: Jerel Worthy, DT
32. Giants: Jonathan Martin, OT-Stanford
New York Jets Mock Draft (7 Rounds)
1-16-DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, -SC
2-31-OT Mitchell Schwartz, California
3-77-ILB James-Michael Johnson, Nevada
5-154-WR Tommy Streeter, Miami
6-187-DT Mike Daniels, Iowa
6-202-RB Dan Herron, Ohio State
6-203-OLB Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh
7-232-SS Matt Daniels, Duke
7-242-TE Nick Provo, Syracuse
7-244- DE Bobby Skinner, Montclair St.