Everyone wishes they could put on their favorite team’s GM hat for the day. With mock drafts, we kind of can. We can only hope with all of our might and cross our fingers that even one of our preferred picks aligns with the powers that be, but the speculation, guessing and wishful thinking is both enjoyable and helps pass the time until the real thing gets here.
New York Jets fans still have four days to do just that, and we’re joining you for that brief ride. Take a look at the New York Jets draft needs according to us, and then buckle in as we mock the most ideal selections at the selections they hold through the first four rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft:
Round 1 (Pick 18) – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Fuller is one of the few skyrocketing risers, so him going as high as 18 here to Gang Green really isn’t as crazy as it may sound to some. He’s a big, physical corner who isn’t afraid to tackle and has the skill-set to become a lock down guy at the next level. Rex Ryan has been pretty loud about his want/need of a stud to pair with Dee Milliner, while Kyle Wilson is seemingly on the outs. The Jets surely will consider an offensive play-maker here, too, but Fuller may be too good to pass up.
Round 2 (Pick 49) – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
If the Jets don’t land a difference-making offensive weapon in round, I think they’ll shoot to get one here. They could try for a tight end, but all they have at wide receiver right now is Eric Decker. He’s good, but he’ll need help. Robinson is a massive target with really good speed and overall athleticism. He’s not some raw product like Stephen Hill, either. He’s a borderline steal in round two and could make an impact right away.
Round 3 (Pick 80) – Craig Loston, S, LSU
Ed Reed didn’t work out last year, so the Jets go back to the drawing board at safety. It’s actually a fairly deep class of moderate talent beyond the top-three elite safeties, and Loston is one of the safeties that could develop into a long term starter. He is not the best coverage safety, but he has potential there is a bruising hitter with good athleticism and tackling ability. He’ll fit right into New York’s scheme.
Round 4 (Pick 104) – Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
The rich get richer. New York probably would prefer an inside linebacker with better athleticism and elite coverage ability, but Skov can hold his own while providing excellent leadership, wrap up tackling and hard hitting.
Round 4 (Pick 115) – Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Lyerla has slipped on draft boards due to drug issues and missing almost all of 2013, but the kid is a freak athlete with excellent versatility. The Jets have only Jeff Cumberland at tight end, and will certainly look for an upgrade. Lyerla is an upgrade, and then some.
Round 4 (Pick 137) – E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
Is it clear enough that Rex Ryan is pissed about not landing a marquee corner on the open market? Gaines is a 2nd-3rd round talent that slides to the bottom of round four here, giving Ryan another talented corner to work with.
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