After reviewing many mock drafts and prospects, it has begun to become clear that the Jets have a ton of options with the 9th overall pick. This draft presents the potential for some players to fall draft spots and for some teams to acquire some steals. The Jets needs in this draft are seen all over the field. The need for offensive lineman, defensive lineman and an explosive offensive player has become evident. In order to have a successful year, the Jets must make a splash with the 9th overall pick.
On the offensive side of the ball, there are a couple players that could fall to the Jets. One could be quarterback Geno Smith. In recent weeks, the Jets interest in Geno Smith has increased. Geno Smith had a successful collegiate career at West Virginia and many believe this could translate to the NFL. The fact of the matter is Geno Smith could fall anywhere from the 2nd overall pick to the 10th overall pick. The Jaguars, Eagles, Cardinals, and Bills all are in the market for a new quarterback option. However, if Geno Smith falls, this presents a huge option for the Jets at nine. Would the Jets be willing to go all in on Smith or would they pass up?
During this offseason, the Jets lost guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson to free agency, leaving a void at the guard position. Two guards that the Jets could acquire via the draft with the 9th overall pick are Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack. Cooper played his college football at North Carolina, and is said to be more athletic in comparisons to Warmack. Many mock drafts have Cooper going to Tennessee, with the 10th overall pick, but this could make Cooper available at nine. Warmack is a guy that would definitely be available at nine. Warmack isn’t as athletic as Cooper, but he possesses a ton of strength. Some reaches that are not likely to happen, but could is wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin, both very explosive players.
On the defensive side, there is a ton of talent that the Jets could draft with the 9th overall pick. One enormous talent is Ziggy Ansah from BYU. Ansah ran an incredible 4.63 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. Ansah is as athletic as they come for a defensive lineman and with a 6’5 frame he presents a ton of upside. Another option is Barkevious Mingo from LSU. Like Ansah, Mingo ran an astonishing 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine, clocking in at 4.58, which is a great time for a defensive lineman. Mingo is extremely athletic and many have compared him to a player similar to Demarcus Ware. A big reason that makes Mingo an ideal fit for the Jets is he is the perfect piece for Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Other defensive lineman the Jets could draft includes Dion Jordan and Jarvis Jones. However, Dion Jordan’s draft stock has sky rocketed recently and many have him going to the Jaguars with the 2nd overall pick.
With Siona Pouha being cut by the Jets, the Jets could look for a defensive tackle in the 1st round. Star Lotulelei is a player who I have seen scattered across many mock drafts. If Lotulelei presents himself available at nine, the Jets may be inclined to take him. Lotulelei is very powerful and has an extremely hard work ethic. Other options at defensive tackle include Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri. Richardson had a stellar two year career at Missouri and has a ton of athleticism to impress many NFL teams.
The Jets indeed have a ton of paths they could take this draft. April is setting up to be a huge month for the Jets as the draft will finally take place and the Revis saga is expected to heat up as trade talks will surely intensify as the draft approaches. The Jets need to address many positions via the NFL draft, it will be interesting to witness which one they will take.
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