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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Draft Analysis #3

Today’s response to our questions are from Matt Bitonti from Draft Daddy.

1.  The Jets pick 20th. If they go with the best athlete available theory, give us three players that may be available and in order who do you like best?

1.      WR LaQuon Treadwell – Ole Miss. He is mocked to go higher. But he could fall due to lack of elite speed. WR might not seem like a terrible need but Brandon Marshall is 32, the same age as D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who just retired.
2.      CB William Jackson III – Houston. Speedy man coverage CB could be a Cromartie replacement.
3.      WR Josh Doctson – TCU. Another big bodied red zone target who has #1 WR potential.

2. The Jets will be rebuilding their offensive line. Give us 3 offensive you like that may be available at 20?

1.      Jason Spriggs, Indiana. I like this player more than most. He’s got rare agility and athleticism. He isn’t stout but neither was Brick when he showed up. If they take an OL in round one he should have left tackle potential. Spriggs is the only one outside of Tunsil and Stanley who has that, for certain.
2.      Taylor Decker, Ohio State. Another RT/RG type with size, who possibly could play LT in a pinch. Shades of Jason Fabini.
3.      Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M. large, lanky player who is primarily a right tackle or guard. Known as a nasty run blocker with attitude. Could be an instant upgrade over Breno Giacomini, or a starter at RG over Brian Winters. It should be noted that Mel Kiper has Ifedi to the Jets in his last two mocks.

3. The other needs for the Jets are an edge pass rusher and tight end. Who do you like at 20 for each position?

Both spots are fairly weak this year, at the top end. Forced to choose I’d say Kamalei Correa from Boise State would be a name to watch. Noah Spence is a popular target in mock drafts but the value at 20 might be poor. Off the field stuff aside, he didn’t run all that well at Indy. At TE the only player possibly worth the 20 pick is Hunter Henry out of Arkansas. But the Jets offensive system under Chan Gailey doesn’t prioritize that position. It would be surprising to see TE drafted before day 3.

4.      Unless they worked it out, the Fitzpatrick situation is not yet resolved. If the Jets go the QB route, and you are the GM who should they take a and in what round?

I would take a project like Jacoby Brissett or Cardale Jones, in rounds 3 or 4. These guys are far from being ready to play, but they have raw talent. I would stay away from Paxton Lynch, the way his season ended against Navy and Auburn was atrocious. If we are being honest, the Jets probably can’t solve the QB position in this draft.

 5. Knowing what the Jets need, give us their first four rounds in a Jets mock draft and who they should take at each round?

1.      The big WR like Josh Doctson. TCU or LaQuon Treadwell, Ole Miss
2.      A developmental OT like Shon Coleman, Auburn or Willie Beavers, Western Michigan, assuming Jason Spriggs is gone.
3.      Another corner like Xavier Howard, Baylor or Will Redmond. Miss St.
4.      An OLB to develop like Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

 6. Give us 5 sleepers in this draft and are there any punters worth looking at?

The best punter is probably Drew Kaser out of Texas A&M. 
He and Nick O’Toole from West Virginia are probably worth a late round flyer.  

There are some good WR sleepers like Jordan Payton, UCLA and  Demarcus Robinson from Florida. I also should give a shout out to Tyler Matakevich, the LB out of Temple. Undersized but a real player. Another local sleeper is pass rusher Victor Ochi, out of Stony Brook. Go Seawolves!

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