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Monday, April 18, 2016

Draft Analysis #1

Green Rewind has asked a number of draft experts for their opinion about the Jets picking 20th.
We have put together a few questions and will post their responses in the days leading up to the draft.

Our first response from the draft experts comes from Nolan Vasan of

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?

 Realistically, the Jets dream scenario is seeing Georgia linebacker/edge rusher Leonard Floyd be available at 20. Floyd can not only be the edge rusher that the Jets seek, but he's also experienced playing inside linebacker, another position of weakness for the team. Two other options could be Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin or Eastern Kentucky edge rusher Noah Spence. Conklin would be the safer option, whereas Spence is a boom or bust with a ton of talent but a ton of risk

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

 Aforementioned Jack Conklin could start immediately at right tackle before eventually taking over for Clady at left tackle. Indiana's Jason Spriggs is an option. Spriggs is exceptionally athletic, but isn't quite NFL ready. Ohio State's Taylor Decker could also garner consideration, but he doesn't stand out in any one particular area besides size. Conklin is the only solid mid-first round value of the three.

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

 Leonard Floyd and Noah Spence will be the two pass rushers they look at the closest. However, the two Clemson pass rushers Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson both fit in terms of value, but are typically viewed more as 4-3 base defensive ends at 275 pounds.

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

 If Fitzpatrick is unsigned on draft day, the Jets need to pick a quarterback in one of the first three rounds, Bryce Petty is not a starter in this league. Leonard Floyd is priority number one, but if he's off the board the Jets should strongly consider taking Memphis Paxton Lynch at 20. If they don't take a QB in round one, Ohio State's Cardale Jones is a round two option, or Stanford's Kevin Hogan in round three or four.

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. Jack Conklin - OT Michigan State

 2. Shilique Calhoun - Edge Michigan State

 3. Yannick Ngakoue - Edge Maryland

 4. Tyler Matakevich - LB Temple

6) Give us your  5 best sleepers in this draft and are there any punters worth looking at?
No punters worth taking, only kickers; Florida State's Roberto Aguayo. Top five sleepers

1. Cardale Jones - QB Ohio State
2. Harlan Miller - CB Southeast Louisiana
3. James Bradberry - CB/S Samford
4. De'Vondre Campbell - LB Minnesota
5. Marquez North - WR Tennesse

Nolan Vasan is involved with an excellent draft site
You can follow him : @NFLDraftGeek
Thanks Nolan!

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