New York Jets 2012 Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions

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New York Jets 2012 Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions
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Trying to predict the top 10 selections of the NFL draft is difficult.

Trying to predict who a team is going to take 150 picks later is darn near impossible. 

However, with the NFL Combine a distant memory and a number of pro days completed, the general draft slot for NFL prospects is becoming clearer by the day.

Using a computer-generated seven-round mock draft from drafttek.com and a seven-round mock draft from draftsite.com as references, this slideshow will offer a full mock draft for each of the Jets' selections.

The Jets haven't made a huge impact in free agency, and besides a little trade for Tim Tebow, have made most of their moves on the defensive side of the ball.

Re-signing Sione Pouha was a good first step, and LaRon Landry could end up being a huge upgrade at safety if he stays healthy.  Re-signing Bryan Thomas might help in the locker room, but his age and recent injury make him a big question mark.

If the Jets want to make significant upgrades from last year's team, they need to draft impact players at multiple positions and find some players deep in the draft who will contribute as well.

The first three picks will be key as the Jets need to find three impact players in the first three rounds. They do not have a fourth-round pick after the Tebow trade, and the drop-off of talent from round three to round five is significant. 

Long story short, for the sake of Mike Tannenbaum's job, the Jets better not end up with another Vladimir Ducasse, Vernon Gholston or Kenrick Ellis in the first three rounds this year.

The good news is the Jets have seven picks and are expected to be awarded up to five more picks between rounds five through seven when the NFL announces compensation picks at the owners' meeting between March 26-28.

Tannenbaum better turn this quantity into quality.

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