New York Jets Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions
After an unusually quiet free agency, the Jets reliance on the draft is bigger than ever.
Rex Ryan and company are mired with gaping holes throughout their roster, including at safety, outside linebacker, wide receiver, inside linebacker and defensive end.
The team has been a swing-and-miss club at drafts in recent years—acquiring studs such as Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold, as well as duds such as Vernon Gholston.
In the 2012 draft, the Jets can not afford to strike out.
Here are full 7-Round draft predictions for New York.
Round 1, Pick 16: Mark Barron, SS
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With LaRon Landry facing constant injury scares and Eric Smith's subpar play, the Jets are in dire need of a solid safety.
Mark Barron is by far the most talented player at his position in this year's draft class.
Barron has good size for a safety (6'1", 213 pounds) and is an intimidating open-field tackler.
The former Alabama star has terrific on-field smarts, and is great at reading the opposing quarterback's eyes.
Barron has above-average speed and has no obvious flaws in his game.
The All-American would immediately shore up the Jets interior pass defense, and he will be a defensive force from the moment he steps on the field.
Round 2, Pick 47: Lavonte David, OLB
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Lavonte David would finally give the Jets the explosive pass rusher they have craved for years.
David is a complete player. He is an outstanding run defender, as well as being solid in pass coverage.
David's lack of size keeps him from being a first round pick, but he is one of the most sure-handed tacklers in the class.
When rushing the passer, the Nebraska product explodes through blocks to reach the quarterback.
He often chases after the quarterback and plants vicious hits, and he has the ability to rack up the sacks at the next level.
A maximum effort and hustle player, David will be a force anywhere on the field for the Jets.
Round 3, Pick 77: Jeff Allen, OT
The Jets have to address the right tackle position early on in the draft.
Wayne Hunter is a liability in both pass and run protection, and he needs to be replaced in the near future.
Jeff Allen could be the long-term answer at right tackle.
Allen is an experienced college player who possesses solid size and quickness.
The former Illinois star is a terrific pass protector, but he lacks the physicality to be a consistent run blocker.
With some development, Allen could progress into a solid starting tackle at the next level, and a definite improvement over Wayne Hunter.
Round 5, Pick 154: Dwight Jones, WR
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With Plaxico Burress likely heading for the door and Santonio Holmes causing concerns in the locker room, wide receiver has suddenly developed into a need position for the Jets.
Dwight Jones could be a steal this late in the draft.
Jones has has some off-field issues and often struggles with drops, but he possesses the natural talent to be a factor at the next level.
The North Carolina wideout has intimidating size (6'3", 230 pounds), imposing strength and above-average speed.
Under the correct coaching system, Jones could develop into a starting-caliber receiver in the NFL.
Round 6, Pick 187: Vontaze Burfict, ILB
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Vontaze Burfict is well-known for his anger issues and locker room problems, but in terms of pure talent, he ranks among the top linebackers in this year's class.
With six picks in the final two rounds, the Jets can afford to gamble on a questionable athlete who possesses elite upside.
Burfict is an outstanding tackler in open space and an absolute monster in run defense.
The Arizona State product is also a superb pass-rusher up the middle and off the edge and is agile enough to defend the pass in zone coverage.
Burfict is a risk-reward selection, but this late in the draft, he is worth the gamble.
Round 6, Pick 202: Desmond Wynn, OG
With Matt Slauson coming off major surgery and Brandon Moore inching closer to retirement, guard has suddenly become a need position for Gang Green.
Desmond Wynn would be a perfect pickup for the Jets this late in the draft.
Wynn has prototypical size (6'6", 303 pounds) and is an above-average athlete for an offensive lineman.
The Rutgers product has some weaknesses in his game, but with some improvements could develop into a future starter at the next level.
Round 6, Pick 203: George Bryan, TE
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Dustin Keller is an exceptional target for Mark Sanchez in the passing game, but he can often be a liability in run blocking.
With George Bryan, the Jets would finally get a solid blocker at the tight end position.
Bryan's tremendous power and frame will make him an exceptional block-first tight end in the NFL.
The North Carolina State graduate could help revert the Jets back to the dominating rushing teams of 2009 and 2010.
Round 7, Pick 232: Bobby Rainey, RB
Shonn Greene may have shown significant improvements last season, but he still lacks the speed and explosiveness to be an every-down back.
Bobby Rainey would provide New York with a tremendous change-of-pace option in the rushing game.
Rainey lacks ideal size, but makes up for it with a terrific combination of pure speed, elusiveness and acceleration.
The former standout at Western Kentucky would be a steal on the third day of the draft.
Round 7, Pick 242: Dale Moss, WR
Dale Moss could be the ultimate sleeper at wide receiver in this year's class.
Moss had an amazing Pro Day, and is quickly grabbing attention from NFL scouts.
The South Dakota State product boats excellent size, breathtaking speed and dazzling agility.
Moss has the all the physical attributes to be an elite wideout at the next level.
With the selection of Moss, Mark Sanchez may finally have a potent deep threat.
Round 7, Pick 244: Frank Alexander, DE
Despite some significant improvements at the position in recent years, defensive end is still a need for Gang Green entering 2012.
Frank Alexander could be a nice selection with the team's final pick.
The former Oklahoma Sooner has no evident weaknesses in his game, but he lacks special talent at any specific area.
Alexander is a hard-working athlete that could be a nice asset for the Jets in limited playing time.