New York Jets Mock Draft: A Complete 7-Round Wish List
With the Jets failing to make the postseason for the second straight season, members of the organization and fans are panicking.
The team has a variety of need positions, and with a serious salary cap issue at hand, it will be unable to make any significant upgrades through free agency.
That makes the significance of the draft, which the Jets front office has butchered in recent years, unparalleled.
If New York fails to find solid prospects this draft, the organization could be in shambles for years to come.
Knowing this, here is my complete seven-round mock draft for the Jets in 2013.
Round 1: Barkevious Mingo
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Barkevious Mingo is the ideal first-round selection for the New York Jets.
The LSU junior has sky-high potential, and he would immediately upgrade New York's dwindling pass rush.
Mingo is a game-changer for an elite Tigers defense, and he has the ability to be the next Aldon Smith at the NFL level.
With great size (6'4", 240 pounds) and scary speed (4.57 40 time), Mingo is impossible for offensive lineman to contain.
Mingo has the attitude, physical attributes and effort to be an elite defensive player for the Jets defense for years to come.
Round 2: Dallas Thomas
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The Jets offensive line has regressed every year since 2009, and 2012 may have been the melting point.
Both starting guards (Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson) will be free agents next season, and Austin Howard is not the solution at right tackle.
New York has to improve their offensive line through the draft, and Dallas Thomas could be their man.
Thomas is one of the finest offensive line prospects in this year's draft class. He has tremendous size (6'5", 310 pounds) and possesses fine athleticism.
Thomas' most valuable asset is his versatility, though. The Tennessee product has the ability to play both tackle positions as well as left guard.
With the many holes among New York's offensive line, Thomas could fill in a variety of needs.
Round 3: Cobi Hamilton
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The Jets receiving corps is in a state of flux right now, so the team needs to spend a couple picks revitalizing the once-solid unit.
Cobi Hamilton could significantly help the team from the moment he steps on the field.
The Arkansas product had one of the greatest receiving seasons in recent SEC history this past season, as he recorded an astounding 90 catches, 1,335 yards and five touchdowns.
Hamilton has decent size (6'2", 209 pounds), good hands and solid speed (4.54 40 time). He doesn't stand out in any one area, but his complete skill set would make him a valuable target for any quarterback at the NFL level.
Bringing in Hamilton would be an immediate boost for New York's abysmal offense.
Round 4: Kenjon Barner
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Shonn Greene will be a free agent this offseason, and while the team is likely to bring him back, he lacks the explosiveness and vision to be a 250-carry back at the NFL level.
The Jets have to bring in a back who can change the pace of the offense. That man could be Kenjon Barner.
The Oregon running back was as explosive as anyone in college football this past season, as he posted a ridiculous 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns on just 248 carries.
The 23-year-old has the ability to break a run on any given play. Barner's 40 time has dipped to an astounding 4.28 seconds.
Barner would add a level of explosiveness to the Jets offense that it has previously lacked, and he would be a terrific complementary option to Shonn Greene and his brute running style.
Round 5: Daimion Stafford
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Daimion Stafford was arguably the most complete safety in the Big Ten this past season.
The Nebraska product recorded 83 tackles, a team-high four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Stafford has an aggressive playing style and he can make big plays all over the field. He is a sound tackler and is solid in pass coverage as well.
Stafford could wait in the wings behind Yeremiah Bell (who will be 35 next season) and learn from the veteran safety.
After a few years of development, the California native could be a worthy starter in New York's secondary.
Round 6: John Wetzel
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John Wetzel could add some size and toughness to a New York offensive line that seriously lacks depth.
The Boston College product lacks speed, but he makes up for it with tremendous size (6'7", 307 pounds) and strength.
Wetzel has the ability to fend off pass-rushers and keep them out of the pocket, as well as push back defenders in the running game.
While Wetzel is still a work in development at right tackle, he has the sleeper potential to be a decent starting right tackle, or solid backup, at the NFL level.
Round 7: Dan Buckner
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The Jets should spend the majority of their late-round selections on offense, as the unit was utterly pathetic in 2012.
Dan Buckner is a player who could develop into a game-changer for New York with a few years of development.
The Arizona wideout is a dangerous deep threat on the outside, as he possesses the size (6 ft 3 inches) and speed (4.57 40 time) to dominate opposing defensive backs.
The Texas native has had some run-ins with the law in the past, including being charged for criminal trespassing and resisting arrest in 2010, but he has improved his behavior in recent years.
New York should take a gamble on the Wildcat product, as he could be the diamond in the rough every team searches for.