The following list is essentially a guess of what the actual Jets draft board looks like as of now, taking into account team needs and the effects of free agency. This list will be updated according to changes in prospect rankings and the disappearance of roster holes.
1. Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
With two huge holes at both outside linebacker positions, the Jets are almost forced to take an outside linebacker with their first pick.
Unlike previous Jets linebackers, Jordan excels in coverage and has tremendous upside as a pass-rusher with his athleticism and flexibility. If Jordan is somehow still on the board nine picks into the draft, he should be the pick.
2. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
There are plenty of varying opinions of Geno, but there is no way the Jets can pass on him in the first round if he is still available (assuming Jordan is already off the board).
Geno has some accuracy issues, but a new, young face at the quarterback position is just what this franchise to turn the page form the Sanchez era.
3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Assuming his heart condition is not of a huge concern, Star is arguably the best and more scheme-versatile player in this draft. Adding him to the Jets' defensive line would immediately fix their run-defense problems and give them unmatched talent and depth along the line.
4. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
One of the fastest risers in this draft, Floyd could be the first player taken overall as he has started to draw comparisons to Warren Sapp with his ability to penetrate.
While he is not an idea fit in a 3-4 defense, Rex would bend his fronts to get the most out of Floyd rather than limit his talent playing strictly as a 5-technique defensive end.
Update: The release of Sione Pouha and loss of Mike DeVito in free agency adds a need on the defensive line. (Previous spot: 6)
5. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
You could make the argument for the explosive Mingo to be the top player on this board, but his lack of flexibility gives the edge to Dion Jordan. Still, if he fell to the Jets at nine, they should strongly consider snatching him up and finally give Rex Ryan the edge rusher his defense has needed for years.
6. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Offensive tackle is hardly an area of need after giving Austin Howard a second-round tender, but Joeckel is simply too good of a talent to pass up. Barring something totally unforeseen, Joeckel won't be a Jet, but this is about where he would sit on their board.
Update: After losing several defensive players in free agency, offensive tackle become even less relevant. (Previous spot:4)
7. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner would put together the best highlight tape of all the defensive ends, as he has tremendous burst and gets in the backfield in the blink of an eye.
However, he tends to give up on some plays where he loses early in the down. Werner is the riskiest of all the defensive end/outside linebacker prospects.
8. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Having not played football until he got to BYU, Ansah is as raw as they come. Unsurprisingly, he blew up the combine, and his athleticism will prevent him from getting past the first 15 picks.
Ansah best projects as a base 4-3 end, but he has enough athletic ability to make the conversion to outside linebacker—depending, of course, on how patient a team is with him.
9. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
With two gaping holes at the safety position, the Jets should strongly consider using their first-round pick on a safety. Vaccaro is the only prospect worth the selection, as his ability to cover and play the run without being too aggressive is exactly what NFL teams are looking for.
10. Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Alabama's Chance Warmack is the top guard on most draft boards, but Cooper has better tools to succeed in the NFL. Cooper moves like a tight end in space and would be a perfect fit in the Jets' new West Coast offense.
11. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
If the Jets are going to take a receiver in the first round, that receiver is going to need to be able to get open right out of the gate. Allen is a great route-runner and has terrific hands, making him a perfect complement to Santonio Holmes even if he does not have elite speed.
12. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
If the Jets take a shot on a quarterback, it will likely be in the second round or later where the risk is much more manageable. Nassib has excellent poise in the pocket, but his throws beyond 15 yards are impossible to predict, and his odd throwing motion will turn off some scouts.
13. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Electric with the ball in his hands, any team could use a weapon like Cordarrelle Patterson on their team. However, the Jets need instant contributors on their offense, and Patterson's lack of hands and polished route-running ability makes him a bit of a project.
14. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
If Austin was a few inches taller, he would be a top-five selection. Instead, he is an elite slot receiver prospect in the mold of Percy Harvin who can produce as a receiver, runner and punt returner.
15. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones makes this list after news that he has been cleared by NFL doctors emerges, making him a viable option at nine or the linebacker-needy Jets. Jones is a pass-rushing specialist with great hands usage. He is already comfortable playing linebacker, as he stood up in Georgia's 3-4 system.
(Previous Spot: Unranked)