New York Jets 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions, 1 Week Ahead of Draft
Just one week before the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have as many questions about their roster as they did at the beginning of the offseason. The team has lost nine starters from last season, and a flurry of small-time signings hasn't completely fixed the team's needs.
With areas of need at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, guard, defensive tackle, linebacker and safety, no one truly knows which direction the Jets will go in this year's draft.
Here is my complete seven-round mock draft for the Jets just one week before the draft, barring a last-second trade of star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Round 1, Pick 9: Tavon Austin, WR
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Tavon Austin may be a bit of a reach at the ninth overall pick, but he has the ability to change the face of the Jets' offense and turn it into a dynamic unit.
The Jets have serious interest in Austin, as the team brought him in for a visit last week.
Austin was an explosive threat in a potent West Virginia offense last season, as the wideout recorded a gaudy 114 catches, 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The 22-year-old lacks size (5'9" and 174 pounds), but his speed, agility and explosiveness far outweigh his negatives.
Austin ran an amazing 4.28 40-time at the NFL Combine, proving that his video-gameish speed is very real.
Austin could have a Percy Harvin-like impact for the Jets offense, as he could bring the team a do-it-all offensive threat that few defenses can contain.
Round 2, Pick 39: Jonathan Cyprien, SS
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The Jets may have signed LaRon Landry's brother, Dawan, to a contract last week, but the team still has serious concerns at safety.
Drafting Jonathan Cyprien in the second round would immediately alleviate those worries, as Cyprien possesses all the traits to be a solid starter from day one at the NFL-level.
Cyprien has great size (6'0" and 217 pounds) and possesses an aggressive playing style. While he lacks speed, Cyprien is a physical ballhawk who can force turnovers, as well as tackle with authority.
The former Florida International star is also a primetime performer, as some of the biggest games of his collegiate career came against elite competition in the Big 12 and the Big East.
Cyprien would be an incredibly solid selection in the second round, as the Jets would be getting an NFL-caliber starter, as well as a player who possesses a tremendous amount of upside.
Round 3, Pick 72: Alvin Bailey, OG
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Even after resigning right tackle Austin Howard and picking up former Steelers starter Willie Colon, the Jets have serious concerns on the offensive line, especially guard.
Alvin Bailey would be a tremendous selection in the third round, as he would provide the Jets with a player who could start from day one at a need position, but also develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber lineman.
The Arkansas product is a massive man (6'3'' and 312 pounds) who possesses surprising quickness and unbelievable strength.
While Bailey's pass protection could be improved, his run blocking his phenomenal, and he would immediately improve the Jets' situation on the interior of the offensive line.
Round 4, Pick 106: Stepfan Taylor, RB
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The Jets may have signed Mike Goodson, but the team still desires a physical running back who can bowl over defenders and pick up tough yards up the middle.
Stepfan Taylor is in the mold of what the Jets wish for.
Taylor may be just 5'9'', but his 214-pound frame allows him to power past defenders and explode into the open field.
While the Stanford product lacks elite speed, he boasts superb vision and toughness. Taylor is also a tremendous pass-catcher and pass-blocker.
Taylor has a near-complete game, and while he is not a burner, he could be extremely effective with a major workload, just like Doug Martin last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Round 5, Pick 141: Bennie Logan, DT
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With Mike DeVito being snagged in free agency by the Kansas City Chiefs and Sione Pouha being released, the Jets are suddenly extremely thin at defensive tackle.
The Jets would be smart to select an interior defensive lineman in the late-middle rounds of the draft, and Bennie Logan could be their man.
Logan is yet to fully capitalize on his immense potential, but the former LSU star has solid production and development at the collegiate level.
Logan has good size (6'2'' and 309 pounds), solid strength, and impressive quickness off the snap.
If the Jets coaching staff could develop Logan's array of pass rush moves, he could be a great interior defender at the NFL-level for years to come.
Round 6, Pick 178: Eric Martin, OLB
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The Jets have had issues at outside linebacker for years now, and while the team has more serious concerns at other positions, drafting an OLB in the late rounds is a smart move.
Eric Martin put up solid numbers throughout his career at Nebraska, and he has the ability to be a solid rotational player in New York's defense.
Martin lacks ideal size (6'1'' and 237 pounds), but he possesses surprising power and great speed.
The former Cornhuskers star can rush the passer and drop back in coverage, and he is a solid tackler.
While Martin is far from an elite defensive prospect, he has a good attitude and is an all-effort type of player, and he would be a terrific fit in New York's defense.
Round 7, Pick 215: Levine Toilolo, TE
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The Jets need more pass-catchers, especially ones who can consistently move the chains.
Levine Toilolo is a player who New York should look at in the late rounds.
Toilolo is a massive target (6'8'', 260 pounds) with good speed (4.79 40-time).
Toilolo needs to improve in his route-running and blocking, but his combination of size and speed make him an incredibly tough matchup for opposing defenses.
The Jets should take a gamble on the Stanford product and hope he can make a difference in the team's offense.