Breaking Down Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay's Final Draft Projections for Jets

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Breaking Down Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay's Final Draft Projections for Jets
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Mel Kiper Jr at the 2011 NFL draft

Less than a day after the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed the Darrelle Revis trade, ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released modified first-round versions of their "final" mock drafts.

The trade influenced their mock drafts in the following ways:

  • They agree on the Jets' No. 1 pick. Both McShay and Kiper Jr. liked Barkevious Mingo. However, in version 4.0 of Kiper Jr.'s mock draft, New Orleans drafted Mingo No. 7. Kiper Jr. had the Jets draft Jarvis Jones. McShay made Mingo an "alternate scenario."
  • They simplified their presentations. Both men released a single-round mock draft in which no teams traded picks. Kiper Jr.'s previous mock draft covered three rounds and allowed trading picks. McShay's mock draft was only one round. However, he offered three possibilities for a first-round pick, with Darrelle Revis's status playing a major role in the Jets' options.
  • McShay finally picked a wide receiver. In the pre-trade mock drafts, five of the seven selections played defense. The only offensive selections played guard and tackle.  That's an observation, not a criticism. The Jets could use help on the O-line, especially at guard.

    McShay's latest revision has the Jets use the No. 13 pick to draft West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.

It's too close to the draft to expect either man to release revised later rounds. Nevertheless, the earlier versions of their drafts outline a strategy in which the Jets address needs at the offensive line, linebacking corps and secondary.

With the possible exception of Austin, they'll make the kinds of picks that strengthen the team's "infrastructure" so that the skill players they have get better opportunities to excel.

Let's have a look.

The following mock drafts are sources for this article: Access requires an ESPN Insider subscription.

Other player analysis not otherwise credited is based on the NFL Draft Tracker.

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