2013 NFL Draft: Full New York Jets Mock Draft Post-Darrelle Revis Trade
Fresh off of making the first major move of his tenure, Jets general manager John Idzik must now decide on how to maximize his eight selections in this week's draft.
After acquiring Tampa Bay's first-round pick in the Revis deal, the Jets are equipped with three of the top 39 picks of the draft.
Given the number of holes on this team, should the emphasis be on offense or defense? Where do the Jets look to bring in competition for Mark Sanchez?
This mock draft works off of the premise that the Jets must add speed and explosiveness on both sides of the ball if they want to improve on their 6-10 record from last year.
With that in mind, join me as I take a look at one of the many draft scenarios that could play out for the Jets next weekend.
First Round, Pick 9: Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
In this scenario the Buffalo Bills pull off a surprise and draft Geno Smith in front of the Jets at eight. With Smith off of the board, the Jets opt to go for defense with the first of their two first-round selections.
The Jets have been looking for a consistent pass-rusher since whiffing on Vernon Gholston in 2008.
Rather than taking a chance on a raw player like Ezekiel Ansah or a player with an injury red flag like Jarvis Jones, Idzik takes LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo.
Mingo played out of a three-point stance during his time in Baton Rouge, so there will be some concerns about his ability to play in space as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
However, Mingo is an alert player who comes with an SEC pedigree. He shouldn't have too much difficulty adjusting to an NFL scheme. W all else fails, he will come off of the edge like he's been shot out of a cannon.
He would add much needed speed and athleticism to the Jets' front seven.
First Round, Pick 13 (from Tampa Bay): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
After adding an elite athlete to their defense with their first pick, the Jets land the player who's probably the most explosive athlete in the entire draft with the pick they acquired from Tampa Bay.
There may not be an offense in the NFL that needs a playmaker like Tavon Austin more than the Jets offense does.
Tavon Austin would give the Jets the "touch the ball and score a touchdown" type of player that they hoped guys like Joe McKnight would become.
Austin's game is also a good fit for what new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg likes to do in the passing game because Austin has outstanding lateral mobility and he's elusive in space.
Stephen Hill, Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley should all get more opportunities downfield with Austin wreaking havoc on the inside.
Second Round, Pick 39: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
It's very difficult to find homes for all of the quarterbacks in this year's draft class.
E.J. Manuel falls to the Jets in the second round after the Bills selection of Geno Smith, Jacksonville's selection of Matt Barkley at the top of Round 2 and the Eagles opting to add a cornerback in the second round after taking an offensive lineman in Round 1.
Manuel moves well for his size (6'5", 237 lbs.) and he has a big arm.
While he's going to have to work on his decision-making like any other rookie quarterback, Manuel has all of the tools to compete with Mark Sanchez for the Jets' starting job in the Fall.
Third Round, Pick 72: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Let's get one thing clear. There isn't a cornerback in this draft who's talented enough to replace Darrelle Revis because Revis was a once in a decade type of talent.
However, that doesn't mean that the Jets can't find a cornerback with enough skills to become a dependable NFL starter, and in this case they elect to head to the FCS to draft Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford.
Like Mingo and Austin, Alford is another explosive athlete who is a big play waiting to happen with the ball in his hands.
Alford will face his share of questions about the level of competition he faced in college, but the transition from college football to the NFL isn't as dramatic for cornerbacks as it is for wide receivers or offensive/defensive linemen.
Alford has all of the physical tools that he needs to compete at the next level, and he plays with the swagger that he'll need to rely on to get through the early lumps he will take as a rookie corner in the NFL.
Alford would be a great value for the Jets in the third round.
Fourth Round, Pick 106: DeVonte Holloman, LB, South Carolina
The Jets stay on the defensive side of the ball in the fourth round and add some depth to their linebacking corps.
DeVonte Holloman is a versatile defender who began his college career playing safety before moving to the same hybrid linebacker/safety position that Jets safety Antonio Allen played at South Carolina before him.
At 6'2", 243 pounds, Holloman runs well for his size (4.71 40-yard dash at combine) and he's got a high floor as a key special teams player at worst.
Holloman could be a valuable sub-package player for the Jets at inside or outside linebacker.
Fifth Round, Pick 141: Michael Ford, RB, LSU
The Jets go back to the offensive side of the ball in the fifth round and add the kind of tough, physical running back that they will need to help get whichever quarterback is under center through November and December.
While Ford isn't reliable enough in the passing game to be a feature back, he can run the ball inside and outside, and he knows how to dish out punishment to defenders when they make contact with him.
Sixth Round, Pick 178: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
The Jets choose to grab a developmental right tackle project in Round 6 by selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Reid Fragel.
A converted tight end, Fragel merits consideration here because of the length (6'6", 308 lbs) and athleticism he brings to the right tackle position.
He may struggle with power rushers in the NFL, but he does a nice job of getting a hat on man and blocking at the second level in the run game.
Seventh Round, Pick 215: Anthony Rashad White, NT, Michigan State
The Jets close out the draft by adding another big body to provide depth along the defensive front.
White could also latch onto the the roster on special teams since he's demonstrated that he can get his hands up and block field goals like he did at the end of the 2012 Outback Bowl.