Jets 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
While the Jets did not do any wheeling and dealing to move around the draft board, they wound up with results that few expected, finding themselves a replacement for Darrelle Revis in Dee Milliner and a new interior pass-rusher with Sheldon Richardson.
Now the Jets must focus their attention on rounding out their roster in the final two days of the draft. The roster is still littered with needs and a very deep group of middle-round prospects who could speed up the rebuilding process.
With the first round in the books, here is a mock draft for Day 2 and Day 3.
Round 2 (39th Overall)
Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
In somewhat of an upset, the Florida International product is still on the board after the Ravens finished the first round with their selection of Matt Elam.
Cyprien is battling the small-school label, but the well-built free safety dominated the combine and has all of the measurables to succeed in the NFL. He is a bit overaggressive at times, but he is a tremendous hitter with great range and ball skills.
Spending a second-round pick on a safety would give the Jets two young, talented players in the secondary, which would allow them to focus on the rest of their roster and start fixing their embarrassing offense.
Cyprien did play in a lot of Cover 2 and will have to make a transition to what is a heavy Cover 1 system in New York, but Cyprien has tremendous upside and could develop into a star at the next level.
Round 3 (39th Overall)
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee
The Jets missed out on Tavon Austin on Thursday night, but they can still add a playmaker at the receiver position in Da'Rick Rogers.
Rogers is an agile, well-built receiver who catches the ball in traffic. At 6'2", he can line up at just about any receiver position and would give the Jets much-needed depth.
He tested well at the combine, except in the most important drill: the 40-yard dash. His average time of a 4.52 creates a concern of a lack of deep speed.
Like many Tennessee receivers, there are a lot of questions about Rogers' maturity. He was arrested after a bar fight in 2010 and failed three drug tests. Rogers can be an excellent player, but he comes with a considerable amount of baggage that could cause him to slip even further down draft.
If the Jets are comfortable bringing in Rogers, he could wind up being a steal—if he can stay out of trouble.
Round 4 (106th Overall)
Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Based on talent alone, Michael is arguably the best back in this class. He plays with a ton of physicality and has an explosive burst that is second-to-none in this draft.
However, there are off-field concerns that have limited Michael's draft stock. He broke his fibula in 2010 and tore his ACL a year later. Feuds with coaches led to a diminished role in 2012. At the combine, he infamously overslept crucial pre-draft interviews.
Michael may not be a terrible person at heart, but he cannot seem to stay as focused on football as he needs to be. While he appears to have fully healed form his ACL injury, he has a history of injuries, which could suggest that he simply does not have a body that will hold up at the next level.
If Michael was drafted by the Jets, he would have a chance to sit and learn behind two starters already in place.
Michael would be able to take his time learning the blocking schemes that so many rookie runners struggle with, creating a more seamless transition to the pro ranks. Throwing a hot-headed Michael into a premier role off the bat could lead to some disastrous on-field mistakes.
Round 5 (141st Overall)
Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
With a good size at 6'2", Dobson, who tested well at the combine, is an ideal possession receiver with tremendous hands and route-running ability.
While he clocked a nice 40 time at the combine (4.37), he does not play as fast on tape. He is also battling the small-school label, but he could flourish as a secondary receiver who can make contested catches in single coverage.
If Dobson can learn to play as fast as he runs on a track, he has a chance to be one of the biggest steals of the draft.
Round 6 (178th Overall)
Alvin Bailey, OG. Arkansas
The Jets did fill one guard position with the injury-prone Willie Colon, but with Vladimir Ducasse slated to take over the other starting job, they must add depth and competition.
Bailey is slow-footed, but at 6'3", 312 pounds, he is incredibly powerful and effective at the second level. His frame and long arms give him plenty of upside. Bailey is a great fit for the Jets power scheme where he can get the most out of his brute strength.
For now, Bailey would be able to develop behind Ducasse and Colon, while giving the position some much-needed depth. In time, Bailey has a chance to develop into a high-end starter in the right system.
Round 7 (215th Overall)
Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State
Despite coming from a smaller program at San Jose, Johnson has a plenty of tools to succeed in the NFL and the production to back it up, as he was the 2012 WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Johnson can bend the edge and has an array of pass-rushing moves to work with. He plays with a relentless motor and is more athletic than you would expect from a small-school prospect. He is very durable, with 38 consecutive starts.
Making the transition to outside linebacker would be difficult; however, as Johnson lined up almost exclusively as a right defensive end. He is also a bit of a liability against the run and has no experience playing in space
Johnson may take some time to develop into a linebacker and will have to add some bulk at 240 pounds, but at his worst, he should be a great special teams player who can develop on the bottom of the roster and is well-worth the "risk" this late in the draft.