The New York Jets have an abundance of cap space and a multitude of draft picks, granting promise to a team ideally on the rise.
General manager John Idzik has all the resources needed to construct a roster capable of contending next season, making it crucial to draft players ready to make an impact. The Jets could have as many as 12 draft picks in May's draft, courtesy of compensation from the Darrelle Revis trade and qualifying picks from previous players.
New York must address several key areas of need this offseason, including wide receiver, tight end, cornerback and safety. The Jets' most pressing need is at receiver, where they've suffered from a severe lack of talent over the past few seasons.
This year's draft crop of college players features a ton of big-time playmakers, like Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M vertical threat Mike Evans.
The Jets need to concentrate initial draft efforts on offense for a change. That sentiment goes against the grain in the mind of head coach Rex Ryan, who has undoubtedly had a major influence in New York drafting a defensive lineman in each of the previous three first rounds.
Idzik and Co. have the luxury of holding four picks in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft, enabling the Jets to fill multiple voids with top-tier prospects.
The purpose of the following mock draft is to identify the ideal draft pick for the Jets in each round which they hold a guaranteed selection: