There is no doubt that the Jets will be prioritizing skill position players (specifically, a wide receiver or a tight end) in the early rounds given their massive needs at the positions.
However, that does not rule out the possibility of the Jets selecting a quarterback or a defensive player, as it all will depend who is on the board when the Jets make their first pick at 18 (barring a trade).
1. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
When taking into account the free agents they may lose and the overall talent level at the position, the tight end group is the worst position on the roster, making North Carolina product Eric Ebron the top player on the Jets' draft board.
Ebron is not the most polished player in the draft, but he has tremendous size and athleticism that gives him a ton of potential as both a blocker and a receiver. Even if he is a bit raw, he is a massive upgrade over anyone the Jets have or had on the roster a year ago.
2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
There are a handful of excellent wide receiver prospects in the class, and USC's Marqise Lee may be the most underrated. An injury-plagued 2013 season at USC, combined with some mediocre quarterback play, has led to Lee's status as an elite prospect evaporate.
However, while there are some questions regarding Lee's ability to make plays on passes further down the field, there is no denying his explosion and ability after the catch when he is healthy. If Lee manages to fall to 18, the Jets should not hesitate to snap him up.
3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The Jets have been looking for a star player at the safety position ever since they traded Kerry Rhodes at the end of the 2009 season, and they can finally add a dynamic player in the back end of their defense with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
A fluid athlete with good ball skills, Clinton-Dix can do it all as a ball hawk and an enforcer against the run. Adding Clinton-Dix will also allow Antonio Allen to move into his more natural position at strong safety.
4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Odell Beckham Jr. has come on as one of the top receivers in the country thanks in part to some quality quarterbacking from Zach Mettenberger, but he has as much to do with LSU's success in the passing game as his quarterback.
Beckham has tremendous athleticism, body control and hands that make him one of the most underrated prospects at his position. As the draft process wears on, his stock will only rise as coaches get a look at what he is capable of.
5. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
There is some concern regarding whether or not Evans' somewhat one-dimensional game will translate to the NFL, but he could wind up being everything the Jets were hoping Stephen Hill would become.
Mike Evans won't "wow" with his ability to separate or get yards after the catch. Instead, Evans makes a ton of plays on contested catches, which is becoming more and more of a desired trait in today's NFL that features a lot of man-to-man coverage.
6. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
This is more of a contingency plan than anything else but in case Darqueze Dennard slips to the second half of the first round, the Jets should think long and hard about drafting him.
Dennard is a fluid athlete that is capable of playing in both man and zone. Combined with his above-average length, Dennard has the potential to be a star in the NFL.