Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
I'm joining the bandwagon. It's time to send a message that rebuilding the offense is the Jets' offseason priority for 2014.
In 2013, the Jets drafted Geno Smith in part because of public desire to see them move beyond Mark Sanchez. There's a similar situation in 2014, except it concerns offensive skill positions.
The offense has played second-fiddle to the defense throughout the Rex Ryan era, and it's time to show the former some love.
The roundup of analyst discussions that you've read indicates that picking a wide receiver in Round 1 isn't a sure thing. The Jets' failure to sign a true No. 1 receiver or elite cornerback during free agency is why.
Here's what will happen. The Jets will follow a modified "best player available" strategy in Round 1. When their pick comes, they'll select at pick No. 18 if Beckham, Darqueze Dennard, Kyle Fuller or Justin Gilbert are still available.
It's possible. If the draft resembles the final mock drafts of Rob Rang or Matt Miller, Dennard will be available by the 18th pick. Miler's draft has Beckham available, too.
Their other option is to trade down to at least the 21st pick. Here the goal is twofold. First, they would like to get their Round 1 pick at a bargaining position that's more team-friendly. Second, it would improve the distribution of their later picks.
Only three of the Jets' 12 picks come within the first three rounds. You've seen a couple of proposed trades in these slides. They don't get the Jets more picks, but they do make the distribution of the Jets' picks more favorable by adding another pick to Day 2.
Cimini speculated that the Jets may trade up because of Beckham's increasingly high profile. It would surprise me, though. A team with multiple needs shouldn't lose picks for the sake of one player in a draft as deep as this one.
One more thing I'll watch with particular interest is the Jets' expected tight end selection. That could provide an insight into their offensive direction in 2014.
Assume it's the second round and Jace Amaro, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Troy Niklas and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are on the board. Expect a more wide-open, pass-oriented offense if the Jets take Amaro or Seferian-Jenkins than if they take Fiedorowicz or Niklas, whose inline roles are more compatible with a strong ground game.
So if you've read this mock draft roundup before the draft begins, sit back and enjoy the show. If you've waited until the show is over, I hope you're not laughing too loudly.
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