Round 1, Pick 18: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Assuming the Jets stay put, the Jets will have a chance to draft one of the "second tier" of wide receivers—who they select will depend on how the first 17 picks play out.
Brandin Cooks is a bit undersized, but his explosive speed is exactly what the Jets are looking for in their search for a partner for Eric Decker. Cooks can also help out in the return game to provide even more value.
Round 2, Pick 49: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
With the receiver position taken care of for the time being, attention must now turn to the cornerback position, where the Jets are set to start the injury-prone Dimitri Patterson opposite second-year pro Dee Milliner.
Pierre Desir may come from a small program at Lindenwood, but he has NFL-caliber traits that may allow him to develop into one of the best defensive backs in this class. This pick comes with some risk, but it could pay off big down the line.
Round 3, Pick 80: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
The Jets just need to take care the hole at tight end before they can enter a true "best player available" mode for the rest of the draft.
C.J. Fiedorowicz can be the solution to what's missing at the Jets' tight end position, which features just one (relatively) proven player in Jeff Cumberland. A true two-way tight end who can block and catch, Fiedorowicz will be able to step in and contribute immediately.
Round 4, Pick 104: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
With all of their top needs taken care of, the Jets need to start cashing in on the depth of this receiver class.
Abbrederis has a smaller-than-ideal frame for an NFL wide receiver, but his route-running is as good as any in this class. Combined with tremendous hands and great flexibility, Abbrederis can be an instant contributor for a depleted Jets receiving corps.
Round 4, Pick 115: Dion Bailey, S, USC
Between Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry, The Jets have a serviceable pair of safeties to work with in 2014. However, an injection of youth and athleticism is more than welcome, especially with Landry set to hit free agency next offseason.
Dion Bailey has tremendous athleticism, but he needs to add more bulk to develop into a full-time safety. He can spend his rookie season on special teams and develop as Landry's eventual replacement.
Round 4, Pick 137: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
Bringing back Calvin Pace gives the Jets short-term security at outside linebacker, but the team must be prepared to move on from the 33-year-old Pace as soon as this season.
Adrian Hubbard does a lot of things well both against the run and in pass defense, but he is more of a jack-of-all-trades" than a master of any specific skill. Still, his experience in a 3-4 defense will allow him to make a seamless transition to the NFL. If Pace's age catches up to him, Hubbard should be able to step in without a huge drop-off in production.
Round 5, Pick 154: Antone Exum, CB/S, Virginia Tech
A physical, in-your face defensive back, Antone Exum would be a perfect fit in Rex Ryan's aggressive defense—if he's healthy. A torn ACL he suffered last summer held him out for most of 2013, putting his status up in the air.
Exum should be ready to start the 2014 season, but in what capacity remains to be seen. Injury concerns and questions about his speed may force him to move to safety, where his instincts and ball skills may be utilized more efficiently.
Round 6, Pick 195: Jon Halapio, G, Florida
Because of the uncertainty surrounding Willie Colon's torn bicep and the uneven play of rookie guard Brian Winters, the Jets come off 2013 needing to bring long-term fixes to the interior of the offensive line.
Jon Halapio is a force in the run game, but his lack of quickness makes him vulnerable to athletic defensive linemen. On the Jets, he will have a chance to develop his game on the bottom of the depth chart while pushing Oday Aboushi and William Campbell for a roster spot.
Round 6, Pick 209: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville
With longtime starter David Harris set to hit free agency in 2015, the Jets need to tweak their depth so they are prepared for his possible departure.
Preston Brown is a big-time hitter who sets the tone with his physicality between the tackles. He can be exposed if asked to cover or make plays sideline to sideline, but keeping him as a two-down run defender might maximize his skill set.
Round 6, Pick 210: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Devin Street has a lot of unteachable tools to work with in terms of his size and length (6'3"), but he could stand to put on a bit more weight to sustain hits in the NFL.
While he is not a speedster (4.55 40-yard dash), he can be a viable deep target with his hands and length. At this point in the draft, he is worth taking a chance on as a developmental prospect.
Round 6, Pick 213: Richard Rodgers, TE, California
With his long, athletic frame Richard Rodgers looks the part of a tight end, but injuries kept him from reaching his full potential at Cal. Rodgers brings effort both as a receiver and a blocker, but he is susceptible to drops and getting pushed around by bigger linebackers.
A better receiver than a blocker who was used all over the formation, Rodgers can be used on special teams and in red-zone situations until he develops into a more complete tight end.
Round 7, Pick 233: Cornelius Lucas, OT, Kansas State
The Jets did use a fifth-round pick on a developmental offensive lineman in Oday Aboushi last year, but he may be better suited to backup at guard than kick out to tackle because of his slow feet.
Cornelius Lucas will have to wait to hear his name called on draft day in large part due to a stress fracture he suffered in 2013, but the All-Big 12 player has a huge wingspan and can be molded into a possible starter a few years down the line.