NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the New York Jets

James WillisAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2011

NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the New York Jets

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    Ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Jets will be thinking about what it is they need to push them over the final hurdle that they have fallen at for the past two seasons.

    In early 2010 it was Indianapolis, and in early 2011 it was Pittsburgh, who went on to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, ending the Jets dreams. This time around Rex Ryan will be determined to reach the big game, but he'll need more help to get there.

    Here is a prediction for all seven rounds of the draft for the New York Jets.

Round 1

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    Player: Phil Taylor

    Position: Nose Tackle

    From: Baylor

    Reason: At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Taylor would make a good addition to any defensive line with his ability. Getting experience will be key, though, as he does not look as though he will make a starter immediately as a rookie (depending on which team he joins). The New York Jets will be looking to strengthen some of the positions in their defence this draft, and Taylor could be one of the keys in this.

Round 2

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    *Pick traded to San Diego Chargers for Antonio Cromartie*

    The New York Jets do not have a second-round pick as it was traded to the San Diego Chargers for the transfer of Antonio Cromartie.

    This means the Jets only have six picks in the 2011 draft.

Round 3

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    Player: Corey Liuget

    Position: Defensive Tackle

    From: Illinois

    Reason: Following some impressive stats in his 2010 season, Liuget made sure he is one of best choices in his position. His athleticism, considering his size, marks him out as a unique defender, one whom the Jets could do very well with. Although not perfect, Rex Ryan will know that Liuget has the ability to learn and develop far more than he already has making him a great prospect for the future and for the New York Jets.

Round 4

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    Player: Aldon Smith

    Position: Defensive End

    From: Missouri

    Reason: The stats may not be 100 percent accurate on paper when judging Aldon Smith, thanks to a number of injuries he has sustained in the past. With that taken into account, he could seemingly be a very good prospect for the future. Smith has still put up superb numbers in his college career though and may well be a first-round pick. If he isn't, however, get ready for the Jets to snap him up when they can.

Round 5

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    Player: Stephen Paea

    Position: Defensive Tackle

    From: Oregon State

    Reason: Stephen Paea is one of the names that has been associated with the Jets most out of all of the draft prospects. If he puts in a strong performance at the NFL Combine, he may well boost himself right up the rankings and well out of the Jets pick reach. If he doesn't perform to the best of his ability at the combine, however, there's a very real possibility that Rex Ryan could take him on in a later round.

Round 6

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    Player: Jonathan Baldwin

    Position: Wide Receiver

    From: Pittsburgh

    Reason: With Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards both free agents after the end of the 2010 season, it seems unlikely that the Jets will be able to tie them both back down amongst all of the other free agents they have to work with. For that reason the Jets will likely be taking a close look at the wide receivers in this year's draft and Jonathan Baldwin fits the bill perfectly. He may well be picked in a higher round by the Jets, depending on what the other prospects look like.

Round 7

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    *Pick traded to Detroit Lions for Kevin O'Connell*
    *No. 5 (No. 30 overall) pick received from Arizona Cardinals for Kerry Rhodes*

    Player: Justin Houston

    Position: Defensive End

    From: Georgia

    Reason: It's very unlikely that Houston will still be available this late on in the draft but as the rounds go by it's harder to predict who will be chosen. For this reason I've picked Houston, despite the fact that in all likelihood he will be a first-round pick instead. Houston would be another strong body to add into the already fine Jets defense in a season when the Jets defensive line needs to be stronger than ever.