2011 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets Have a Tough Choice with First Round Pick
2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Jets Going Big with Taylor from Baylor
Because this is going to be my last NFL mock draft for a while, I may as well let everyone in on a little secret: of all the teams drafting in the first round, the New York Jets gave me the most headaches. They don’t really need anything, but they could use everything. And because they have the No. 30 pick, there never seem to be enough options.
Oh well. Such is life, and I won’t have to worry about these things for much longer.
The good news is that a trendy pick for the Jets has arisen in the form of Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor. I think this is a good one, and this is the second mock in a row in which I’ve conformed to the idea.
In a word, Taylor is humongous. He’s 6’3” and supposedly in the neighborhood of 350 pounds. If he was in space, you might just mistake him for a space station. When it comes to defensive tackles, I don’t think praise gets much higher than that (or much sillier).
All kidding aside, Taylor is a born run stuffer. He’ll fit right into the middle of Rex Ryan’s 3-4 line, and he’ll suck up blockers and crush running backs for days. He’s not much of a pass rusher, but he will do some damage if he gets to the quarterback.
With Taylor in the fold, all that would be left on the Jets’ shopping list is an outside linebacker, a wide receiver, secondary depth, and a backup quarterback.
Suddenly, my head hurts.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Brooks Reed, OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Pouncey, OG
27. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, OLB
|13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith, DE |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT|
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT
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