The Jets have been very newsworthy with their free-agent moves the previous few summers, but with the NFL season in question, the draft is of extra importance this year.
The Jets' biggest need is a pass rusher, and they could use help at all parts of the defense, from line to linebackers to safety. In this mock draft I really think the Jets are able to fill all those needs while taking one of the best available players at each draft slot.
I actually published a full New York Jets mock draft three weeks back, but as players' stocks rise and fall, that draft looks a lot different now. That being said, I will include who I previously predicted at the bottom of each slide.
As always, feel free to comment below, and don't hesitate to discuss the draft as it is going on in the comments section.
As stated in the first slide, the New York Jets' biggest need is a player who can get to the opposing team's quarterback, and few players did that better in college last year than Brooks Reed.
Reed was an outside linebacker at Arizona but could be put at defensive end, which is the position he was listed at during the combine, in the Jets' 3-4 defense.
My personal favorite aspect of Reed is his heart, which is something Rex Ryan will really enjoy having on the team and in the locker room. Reed does not give up on plays like many college defensive linemen do, and he has such great speed that he can turn around and make plays downfield.
In my previous draft I had the Jets going after Phil Taylor here, but I like the versatility and character of Reed a lot better.
As long as Reed's rising stock doesn't push him further into the first round, I think the Jets will make him their selection at No. 30.
With the Jets not addressing the position of defensive tackle in the first round, they will likely need to add one when they pick again in the third round. While I think the Jets would love to trade up into the second and take a player like Marvin Austin out of UNC, for the sake of sanity we are ignoring trades in this mock.
Kenrick Ellis was not on many radars until later in the season, as he hails from a small school in Hampton.
Ellis is listed at 6'5" and just a shade under 350, making him the ideal size to play the nose tackle position and replace the now departed Kris Jenkins.
Ellis does have some character questions, but he seems to have gotten himself back on track after being kicked out of South Carolina.
I also think the Jets could go after LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis, but I have a feeling he will be long gone by the end of the third round.
In my previous mock I had the Jets selecting Chris Carter, a linebacker out of Fresno State. Now that I have the Jets skipping defensive tackle in the first round, there is no way they can go into the fourth round without selecting one.
Safety is a position I believe the Jets are going to have to address through the draft, even though this is one of the weakest classes in recent history.
With Jim Leonhard coming back from a broken leg, which is no easy process, and Brodney Pool potentially gone through free agency, the Jets have a pretty big hole on their back line.
Jaiquawn Jarrett brings a lot to the table, including good range and phenomenal hitting abilities. If I were to describe him, it would be a cross of ex-Jet Kerry Rhodes and current Jet Eric Smith.
Jarrett would be able to come in and instantly make an impact in both passing and running situations.
In my previous mock I had the Jets going after another safety in Chris Culliver, but now most teams look at Culliver as a late-round pick and as a player who will play corner at the NFL level.
There are a lot of questions about whether the Jets will bring back Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, both or neither. If I were to take my best guess, it would be that the Jets will bring back Holmes but let Edwards go elsewhere.
With this in mind, I think the Jets need to add a wide receiver in the draft, and a player who I think is largely underrated is Austin Pettis.
Pettis was one of the best receivers to ever attend Boise State and holds many of the school's records.
He looks like a player who could play the slot for the Jets or move to the outside edge if needed. Pettis won't beat anyone over the top, but he has decent size and very good hands.
In my previous mock I had the Jets selecting Pettis as well, and I still think wide receiver is a need here.
The Jets are going to be in a difficult situation with free agent Brad Smith, who had a breakout year last season and is going to expect to be paid like he is a premier player in the league. The problem I have with this is that Smith only contributes a max of 10 plays a game, and the Jets could spend the money better elsewhere.
I actually think Taylor is much better than a sixth-round pick, and at times he has shown the brilliance that Michael Vick showed on the field last season. I understand that the NFL game is a lot faster, but in the sixth round the Jets can take a chance that could pay off in a big way.
In my previous mock I had the Jets selecting Richard Sherman, a cornerback from Stanford. As I become more and more sure the Jets will re-sign Antonio Cromartie, I see the odds of them selecting a corner becoming less and less.
When it comes to the seventh round, I often take the philosophy that it is almost entirely fool's luck that finds a star this late in the draft.
David Mims may come from a school that few fans have heard of in Virginia Union, but he has the size that makes him a serious NFL prospect.
Mims comes in at 6'8" and 330 pounds and absolutely has the body to be an NFL tackle. The real question is going to be if he has the speed and strength.
The Jets are not desperate for an offensive lineman, but it is always good to add depth to a position that constantly has players going down throughout the league.
In my previous mock I had the Jets taking Schuylar Oordt, a tight end out of Northern Iowa, but I think Jeff Cumberland is going to play a much bigger role this season.