2012 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets Improve Pass Rush with Brandon Jenkins
The New York Jets got a big-time player for their defensive line in Temple's Muhammad Wilkerson in the 2011 NFL Draft, someone who should be able to help stuff the run and add pass-rushing to the team, as well.
But the Jets aren't out of the woods yet in the pass-rushing department.
They still need to add an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, and although Florida State's Brandon Jenkins has played defensive end with the Seminoles, he projects to have the ability to be used as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
He's 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, and there's no question as of now he's one of the top pass rushers in the country, registering 13.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2010. Some players just have a knack for getting to the quarterback, and Jenkins is one of those players.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan is a master of using different disguises and blitz packages, which is why he's been able to somewhat cover up the Jets' lack of pass rushers. The Jets registered 40 sacks last season despite not having a single player who collected more than six sacks.
But with No. 2 corner Antonio Cromartie possibly headed out of town via free agency this offseason, Ryan is going to find it hard to leave his cornerbacks out on an island anymore, minus Darrelle Revis.
Jenkins would be a great way to add a potential pass-rushing specialist to the team in 2012, and at No. 30 overall, there's a chance he be up for the taking. He's a fringe top-25 prospect according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.
Of course, cornerback is another need for the team, but I'm guessing the Jets aren't going to fool around developing a prospect when they're faced up against the likes of Tom Brady.
The team is likely to add a veteran free agent corner this offseason.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples |
2. Washington Redskins: Andrew Luck
3. Denver Broncos: Matt Barkley
4. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Kalil
|17. Kansas City Chiefs: Manti Te'o|
18. New York Giants: Zach Brown
19. Jacksonville Jaguars: Vontaze Burfict
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cliff Harris
|5. Tennessee Titans: Jerel Worthy |
6. Buffalo Bills: Donte Paige-Moss
7. Seattle Seahawks: Dre Kirkpatrick
8. Cincinnati Bengals: Trent Richardson
|21. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon|
22. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Robinson
23. Indianapolis Colts: Jeff Fuller
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Travis Lewis
|9. Cleveland Browns: Alshon Jeffery |
10. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Martin
11. San Francisco 49ers: Stephon Gilmore
12. Oakland Raiders: Janoris Jenkins
|25. New England Patriots: Andre Branch|
26. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams
27. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Lester
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelechi Osemele
|13. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones |
14. Detroit Lions: Luke Kuechly
15. Dallas Cowboys: Jayron Hosley
16. Houston Texans: Ray-Ray Armstrong
|29. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd|
30. New York Jets: Brandon Jenkins
31. New England Patriots: Jared Crick
32. Green Bay Packers: Chase Minnifield
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