If we end up with only 3 picks...
We all know the Jets like to trade up for the players they covet. Lets say they trade their 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th rounders to get into the 3rd round. I am sure the Jets will bring in quite a few undrafted guys, and they have been pretty good there, so coming out of this draft with only 3 picks is not crazy talk.
Their rookies have been asked to step in right away for the most part in recent years (Ferguson, Mangold, Revis, Keller, Sanchez, etc). My question to you is: what 3 positions do you think we should take that can step in immediately and make an impact on this team?
The 3 positions I think guys can come in and contribute right away at are (in no particular order) WR, DE, CB. I want to include Safety and OLB but if we are going with just 3 positions than I would stick with the four guys we have slated to play Safety and bank on Gholston improving this year with hopefully a guy like Westerman pushing him.
So with this format I would throw out a mock draft like this:
1. Golden Tate, WR (Notre Dame)
This pick could be Demaryius Thomas but I think Tate offers some things that the Jets are looking for which is why they tried to trade back into the first round last year to nab Percy Harvin. Much like Santana Moss as a rookie, Tate would start in the slot and has the ability to move to wide out and become a featured target in time. I would love to go defense in the first round but wide receiver might be the best value on the board when we pick.
2. Alex Carrington, DE (Arkansas State)
More of a small school prospect but Carrington had great production (21.5 sacks and 40 tackles for loss throughout his college career). His strength stood out at the Senior Bowl and he is a guy that is serious about football. He is strong and stout against the run but can get upfield with his strong hands and ability to stack and separate.
3. Amari Spievey, CB (Iowa)
With Revis and Cromartie we really only need a nickel cornerback but nowadays that is a guy that will be on the field for a lot of snaps. And your nickel needs to be a gamer and the Jets need to replace Donald Strickland who just could not stay on the field because of injuries. Spievey has decent size at 5'11 195 and has good speed. Was a shutdown corner for the Hawkeyes and teams rarely threw to his side of the field. Maybe the Jets strike gold with a Hawkeye in the 3rd round two years in a row?
I am interested to see what kind of draft everyone can put together using this format. So have at'er and lets see what you got! I am sure I would have come up with something different yesterday or tomorrow but as of today this is a draft that makes sense to me.