You can begin hating me now....a December Jets Mock.
Round 1: Cameron Heyward - Jets begin the reconstruction of the DL with the son of former NFL player Craig Heyward. The fact that he's the son of a player is obvious, as Heyward shows a great aptitude for the game. Consistently plays with excellent leverage despite being in the 6'5/6'6 range making him a very strong presence against the run game. Not much of a pass rusher now, but will get his hands in the air and generally shows strong awareness. 4 year starter at a major school (even if the major school is f'n OSU)...team captain...prototypical size and skills for a 3-4 defensive lineman. Probably one of the best bets in the draft to succeed. Profiles alot like Richard Seymour, except to make a direct comparison would be ridiculous considering Seymour is a future HOF and arguably the GOAT at 3-4 DE...certainly the best 3-4 DE of his generation.
Round 2: Clint Boling - Collegiate T who profiles as a true LG at the NFL level. Has played LT, both G spots, and RT in for Georgia, and has 3+ years of starting experience. Reminds me alot of former Bengals and current Browns LG Eric Steinbach. Should test very well at the combine, and is "battle tested" in the SEC. Projects as a very good pass protector at G, and has the mentality of a mauler in the run game. I can't help but notice how important the LG position seems to have become at the NFL level, and I'd not sure I trust Slauson there in the long run.
Round 4: Cliff Matthews - The type of player who'll get underrated for not being flashy, but otherwise a highly skilled football player with strong athleticism. Transition to OLB is tough for 95% of these guys, and I'm not sure I want to see a first round pick on one. Very experienced, very tested, very hard working...basically the kind of college player any team would be happy to land.
Round 5: Matt Szczur - Probably a round or two too late. There's a good chance we lose Brad Smith this offseason and this guy is basically a Brad Smith type player who actually projects to be a good WR. Very versatile. Cubs drafted him in the MLB.
Round 6: Jaiquawn Jarrett - Will go higher than this...Temple safety with excellent size and athleticism for the pros. High effort player...smart...gets points for being a Golden product.
Round 7: Rob Long - Syracuse punter might have the strongest leg in the class...cause you guys know how well punters are scouted in December.
What say you?