First mock ever--plus 2014 Round 1
My first ever mock. Cool story brah :O
Jets trade Revis for a second and a third round pick in the 2013 Draft and a first round pick in 2014—not sure of the suitor, hoping Idzik figures that out :D. Love Revis the player, hate Revis the business man. I don’t begrudge him getting every penny he can, I just don’t have to like it. Will go down IMHO as the most detested great all-time Jet ever (edging our Keyshawn who was one of my favorites until forcing his way out).
Don’t want 2 number ones this year from SF (or anyone), don’t even want ONE number this year if I can’t get a one next year—this is such a deep draft through the middle rounds that getting 1 or 2 extra first rounders doesn’t get you that much more value than a 2 and a 3 this year and a number 1 next year.
1—Chance Warmack—If he’s there, this is a no-brainer. I want a massive dominating OLine so that the next QB of the Jets will have the luxury of a consistently clean pocket and a strong complimentary running game. Build the offense from the trenches. This guy steps in Day 1 and immediately improves the passing game and the run game.
2(a)—Giovani Bernard—Perfect all-around back for the WCO, 3 down runner, pass catcher and good blocker, paired with Powell and McKnight will result in a solid running game. Over the next 2-3 years we’ll become a passing team with Mornhinweg, but that needs to be complimented with a solid run game—just like the Ravens and the 49ers.
2(b)—Alex Okafor –Edge pass rusher that can also defend the run, prototypical size and skillset for a 3-4 OLB. All the top edge rushers are gone, but I’m not sold on the lot of them.
3(a) Larry Warford—Stick him in between Brick and Mangold (even though he’s played mostly RG) and this line is impenetrable. Can play center too. Build from the trenches.
3(b)—Robert Alford—small school CB with decent size and great speed to play opposite Cro. Honestly never heard of him before the Combine—but we need to keep Kyle Wilson out of the starting lineup.
4—Shamarko Thomas—saw him play a lot this year—fast heat seeking missile that lays the wood at every opportunity. Insurance if Landry leaves. Combine time may move him up, face plant may move him down :D.
5- Nico Johnson—can never have enough SEC/Alabama linebackers. Big and strong interior run-stuffer--nice ILB prospect. Have seen him go anywhere from round 4 to round 6. Likened to a young Bart Scott. Still don’t get some of the hate here for the Mad Backer, brought some nastiness and toughness to the team that got to the AFC Champ games based on a stout defense. He got hurt and old in a hurry—no reason to hate him.
6—Denard Robinson—Jets take a flyer on a potential playmaker and an option behind Kerley to run the Wildcat. This guy won’t quit on his teammates and refuse the call. Jets still like getting a "name" player.
7—Braden Brown—developmental OT from BYU. Worth a shot, could provide immediate depth at RT. Gotta love big dudes from BYU.
Honestly not sold on the edge rushers that might be available at 9—either too small or maybe a project—no sure fire stud IMHO. That’s why I take the safe—yes, safety is what we need, we can’t afford to gamble on potential superstardom in hopes of landing the next LT—with Warmack. Also, hate the QBs this year--drafting a mistake just because you NEED a QB is still a m mistake--there is so much talent in this draft--let's restock all over the field rather than force something.
And here’s where we start moving forward:
2014 NFL Draft Round 1
1(a)—A. J. McCarron—I don’t think we’re going to be picking 1 or 2 or even top 5, so Teddy Bridgewater and Clowney won’t be there for us. But I look at McCarron as the next Matt Ryan or maybe an Eli Manning type. 6-4, needs to add some bulk, above-average arm strength, perfect mechanics, very accurate, tall pocket passer, smart and—so important-- doesn’t turn the ball over. Some look at him as a game manager with an all-star supporting cast, and he does—but he’s also got the talent IMHO to be a top tier NFL QB. Not sure, however, how he’d translate to the WCO because while not a statue, he’s not a supremely mobile QB. Love Johnny Football, and as a little guy myself, I’d be a huge fan, but I don’t want a small guy back there—notwithstanding what Russell Wilson has done.
1(b)—Marquise Lee--WR out of USC and say goodbye to Santonio Holmes.
I was happy we drafted Sanchez, was happy with his rookie season and was absolutely looking forward to a bright future after 2010. But after the Baltimore game in 2011, I started to get a little queasy and tried to rationalize in my mind that the end of 2011 was due to his Oline play and him getting blasted. 2012 was, quite frankly, brutal in every respect for him and even the most ardent Sanchez supporter—which I am/was—can’t imagine this ending well. Maybe Marty can do miracles, but hope is not a strategy. And quite honestly, I don’t need a Kapernick or a Newton or a physical freak—I want a solid dropback QB that can hit open guys 10-15-20 yards down the field like he’s handing off to them. Give me A.J.