walterfootball.com 2012 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 1/18)
16.- New York Jets: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
Despite the addition of Muhammad Wilkerson, the Jets still need to improve their pass rush so Rex Ryan doesn't have to call blitzes every single down. Rush linebacker Bryan Thomas tore his Achilles tendon earlier in the year, so this position has become even more dire for New York.
As noted in our Whitney Mercilus scouting report (click the link), the Illinois pass-rusher has Jason Pierre Paul-type potential. He's a candidate to rise on Draft Day, so that's what I'm projecting here.
47.- New York Jets: Reuben Randle, WR, LSU
It's hard to imagine Santonio Holmes being back with the team after what he pulled during the final week of the season. The Jets really need to address the wideout position.
78.- New York Jets: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
There are some rumblings out of New York that the coaching staff is losing faith in Mark Sanchez. Can you blame them? He just threw two picks to 300-pound Randy Starks. If it's true, the front office may spend a Day 2 selection on a quarterback to provide some competition.
108.- New York Jets: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Given the state of the Jets' receiving corps, it wouldn't shock me at all to see them double up on wideouts early in the 2012 NFL Draft.