Round 1 - Ideally, Geno Smith or Dion Jordan would be the selection here, but I do not see either dropping. Warmack is a possibility, but I don't love the positional value of a guard in the top 10 and I do think the team could address the need further on in the draft. Even Slauson and Carl Nicks were both late round selections.
Barkevious Mingo LSU (OLB/DE)- The lack of production does concern me (as it did with Coples last year). I have watched video of Mingo in 2012 and it seems that they often gave him responsibilities other than rushing the passer. He had a very good game against Clemson that shows his playmaking ability. I also think that Dunbar could work wonders with Mingo.
Round 2 - Zach Ertz Stanford (TE) - value meets need at the top of round 2 for the Jets. I do not believe Ertz will ever be an all pro, but more of a well rounded Heath Miller type of TE. Ertz is a good blocker and receiver, but not elite at either. I also like selecting Stanford players as I assume they are smart and good character guys. The Jets need an NFL starting caliber TE and I think Ertz can step into that role on day 1.
I was tempted to go QB here, but I expect there to be a run on QB's at the end of round 1 and the top of round 2. I do not think Barkley, Nassib or Manuel make it to the Jets pick at round 2. I don't sense any interest in Bray by the Jets (although i wish there was). I see Tyler Wilson as strictly a backup in the NFL.
Round 3 - Bacarri Rambo Georgia (S) - Jets need a high pick on safety as it is arguably the thinnest position on the team. Rambo has some character concerns after being suspended twice in college, but thats never stopped the Jets before. He has good enough size and athleticism to hang with TE's. He is a ballhawk who has 16 career interceptions. He played against very good competition in the SEC. I think he is an underrated prospect. I think he can start on day 1.
Round 4 - Dallas Thomas Tennessee (OG/OT) - Thomas may be capable of playing OT, but he was second team all SEC (which is pretty good when looking at the other guards who played in the SEC) this year while playing guard for the first time. Good size, good athlete and played in a good conference. Would not be surprised to see him starting on day 1.
Round 5 - Marcus Lattimore South Carolina (RB) - The Jets lack elite talent at the skill positions. While Lattimore may not play this year, he gives the Jets the chance to have an elite skill position player in 2014. It may take Lattimore some time to get healthy, but he is a high character guy (which the team could use) who, when healthy, has always been a highly productive player in the SEC.
Round 6 - Michael Buchanan Illinois (DE/OLB) - Jets double dip at the OLB position. Buchanan led the Illini in sacks, has decent athleticism and could develop into a starter at OLB down the road. Should be able to contribute on special teams right away.
Round 7 - Onterrio McCalebb Auburn (RB) - Yes, another SEC player. McCalebb has outstanding speed and quickness, but is small and slight. I don't think he will ever be a full time player in the NFL, but he should be able to help as a return specialist and third down back who can make plays in space.