2015 NFL Draft: New York Jets Seven Round Mock Draft
After an active free agency where the New York Jets revamped their secondary reacquiring cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, the Jets are poised to have one of the top defenses in the NFL in 2015. With the defense just about set, look for the Jets to go offense heavy with their premium picks in this year’s NFL Draft. Below are my predictions for the Jets 2015 draft class.
Round 1 (6th Overall) Marcus Mariota, Quarterback University of Oregon
While a trade is definitely plausible here if Mariota is still available, I believe the Jets brass will ultimately decide to roll the dice for a potential franchise quarterback. It has become clear over the past two seasons that Geno Smith is most likely not the answer for the Jets at the position. If Mariota develops and pans out like many think he will, he could be the missing piece to the puzzle for the Jets to seriously contend for a Super Bowl.
Round 2 (37th Overall) Dorial Green-Beckham, Wide Receiver University of Missouri
Beckham is a former five star recruit and number one overall prospect by Rivals.com and is one of the most talented players in the entire draft. Then why is he lasting to the 37th overall pick you ask? Beckham has more character concerns than just about any other player in the entire draft with a slew of incidents including getting expelled from the University of Missouri for allegedly assaulting a woman. However, if Beckham can get his head on straight he would be an absolute steal for the Jets in the 2nd round, he has all the intangibles of a future superstar. He would be a great compliment to the newly acquired Brandon Marshall and veteran Eric Decker with the potential to be the team’s top wide out in a few years.
Round 3 (70th Overall) Duke Johnson, Running Back University of Miami
Johnson is one of the most explosive players in all of college football and extremely underrated. After shattering the University of Miami’s rushing record in just two and a half seasons, Johnson is poised to take the NFL by storm. Johnson has great vision and agility making him hard to tackle in the open field. He compares favorably to the Saint’s C.J Spiller and the Bill’s Lesean McCoy. He should be able to challenge for the feature running back role right out of the gate in training camp.
Round 4 (104th Overall) Tre’ Jackson, Guard Florida State University
Jackson would be a good addition to the interior of the Jets offensive line. He has the size needed to excel in the NFL and is surprising quick for a player of his size. He is a three year starter at Florida State and has the potential to be a reliable starter in the NFL for several years.
Round 7 (223rd Overall) Shaquille Riddick, Defensive End West Virginia
Riddick would add some solid depth to the Jets already stout defensive line. Has the potential to be a rotational player his rookie season and a starter down the line. He has excellent ball awareness and good closing burst when going after the quarterback. This would be a solid late round flyer with upside for the Jets.
Round 7 (224th Overall) A.J.Tarpley, Inside Linebacker University of Stanford
David Harris has been a mainstay for the Jets defense but isn’t getting any younger. It would be wise for the jets to look to add depth at the position. Tarpley is a smart fluid player who has a nose for the ball and is an above average tackler. Tarpley would be a good depth move and special teams addition for the Jets in 2015.
I believe with an emphasis on offense in this year’s draft, the Jets could put themselves to contend for years to come. If the Jets get a haul similar to this come May, fans should be nothing but happy. With a strong draft the future will be very bright for the Jets.