2011 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets

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It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team.  This room is called the “War Room” for a reason.  Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.

In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock.  We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: New York Jets.

Finding their way to the AFC Championship Game each of the last two seasons hasn’t been enough for the Jets, who have not been to the big game since their Super Bowl III win over the Baltimore Colts in 1969. To get past that wall, the Jets could look to add some pass rushers to pressure the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, the first two of whom helped end the Jets’ season in the AFC Championship Game the last two seasons. The Jets could also consider a defensive end early in the draft with Shaun Ellis a free agent and getting older. Antonio Cromartie is also a free agent, so don’t be surprised to see the Jets look for another cornerback. On offense, replacing Damien Woody at tackle and finding a receiver if Santonio Holmes and/or Braylon Edwards leave via free agency will be priorities.

New York Jets Mock Draft

Round 1 (#30): Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA Bruins: If Ayers and Justin Houston are on the board, it’s going to be tough to predict what the Jets will do. Houston is the better pass rusher of the two, but Ayers is underrated in this department and has many other good qualities as well.

Round 3 (#94): Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina Tar Heels: This could be a good pick for the Jets, who must make up for the potential loss of Antonio Cromartie.

Round 4 (#126): Lawrence Guy, DE, Arizona State Sun Devils: Shaun Ellis may need to be replaced if he leaves via free agency. Even if he sticks around, he’s 34 and isn’t getting any younger.   

Round 5 (#161): Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii Warriors: Salas has good hands and could be a good late-round pick up for the Jets if they lose Holmes or Edwards or both. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets go receiver earlier in the draft, either.

Round 6 (#194): Willie Smith, OT, East Carolina Pirates: Damien Woody has been cut, meaning the Jets will be looking to fortify the position.

Round 7 (#208) from Arizona Cardinals: Wayne Daniels, OLB, TCU Horned Frogs: Daniels could turn into a good pass rusher for the Jets and could turn out to be a great late-round pick up. He recorded seven sacks last season and five the year before.

That’s how it played out in our Mock of the New York Jets “War Room”.

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