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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Jets

By Rich Cimini

The prevailing thought over the past few weeks -- months, really -- is that the New York Jets will select a wide receiver in the first round. While it's still considered the position most likely to be addressed with the 18th pick, the possibility isn't as strong as it was before free agency. Cornerback is right there, too.

The Jets have paid little attention to their suspect secondary, making only one move: They replaced cornerback Antonio Cromartie (cut) with journeyman Dimitri Patterson, who signed a one-year contract. In other words, they still need a long-term answer to play alongside Dee Milliner.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay agrees. In his latest mock draft -- not your typical mock in that it's based on the premise these are the picks he would make -- McShay chooses Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert for the Jets. A sound choice, considering the options.

In McShay's mock, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks are off the board by the 18th pick. Essentially, it leaves Gilbert, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and a handful of other receiver options. To me, this is a no-brainer: You grab Gilbert, who has elite ball skills, and wait for the second round to find a receiver. There will be plenty left.