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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
#NFLNationMock: Jets take Beckham

By Rich Cimini

So our 32 NFL Nation team reporters conducted a mock draft, one in which trades were allowed. It was a fun exercise, one that required some on-the-clock decisions. Picking for the New York Jets, I ended up selecting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

There was an opportunity to trade up to the Pittsburgh Steelers (15), and an opportunity to move down to the New Orleans Saints (27). Ultimately, I decided to stay put at 18, picking Beckham over cornerback Justin Gilbert, wide receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerback Kyle Fuller. It was a tough call. Frankly, I think cornerback is a bigger need than wide receiver, but I've heard the Jets really like Beckham, as do a lot of teams.

Truth be told, I don't think Beckham will make it to 18 in the real draft. Based on what I'm hearing, I wouldn't be surprised if he's off the board several picks before the Jets. He's a hot player right now. As I noted yesterday, it wouldn't shock me if the Jets trade up for a receiver (perhaps Beckham), trying to get ahead of the Steelers, who have similar needs. In our mock draft, the Steelers picked linebacker Anthony Barr, saving me the trouble.

The full mock is now available. Check out the blockbuster trade at the top.