Mock-draft alert: OLB Chandler Jones

April, 11, 2012
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has posted his annual scenario-based mock draft (Insider content), and he has the Jets selecting Syracuse DE/OLB Chandler Jones with the 16th pick.

McShay's thought process:

Scenario 1: OLB Melvin Ingram is the ideal choice for New York's 3-4 scheme, but he'll be long gone.

Scenario 2: OT Riley Reiff would fill a big need as well, but he'll also be off the board.

Scenario 3: Add a bigger receiver who can complement Santonio Holmes. However, with Michael Floyd off the board there's no other receiver worth the pick.

Scenario 4: Trade back and find better value at one of the previously mentioned positions later in the first round.

Scenario 5: If the Jets are stuck here, Jones isn't the ideal pick but is a versatile prospect with good length and pass-rush potential, and he's one of the most underrated players in the entire class.

My analysis: Interesting. This is the first mock I've seen with Jones going to the Jets. Jones is a rising prospect, but at this point, I'd have to say he'd be a bit of a reach at 16, especially with OLB Courtney Upshaw still on the board.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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