Jets: A seven-round mock draft

April, 23, 2011
Russ Lande of The Sporting News cranks out a full mock draft -- all seven rounds. Here's what he has for the Jets:

Round 1: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
Round 3: Jarriel King, OT, South Carolina
Round 4: Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma
Round 5: Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU
Round 6: Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson
Round 7: Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M

My analysis: I can't disagree with the specific positions that are addressed and when they are addressed, although I think King would be a reach in the third. He's regarded as an underachiever and has a long list of off-the-field transgressions. I like Beal. He was a defensive end in college, but produced good numbers and could project as an OLB. At 6-3 1/2, 292, Levingston has the size to be a two-gap DE in the Jets' scheme. Not much of a pass rusher, but he could be solid against the run. Maxwell exels in press coverage, which makes him a fit in the scheme. It wouldn't shock me if the Jets draft a developmental quarterback. Johnson (6-5, 251) is a "coach-on-the-field" type of player, meaning he has the intangibles to be a backup. The two positions missing are safety and wide receiver, two need areas.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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