Friday, February 17, 2012
Kiper's mock: Jets thinking big
By Rich Cimini
Mel Kiper's mock draft, the 2.0 version, is up. He projects the Jets (16th overall) to pick Georgia G Cordy Glenn (6-5, 346). His explanation:
The Jets like to bill themselves as a ball control team on offense, able to run to set up the pass, and put away games with physical play up front. Well, it's hard to do that if you're 29th in the NFL in yards per rush, as they were in 2011. With Tony Sparano coming to town, my guess is shoring up the offensive line will be a priority (just as it was with his last pick in Miami) as the Jets try to get the offense back where they want it. Glenn is a really versatile guy who could probably be adequate at tackle, but could dominate inside. He could start there immediately.
My analysis: A guard is a possibility. LG Matt Slauson is coming off major shoulder surgery and RG Brandon Moore, soon 32, is entering the final year of his contract. The Jets like second-year G Caleb Schlauderaff, but he might be best suited to a Rob Turner-type role. Vladimir Ducasse is a bigger question now than the day he was drafted in the second round.