Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mock-draft alert: OLB Upshaw
By Rich Cimini
Mel Kiper has posted his latest mock draft (Insider content), a two-round version. For the Jets, he forecasts Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw with the 16th pick and Ole Miss OT Bobby Massie with the 47th pick. His explanations:
On Upshaw: Rex Ryan should see Upshaw as a great fit for what he's trying to do on defense. Upshaw has size to hold up against the run even as a pass-rusher in a 3-4, making him an ideal fit here. He plays with a high motor, sheds blocks well with quickness and violent hands and he'll make plays all over. I do think the Jets could grab (S Mark) Barron if he's on the board. They could use a talent upgrade on defense in several spots.
On Massie: This is a need spot for the Jets, and Massie is a really good value this far down the board.