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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Analyzing Kiper Mock 4.0: Jets

By Rich Cimini

Their greatest needs are wide receiver and cornerback. They also could use a tight end, if the right one is available. In other words, the New York Jets could go in a few different directions with their first-round pick.

The question is, what happens if the premium players at those positions are gone? The Jets have to prepare for that scenario because it could very well happen. It does in ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's latest mock draft Insider.

In his 4.0 version, Kiper predicts the Jets will select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 18th pick. In his previous mock, he had LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going to the Jets. This time, Beckham is off the board. So are the top two receivers, Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

So are the top two corners, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard.

So is the top tight end, North Carolina's Eric Ebron.

In this scenario, yes, the speedy Cooks makes a lot of sense. So does Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. You could make an argument for either player, as each one would address a need. A trade-down also could be a possibility, allowing the Jets to pick up an extra pick or two.

In the second roumd, Kiper has them picking Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a big, athletic target with injury and character questions. He'd fill a need, but he'd be a boom-or-bust pick and it would be a mistake to ignore the cornerback need in the first two rounds.