Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0: Jets
By Matt Williamson
Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.
For a team picking 18th overall, the New York Jets sure have a lot of needs right now. That is a testament to the job coach Rex Ryan did with a limited talent base and an erratic rookie quarterback in Geno Smith.
This is another roster that will look much different on draft day than it does right now, but the only positions I can't see New York considering with this pick are quarterback, running back, center, left tackle and the defensive line. There is still much rebuilding to be done, but with the extreme strength of this draft, the Jets should find a very useful piece with the 18th pick.
Whom does McShay have the Jets drafting at No. 18? ? Let's take a look :
McShay: WR Marqise Lee, USC
This one is a no-brainer. The Jets have invested a lot of high draft picks on the defensive side of the ball in recent years, and if second-year QB Geno Smith is going to have any chance to succeed in the NFL, they need to provide him with a better supporting cast. Lee struggled in 2013 with some drops and ran a less-than-stellar 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine, but he's a big-play weapon both after the catch and on vertical routes who would be an asset to Smith in the passing game.