Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Three New York Jets Post-Free Agency Mock Draft Scenarios

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Posting mock drafts before the beginning of free agency generally proves to be an exercise in futility. After all, team needs can drastically shift in a matter of days. Just look at the Jets' offseason.

Before free agency began, the Jets' top three corners were arguably Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle and Marcus Williams. It was an obvious need that could be filled at some point in the draft.

Fast forward a week later, and cornerback turned from a deficiency into a strength. Enter Darrelle Revis (5 years, $70 million), Antonio Cromartie (4 years, $32 million) and Buster Skrine (4 years, $25 million). These additions, along with the chance that Milliner or McDougle stays healthy, make the Jets unlikely to be in the market to draft a corner.

Let's take a look at the Jets needs before free agency, and their needs after.

Pre-Free Agency Needs: QB, CB, WR, OG, S, OLB, ILB, RB
Post-Free Agency Needs: QB, OG, OLB, RB, WR

One week makes a huge difference, doesn't it? The Jets also signed safety Marcus Gilchrist (4 years, $22 million) to pair with 2014 first-round pick Calvin Pryor, making safety an unlikely spot to address in the draft.

Re-signing David Harris (3 years, $21.5 million) eliminates a need at ILB, and trading a fifth-round pick for Brandon Marshall shores up the Jets' top three receivers. The team still lacks a deep threat at the position, which is why it's still a need.

The Jets can go a few different ways with the No. 6 overall pick, and that choice will shape the rest of their draft and the team's future. Trading down is certainly an option, but the Eagles' trade for Sam Bradford has muddied the waters a bit on a potential move up for Marcus Mariota. These scenarios assume the Jets stay at No. 6.

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