Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Though I was very tempted to have them add another USC quarterback to their stable of mediocre passers, I just couldn't envision the new GM pulling such an easily criticized move. I also realize most analysts have the Jets taking a pass rusher in the first round, and that is a distinct possibility with guys like Ansah and Mingo likely still on the board at No. 9 overall. My reasoning for Vaccaro is as follows.....
#1 We all know aside from Joeckel being taken first overall (and maybe not even that), that nothing is going to happen as predicted in the draft. Even taking away the inevitable trades, we just have no way of really knowing what's going on inside these teams' war rooms. Many analysts have even stated that with the lack of superstars coming out this year, this draft is one of the hardest first rounds to predict ever. So instead of just picking the next best pass rusher available (like most every other mock draft on the internet), I opted to shake things up a bit. And despite a clear need for a pass rusher, the Jets have their sights set on the best safety coming out this year.
#2 Laron Landry is gone, Yeremiah Bell is gone, and if Revis is not gone before September, he will be next year without question. This is 3/4 of the Jets starting secondary gone (the better 3/4 at that), and I have often wondered why this has not been discussed in the legitimate media more. With only Cromartie left, the Jets seem unlikely to rely on the likes of Kyle Wilson, Aaron Berry, Ellis Lankster, Darren Walls, Josh Bush, or Antonio Allen to step up immediately. Granted, I despise the media attention given to the Jets and avoid it at all costs (especially since the acquisition of Tebow), so maybe there is the mindset that one of these guys can play a bigger role, however, expecting THREE of these guys to play a bigger role just seems asinine...though asinine does seem to be the Jets modus operandi.
#3 Cromartie is a decent cover corner, but anyone who has ever heard him open his mouth or watched the Hard Knocks series knows he is completely devoid of intelligence. I won't get into the specifics, but suffice it to say he is in no way capable of being the leader of any secondary. The Jets need someone to be the voice of that unit, while also analyzing the offense and setting everybody in the best position to succeed. While there is no guarantee, Kenny Vaccaro appears much more fit to play that role than Cromartie.
#4 Straight up, Rex Ryan just loves him some playmakers in the secondary. We all know of his well documented love affair with Revis. As heartbroken as Rex will be that Revis is gone, the new GM will just have to get him some sort of a consolation gift.
#5 Other than his emotional attachment to Revis, a good secondary also allows Rex to run his defense the reckless way that he so loves to do. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with blitzing all the time, It certainly worked in the Saints favor one year. However, the year it worked best was when the Saints DBs were producing turnovers out the wazoo, and it has been well discussed on this site that the key piece that year was Darren Sharper, the safety. So the Jets will want to keep their defense aggressive, and to do so will need to feel safe knowing that the opponents receivers are locked down.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
||Fan since the Aints|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
||Joseph Williams Stern|
|8||Buffalo Bills||G Chance Warmack - Alabama
|9||NY Jets||S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas