The NFL Draft season is about to kick into gear with next week’s NFL Combine. ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. conducted a conference call with media members Wednesday and he had some thoughts on the Jets.
In his latest mock draft, Kiper had the Jets taking Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan with the No. 9 pick overall. Here is what Kiper had to say:
(On choosing defense over offense)
“The Jets have so many needs and so many players that are free agents and those types of things. There is going to be a changeover in the personnel base in this team so you can look at running back, offensive line, wide receiver and look at the back end at safety, at outside linebacker. That’s where I think they could go in terms of the pass rush that’s necessary in that division with Tom Brady, with Tannehill now.”
(On Dion Jordan)
He could be an ideal edge rusher as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He could be a combo guy. You could use him up and down. He had a great finish two years ago to the season. I think he had six sacks late in the year. He was not as dominant this year but teams knew he was the guy you had to identify and handle but he has enormous upside potential.
(Kiper also mentioned LSU DE Barkevious Mingo and Georgia LB Alec Ogletree as possible targets for the Jets)
“I think there’s going to be one of those guys sitting there for the Jets and at that point in the draft it’s going to be hard for them to pass one of those linebacker types up.”
(should the Jets trade down to acquire more picks?)
“I think trading down is something that’s always attractive to me if you can. Obviously, if you target a player … if a guy like Dion Jordan slides down, some people don’t think Dion Jordan from Oregon will be there at 9. Barkevious Mingo from LSU, some don’t think he’ll be there at 9. And if Ogletree is there. If there is a guy you target and he’s there and that’s who you feel like we’re lucky and fortunate enough to see him get to us at 9, they’re not trading down. If there’s nobody that you’re excited about or there are three or four players bunched together that you need, you trade down and you know you get one of those three or four. That’s really dependent on how the draft unfolds. We’re still way too early to speculate on that until after the combine and pro days. I still think the front seven on the defensive side is the way to go."


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