November 3, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) knocks ball away from Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Kenny Bell (80) during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Nebraska won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft


Crazy as it sounds, the New York Jets might be playoff bound if they can get the upcoming draft right.  Does this latest 2014 NFL mock draft reflect that possibility?

#18 – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

Eric Ebron should be off the board when the Jets pick, but this might be prime territory to grab that needed corner for Rex Ryan’s defense.  Darqueze Dennard lived on an island for MichiganState, brings a great character and leadership and is very tough and physical against the run and in coverage.

#49 – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

He’s not quite the athlete that Ebron is but Jace Amaro was far more productive as a pass catching tight end in 2013.  He had a big 6’6″ frame with the desired speed to threaten teams deep down the middle and the hands to make the tough, contested catches.

#80 – Dakota Dozier – OG – Furman

The New York Jets, when at their best under Ryan are able to pound the football in the running game.  That requires excellent guard play.  Dakota Dozier comes out of a small school but he plays and looks big in every way.  Tough and gritty, he loves run blocking.

#104 – Bruce Ellington – WR – South Carolina

Size is not the forte of wide receiver Bruce Ellington but he is an outstanding athlete with speed who can threaten defenses in a variety of ways.  A true offensive weapon with the ball in his hands.

#115 – Ronald Powell – OLB – Florida

Interior pass rush led the way for New York in 2013 but they could stand to get more from the outside.  Ronald Powell is an intriguing physical specimen from Florida with great potential.  He does need work though, mostly from a discipline point of view.

#137 – Craig Loston – SS – LSU

Safety has never really been settle for the New York Jets since Ryan took over.  They could use a presence on the back end, preferably one with some punch and leadership.  Craig Loston built his entire college career at LSU on those two traits.

#154 – Jordan Zumwalt – ILB – UCLA

Speaking of leadership, the Jets could also use an upgrade at inside linebacker.  Jordan Zumwalt isn’t an elite athlete but he was very versatile at UCLA, plays with fire and constantly got teammates in the right position.

#195 – Keith Wenning – QB – Ball State

Geno Smith and Michael Vick are the two primary options at quarterback but the Jets should still consider adding to the position.  Keith Wenning is a big, smart and experienced passer from BallState who fits the West Coast scheme of Marty Morninwheg.

#209 – Ryan Hewitt – FB – Stanford

Power running is how the Jets will find success in 2014 and for that they need a fullback.  Ryan Hewitt thrived in a power scheme at Stanford and brings added value as a pass catcher.

#210 – Deion Belue – CB – Alabama

Undersized for the outside and dealing with injury, Deion Belue nonetheless could be a late round gem.  The Alabama product is equally good in coverage and against the run and has the smarts and toughness to carve a role in the slot.

#213 – Quincy Enunwa – WR – Nebraska

Not only big and strong but explosive in his lower body.  Quincy Enunwa is good after the catch and can go up and get jump balls.  High effort player with great locker room value.

#233 – Jonathan Newsome – OLB – Ball State

He’s not a complete outside linebacker type given his limited athleticism, but Jonathan Newsome has definite value as a pure pass rusher with speed off the edge and the leverage to beat blockers.

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Tags: 2014 Nfl Mock Draft Bruce Ellington Craig Loston Dakota Dozier Darqueze Dennard Jace Amaro Jordan Zumwalt New York Jets Ronald Powell

  • Paul Newbold

    I like it! They meet their immediate needs in the first 3 rounds, while adding needed depth for the offensive line and LB corps. I’m not certain on the QB pick, I think they will wait to the late rounds to take a flyer on one. I see OLB to be a little greater need then OL, they could choose to reverse the order there. I see them starting the players on the current roster, adding some mid to late round talent, and then seriously addressing the OL in next season’s draft. The Jet line is aging, while it could use some depth this year, it’ll suffice. With Ferguson, Mangold and Colon at or above 30, and Giacommini is 29 I believe, the Jets will need to start finding quality starters to replace them. Good mock Erik…I can hardly wait for the real thing! That’s saying something as a Jet fan! LOL

    • Erik Lambert

      No fans make the draft more memorable than Jets fans! Glad you liked the mock, Paul. I felt it was well balanced and strengthened key areas of their roster. I agree the line will need attention soon but I think they can make it through this season with just some young depth. I know the Wenning pick is a little early but his value is in his experience. That means he could start right away if asked. Given how Smith and Vick play, it’s not crazy to think both of them could get knocked out with injuries. How much more important would it be having Wenning then?