In his latest mock draft, SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects the Jets and Giants to select two defensive players from the SEC. Kadar says the Jets will take Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, while the Giants will pick LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery.
Quarterback is probably the top need for the Jets. But would they go after Barkley or Glennon? If they choose to go after a free agent quarterback, outside linebacker is unquestionably the top need on the team. Calvin Pace may be out after registering just three sacks this season. Jones is the most natural fit of any linebacker to play in the 3-4 defense. He may slip to this spot, or further, if teams get scared off by his spinal stenosis diagnosis.
One of the things that often goes overlooked with Montgomery is his versatility. He was used differently this season, lining up on both the left and right sides, and even saw some time at tackle. His stats were average because he struggled with injuries. Osi Umenyiora seems to be on his way out of New York and Montgomery could quickly step into his role.
Jones, a 6'3, 241-pound draft-eligible junior, had a monster year for the Bulldogs in 2012. In addition to 85 tackles, he compiled 24.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 20 quarterback hurries. Jones led the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss.
Montgomery, who checks in at 6'5, 260 and is another draft-eligible junior, was fifth in the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss, totaling 8.0 and 13.0, respectively.
If the Jets take Jones, they'll be boosting a defense that was pretty good in 2012. They ranked eighth in the NFL, allowing 323.4 yards per game. The Giants, on the other hand, are in desperate need of defensive help. They allowed 383.4 yards per game during the regular season, which was good for 31st in the league.