NFL Mock Draft 2013: Jets to draft pass rusher early?

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Could the New York Jets find a pass rusher like Jarvis Jones early in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft?

The New York Jets are nearing the point in which they'll likely clean house big time if they can't find success during the 2013-14 season. Head coach Rex Ryan seemingly barely survived some of the housecleaning this offseason, and if he can't right the ship, he might not make it another season.

Due to last season's struggles, the Jets find themselves with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They have a ton of needs to address though, and who they end up with is anybody's guess. One thing this draft, like most drafts, is heavy on is defensive line and pass-rushing talent near the top end.

It just so happens that the Jets have significant need for a player who can get after opposing quarterbacks. Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation put up the latest SB Nation mock draft on Monday and he has the Jets in a great position: landing outside linebacker Jarvis Jones from Georgia.

The run on rush linebackers continues with the Jets, who are desperate to upgrade the position. Jarvis Jones should check out medically, and if he does, he is a top 10 pick. He doesn't quite have the length or burst that Jordan and Mingo show, but he is a productive player with a high motor.

Jones would be an immediate upgrade for the Jets, and he's likely come in and be a starter right away. As noted though, Jones will have to be able to prove that he's healthy and able to play, or he might see his draft stock plummet. It already has to a degree, as some mocks had him going as high as the No. 3 pick earlier in the offseason.

If you want to read up more on Jones, look no further than SB Nation's scouting report. He's definitely one of the top talents in the draft and if he's medically cleared, he's considered one of the safe picks of this draft.

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