2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: DraftTek Seven-Round Jets' Projection

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2012 NFL Mock Drafts: David DeCastro Projected To New York Jets

The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and mock drafts are finally buttoning-up to try to come up with the best projections possible. A new selection has surfaced for the New York Jets, as Pro Football Talk's Evan Siva has them taking Stanford's guard David DeCastro with the No. 16-overall pick on Thursday.

DeCastro (6-foot-5, 310 pounds) is a three-year starter at Standford, who was a unanimous All-American selection in 2011. DeCastro is considered one of the top gaurd prospects in the draft and would be an immediate-impact player for the Jets, if they selected him there.

However, Siva's projection is a different from other mock drafts that have New York taking Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Alabama running back Trent Richardson or Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd.

To discuss the New York Jets draft, check out the SB Nation blog Gang Green Nation, while this SB Nation New York StoryStream will have the latest news on New York's Draft rumors and news.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: Dissecting DraftTek's Seven-Round Mock

With just a week to go prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, let’s take a look at how DraftTek projects the entire seven rounds to play out for the New York Jets.

Round 1 (16th overall) — Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

DraftTek says: “Courtney Upshaw continues to provide the most bang for the buck at #16 so long as Ingram, Reiff and Coples are off the board. OT Adams and S Barron will get consideration, but we like Upshaw.”

Round 2 (47th overall) — Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

Round 3 (77th overall) — Trumaine Johnson, FS, Montana

Round 4 — No selection

Round 5 (154th overall) — Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State

Round 6 (187th overall) — Matt Daniels, SS, Duke

Round 6 (202nd overall) — Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford

Round 7 (232nd overall) — Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami (Fl.)

Round 7 (242nd overall)
— Austin Davis, QB, Southern Miss

Upshaw has been the chalk at No. 16 for a while now, and I love the Martin selection in the second round. What do you like or dislike about this mock, Jets fans?

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw? A Move Into The Top 10?

In its most recent NFL Mock Draft, released Monday morning, SB Nation has chosen Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw for the New York Jets, who hold the 16th overall selection of the first round.


Video: Courtney Upshaw Scouting Report | Jets Begin Offseason Training Program

Upshaw has been a popular mock draft selection for the Jets in this spot, since they could use a playmaker on the edge of their 3-4 front. There is, however, speculation that while the Jets are looking for a pass-rusher off the edge, that Upshaw might not be their guy. There have been reports that the Jets are trying to pry the draft's seventh overall pick away from the Jacksonville Jaguars, a pick they would then use to select South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram.

The Jets could also go offensive line here, with players like Cordy Glenn of Georgia and Jonathan Martin of Stanford still on the board. There is also some thought that the safety position could use an upgrade, despite the free-agent signing of LaRon Landry. The top-rated safety on the board is Mark Barron of Alabama.

-- See Gang Green Nation for more discussion and analysis of the Jets

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chandler Jones Among Jets Options?

Todd McShay of ESPN has continued his series of mock drafts, with the latest revealing multiple scenarios for each team to consider come Thursday, April 26.

For the New York Jets, he flushed out five thoughts:

- McShay believes Melvin Ingram, a defensive end/outside linebacker from South Carolina, is the dream scenario for New York, but notes that he'll be long gone.

- Riley Reiff, an offensive tackle from Iowa, would also fill a need, but like Ingram will be off the board at 16.

- He points to the Jets need for a complimentary wide receiver to Santonio Holmes, but believes with Michael Floyd off of his board that no receiver merits a pick at this point.

- Trading back is an option, assuming Ingram, Reiff, and Floyd are not available.

- Should the Jets stick at 16, McShay believes Chandler Jones, a defensive end/outside linebacker from Syracuse, is an intriguing pick with some potential, but not an "ideal" selection for the Jets.

His outlook isn't exactly the brightest for a team that has had an underwhelming (if not compelling) offseason, so it's up to GM Mike Tannenbaum to make sure he nails each of his draft picks.

For more news and updates on the New York Jets be sure to visit Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets Prospect Profiles: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina

In SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, Ryan Van Bibber projects that the New York Jets will use the 16th pick to select Melvin Ingram, an outside linebacker from South Carolina.

In addition to some organizational therapy, the Jets need another pass rusher. Aaron Maybin led the team with six sacks last year. Rex Ryan will love Ingram's energy, as well as his ability to move around the field and give the defense different looks.

Ingram, a 6-foot-2, 272-pounder, is rated No. 14 on the National Football Post's 2012 NFL Draft Big Board. NFP concluded its Ingram scouting report by saying, "He is an impressive pass rusher who can get after the QB in a number of ways. Ingram is raw with his technique and can get better, but his suddenness, length and natural feel for the game makes me think he's one of the draft best senior pass rushers."

For more news and updates on the New York Jets be sure to visit Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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Todd McShay Two-Round Mock Draft: Jets Add Youth To Stout Defense

The Combine has passed, pro days are largely in the books, and that means we can further hone in on the 2012 NFL Draft. Todd McShay of ESPN has done exactly that, releasing his inaugural two-round mock draft, in which he has the New York Jets addressing their need to infuse the defensive front with youth.

In the first round, McShay has the Jets - who pick at number 16 - taking Courtney Upshaw, a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker out of Alabama. On the pick:

Upshaw is the kind of physical, versatile front-seven player Rex Ryan loaded up on in his days with the Ravens, showing explosiveness and power as a pass-rusher and as a run defender. Floyd also would be a consideration here if he were available, and he would be a good complement to Santonio Holmes. -- Todd McShay

And in an effort to further beef up the defensive line, McShay likes the Jets to pick Brandon Thompson, a defensive tackle/defensive end from Clemson.

The Jets picked a versatile defensive linemen in last year's first round in Muhammad Wilkerson, and that trend may continue early on in the upcoming draft.

For more news and updates on the New York Jets be sure to visit Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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2012 NFL Draft Order: Jets Officially Have 11 Picks In Draft

The complete 2012 NFL Draft Order was released Tuesday, and the New York Jets will have 11 picks during the seven-round, 253-pick event, April 26-28. The Jets will have just one pick in the first five rounds, but will pick three times in rounds six and seven, as they received compensatory selection on Monday.

Here's a full rundown of the Jets' 2012 NFL Draft Order (for Jets mock draft results, click here):

Round 1, Pick 16 (overall 16)
Round 2, Pick 15 (47)
Round 3, Pick 14 (77)
Round 4, Pick 13 (108)
Round 5, Pick 19 (154)
Round 6, Pick 17 (187, from Eagles through Colts)
Round 6, Pick 33 (202, compensatory selection)
Round 6, Pick 34 (203, compensatory selection)
Round 7, Pick 25 (232, from Broncos)
Round 7, Pick 35 (242, compensatory selection)
Round 7, Pick 37 (244, compensatory selection)

For more news and updates on the New York Jets be sure to visit Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets Prospect Profiles: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Finally, a 2012 NFL Mock Draft for the New York Jets with a twist. SB Nation has selected Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd for the Jets with the 16th overall selection in its most recent mock draft, released Monday morning.

The standard fare for the Jets has been Alabama safety Mark Barron or linebackers Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) and Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) in most drafts. Going the wide receiver route to give quarterback Mark Sanchez an additional — and much-needed weapon — is definitely a changeup.

Is Floyd worthy of being selected that high?


Related: Mocking The Draft Floyd Scouting Report

SB Nation writes:

“Santonio Holmes’ opinion aside, the Jets could certainly use another receiver. Floyd is actually a pretty good complement to the Jets’ offense, giving them a big possession receiver with good hands and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. Floyd will also be useful in the red zone.”

— See Gang Green Nation for more discussion and analysis of the Jets

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina Again Chosen

Scott Wright of Draft Countdown is one of the most respected and most accurate draft analysts in the business. He doesn’t do many mock drafts, but he did release one Monday and it has the New York Jets selecting South Carolina outside linebacker Melvin Ingram with the 16th overall pick of the first round in this April’s 2012 NFL Draft.


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Ingram has been a popular mock draft selection for the pass rush-needy Jets. Wright says:

“The Jets have a talented, star studded and highly paid defense but that didn’t necessarily translate into as many impact plays as it should have last season. In fact, despite the emergence of Aaron Maybin as a situational pass rusher the Jets were a middle of the pack team in terms of sack production. With both Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas now well into their thirties, it may be time to bring in another outside linebacker who can be a threat off the edge. South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram is one of the most versatile prospects in this draft, capable of contributing at defensive end, outside linebacker or even defensive tackle depending on the scheme. A great natural athlete, Ingram just seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time to make big plays. There is a chance Ingram could come off the board in the top ten so New York gets good value while also addressing a need.”

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: Draft Tek Chooses Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina

In the latest seven-round 2012 NFL Mock Draft from Draft Tek, the Draft Tek simulator has selected Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina for the New York Jets with the 16th overall selection of the first round.

Draft Tek says:

“Pass rush is a need for the Jets going into 2012 as several of their current OLBs are free agents (Maybin RFA, Westerman RFA, Thomas UFA). If Ingram is still on the board when the Jets pick at #16, he’s got to be the #1 contender. If he (and Upshaw) are gone? Hard to say – but Adams and Barron are possibilities.”

Here are the remaining selections for the Jets in the Draft Tek mock:

Round 2 (47th overall) — LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Round 3 (78th overall) — George Iloka, FS, Boise State
Round 4 (108th overall) — Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah
Round 5 (146th overall) — Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
Round 6 (177th overall) — Ryan Van Bergen, DE, Michigan
Round 7 (207th overall) — Winston Guy, SS, Kentucky

— See Mocking The Draft for complete draft coverage. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets Prospect Profiles: Mark Barron Chosen For Jets

In the earliest 2012 NFL mock drafts at the conclusion of the college football season, Alabama safety Mark Barron was seemingly the consensus choice for the New York Jets with the 16th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft. That has changed in the past few weeks, as linebacker and offensive line have been suggested for Rex Ryan’s team.

Well, in its latest mock draft, released Monday, SB Nation has returned to Barron as the choice for New York.


Related: Mark Barron Prospect Profile

SB Nation says Barron is the choice because of “significant safety concerns.”

Barron will not get to work out on Tuesday when defensive backs are tested during the NFL Scouting Combine. He is recovering from double hernia surgery.

The Jets could be in the market for a new safety as Jim Leonhard has now finished consecutive seasons on injured reserve.

— See Gang Green Nation for more about the Jets

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Courtney Upshaw Goes To The New York Jets

In the latest SB Nation NFL mock draft, Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw was the selection for the New York Jets with the 16th overall selection. Upshaw was a star on the national champion Crimson Tide, recording eight and a half sacks during the regular season.

This pick would make a lot of sense for multiple reasons.

The first being the most important and obvious: the Jets have no pass-rushers on the roster right now. Aaron Maybin led the team with just six sacks and can hardly be considered a force. Upshaw would be an instant upgrade to the outside linebacker position currently manned by Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace.

The second reason actually has to do with the offense. It's easy to say that unit needs help because, well, it does. However, it's a lot easier to shore up the defense and make that top-tier once again. If the offense can just get a few upgrades here and there it should be able to win games with an excellent defense.

Upshaw brings a relentless and strong game to New York. He learned the 3-4 under Nick Saban at Alabama so his learning curve wouldn't be steep at all. He could step in and immediately contribute on a team that is expected to make a run each and every year under Rex Ryan.

For more news and updates on the New York Jets be sure to visit Gang Green Nation an SB Nation New York. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw Is The Rage

In its latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, the popular draft site ‘Draft Tek’ has chosen Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw for the New York Jets. Upshaw and his former Crimson Tide teammate, safety Mark Barron, have been the most popular picks for the Jets among the mock drafts at this point.

Draft Tek happily refers to the simulation’s selection of Upshaw for the Jets as a “slam dunk.”


Related: Mocking The Draft On Upshaw

The Draft Tek mock is full seven-rounder. Here are the remaining selections for the Jets:

Round 2 (47th overall): Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Round 3 (78th overall): Aaron Henry, FS, Wisconsin
Round 4 (108th overall): Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Round 5 (146th overall): Derek Wolfe, DE, Cincinnati
Round 6 (177th overall): Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Round 7 (208th overall): Lance Lewis, WR, East Carolina

— Follow SB Nation New York’s 2012 NFL Draft Hub Page for all your Jets and Giants draft information.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft [Updated]: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama To New York Jets

With more than two months to go until the 2012 NFL Draft, looking over NFL Mock Draft selections for the New York Jets has already become routine. The selection seems to almost always come down to Alabama safety Mark Barron, or Crimson Tide outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

In its mock recent 2012 NFL Mock Draft, released Monday, SB Nation selected Upshaw for the Jets with the 16th overall selection of the first round.

We have talked about Upshaw to the Jets before, and selecting a pass-rushing outside linebacker is certainly a possibility for Rex Ryan and the Jets.

Here is what SB Nation’s Ryan Van Bibber said in making the selection:

“The Jets probably need help on offense more than anything. They also need someone to put the scare into opposing quarterbacks. Upshaw adds an aggressive presence to their attack as a natural pass rusher.”

— Stay with this StoryStream for all of your New York Jets Mock Draft information.

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Todd McShay 2012 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0: McShay On The Mark Barron To The New York Jets Bandwagon

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has been on the Mark Barron to the New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft bandwagon for a while now. Fellow ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay hopped aboard Friday when he chose the Alabama safety for the Jets with the 16th overall pick in version 2.0 of his 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

McShay wrote that “The Jets need help in the secondary to deal with the Patriots’ tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez twice a season, and Barron is the only 2012 safety prospect with a first-round grade. He does everything well, showing instincts and playmaking skills in coverage and the ability to be a physical run defender when playing near the box.”

It seems pretty much everyone agrees. CBS Sports says Barron is “Blessed with size, strength and instincts.” The only question about the Crimson Tide safety might be straight line speed. We haven’t gotten to the Scouting Combine or any of the Pro Day workouts, though, so Barron has plenty of time to answer that concern.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: Six-Round Simulation, And No Mark Barron

It is difficult enough to be accurate when compiling a one- or two-round mock draft. Well, the folks at Draft Tek are already going well beyond that, posting weekly six-round simulations. Draft Tek uses its own Big Board and a computer analysis of team needs to come up with its computerized simulation.


Related: SI.com's Don Banks First Mock -- Mark Barron, SS, Alabama


Here are Draft Tek’s choices for the New York Jets in its latest simulation, released Thursday.

Round 1 (16th overall) – Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
Round 2 (47th) - LaMichael James (RB, Oregon)
Round 3 (78th) – Mitchell Schwartz (OT, California)
Round 4 (108th) – Brandon Tyler (SS, LSU)
Round 5 (146th) - Kirk Cousins (QB, Michigan State)
Round 6 (177th) – D’Anton Lynn (FS, Penn State)

Your thoughts, Jets fans? Everyone else in the world seems to have the Jets taking Alabama strong safety Mark Barron in the first round. Draft Tek’s sim bypasses Barron, however, in favor of the linebacker.

For complete analysis of draft prospects and news as the draft approaches be sure to visit SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets: The Mark Barron Lovefest Continues

We have not yet even hit the end of January, the 2012 NFL Draft is three full months away, and following mock draft choices for the New York Jets has already turned into a snooze-fest.

Mark Barron, Mark Barron, Mark Barron, Mark Barron. All you seem to hear is opinions that the Jets should snag the Alabama safety with the 16th pick in the first round this April.

SB Nation is the latest to peg Barron to the Jets in its latest mock draft, released Monday.

Here is SBN’s rationale:

Having the best cornerback in the league doesn’t necessary make a team impervious to the pass. They gave up more than 800 passing yards to Tom Brady this year. A big-hitting, smart safety like Barron could really help the Jets against the Patriots’ tight ends.

We will see how the draft plays out, but right now Barron is a runaway winner when it comes to analysts pegging who the Jets might take.

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Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Mark Barron, S, Alabama To New York Jets

Alabama strong safety Mark Barron has been a popular choice for the New York Jets in early mock drafts. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper apparently agrees with that sentiment as Kiper selected Barron for the Jets with the 16th overall selection in his first 2012 NFL Mock Draft, released Wednesday.


Related: Kiper Mas Mohamed Sanu Of Rutgers Going To Houston Texans With 26th Pick


Kiper says:

Last year the Jets targeted help up front in the first round, and while the pass rush still needs some work, the secondary is a big concern because of the way the Jets’ safeties got abused this year. You’d see teams lining up bigger receivers in the slot to target New York’s smaller safeties and force Rex Ryan to make some tough decisions in coverage. In Barron, the Jets would get the best safety in the draft, a big, rangy talent with big-game experience and the ability to match up against taller receivers and tight ends. The Jets have schemed around a weakness at safety, but it’s time to put a better talent back there.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Jets Prospect Profiles: Rang's Latest Has Jets Taking Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Alabama safety Mark Barron appears to be a popular 2012 NFL Mock Draft selection for the New York Jets. In his latest mock draft, released Monday, CBS draft analyst Rob Rang has the Jets taking the Alabama safety with the 16th overall selection. In his first mock draft, Andrew Perloff of SI.com also had the Jets taking Barron.


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Rang explains his choice this way:

For all of the talent the Jets boast outside at cornerback, the play down the middle has been significantly less impressive this season. The Jets have struggled against tight ends this season and could use an instinctive, big hitting safety to fall into their lap. While the team certainly has other needs to consider, if Alabama's Mark Barron is available, perhaps it might be wise to take the easy way out.

Does Barron Fit With The Jets?

The Jets best safety, Jim Leonhard, has now had two successive seasons cut short by injury. The seven-year veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season, so perhaps protecting themselves at safety would be a good idea for the Jets.

Barron, 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, had 66 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed for the national champion Crimson Tide in 2011.

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