The Jets and Giants entered this past season with high expectations. Both teams ended up falling short of the playoffs, and it was apparent they both had holes to fill on the roster.
While the Jets could benefit greatly from adding a reliable quarterback, this year's stock seems to be down a bit. Instead, the latest mock draft from Dan Kadar of SB Nation has Rex Ryan's team selecting one of the best linebackers available in Georgia's Jarvis Jones:
"It's time for Jets head coach Rex Ryan to get back to what he knows, and that's generating a pass rush. The Jets weren't able to get much of a rush from their outside linebackers this season, with Calvin Pace leading the outside linebackers with just three sacks. Jones, who has some medical issues that will need to be evaluated, is the most natural 3-4 linebacker in this class. He has the ability to take over the game and could plug in straight away on the outside."
Jones, a junior, recorded 78 tackles, 12.5 sacks and picked off a pass in 11 games with the Bulldogs this past season. He is yet to officially declare for the NFL, although most expect him to do so once UGA completes their bowl game.
As for the Giants, SB Nation thinks they will take one of the SEC's top defensive ends in Barkevious Mingo of LSU:
"Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, the vaunted Giants defensive ends, struggled this season and the team was last in the NFL in sacks. Maybe it's time for the Giants to add some exciting youth to the group in Mingo. The LSU junior fits the mold of what general manager Jerry Reese looks for in first-round picks. He's a high level talent with good size and can make an impact. Mingo would be best served by being eased into the NFL as a pass rush specialist. Given New York's woes in that area this season, Mingo could become next season's Aldon Smith."
Mingo, a 6'5, 240 lb. junior, racked up 33 tackles and four sacks for the Tigers.
For a complete look at the first round, click here. The 2013 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.