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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Jets expected to address pass rush

Most mock drafts have the Jets taking a pass rusher with the ninth pick, but not all.


The New York Jets have many areas where they can get better in the offseason, but most believe it's the team's pass rush that needs the most improvement. Owners of the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, many mock drafts suggest that the Jets could find a pass rusher that fits their 3-4 scheme and could get to the quarterback from the outside linebacker position.

Among those potential targets is Georgia's Jarvis Jones, slated to go to the Jets in the latest mock draft from SB Nation after leading the nation in sacks during his final season with the Bulldogs. Both Bucky Brooks of and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports agreed that BYU's Ezekiel Ansah could be the answer though, after the talented native of Ghana impressed at the 2013 NFL Combine.

Also impressive at the Combine was Dion Jordan, a tall and versatile pass rusher from Oregon who proved he has the ability to get to the quarterback from standing and hand-on-the-ground positions. Charles Davis of predicted that Jordan would slide past his former college coach - Chip Kelly, now with the Eagles - and land with the Jets at the ninth pick.

One of the few mocks that didn't have the Jets predicted to take a pass rusher came from Rob Rang of CBS Sports who projected USC quarterback Matt Barkley to the Jets just one selection after West Virginia's Geno Smith went to the Buffalo Bills. Barkley would presumably take over at quarterback for another former-Trojans passer, Mark Sanchez.

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