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2012 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets And Courtney Upshaw Linked

In the latest SB Nation 2012 NFL mock draft by Ryan Van Bibber, the New York Jets are linked to defensive end/linebacker Courtney Upshaw with their first pick.

Upshaw is an Alabama product and a very talented one at that. After struggling mightily the past few seasons to get any pressure on the quarterback without blitzing, this pick would make a ton of sense.

The Jets desperately need to bring someone off the edge who scares opponents. Upshaw has a rare blend of size and speed that usually proves tough to defend.

In 2011, New York tied with Pittsburgh for 17th in the league with 35 sacks as a unit. While that isn't terrible, the fact Aaron Maybin led the team with six is troubling to say the least.

Upshaw also comes into the defense with a vast knowledge of the 3-4 scheme the Jets employ. After being coached by Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, Upshaw's learning curve will be a lot less severe than most rookies.

For more on the Jets, be sure to check out Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York for all the latest news, notes and updates.