Jets Mock Draft: First Round

The Green and White Report experts weigh in on who the Jets should take with the No. 9 overall pick in April's draft.

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THE PICK: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

THE NEED: It's no secret that the Jets are in the midst of rebuilding their team. The quarterback situation for Gang Green is looking worse with each passing day. Mark Sanchez is plagued with questions and uncertainty about both his abilities to lead the team as well as his future as a Jet. Greg McElroy, while showing flashes of talent in his time as a starter, is not going to be the quarterback that brings the franchise back to glory. Tim Tebow could potentially be released sooner than later, and David Garrard is could also never see the field. With all these question marks at the most pivotal position in football, drafting Smith would instill a fresh beginning for Gang Green and provide them with a Robert Griffin III hybrid type quarterback.

THE IMPACT: If the Bills elect to draft another player instead of Smith at No. 8 and he falls into the lap of New York, he should start Week 1 of the 2013 season. Sanchez had his chance at Jets glory but has fallen short in recent years and looks to have regressed in his ability to lead the team. Smith would give defensive coordinators a lot more to think about than just a generic pocket passer in Sanchez. The 2012 season proved that athletic rookie quarterbacks like Griffin III and Russell Wilson can lead a team back to the playoff stage. Drafting Smith would turn the franchise in the right direction and revitalize a fan base that is aching to see their team play beyond Week 17.

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THE PICK: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

THE NEED: The Jets are paper thin at outside linebacker after releasing Calvin Pace and with veteran Bryan Thomas expected to play elsewhere next season. After releasing Aaron Maybin midway through last season, the Jets were unable to develop a consistent pass-rush and could sorely use a speed ster on the edge.

THE IMPACT: Jordan's combination of size, speed, coverage ability, and pass rushing skill makes him a great fit for a Rex Ryan defense that demands versatility. The potential of Jordan is extremely high considering his penchant for pressuring the quarterback. He has an explosive first step and can get around the edge with great quickness. Jordan stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 246 pounds but routinely showed his presence in coverage as Oregon asked him to cover tight ends on occasion, an attribute that is becoming more valuable in today's NFL. He could immediately step in to help the pass rush and defend tight ends but will need to improve his run defense in order to become an every down player.

Steven Macri | Green and White Report

THE PICK: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

THE NEED: The Jets have a major need for a solid pass rusher, something Jones displayed during his time in Athens, Georgia. During two years with the Bulldogs, Jones collected 28 sacks. He also possesses speed as he racked up 155 tackles over the course of his college career. The Jets are lacking linebackers after releasing veterans Calvin Pace and Bart Scott in February, and are expected to lose Bryan Thomas to free agency.

THE IMPACT : If the Cleveland Browns do not select Jones with the No. 6 overall pick, it's almost certain that Gang Green will take him. It's hard to not select such a dominant linebacker, especially in a draft that is low on talent for that position. With the inexperience at the position, Jones will without a doubt start during his rookie season.

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