Jets Mock Draft: Round One

The Jets Beat writers state their case for who the New York Jets should select at No. 18 overall in the 2014 NFL draft.

WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Seth Kornfield | The Jets Beat contributor

As currently constructed, the Jets lack physicality at the WR position, and potential issues with man to man coverage; especially with a starting receiving corps that includes both Jeremy Kerley and free agent acquisition Eric Decker. Odell Beckham would help alleviate those problems with his SEC physical style of play. In a primarily run-first offense at LSU, Beckham still had 59 receptions for 1,152 yards.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Thomas Kim | The Jets Beat contributor

At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, it's no surprise that Mike Evans has been called Johnny Manziel's favorite target. Confirmed to make an official visit with the Jets within the upcoming weeks, the sophomore wide receiver out of Texas A&M would be a much-needed addition to the second-worst passing team in the league. With great size and superior leaping ability, Evans would be a great first round option, if he's still around with the No. 18 pick.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Robert Reeve | The Jets Beat contributor

With the No. 18 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Gang Green should select Odell Beckham Jr., WR from LSU. The former Tiger was productive both as a receiver and as a kick returner, averaging 178.1 all-purpose yards per game. Beckham Jr. was awarded the Paul Hornung Award for the Nation's Most Versatile Player, as well as multiple All-American and All-SEC awards in 2013. This playmaker can make an immediate impact in New York next year.

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, WR

Andrew Acampora | The Jets Beat contributor

With the addition of Eric Decker, Gang Green is looking to compliment his 6-foot-3 size with a shifty game breaker at wide receiver. Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg salivates over smaller, more explosive wide-outs as evidenced by with his success with DeSean Jackson as well as Jeremy Maclin. Quarterback Geno Smith made a living with the Mountaineers throwing to the likes of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Brandin Cooks looks the part to fill this void in the Jets' offense. Cooks, while being a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, plays much bigger than his size, plucking balls at its highest point as well as anyone in this draft class. Cooks also possesses 4.33 speed and has the ability to take a simple screen route to the house. He's a proven playmaker, as he earned the Biletnikoff award this past season, posting 128 catches, 1,730 yards, and a whopping 16 touchdowns. Cooks would be a perfect fit for this West Coast offense, and would make an immediate impact on the next level

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Haneef Arbubakrr | The Jets Beat contributor

The New York Jets should draft Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans is believed to be the second best receiver in this year's draft behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins. The Jets can use more offensive weapons to help second year signal-caller Geno Smith. Eric Decker was the Jets big free agent acquisition so far, but he is viewed as a very good No. 2 wide-out. Adding Evans would give Smith two strong targets.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Majid Rahmat | The Jets Beat contributor

The Jets decision to select Lee is influenced by the corporate culture surrounding the team. These days, they prefer glitzy positions and have forgotten their defensive identity. I expect this trend to continue as it is a position that needs to be addressed, but it's not the most pressing need for Gang Green.


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