Jets Mock Draft: Rounds 1-3

With the 2014 NFL draft fast approaching, The Jets Beat managing editor Rick Laughland predicts who the Jets will select with their first three picks.

New York Jets MOCK DRAFT: Round 1-3

Round 1, No. 18 overall, WR Marqise Lee, USC

The Jets are in dire need of playmakers at the wide receiver position and Lee left USC as one of the most prolific players in school history. During his three-year career, the Trojan standout hauled in 248 receptions for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns. Second year offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg could have a new weapon for young Geno Smith or the recently signed Michael Vick to target this upcoming season. Lee's freakish athleticism and knack for making big plays inside the red zone would be a welcomed addition to a Jets' passing attack that has struggled mightily the past few seasons.

Round 2, No. 49 overall, WR, Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt product doesn't possess blazing speed or elite athleticism, yet he singlehandedly carried the Commodores offense last season accounting for 1,477 yards or 49.9 percent of the team's total offense. After adding Eric Decker during free agency, the Jets could benefit from this big bodied pass catcher who fits well into their West Coast system.

Round 3, No. 80 overall, CB, Antone Exum, Virginia Tech

Hobbled by an ACL injury sustained last offseason, Exum's draft stock took a hit during his senior season but he is still a great value pick for a Rex Ryan defense predicated on exotic schemes and multiple personnel groupings. With the physicality to play press cornerback at the line of scrimmage and exceptional ball skills to slide in at the safety spot, Exum is a perfect jack-of-all trades to help fortify a meager Jets' secondary.

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