NFL.com just unleashed a fourpack of mock drafts in the last day, and the league website's draft gurus have several options for the Jets, assuming that the Green & White stay put at No. 17.
I always turn to Pat Kirwan first. One of the most insightful voices on NFL.com and Sirius NFL Radio has shifted his choice of wideouts for the Jets, from Hakeem Nicks to Jeremy Maclin.
"The Jets may fall in love with Freeman by April, or believe Mark Sanchez will fall to them," Kirwan writes, "but after Laveranues Coles left via free agency the receiver group may need help. Maclin is a very exciting player who led the nation with more than 200 yards of offense a game at Missouri."
Draft analyst Charles Davis thinks the Jets will fall in love with Freeman, the Kansas State QB, as do many of the team's fans expressing their opinions on newyorkjets.com.
"Many thought this would be Mark Sanchez," Davis says in a terse observation, "but the K-Stater is gaining momentum by the day."
Steve Wyche also is on board with Freeman.
"Several teams want Freeman and could have to trade ahead of this pick or with the Jets to get him. Freeman's stock is soaring," Wyche confirms. "The Jets need a quarterback, but they could trade for a veteran, deal this pick and move back in the draft for additional second- and/or mid-round selections.
And finally, the loquacious Jamie Dukes provides a defensive alternative in Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith for the Jets, who have spent most of this off-season pursuing and signing D-talent for the D-minded Rex Ryan.
Ryan's "organized chaos" scheme, Dukes observes, "puts tremendous pressure on the cornerbacks, who will be called upon to play man-to-man. Smith reminds me of Samari Rolle, whom Ryan coached in Baltimore.