Mock Draft Roundup: 5 Weeks Out


NFL.comCharles Davis, NFL Media Analyst Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia* His speed and edge-rushing skills add to an already good Jets defense that came so close to making the playoffs in 2015.
USA TodayNate Davis* Leonard Floyd, OLB, GeorgiaThe Jets have been trying for years ... to find an impact edge rusher. They're still trying, but maybe Floyd is the long-sought solution.

CBSSports.comRob Rang, The Sports Xchange
*Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
*With explosive edge rushers Miller and Demarcus Ware mitigating Tom Brady's quick passes in the AFC Championship Game, the Broncos provided the rest of the NFL a manual on how to beat the New England Patriots. Adding a speed rusher like Floyd to complement an already stout defensive line could be exactly what the Jets need to end the Patriots' supremacy in the AFC East.
Todd McShay
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Admittedly, I don't love this pick. It's too early for Lynch, who has a raw skill set and comes from an offense that featured few complex reads. He will need time to adjust to the pro game and is best for a team with a reliable QB already in place. With needs at outside linebacker and offensive tackle, the Jets would have to reach for guys like Noah Spence or Germain Ifedi here if the board fell this way.
Chris Burke
Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
Spence has the potential of a higher pick and the off-field red flags of a lower one. He lands in between, with a coach in Todd Bowles who would maximize his abilities.
Dane Brugler, Senior Analyst
Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
One of the wild cards of this year's draft, Spence has top-10 talent as the best pure pass rusher in this class. However, his heavy baggage will drop him down draft boards where a team like the Jets could find a steal.

Bleacher Report
Matt Jennings, Featured Columnist
Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern KentuckyDraft analysts seem to be in agreement that the Jets are most likely to take a pass-rusher, and the most talented one remaining in this mock is Noah Spence...If the Jets aren't comfortable taking him this high because of off-field concerns, they should try to trade back and grab him close to the end of the first round.

NFL.comLance Zierlein, NFL Media Draft Analyst
*Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi The Jets have proven that they are willing to take the best player available. *

Pro Football Focus
Chris Collinsworth
Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State
Tackles are a priority for most teams, and the Jets could use a boost. Most 6-foot-7 tackles look slow on tape due to their length, but Decker is very nimble. He may not be as powerful as some, but he can move his feet and shouldn't have many whiffs against the NFL's best edge rushers. At his best, Decker is a Nate Solder-type NFL tackle. It is easy to fall in love with run blockers, but pass protection is paramount in the NFL, and Decker should be one of the best pass-protecting tackles this class has to offer.
Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
He has a lot of pass-rush ability and would help the outside pass rush in a big way. He would have to adjust to standing up more, but he is capable.

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