By Craig Carroll
The New York Jets opened the NFL Draft with a surprising selection at No. 6 overall Thursday night, more so because the player was actually still on the board. The Jets selected USC defensive end Leonard Williams, who many consider to be the best player in the draft. So, to get him a six was a steal.
The Jets have plenty of holes still to fill in rounds two-seven Friday night and Saturday afernoon, however, including a pass-rushing linebacker, running back and quarterback. Here is our mock draft for those rounds for the Jets.
Round Two, Pick No. 37
Jets select: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
Harold is an elusive edge rusher who possesses a quick burst off the ball and has elite closing speed, He's one of those endless motor guys who will track the ball through the whistle. On the downside is his lack of bulk on his lower half and his lack of experience in coverage. But make no mistake, he has the ability to be one of the top edge rushers to come out of this draft.
Fallback option: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Round Three, Pick No. 70
Jets select: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
Johnson was one of the most explosive running backs in his time at Miami. He's tough, quick and would provide the Jets with an option as a kick returner. He could be that game-changing home run threat the Jets thought they were getting last year with Chris Johnson. Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are already off the board, so Johnson might have seen his stock rise to the second round.
Fallback option: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Round Four, Pick No. 101
Jets select: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
There's a chance Grayson may not be here in the fourth round, as he is high on a number of team's draft boards, behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, of course. In most quarterback ratings, Grayson is behind Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty as well, so the Jets could benefit if those quarterbacks go before him. If you're a Jets fan, you don't want Hundley. Grayson is 6-2 and can throw with accuracy, something the Jets have been missing with Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith playing the position. But, remember, there is a reason Grayson is a mid-round pick rather than at the top of the draft. He's a good prospect, but don't get too excited about him being a possible savior. Still, it's hope for the future.
Fallback option: Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Round Five, Pick No. 134
Jets select: Trade with Chicago Bears for WR Brandon Marshall.
Round Six, Pick No. 165
Pick traded to the Seattle Seahawks as part of the Percy Harvin deal.
Round Seven, Pick No. 198
Jets select: Max Garcia, C, Florida
Was a well-respected team captain at Florida and has a toughness to possibly hang around in the league.
Fallback option: Tevin McDonald, FS, Eastern Washington.
Round Seven, Pick No. 199
Jets select: Rannell Hall, WR, Central Florida
Hall has shown a willingness to put in whatever work it takes to succeed. He's fast and does have talent, but he will need to make his mark on special teams if he wants to make the team.
Fallback option: Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa