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Published on 04/10/2012 at Tue Apr 10 09:16.
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Pick fifteen was so yesterday, pick sixteen is now.

Get all of look of the whole schedule and previously selected players here.

 

Last three picks

 

13. Cardinals Logo Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14. Dallas Logo Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

15. RamsLogo Luke KuelchyLB, Boston College

 

Today’s GM is Joe Caroposo

With the eleventh pick of 2012 Interactive Mock Draft, the New York Jets select…

16. Jets Logo Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE, Alabama

The Jets need to improve their pass rush off the edge along with find a long term replacement for Bryan Thomas. Upshaw is the type of player who could immediately make an impact, especially with Rex Ryan‘s creativity on defense. I am not sure if he has the explosiveness to consistently be a double digit sack guy in the NFL but at a minimum, he should be an improved, younger version of Calvin Pace. A player who can stop the run, set the edge in the 3-4 and provide 6-8 sacks a season.

The Jets would take a long look at Mark Barron or Michael Floyd if they were still available but with both gone, along with Melvin Ingram, Upshaw is the most sensible pick. Ryan hasn’t been shy about expressing his love for Upshaw’s game and his respect for Alabama’s defense last season and he would enjoy the opportunity to mold Upshaw into a versatile weapon for his front seven. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets had Upshaw drop some weight from his reported 279 pounds to try to make him quicker for when he has to drop back into coverage or when they are sending him off the edge.

Upshaw may not turn into a home run pick but he has very low bust potential and should develop into a key part of the Jets defense for years to come alongside Muhammad Wilkerson, last year’s first round pick, stud inside linebacker David Harris and All-World corner Darrelle Revis.

ON THE CLOCK: Cincinnati Bengals, GM Crushsg

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    I think the Bengals and Crushsg are actually up next, but they’ve already got their pick into East. My *turn* to pick.

    Top 6 on Mel Kiper’s big board:

    DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St
    DT Michael Brockers, LSU
    CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
    LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
    OL Cordy Glenn, Georgia
    CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

    But maybe I’ll take a punter anyway. #ScrewSD

  • Anonymous

    You’re totally right. I just got so excited.

    Definitely take a punter though.

  • Anonymous

    Kirkpatrick is going to fall exactly seven more spots…

  • Anonymous

    Bengals pick again at 21.