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New York Jets Mock Draft Tracker

New York Jets 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Eric Ebro, UNC Eric Ebron, UNC (Jeremy McKnight/Icon SMI)

What will the New York Jets do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 18: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: The Jets have built up an estimable young defense under Rex Ryan, especially up front. But through Ryan’s tenure, the offense has always been limited. That was never more true than in 2013, when rookie quarterback Geno Smith struggled through most of the season, and tight end Jeff Cumberland led the team with four touchdown receptions. That’s why it’s time to give Smith, or Michael Vick, or whoever, a receiver of Lee’s caliber. Most everything Lee does seems to be underrated, but with his route awareness and smooth, gliding speed, he brings Reggie Wayne to mind.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 18: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: Is Lee still the No. 3 receiver in this class? It says here that he is, although the combine proved that he has plenty of competition. Given all those choices, the Jets should have no problem finding someone who can expand their options offensively. Now that he’s healthy again, it is not hard to see Lee making the leap into being a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for a very, very long time.

Round 2, pick 49: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

We said: The Jets go reverse order — WR, then O-line — and nail down arguably the top guard in this class.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 18: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: From the vantage point of pre-free agency, the Jets landing a pass-catcher of some sort appears to be one of the few locks of this year's first round. Right up there with an offensive lineman for Miami. A weapon like North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron probably doesn't get to the Jets, but if Lee lingers on the board until No. 18, New York will pounce. The Jets are devoid of the kind of explosive, yards-after-the-catch threat that Lee poses, and he has the speed and vertical game to make Geno Smith a better quarterback in Year 2. An added benefit of taking Lee, the draft's third-rated receiver behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans of Texas A&M, is that he can also contribute on New York's return teams.

Feb. 6, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 18: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: The Jets could go a few different ways on offense here, and there are some who wouldn’t be surprised if they dipped back into the quarterback pool. But giving Geno Smith some reliable targets before moving on would seem to make sense.

Jan. 9, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 18: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

We said: The Jets would love to nab one of the top three receivers in this draft — on paper, Watkins, Evans or Lee. Short of that, they could turn their focus to one of the two new-breed tight ends: Ebron or Amaro. With Ebron off the board, the Jets here nab Texas Tech’s standout. Amaro bamboozled defenses as a matchup problem all season, and Geno Smith would learn quickly to love him as a target.

Dec. 5, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Khalil Mack, OLB/DE, Buffalo

We said: Count the Bills as a possible landing spot here for someone like, oh, TE Eric Ebron —  a matchup nightmare for defenses and a safety net for a young QB like EJ Manuel. But in Mack the Bills would add an athletic edge player to complement rising star Kiko Alonso inside. Mack’s abilities would allow defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be even more creative with his hybrid D.

Sept. 24, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 13: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said: Mario Williams remains an imposing pass-rusher at defensive end, but the Bills are still trying to find him a little help. Barr very well may come off the board in the top 10 — maybe even top five — come May. The early QB run pushes him down here, and the Bills reap the benefits by nabbing the still-developing former running back.

April 30, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 5: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: The Jets again miss out on the top receiver, this imaginary draft matching 2013 reality. Watkins would be a terrific consolation prize. He split top duties with DeAndre Hopkins as a sophomore and still put up 57 catches for 708 yards. Given a full year to shine as the No. 1 target for Boyd, Watkins should soar.
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