Jets 2017 NFL Draft Mock Draft Roundup: Draft Day Edition

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Today is like Christmas, your birthday and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. That’s right dear reader, after a long three months following an unbelievable Super Bowl the wait is finally over.

Welcome to Draft Day.

NFL Draft takes place in Philadelphia and will start at 8:00 tonight on ESPN. Here are some final mock drafts to hold you over until then:

Analyst Date Affiliation Player Position School
Lance Zierlein 4/26 NFL.com OJ Howard TE Alabama
Charley Casserly 4/24 NFL.com Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
Chad Reuter 4/21 NFL.com Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
Daniel Jeremiah 4/25 NFL.com OJ Howard TE Alabama
Matt Miller 4/27 Bleacher Report OJ Howard* TE Alabama
RJ White 4/21 CBS Sports Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Mel Kiper 4/27 ESPN OJ Howard TE Alabama
Chris Burke 4/26 Sports Illustrated OJ Howard** TE Alabama
Pete Prisco 4/27 CBS Sports OJ Howard* TE Alabama
Todd McShay 4/27 ESPN OJ Howard TE Alabama

*Mock has the Jets trading down with Cleveland for the 12 overall pick

**Mock has the Jets trading down with Washington for the 17 overall pick

You can also check out what the Jet Fuel staff thinks Gang Green will do right here.

Here’s what the experts think:

TE OJ Howard, Alabama

“The Jets can’t afford to whiff on a top-10 pick like they did back in 2013 with Dee Milliner. Howard is one of the safest prospects in this draft. He’s very similar to Greg Olsen: a big, athletic target who can cause issues down the seam and contribute as a blocker. The Jets have had just 26 catches from tight ends in the past two seasons, by far the fewest in the league. (Arizona is second worst with 97.)”

-Todd McShay

RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

“Jets should be looking to trade down and amass picks to help a roster lacking much talent. But if the top five falls as it does here, I’m not sure any team will be looking to pay a ransom to move up to No. 6. So what to the Jets do? Take the best player available, regardless of position. They’re reportedly high on Fournette, and while he doesn’t fill their biggest need, the running back position is obviously important to this team after spending on Matt Forte and Bilal Powell last year. Fournette can take over as lead back, leaving Powell as a top-notch complementary option, and the Jets offense can focus on the rushing attack and Josh McCown playing smart football.”

-RJ White

CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

“The demise of Darrelle Revis leaves a big hole in the Jets’ secondary; the Ohio State corner fills it nicely.”

-Chad Reuter

“Jets get a No. 1 cornerback to fill a major need.”

-Charley Casserly

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