SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 22: Curtis McNeal #22 of the University of Southern California Trojans tries to hold off Harrison Smith #22 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Representing the New York Jets, jmcgoblue with the 47th pick in Arrowhead Pride's 2012 NFL mock draft...
The Jets are in a bit of a tough spot here. They have several huge holes on the roster, but didn't have the salary cap space to make an major moves in free agency, so they have to rely on the draft to bring in several immediate starters.
By far, the three biggest needs for these guys are at WR (even if Santonio Holmes is back, they have nothing across from him), right tackle (Wayne Hunter can thank our very own Barry Richardson for not being known as worst RT in the NFL...11 sacks and 11 penalties, ouch) and pass-rushing OLB.
The team took care of the latter need with it's first round pick of Courtney Upshaw, so I really wanted to take a WR or OT with this 2nd round pick. Unfortunately none of the top WRs fell, and there aren't any day-one starters at OT still on the board (Zebrie Sanders was an option, but he doesn't really fit the Jets power blocking scheme).
With all this in mind, I had to find the BPA available at a secondary need, and that player is....
Harrison Smith, Strong Safety out of Notre Dame.
While it's not the highest need, this is only because the holes at WR, OT & LB are so bad...the Jets really have nobody who can be counted on at Safety. Jim Leonhard is good, but he's a free agent who is coming off a torn patellar tendon & may never play again. They signed LaRon Landry, which should help, but again he's an older player with a recent history of serious injuries. Beyond Landry the Jets have nothing. Smith is the best player still available at a position of need...so welcome to New York City, Mr. Smith.
Player profile from CBSSports.com
Strengths: Looks the part with prototypical size and strength for a strong safety ... long arms with a filled-out frame. Extremely strong with natural power to make punishing hits. Physical striker who enjoys contact. Fills the run lanes hard and is a downhill athlete with an aggressive nature at the point of attack.
Weaknesses: An upright athlete who lacks ideal body flexibility and natural explosion to hold up in coverage or space. Has tight hips and struggles to turn and quickly change directions ... plays stiff. Needs to be a more technically-sound tackler, often going for the knockout hit or forced fumble instead of wrapping up ... hits too high and loses leverage, allowing ballcarriers to pick up extra yards.
Previously (with approval results)...
1. Indianapolis Colts - Baylor QB Robert Griffin III (42%)
2. Washington Redskins - Stanford QB Andrew Luck (72%)
3. Minnesota Vikings - USC OT Matt Kalil (89%)
4. Cleveland Browns - Alabama RB Trent Richardson (70%)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LSU CB Morris Claiborne (84%)
6. St. Louis Rams - Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (91%)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Stanford G David DeCastro (33%)
8. Miami Dolphins - Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill (73%)
9. Carolina Panthers - South Carolina LB/DE Melvin Ingram (Forgot to do a poll)
10. Buffalo Bills - Stanford OT Jonathan Martin (73%)
11. Kansas City Chiefs - LSU DT Michael Brockers (35%)
12. Seattle Seahawks - Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (66%)
13. Arizona Cardinals - Iowa T Riley Reiff (88%)
14. Dallas Cowboys - North Carolina DE Quinton Coples (68%)
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox (79%)
16. New York Jets - Alabama DE/LB Courtney Upshaw (83%)
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd (68%)
18. San Diego Chargers - Penn State DT Devon Still (42%)
19. Chicago Bears - Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick (51%)
20. Tennessee Titans - South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore (63%)
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Georgia OL Cordy Glenn (64%)
22. Cleveland Browns - Arizona QB Nick Foles (21%)
23. Detroit Lions - Alabama S Mark Barron (67%)
24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Memphis NT Dontari Poe (62%)
25. Denver Broncos -- Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy (64%)
26. Houston Texans -- Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill (68%)
27. New England Patriots - North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins (58%)
28. Green Bay Packers - Illinois OLB/DE Whitney Mercilus (70%)
29. Baltimore Ravens - LSU WR Rueben Randle (34%)
30. San Francisco 49ers - Stanford TE Coby Fleener (46%)
31. New England Patriots - USC OLB Nick Perry (64%)
32. New York Giants - Baylor WR Kendall Wright (48%)
33. St. Louis Rams - Ohio State LT Mike Adams (77%)
34. Indianapolis Colts - South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery (Forgot to do a poll)
35. Minnesota Vikings - Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower (62%)
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Nebraska LB Lavonte David (71%)
37. Cleveland Browns - Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler (65%)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu (72%)
39. St. Louis Rams - Boise State LB Shea McClellin (59%)
40. Carolina Panthers - Clemson DT Brandon Thompson (65%)
41. Buffalo Bills - Oregon RB LaMichael James (34%)
42. Miami Dolphins - Boise State RB Doug Martin (26%)
43. Seattle Seahawks - Marshall DE Vinny Curry
44. Kansas City Chiefs - Midwestern State OL Amini Silatolu
45. Dallas Cowboys - Wisconsin C Peter Konz
46. Philadelphia Eagles - North Carolina LB Zach Brown
47. New York Jets -- Notre Dame S Harrison Smith