Round 1, Pick 6 (6) Leonard Williams DE 6'5" 302 USC
Draft Day quote: "Williams was the best player in the draft regardless of position. If you're the Jets, you had to take him." -- Mike Mayock
Player comparison: As a player who was considered worthy of the top overall pick, Williams has been compared to a number of current and former excellent defensive linemen from Kevin Williams to Richard Seymour and even Reggie White ... but the one that I like best is Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy. McCoy came into the league in the shadow of Ndamukong Suh but has played extremely well in the hybrid tackle / end role that seems to be taking the league by storm in the last five years. While Williams is known for his ability to two-gap or collapse lines and stop the run, he has all the athleticism in the world to be a plus pass rusher in the Jets aggressive scheme.
Round 2, Pick 5 (37) Devin Smith WR 6'0" 196 Ohio St.
Draft Day quote: "This guy tracks the football deep as well as any wide receiver in this draft." -- Mike Mayock
Player comparison: Compared to players from Kendall Wright (blargh) to DeSean Jackson (easy now!), Smith is a hard comp to make because of the way he was utilized as a kill-shot receiver at Ohio State for Urban Meyer. Explosive, fast and one of the best deep ball and high-pointing receivers in the 2015 draft, he could wind up being a steal ... like DeSean Jackson was for Philly. But the best comp I could make for Smith (until we can see the production on the field) is Kenny Stills. Stills was electric as a deep option for the Saints in the first few years of his career and came on in 2014 as a receiver who could also run underneath routes just as effectively. Smith can come in day one and be a lid-lifter for the Jets, but for him to excel in the NFL he will have work on his underneath route running. Smith could be a fascinating prospect. Look at the hit-or-miss fluctuations in names that Rotoviz's Box Score Scout gives on Smith weighting "market share" on yards and touchdowns ... wow.
Round 3, Pick 18 (82) (from Texans) Lorenzo Mauldin OLB 6'4" 259
Draft Day quote: "He plays so hard; goes hard all the time. I'm happy to see what he's going to bring to the game." -- Texas coach Charlie Strong
Player comparison: In 2013, Bjoern Werner came into the league with a lot of attention thanks to his stellar work filling in for Tank Carradine at Florida State and his colorful and short history comparatively in football coming from Germany, but seems to have settled in as a player who is best suited due to his physical abilities as a strong side linebacker. Mauldin looks similar to me in that he's not going to be a "rush" linebacker for this group but could excel against the run and as an edge setter. Coples is likely to hold the rush linebacker role for the next year or two at the least and Calvin Pace is reaching the end of his days with the Jets. Mauldin was drafted to be a play to set the edge for this team.
Round 4, Pick 4 (103) (from Jaguars) Bryce Petty QB 6'3" 230 Baylor
Draft Day quote: Petty needs considerable development after being groomed in Art Briles' spread system but he has NFL size and the arm to make all the throws. --Mark Dulgerian
Player comparison: Is it scary to anyone else that Mockdraftable says Petty's closest physical comp is Mark Sanchez? Petty is an inch taller than Sanchez and has slightly better agility, but there are very few quarterbacks drafted past the second round that turn into long-term viable starters in the NFL so if the Jets are serious about optimizing his chances, then throwing him into the fire this year or even next could be a big mistake. While he has similarities to Sanchez, Petty has an inch on the former Jet and has all the physical tools combined with an excellent arm and the right attitude to make teams interested in him. In the right situation,with the right offensive coordinator Petty could be a starting NFL quarterback, but for now it looks like a "stars align" type situation. Good thing that the Jets have Chan Gailey, who has been able to get impressive play out of players like Tyler Thigpen, but a look at Rotoviz's Box Score Scout demonstrates that a player like Sanchez might be his ceiling.
Round 5, Pick 16 (152) (from Texans) Jarvis Harrison OG 6'4" 330 Texas A&M
Draft Day quote: Harrison has the prototypical size and bubble of an NFL interior lineman. He is more mobile than he looks but is somewhat of a phone booth player who comes from a spread system. He's a project with upside as a depth guard. --Mark Dulgerian
Player comparison: Mockdraftable suggests former Jet Jonathan Goodwin as a potential comp for Harrison. Both fifth round picks playing in pedigreed college programs who had size and some "dancing bear" style to them which made them serviceable NFL linemen. While he has the body for the NFL game, there were some questions about his dedication to the sport. Training camp will be a good test of where his commitment is to the team.
Round 7, Pick 6 (223) Deon Simon NT 6'4" 321 Northwestern St. (LA) 4.9
Draft Day quote: No harm in taking this big bodied 2-gapper this late in the draft. --Mark Dulgerian
Player comparison: Kentwan Balmer was a player who came into the league with much fanfare, but who flamed out after walking away from the sport. Simon is much more dedicated to the game, but comes into the league with less attention as a seventh rounder. Simon comes in as an older rookie, but as the Jets have proven in the past with players like Sione Pouha and Trevor Reilly that age might not matter as much on the defensive front seven as it might at receiver or running back. Balmer might have been overdrafted but his combination of size and athleticism made him a first round pick by the Niners in 2008; Simon has similar physical abilities and could be a solid backup for Big Snacks if he is allowed time to grow into his role.