9th Overall – DE/LB Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young University
Reason: The Jets have needed to upgrade their lackluster pass rush for the past couple seasons now. With recent rumors of Bills possibly selecting a quarterback 8th overall, there is a strong possibility that Ansah might slide to the Jets if a combination of Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, or Matt Barkley are selected by two teams ahead of the Jets.
13th Overall – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia University
Reason: The Jets have to get more offensive weapons capable of scoring touchdowns. Austin has a similar skillset as a former Marty Morhinweg wide receiver – DeSean Jackson. If Austin is able to contribute in the same capacity as Jackson in Morhinweg's system, the Jets should have an easier time scoring on offense next season. The Jets may also look to trade back in an effort to acquire more mid round selections during the draft.
39th Overall – QB EJ Manuel, Florida State University
Reason: It has been reported that the Jets are likely to select a quarterback in the second round. Manuel has the physical and mental makeup to become a starter in the NFL and might be reminiscent of Idzik's time last season when the Seahawks selected Russell Wilson.
72nd Overall – TE Jordan Reed, University of Florida
Reason: After losing Dustin Keller in free agency, the Jets are expected to make finding a new starter a top priority. Reed has been widely compared to former Gator tight end Aaron Hernandez. If he is able to have that type of impact, any quarterback that starts for the Jets will be content.
106th Overall – OG Hugh Thornton, University of Illinois
Reason: The Jets lost last season's starting offensive guards in Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore so the need to replace them becomes a priority. They signed Willie Colon in the offseason in a hopeful effort to fill one spot leaving the other position available for an open competition.
141st Overall – Traded to the New Orleans Saints for running back Chris Ivory
178th Overall – CB Steve Williams, University of California-Berkeley
Reason: After trading Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers, the Jets will look to find a new nickel cornerback as Kyle Wilson is expected to play primarily on the outside with Antonio Cromartie entrenched as the #1 cornerback. Williams provides good value as a 6th round pick.
215th Overall – DE/DT Joe Kruger, University of Utah
Reason: The loss of Mike Devito will be greatly felt on the Jets run-defense unit. The selection of Kruger will help ease that loss as he has great size at 6’7”/280 pounds. In addition to his size, he ran a 4.8 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.