BBV Community Mock Draft 2011: With The 30th Pick, The Jets Select ...

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa.

Playing the role of general manager for the New York Jets is 'Plaxico Burress.' Here is his rational for the selection of Clayborn:

Once Phil Taylor got snagged, this draft went from being a no brainer to a head scratcher. I didn't have a plan B, so I had to make one up on the fly. I started with analyzing the offense, and quickly realized there is no one on the board, that plays an offensive position, that is worthy of a first round pick. So.... On to the D, where there are several viable options left in positions of need for the Jets.

Even with the strength the Jets D was in 2010, it is no secret that they need more playmakers all over the defensive side of the ball if they want to compete with the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning every year. That brought me to my first of several options:

Brandon Harris - small, extremely quick, playmaking safety out of Miami. When you're playing against the 2 best QBs in the league every year, you need as many good cover corners as you can get. Assuming Antonio Cromartie is re-signed, the Jets will go into 2011 with the best CB in the NFL, a top 15 CB, and a highly touted 2nd year CB who didn't really get a chance to show what he could do in his rookie year. If I was certain Cromartie was leaving, this might be the pick. Since I have to assume he's staying, I'll pass. Plus, cover corners can only cover for so long. Without a relentless pass rush, wide receivers will get open eventually, and Tom and Peyton will find them.

With the Top 3 OLBs already drafted (Houston was my plan B after Taylor!), this brings me to the 3 DE's still on the board: Adrian Clayborn, Cameron Heyward, and Muhammad Wilkerson. I could really select any of these 3 and be happy.

Clayborn is a beast who could be considered a "tweener" DE-OLB in the 3-4 at 270-280 LBs. Little too small for a 3-4 DE, and a little too big for OLB. He is fast, relentless, emotional, and a fiery leader... would fit in well with the loudmouth Jets

Cameron Heyward failed to impress scouts his senior year, and looked lazy and slow at time. But, when his mind is right and he feels like playing, can be an absolute force on the field. This is a true 3-4 DE as far as size goes. My only turnoff with Heyward, is his lack of pass rush skills. He is considered more of a run stopper. The Jets can stop the run already. They need a pass rush.

Wilkerson is "high risk high reward" type player all you Giants fans love taking in the first round. A "raw" guy with tremendous upside. An overpowering force at 315 lbs, can play 4-3 DT or 3-4 DE. He could turn into a monster over time. But, the Jets are built to win now, they need someone who can help them immediately.

So.. without any further adieu... we, the Jets, select.... Adrian Clayborn out of Iowa. As much as I wanted to select Wilkerson, I just couldn't pass up on the value of Clayborn at the 30th pick. We will play him at DE, OLB, MLB, Rover, everything.... Adrian Clayborn will play all over the field. This, IMO, is BPA and fills a huge need.

My take: This guy might not be the pass-rushing beast the Jets would really like to have on the outside of their 3-4 defense, but this is a solid selection. Clayborn is expected to be a good NFL player, and this is a safe choice.

-- Two picks left in our first round. Let's get those done on Friday, then maybe we will take the weekend off and start the second round on Monday. Green Bay is up next, putting 'stephen_ross' on the clock.

Round 1

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cam Newton
QB
Auburn
Tito
2 Denver Nick Fairley
DT
Auburn
Mike Fiammetta
3 Buffalo Patrick Peterson
CB
LSU
Bigbluethruandthru
4 Cincinnati Blaine Gabbert
QB
Missouri
BitterEli
5 Arizona Von Miller
OLB
Texas A&M
gmen2thebowl
6 Cleveland Marcell Dareus
DL
Alabama
Bobely
7 San Francisco
A.J. Green
WR
Georgia
Pat19
8 Tennessee Da'Quan Bowers DE
Clemson
RealLT
9 Dallas
Prince Amukamara
CB
Nebraska
Simms-McConkey
10 Washington Julio Jones
WR
Alabama
jcalafiore
11 Houston
Robert Quinn
DE/OLB
North Carolina
daddyzander
12 Minnesota Tyron Smith
OT
USC
RolloT
13 Detroit Anthony Castonzo
OT
Boston College
Ed Valentine
14 St. Louis
Aldon Smith
DE
Missouri
GiantNomad
15 Miami
Mark Ingram
RB
Alabama
HenneGivenSunday
16 Jacksonville Cameron Jordan
DE
California
ct17
17 New England
Mike Pouncey
OG/C
Florida
Ryan Valentine
18 San Diego
J.J. Watt
DE
Wisconsin
Anthony P
19 N.Y. Giants Akeem Ayers
OLB
UCLA
Ed Valentine
20 Tampa Bay
Jimmy Smith
CB
Tampa Bay
willgfass
21 Kansas City
Phil Taylor
DT
Baylor
The Blood Of Eli
22 Indianapolis Gabe Carimi
OT
Wisconsin
dannymac56
23 Philadelphia Nate Solder
OT
Colorado
JimmyK
24 New Orleans
Ryan Kerrigan
DE
Purdue
Charles L.
25 Seattle Jake Locker
QB
Washington
Ejaay
26 Baltimore Justin Houston
OLB
Georgia
LarrySoprano
27 Atlanta Kyle Rudolph
TE
Notre Dame
pataroons
28 New England
Derek Sherrod
OT
Mississippi State
DManInBLUE
29 Chicago Corey Liuget
DT
Illinois You're my boy, Blue
30 New York Jets
Adrian Clayborn
DE
Iowa
PlaxicoBurress
31 Pittsburgh


stephen_ross
32 Green Bay



NYG28

Round 2

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
33 New England



Ryan Valentine?
34 Buffalo


Bigbluethruandthru
35 Cincinnati


BitterEli
36 Denver



Mike Fiammetta
37 Cleveland


Bobely
38 Arizona



gmen2thebowl
39 Tennessee


RealLT
40 Dallas


Simms-McConkey
41 Washington


jcalafiore
42 Houston


daddyzander
43 Minnesota


RolloT
44 Detroit


BigBlueIntervention
45 San Francisco



Pat19
46 Denver



Mike Fiammetta
47 St. Louis



GiantNomad
48 Oakland


G Fan In England
49 Jacksonville



ct17
50 San Diego



Anthony P
51 Tampa Bay



willgfass
52 N.Y. Giants


Ed Valentine
53 Indianapolis



dannymac56
54 Philadelphia


JImmyK
55 Kansas City



The Blood Of Eli
56 New Orleans



Charles L.
57 Seattle


Ejaay
58 Baltimore


LarrySoprano
59 Atlanta


pataroons
60 New England



Ryan Valentine?
61 San Diego



Anthony P
62 Chicago



You're my boy, Blue
63 Pittsburgh


stephen_ross
64 Green Bay



NYG28
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