Possible first-round targets for Jets

NFL draft prospect Barkevious Mingo of LSU laughs

NFL draft prospect Barkevious Mingo of LSU laughs during a youth football clinic in New York. (April 24, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

6-4, 241

Mingo may be on the small side for a defensive lineman, but he has speed (4.58 40-yard time), strength and athleticism. His junior-year stats are underwhelming (4.5 sacks, compared to eight as a sophomore), but Mingo has gotten a lot of attention from NFL teams.

 

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

6-2, 245

In college, Jones proved he has a knack for getting to the quarterback, and that's just what the Jets need. But there are several questions when it comes to Jones: his health (a previous spinal stenosis diagnosis), speed (4.92 40-yard time) and ability to drop back in coverage.

 

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

5-8, 174

"Lightning in a bottle'' is how his college quarterback, Geno Smith, described this pint-size playmaker. What Austin lacks in size, he makes up for with speed, shiftiness and good hands, and he would be a welcome addition to Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.

 

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

6-2, 218

The Jets have plenty of quarterbacks but not a long-term solution. Smith could be the answer, if the Jets decide to target a QB in the first round. He brings athleticism and a quick delivery.

 

Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

6-2, 311

Guard isn't a sexy pick, but Cooper can fill an immediate need for the Jets. Though of average height, draft experts say he has quick feet, good mobility and is excellent in pass protection.

 

Others to keep an eye on: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas; CB Dee Milliner, Alabama; DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU; QB EJ Manuel, Florida State; TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame; G Chance Warmack, Alabama.

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