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Top of the Jets' wish list

Five of the top college football players on the top of the New York Jets' wish list.

BRANDON SCHERFF, T, Iowa, Sr.

Offensive linemen aren't sexy picks, but Brandon Scherff
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Offensive linemen aren't sexy picks, but Brandon Scherff is a BIG boy who knows how to move his body. The 6-5, 320-pound Iowa product is athletic and extremely tough. Though he played tackle in college, Scherff is projected to be a guard in the NFL. And with Willie Colon a free agent and Brian Winters coming off knee surgery, the Jets might find Scherff's ability and versatility attractive.

SHANE RAY, DE, Missouri, Jr.

Behind Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison,
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Behind Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, the defensive line is the strength of the Jets' defense. But they still need a pass rusher. Shane Ray's size (6-3, 245) will be scrutinized, but his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks can't be overlooked. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year made 14.5 sacks -- a Mizzou single-season record -- and had 65 tackles, including an SEC-best 22.5 behind the line of scrimmage.

KEVIN WHITE, WR, West Virginia, Sr.

Cooper has garnered much of the pre-combine attention,
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Cooper has garnered much of the pre-combine attention, but don't sleep on Kevin White. At 6-3, 210 pounds, he's a big target who fights for every jump ball. The Jets have Eric Decker as their No. 1 and a reliable slot receiver in Jeremy Kerley, but they need a big, strong vertical threat downfield. In 2014, White caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

AMARI COOPER, WR, Alabama, Jr.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has mentioned
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ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has mentioned Amari Cooper in the same sentence as both Jerry Rice and Reggie Wayne. Though some teams might not love his size (6-1, 210), Cooper does two things exceptionally well: gets open and makes big-time catches. He had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014.

MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, Oregon, Jr.

Marcus Mariota definitely looks the part: He's 6-4,

Marcus Mariota definitely looks the part: He's 6-4, 219 pounds, throws a pretty ball and possesses tremendous leadership skills. But can he be a franchise QB? Some draft experts have likened him to 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, and other pundits have labeled him a system QB who hasn't yet proven he can make every NFL throw. Because of a sprained AC joint in his right throwing shoulder, Mariota isn't yet sure if he will throw at the combine.

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