The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the New York Jets and pick No. 47.
With the 47th pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the New York Jets select Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.
John B, managing editor for Gang Green Nation, breaks down the choice and I respond after the jump. For the latest on the Jets, make sure to check out GangGreenNation.com.
John B explains: The Jets addressed one huge need in the first round by taking Melvin Ingram. I could see a scenario where they double dip at the outside linebacker position, but it probably would not be in the second round if the Draft plays out this way. Regarding their other needs, reports indicate they are intent on signing a cheap veteran receiver after the Draft. For reasons unknown to anybody, they seem content with Wayne Hunter battling Vladimir Ducasse for the right tackle spot. That leaves us with safety.
Eric Smith was one of the worst starting safeties in the NFL in 2011. Despite the signing of Laron Landry, Smith is currently slated to start again. We’ll replace him with another Smith. Landry is an in the box type of safety. Harrison Smith has the skillset to play centerfield in this defense. Adding Ingram and Smith in the first two rounds takes a defense that was already one of the best in the league and makes it potentially dominant.
Dan Kadar responds: This is a wonderful pick. Landry, and his biceps only signed a one-year deal with the Jets, Jim Leonhard can't stay healthy and Eric Smith is, plainly, terrible. Harrison Smith has been an offseason riser and would give whatever team drafts him a leader. Smith may never be a superstar defensive back, but he's sound, tough and smart.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects
|1||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford||Story|
|2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||Story|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil||OT||USC||Story|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||Story|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Story|
|6||St. Louis Rams||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama||Story|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Quinton Coples||DE||North Carolina||Story|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M||Story|
|9||Carolina Panthers||Fletcher Cox||DT||Mississippi State||Story|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Mike Adams||OT||Ohio State||Story|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||Riley Reiff||OT||Iowa||Story|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||Courtney Upshaw||OLB||Alabama||Story|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Martin||OT||Stanford||Story|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||David DeCastro||G||Stanford||Story|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College||Story|
|16||New York Jets||Melvin Ingram||DE||South Carolina||Story|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Story|
|18||San Diego Chargers||Mark Barron||S||Alabama||Story|
|19||Chicago Bears||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||Story|
|20||Tennessee Titans||Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama||Story|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Cordy Glenn||OT||Georgia||Story|
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
|36||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|39||St. Louis Rams
||Alshon Jeffery||WR||South Carolina
|44||Kansas City Chiefs