The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. Up now is the New York Jets with the No. 16 overall pick.
With the 16th pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the New York Jets select South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram.
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: Even though Rex Ryan is known for his love of getting after quarterbacks, the Jets have not made getting pass rushers a priority during his tenure. They have opted for developmental players (Jamaal Westerman), cheap veteran signings (Jason Taylor), and scrap heap pickups (Aaron Maybin). Rumors are swirling that Ryan wants to change that and add a difference maker at outside linebacker and loves Ingram. It makes sense. He loves to move his pass rushers all over, and Ingram lined up at linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle at South Carolina.
Dan Kadar responds: Whether it's Ingram or Courtney Upshaw of Alabama, most expect the Jets to use their first-round pick on a pass rusher this year. The concern with Ingram is his size. While he and Upshaw have similar builds, Upshaw has short arms. That often limits how good a line player can be in the NFL. But given his versatility and motor, if there's a player in the draft who can overcome size, it's Ingram.
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