As the 2013 NFL Draft is less than half an hour away, here's our wish list for the New York Jets in the first round. If the Jets can secure two of the players on this list, or an extra pick in the process, it will be a successful night for John Idzik, Rex Ryan and company. Included on this list are Jonathan Cooper, Chance Warmack, Jarvis Jones, Barkevious Mingo and others whose names have been floating up and down the draft board.
Extra Early Pick: Not often is an extra pick the biggest want heading into an NFL Draft when you already have two of the first 13 picks on the board, but in such a deep draft and with so many needs getting an extra pick in the late first round or early second round would be huge. The Jets already have three in the first 39, but getting a fourth within the first 60 or so selections is going to allow them to walk away with four or five players ready to contribute this year.
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina: He has overtaken Chance Warmack as the top guard in the 2013 NFL Draft. His build and athleticism are unprecedented for a guard. A conservative, safe selection, but one that will be solid and provide another anchor on the offensive line along with Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
Chance Warmack, Alabama: While he ranks slightly behind Cooper, Chance Warmack is a bulldozing guard who will make an impact in the run game. Still a very solid selection that will serve the Jets well up front for a long time if they can get their hands on him.
Jarvis Jones, Georgia: An edge rusher who has a history of getting after the quarterback and finished the job. Recorded 28 sacks over the past two seasons at Georgia. Pro Day issues aside, he can turn the corner consistently and apply pressure. Some compare him to Terrell Suggs, which might ring a bell with Rex Ryan.
Barkevious Mingo, LSU: Another edge rusher. Rate him slightly lower than Jarvis Jones due to lack of actual sack production (just 4.5 last season). Great get off on the snap of the ball and speed, but a little soft on the edge.
Tavon Austin, West Virginia: Wouldn't be my favorite pick as the Jets already have a fairly small receiving corps with the exception of Stephen Hill, but Tavon Austin would be an interesting weapon for Marty Mornhinhweg to utilize in the new look Jets offense. Also has ability as a return man on special teams.
Dee Milliner, Alabama: If he falls, Dee Milliner would be a great fit as a press corner. He has been slipping lately due to concerns that have largely been dismissed, but things tend to get over-analyzed around this time and good players will fall for silly reasons. While cornerback isn't truly a huge need for the Jets, Dee Milliner would be pretty solid across from Antonio Cromartie.
There are plenty of other prospects that would certainly be acceptable picks, especially if the Jets end up trading down. Names like Margus Hunt, Kenny Vaccaro, Bjoern Werner and Star Lotulelei come to mind. The Jets have a great opportunity in front of them tonight to set themselves up for a bright future.