Chad Reuter of the NFL Network has serves up a mock draft -- the post-combine variety -- and he has the Jets selecting Stanford G David DeCastro with the 16th pick. Reuter's reasoning:
"Nothing DeCastro did in Indy shook the league’s consensus view that he will be a long-time starter, possibly Pro Bowler, as a move guard. Jets fans will think they’re seeing the return of Alan Faneca when DeCastro gets out in front of run plays on the edge."
My analysis: I've heard nothing but wonderful things about DeCastro, but it's highly unusual for a guard to get picked in the first round. Since 2000, only seven guards have been drafted in the first, the highest of which was Shawn Andrews by the Eagles (16th pick, 2004). It should be noted that Steve Hutchinson, drafted 17th by the Seahawks in 2001, became a perennial Pro Bowler. The Jets may have a need, with LG Matt Slauson coming off major shoulder surgery and RG Brandon Moore entering the final year of his contract, but you'd like to think they can address a more pressing need at 16.