McShay's pick -- NT Phil Taylor, Baylor
McShay's reasoning: "The Jets' search for a 3-4 nose tackle could follow the same logic as Chicago's for a 3-technique. Taylor is thick and can anchor against the run and he moves well for a big guy, but he also comes with some character baggage and his motor runs hot and cold. He would end up with a very good defensive coaching staff in New York, though, and the Jets have a need to groom the next centerpiece for their front seven. It's either Taylor with this pick or taking a chance on someone like Hampton's Kenrick Ellis in the third round.
Analysis: I agree. If Taylor is there for the Jets, it would be awfully hard for them to pass. Sione Pouha did a nice job as Kris Jenkins' replacement, but Pouha is 32 and they need to start grooming an heir apparent. Taylor could be the kind of disruptive force they need in the middle of their 3-4 defense.
Kiper's pick -- DE Cam Heyward, Ohio State
Kiper's reasoning: "We've discussed the possibility of taking a safety at this spot, but I don't think the Jets would be wise to neglect early talent at a position they really need to address. Heyward is a player that holds up against the run, has shown a decent repertoire of pass-rush skills, and can play through pain. Rex Ryan needs to infuse some talent to his defensive front, because he has to blitz to get any pressure on opposing quarterbacks at this point, and you never want that to be the case."
Analysis: Wise move by Mel to get off the Rahim Moore bangwagon. I'd be stunned if the Jets took a safety at 30. Heyward fits the scheme as a 5-technique, but I think there's more value with a nose tackle or pass-rushing linebacker.
Kiper and McShay produce a three-round mock. In Round 3 (the Jets don't have a second-round choice), McShay has them taking WR Jerrel Jernigan (Troy) and Kiper has them grabbing WR Greg Little (North Carolina).