Mel Kiper's first mock draft: Jets pick DE Shane Ray

The New York Jets' new regime, headed by Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, inherits the sixth pick in the draft -- a nice asset to have when you're trying to rebuild.

Their top pre-free agency needs are cornerback, quarterback, wide receiver ... actually, they need a lot of things. You don't finish 4-12 by accident.

You're going to see hundreds of mock drafts over the next four months (not that many in this space, thankfully), and here's the first. Fittingly, it comes from ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

His top six:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2. Tennessee Titans -- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Leonard Williams, DE, USC

4. Oakland Raiders -- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

5. Washington Redskins --Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

6. New York Jets -- Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

My take: Another defensive player? This would mark six straight years in the first round. Seems crazy, but the Jets do need a speed rusher to complement the inside power of Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. Quinton Coples is an outside rusher, but he's not a speed player. The question with Ray is his size; he is listed at only 6-foot-2 1/2, 240 pounds -- a tweener. The issue is scheme fit. If Bowles stays with a 3-4 base, it would make Ray an undersized outside linebacker. From the limited amount of tape I've watched on Ray, it looks like he plays a lot as the right end in a four-man line. Don't worry, we'll have plenty of time to debate this -- like, four months.