Rumor: Jets interested in moving up for Melvin Ingram
In my mock draft, I project South Carolina's Melvin Ingram to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider, "the chatter is getting louder from league insiders that the primary strategy for the New York Jets in round one would be trading up for Melvin Ingram."
Ingram has the scheme versatility to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or as a 4-3 defensive end. Not only does he have a high motor (which is the biggest question mark for UNC's Quentin Coples, this draft's other top pass-rusher), Ingram has good athleticism (4.79 forty) but he has short arms (31.5 inches).
In most of my previous mock updates, I had the Jets going with a pass-rusher (usually Alabama's Courtney Upshaw). The majority of mock drafts have the Jets focusing on the defensive side of the ball, especially their pass rush.
In my latest mock draft, I have the Jets taking Alabama safety Mark Barron in the first round and getting a pass-rusher with their second-round pick (Clemson's Andre Branch).
Last year, the Jets recorded 35 sacks, which ranks them middle of the road in the league. But no player on the team had more than six sacks (Aaron Maybin).