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Fan Mock Draft: Whom should the Jets select No. 18 overall?

New York is on the clock.

Rex Ryan looks to lead the Jets back to the postseason.

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It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The New York Jets are on the clock.

The Jets added some weapons on the offensive side of the ball during free agency and should look to re-tool their defense in the draft.

Cornerback is a very specific need as they missed out on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Darrelle Revis in free agency. In this scenario, two elite corners remain on the board and could start right away opposite Dee Milliner.

While the Jets could still use another piece or two on the offense, this draft is exceedingly deep at the wide receiver position and they could address it later. So, who should the Jets spend the No. 18 overall pick on?

1. Houston Texans select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney

2. St. Louis Rams select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins

3. Jacksonville Jaguars select Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles

4. Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel

5. Oakland Raiders select Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack

6. Atlanta Falcons select Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans

8. Minnesota Vikings select Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr

9. Buffalo Bills select Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews

10. Detroit Lions select UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr

11. Tennessee Titans select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

12. New York Giants select Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald

13. St. Louis Rams select Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan

14. Chicago Bears select Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

15. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert

16. Dallas Cowboys select Auburn defensive end Dee Ford

17. Baltimore Ravens select Notre Dame OT Zack Martin

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

Dennard’s physical style of play would help him slide right into defensive coordinator Rex Ryan’s system. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, Dennard looks the part and was voted as a team captain during his senior season. Dennard has the accolades to back up his success on the field as he was a unanimous first-team All American and was the Jim Thorpe Award winner.

Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller

Fuller has been a bit of a late riser, but talent evaluators were well aware of his skillset. The Virginia Tech product has a nice blend of size, balance and anticipates opposing receiver’s routes well.

Louisville FS Calvin Pryor

If the Jets are looking for a throwback, in-the-box safety, Pryor should be their guy. The Jets have strong safety Dawan Landry and a combination of free safeties Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett rounding out the secondary. Pryor would be an upgrade and would instill some toughness in Ryan’s defense.

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks

Since he was named an All-American and the Biletnikoff Award winner, teams have taken notice of the 5-foot-10, 190-pound wide receiver. Cooks blew scouts away by running a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, but what’s more is he’s a precise route runner. His production can’t be discounted: 128 receptions for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior year.

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron

The Jets have a clear need at tight end and Ebron is the best player available. Ebron, who averaged 17 yards a catch during his three-year career in Chapel Hill, has the size and speed combination to excel in the league. Adding Ebron would give Geno Smith another big target in the middle of the field.