Mel Kiper Jr. mocks O.J. Howard to Jets, but tight end is a luxury pick

Should the Jets invest in a TE with sixth pick? (1:21)

Jeff Saturday and Field Yates explore if drafting former Alabama TE O.J. Howard in the first-round makes sense for the Jets. (1:21)

Mel, Mel, Mel, Mel, Mel.

A tight end? Really?

In his updated mock draft, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicts the New York Jets will pick Alabama's O.J. Howard at No. 6 overall. He's a very good tight end, but it's highly unusual to take one that high. For historical context, consider:

The last tight end to go as high as No. 6 was Vernon Davis in 2006. (A side note: Then-coach Eric Mangini once told me they strongly considered Davis with the fourth pick, opting instead for left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson).

It would be quite a rags-to-riches story if the Jets were to select Howard. They ignored the tight-end position the last two years, fielding a patchwork group that produced only 26 catches in 2015 and 2016 -- 71 fewer than the next-closest team.

Howard would be a tremendous upgrade, and we can't forget that new offensive coordinator John Morton -- unlike his predecessor -- is planning to integrate the tight end into his West Coast-style passing offense.

But the Jets are a team with many needs, and tight end would be a luxury pick at No. 6. They need a cornerback. A safety. An edge rusher. And, of course, a quarterback.

The tight end can wait.