New York Jets Draft Needs
It went from bad to worse in 2012 for the New York Jets, as they finished up the year tied for last in the AFC East with a 6-10 overall record. While head coach Rex Ryan somehow avoided losing his job, the same can’t be said for the rest of the coaching staff. On top of several position coaching changes, Marty Mornhinweg has been brought in as the new offensive coordinator and Dennis Thurman will take over as the new defensive coordinator. The Jets also parted ways with a number of players, including linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safeties LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell and Erick Smith, defensive linemen Sione Pouha and Mike Devito, tight end Dustin Keller and running back Shonn Greene. The moves have left little doubt that new GM John Idzik is looking for a fresh start. Here’s a look at the five positions I feel the Jets need to address in the draft this April.
Not only was the Jets offense a complete disaster last season, the defense wasn’t anywhere close to being the dominant unit that we expect to see under a team led by Ryan. I think its imperative that New York add in a player in the draft who can put some serious heat on the quarterback. There figures to be plenty of options available when they are up with the No. 9 pick in the first round and they need to take the guy who they fill best fits their system.
The losses of Landry, Bell and Smith have created a major void in the defensive backfield. Not only do I think the Jets need to seriously consider using their second round pick on the best safety available, but I think they need to keep looking for additional help later in the draft. They have a talented trio at corner in Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson, but it doesn’t do them any good if there’s no protection deep.
Wide Receiver/Tight End:
Part of the Jets quarterback problems was they didn’t have anyone to throw the ball to, especially after wide out Santonio Holmes went down with a season-ending injury. Losing Keller this offseason only makes it that much worse. They need to go out and get some serious help at both of these positions in the draft.
The Jets could use help at offensive guard and at right tackle. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them use their first round pick on either of these positions, but the most likely scenario will be adding in help later on in the draft. There’s typically decent value on guards in the 4th round and they could be in the market for a tackle in the 3rd. Two names that could be an option in 3rd are Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner and Louisiana Tech’s Jordan Mills.
One of the few positions that were left unchanged is quarterback, where Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow still remain. They also added in veteran David Garrard and still have youngster Greg McElroy. It’s hard to imagine the Jets would be willing to use a draft pick on a quarterback given the logjam they already have and the fact that there’s no sure thing in the entire class, but I’m not sold on any of these four being a franchise quarterback. If the right guy falls to them in the later rounds, I think they have to pull the trigger.
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