As we continue the Team Needs series for the 2013 NFL Draft, we proceed to the team with the ninth overall pick; the New York Jets. After thinking we couldn’t get a bigger media circus than in 2011, Woody Johnson decided it would be a good idea to bring in Tim Tebow.
With Tebow, the ESPN 24 hour news cycle was in overdrive and it certainly didn’t help with the poor play of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. But you knew this team was done the moment Darrelle Revis went down for the season. This is probably the only reason head coach Rex Ryan will get at least one more shot in the Jets war room this April. Here are a few positions of need he’ll look to address at the draft.
It’s really tough to say this after the team just gave Mark Sanchez a huge three year extension just last offseason. But another season of poor performance, and Greg McElroy being nothing more than a back up in this league the search for the next franchise quarterback has once again fallen on the franchise. Unfortunately this will have to come in the later rounds as the Sanchez contract has their hands tied at the moment. Perhaps stashing a guy like Tyler Bray on the bench for a couple of years could pan out.
Draft Possibilities: Tyler Bray, Landry Jones
Mark Sanchez was bad the past two season’s, don’t get me wrong. But to his credit, his offensive line hasn’t helped him out on the right side. Austin Howard seemed to get worse and worse last year and he needs to be replaced. If the team is forced to go ahead with Sanchez, getting him some time to throw the ball would make it ideal to reach for a guy like Eric Fisher here.
Draft Possibilities: Eric Fisher, Justin Pugh
Probably the best kept secret in the league is the good play of Laron Landry for the Jets last season. However, both him and Yeremiah Bell are likely to bail in free agency with the Jets mismanaged cap problems. The Jets could take a risk on a guy like Bacarri Rambo as early as the third round.
Draft Possibilities: Bacarri Rambo, J.J. Wilcox
Again, putting playmakers around Sanchez is the only way to improve this offense and Shonn Greene isn’t the guy to carry that group. If Greene leaves in free agency, Eddy Lacey could be on the Jets radar come April. If not, they’ll try to find some gem in the later rounds.
Draft Possibilities: Eddy Lacey, Giovani Bernard
Bringing in Aaron Maybin to help your already pathetic pass rush probably wasn’t the best idea. But even after he was cut, both Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas were easily contained on a routine basis. The defense has to get some legitimate pass rushers to keep teams from having all day to throw the ball against them. Barkevious Mingo could be the guy if he has a good combine performance.
Draft Possibilities: Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones
Before beginning research for the Jets team needs, I wasn’t sure that they were that far off from being competitive. They were in the talks for a wild card spot even late in the year. But when I looked at their schedule and saw how soft it was, I realized that was the only reason this team wasn’t picking in the top five in this draft.
For Rex Ryan, I’d seriously be surprised if he is in New York at this time next year. He chose to marry his success or failure on the arm of Mark Sanchez and now he has to sleep in the bed that he made. It’s hard to envision Sanchez just magically transforming his game and ability overnight and with that contract, there is no escape. I bet Rex would like to have that one back.
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