The Positions That The Jets Must Address In The Draft
In my opinion, cornerback should be the priority come draft day. Corners are a vital part of Rex Ryan’s defense, he often brings his safeties up in the box to help in run support or blitzes them to provide pressure on QB, which then puts the corners on an island with no help over the top. Instead of signing the big name players at this position, the Jets have brought in players like Dimitri Patterson and Johnny Patrick this off-season, but I only see them as providing depth. As of right now the starters would be Milliner and Walls on the outside, with Wilson playing the slot. As we saw last year with Milliner, there is a huge learning curve for rookie corners and Ryan’s system makes it more challenging, but the way John Idzik has let free agency play out they are left with no other choice.
Last season the Jets surrounded Geno Smith with possibly the worst weapons in the league. If they truly want their young QB to succeed in this league they are going to need to surround him with some receivers that can get open and make plays. Eric Decker was a very solid pickup, and Jeremy Kerley has been the team’s best target for the past two seasons, but they still need more. Drafting a playmaker at WR will open the field up for not only Decker and Kerley, but it will also help out the running game as well. Teams will no longer be able to consistently stack the box against the Jets, which will open up lanes for the running backs.
The Jets brought back Jeff Cumberland this off-season, but I’m not jumping for joy over it. Cumberland is an ok player, who struggles with his blocking and at times displays inconsistent hands. The Jets need to bring in another Tight End. The only issue is this class is not a deep one when it comes to this position. They will need to address TE early if they want to get a player that could have an impact next season.
The Jets should use the draft to find players at both ILB and OLB. David Harris is entering the final year of his contract, and even though he played extremely well last season; it might be time to start looking for the player that may one day replace Harris. As for OLB Coples proved he can be an every down player and will be an important piece of this defense for years to come, and on the other side, Calvin Pace, had a career year with 10 sacks, and signed a two year deal this off-season, but he turns 34 this season; it’s time they find his successor.
When I think about injuries, the unit that can afford an injury the least is the Offensive Line. It’s a unit that has no depth, and I hold my breath every time one of the members of the 1st team goes down. The Jets signed Beno Giacomini, and brought back Willie Colon, who will be coming off a torn bicep injury; but its still a unit, that has some question marks. How will Brian Winters play after a rocky first season? Will DBrick return to his old self after a disappointing season? Drafting a player would help me feel better about this group.
All in all, this is an important draft for the future of the organization. Since John Idzik was hired, he has stated that the lifeline of the team will be the draft, but many have still questioned the way he handled this free agency period, if he is going to silence his critics he is going to need to hit this draft out of the park.
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