After finishing with a 6-10 record in the 2012 NFL regular season, the New York Jets will have the ninth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday April 25 and runs through Saturday April 27.
Due to various tiebreakers, including record against common opponents, the Jets officially finished in third place in the AFC East, ahead of the Buffalo Bills (6-10), who will select eighth overall next April.
For the Jets, selecting in the early part of each round of the draft is an opportunity to rebuild and rebound from their second consecutive disappointing season, their first losing season under head coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan is expected back for a fifth season, and deservedly so. However, he’ll likely be working with his third offensive coordinator in three years, and the Jets cannot afford another season of ineptitude from that side of the ball.
It’s the first time the Jets have earned a top ten pick since finishing 4-12 in 2007. The Jets’ 2008 draft class was an utter disaster, capped off by sixth overall pick Vernon Gholston, and it cost head coach Eric Mangini his job.
The 2013 NFL Draft is a huge one for the New York Jets, who will likely have a new general manager and potentially an entirely revamped front office. For better or for worse, their 2013 draft class will set the tone for years to come.