Each of the last two years, the Jets have hit it big on day one of the draft, getting tremendous value in defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples at 30th and 16th overall, respectively.
While the Jets have had strong defenses each of Ryan’s four years as head coach, that doesn’t mean the Jets won’t be thinking defense early on draft day. At ninth overall, they should have plenty of talent to choose from.
The Jets need to find some defensive end/outside linebackers, especially after longtime starters Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace have departed. There should be a ton of impact guys available when the Jets are on the clock.
Some combination of LSU‘s Barkevious Mingo, Oregon‘s Dion Jordan, Texas A&M‘s Damontre Moore, BYU‘s Ezekial Ansah and Georgia‘s Jarvis Jones could all conceivably be on the board for the Jets in round 1.
It’s no secret that the Jets need to upgrade their offense. However, the buzz from the scouting combine is that teams should be able to find solid offensive talent on the second and third day of the draft this year.
If that’s an accurate assessment, the Jets should try to target the best players available early, and there’s a chance that they could get good positional value with defensive front seven help with their first pick or two.
New Jets general manager John Idzik will have a chance to make his mark in 2013, and you can bet that Rex Ryan will be in his ear with his opinions on which top defensive players he’d love to bring in on draft weekend.
The Jets have a great opportunity to get better this off-season, and they’ll need to hit it big with their top draft pick to set the tone, whatever position that may be. The new league year can’t come soon enough.