It’s been a while since the feared defensive group of the New York Jets known as the New York Sack Exchange lined up together at the Meadowlands, but just like the stock market rejuvenates all the time, the New York Sack Exchange can be restored, too.
Third-year player Muhammad Wilkerson is coming off a very productive NFL season, with 70 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles. Wilkerson was a huge part of the New York Jets defense’s success last season, and even though the numbers might not be that attractive, if you watched a game this season you know the impact Wilkerson had.
Second-year player Quinton Coples is coming off a respectable rookie season, racking up 30 tackles, and five and a half sacks. There is no doubt that Coples will see and improved role in 2013, and he, as well as Wilkerson will really have to step there games up in order to be the dominant forces among the Jets defensive line.
Now, in addition to these two up and coming products, all indications lead to the Jets drafting another defensive lineman, or a linebacker. This year’s draft class contains a ton of defensive talent, with a majority of them being projected in the top 15 picks of the draft. The Jets have to be careful in who they pick, because with the ninth overall pick and the potential and talent with some of these young men, you would expect your first round pick to have a huge impact in his rookie season.
All of the defensive players in the draft that the Jets have been rumored to be scouting are extremely athletic, and quick around the edges. This, meaning that all of them are sack threats every snap, only helps the Jets defensive line, which already looks promising. If the Jets can get the ninth overall pick right, and draft an elite pass rusher who can make some noise right from the get-go, the season should be exciting, as far as the defensive side of the ball is concerned. A top rookie talent, in addition to strong performances by Wilkerson and Coples, a possible revamp-tation of the New York Sack Exchange could occur.
Just think, as a Jets fan, to have Coples and Wilkerson each with a respect nine or ten sacks a piece, to go along with a rookie with a respectable seven or eight sacks, the defensive line could be very scary. Especially with a defensive-minded coach in Rex Ryan, if the Jets can muster this up together, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Marty Lyons, Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, and Abdul Salaam, watch out, because the Jets might have something cooking here.