2013 NFL Draft: Outside Linebacker Should Be Top Pick for New York Jets

By Nick Mamary
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There are many needs for the New York Jets to address if they hope to return to contention. The offense of course was abysmal last season basically across the board. The defense held its own for most games, however they struggled against the run and had a tough time getting to opposing quarterbacks. This is especially important when playing against Tom Brady twice a year. There is  youth and promise in their group.

Antwan Barnes is a solid signing when it comes to depth, but there should be another player added to the mix. Barnes had one year where he had 11 sacks in as many games then disappeared. As previously mentioned, Garrett McIntyre shows potential to be a very good player. McIntyre has a high motor and shows flashes of solving the Jets’ problems. New York currently owns the ninth pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft, and there are a couple of prospects at this position who are worthy of coming off the board at this point.

Barkevous Mingo from LSU is a player that experts have on New York’s radar. Mingo shows great burst off the line of scrimmage. He also comes from the SEC where many defensive players go on to make a great impact at the next level. Over three years Mingo had 115 tackles. Another prospect could help the Jets.

Jarvis Jones starred at Georgia as a disruptive force. Jones could add a pass rusher that would play perfectly into the defensive schemes of head coach Rex Ryan. His three-year collegiate  career which included a one year stint at USC resulted in 155 tackles and 28 sacks. Either of these selections would be fine so early in the draft. I do not  believe one top prospect should be taken in the first round.

Dion Jordan showed a lot of talent at Oregon.  His 121 tackles and 14.5 sacks are impressive and warrant an early selection. Jordan’s recent weight gain helps his cause, but he is still on the more slender side. Ryan should prefer a bigger prospect whose style is based more on power.



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