Trying to discern who the New York Jets will select with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft is proving a bit of a puzzle. That is, a puzzle where some of the major pieces could soon be changing shape and form.
It’s already difficult enough to guess whether the Jets will finally pull off a trade to send away Darrelle Revis by the time they’re on the clock, or what kind of return Gang Green would get on such a trade. This also factors into mock drafts when figuring out whether the Jets might be getting multiple selections in the first round, or whether they will need to add another cornerback to start opposite Antonio Cromartie.
The other difficult part is gauging how much influence new general manager John Idzik will possess. What kind of say will the other key figures have, like the defensive prospect-loving Rex Ryan.
“John has been in the league a long time,” one NFL source told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. “He’s been to three places (Tampa, Arizona, Seattle) and he’s worked with great people. He’s worked his butt off. He’s exceptionally bright. The biggest challenge is evaluating the evaluators and who he is choosing to listen to. He doesn’t have the experience to watch tape and override somebody right now.”
Ryan’s history of snagging defensive players in the first round is well-documented, with the last three being defensive end Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson and Kyle Wilson. If Ryan overrides Idzik in round one and lands another defensive cog, Jets fans just hope the value turns out to be more Wilkerson than Wilson.