2014 NFL Draft: Updating the New York Jets’ 5 Biggest Needs

2014 NFL Draft: Updating the New York Jets' 5 Biggest Needs

Dee Milliner 2013 NFL Draft
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The New York Jets lead the pack this year with a whopping twelve picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. They're going to need them too, with holes to fill on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Let's take a look at some of the Jets' biggest needs going into 2014.

5. Offensive Guard

Willie Colon
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5. Offensive Guard

Willie Colon
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Ensuring the return of Willie Colon was a priority for the Jets following Brian Winters’ rocky first year and the loss of backup Vlad Ducasse to free agency (good riddance). Colon signed a one-year deal, shoring up RG, but Winters is still an unknown entity at LG. He'll have much to prove in 2014, but the Jets could help his cause by giving him some competition. Look for the Jets to add depth to the offensive line with a mid-to-late round pick.

4. Safety

Antonio Allen
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4. Safety

Antonio Allen
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The Jets got serviceable production from Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry last year and even an aging Ed Reed, but the Jets could be looking for a long term solution in this year’s draft. There are more pressing needs for the Jets but drafting a safety could also help support their corners in a coverage, a serious weak point for New York, and something we’ll get to later.

3. Wide Receiver

Eric Decker
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3. Wide Receiver

Eric Decker
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The Jets reeled in the big fish adding Eric Decker this offseason, but he won’t be enough. The receiving corps has suffered from a dearth of talent in recent years, so don’t be surprised if they reach for two or three WRs with one of their 12 picks. Also don’t be surprised if the Jets wait until the second or third round to do so.This is one of the deepest receiver drafts in NFL history, and the Jets might be able to afford to wait.

2. Tight End

Jeff Cumberland
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2. Tight End

Jeff Cumberland
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Picking a tight end in the first round might raise some Jets fans’ eyebrows following New York’s experience with the talented but underachieving Dustin Keller, but the Jets need some serious help at this position. Jeff Cumberland is currently the only TE on the roster, and QB Geno Smith needs a security blanket to rely on. The Jets have been linked to Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro in recent weeks, but don’t expect either to survive the first round.

1. Cornerback

Rex Ryan and Dee Milliner
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1. Cornerback

Rex Ryan and Dee Milliner
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“NOOO!” Jets fans cry in unison after Roger Goodell announces New York has used their sixth consecutive first round pick on a defensive player. Well, after the Jets missed out on the top tier free agents at cornerback, and following the Cromartie debacle, this is a very real possibility. The young Dee Milliner is now the de facto No. 1, and he is going to need support. While Geno Smith needs help on offense, the Jets are desperate at corner.


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