With the Draft quickly approaching, it’s time to take a detailed look at each teams acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft. We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and work our way all the way down to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs and the first overall pick. *Page will be updated as more moves are made.
NEW YORK JETS
Team Needs: OLB, G, CB, QB, RB, TE, S, WR
Free Agent Losses: S LaRon Landry, TE Dustin Keller, RB Shonn Greene, OT Jason Smith, S Yeremiah Bell, G Matt Slauson, DE Mike DeVito, OLB Aaron Maybin
Free Agent Acquisitions: G Willie Colon, S Dawan Landry, DE Antonio Garay, OLB Calvin Pace (resigned), OT Austin Howard (resigned), K Nick Folk (resigned), QB David Garrard, LB Antwan Barnes, TE Jeff Cumberland (resigned), LS Tanner Purdum (resigned), FB Lex Hilliard (resigned), RB Mike Goodson, LB Josh Mauga (resigned)
Potential Round 1 Targets: OLB Dion Jordan, OLB Barkevious Mingo, CB Dee Milliner, CB Xavier Rhodes, S Kenny Vaccaro, G Chance Warmack, G Jonathan Cooper, OLB Jarvis Jones, QB Geno Smith, WR Tavon Austin, WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Potential Round 2 Targets: OLB Damontre Moore, G Larry Warford, G Justin Pugh, G Kyle Long, CB Jamar Taylor, CB DJ Hayden, CB Johnthan Banks, CB Blidi Wreh-wilson, QB Ryan Nassib, QB EJ Manuel, QB Mike Glennon, QB Matt Barkley, TE Zach Ertz, S DJ Swearinger, S Eric Reid, RB Eddie Lacy, RB Montee Ball, RB Christine Michael, WR Quinton Patton, WR Robert Woods, WR Terrance Williams
Potential Round 3 Targets: G Brian Winters, G/T Dallas Thomas, G/T Oday Aboushi, TE Gavin Escobar, TE Travis Kelce, TE Jordan Reed, CB Logan Ryan, CB David Amerson, CB BW Webb, CB Darius Slay, CB Tyrann Mathieu, OLB Brandon Jenkins, OLB Jamie Collins, OLB Cornelius Washington, RB Andre Ellington, RB Gio Bernard, RB Le’Veon Bell, RB Jonathan Franklin, S Baccari Rambo, S Philip Thomas, QB Tyler Wilson, QB Landry Jones, QB Tyler Bray, WR Stedman Bailey, WR Kenny Stills, WR Markus Wheaton
Plan of Attack: The Jets as of now hold the 9th pick in the first round and may end up with two if they are able to trade Darrelle Revis. If that happens before the Draft then this page will be updated. As for now, the Jets could go a few ways with that pick. They could look at a guard like Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper, a safety to replace LaRon Landry in Kenny Vaccaro, or even a quarterback if Geno Smith falls to them. With all that being said, the most likely option for the team here is a pass rushing outside linebacker. The Jets defense was once a feared unit, but that hasn’t been the case the last few seasons. They have to improve their pass rush first and foremost, and pick 9 is the spot to do it. In a perfect world Oregon’s Dion Jordan slides to them. He is long an ultra athletic and can get to the QB in a hurry. He could easily be gone at this point, so the team would look at Barkevious Mingo from LSU. Rumors abound that Rex Ryan is smitten with this young pass rusher. Mingo is explosive off the snap and uses a combination of speed and power to get by blockers. He would be a great choice here.
If the Jets get their pass rusher in round 1, then they could get their QB of the future in the second round. They could be looking at FSU’s EJ Manuel, USC’s Matt Barkley, NC St.’s Mike Glennon, or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib. Nassib and Glennon definitely have the arm strength to play in the New York winter weather and could be ideal fits. EJ Manuel would be a mobile option, and Barkley is a smart pro ready QB. It’s safe to say any of these guys would be upgrades over Mark Sanchez. If the Jets don’t opt for a quarterback here, they could get a guard like Kyle Long or Larry Warford, a corner like DJ Hayden or Jamar Taylor, and even a pass catching tight end in Zach Ertz. They could also look for a safety like Eric Reid or DJ Swearinger, but chances are round 2 will be a quarterback for this team.
In round 3 the Jets could look for some insurance incase they do trade Revis. This a deep corner class and they could be looking at BW Webb from William & Mary, Logan Ryan from Rutgers, or Darius Slay from Mississippi St. Webb is excellent in coverage but a piss poor tackler. Ryan is a pretty well rounded prospect, and Slay has a nice combination of size and speed. The Jets could also look for a RB here unless they are serious about giving Mike Goodson the job. They’d have to consider Giovani Bernard from UNC, Clemson’s Andre Ellington, or UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin. Any of these guys would compete and push Goodson for the starting gig. Some other areas the Jets could address in round 3 would be a tight end like Travis Kelce, a wide receiver like smooth Stedman Bailey, or a safety like Georgia’s Baccari Rambo. There are also rumblings that the Jets love OLB Cornelius Washington so maybe they double dip on pass rushers. Truth is, the Jets have so many neeeds they can just take the top player on their board and it will likley fill a huge hole on their roster.