With the 2013 NFL Draft just over a month away, the New York Jets can take one giant leap towards becoming a more formidable team this upcoming season. After a disappointing 6-10 campaign, the Jets hold claim to No. 9 overall draft pick.
While the general consensus is that this year's quarterback draft class is not as talented as year's past, there are still a variety of options at other positions for Gang Green to consider and fill the holes in their on-field personnel.
The shortcomings of the 2012 season started on the offensive side of the ball. The Jets had a lot of trouble moving the ball down the field with an inconsistent running game and a horrific passing attack. While the defense kept the team in many contests, the offense needs to put points up on the board to match the effort put forth defensively.
The Jets first round draft pick should go towards building their offensive game. It seems highly likely that the team will continue moving forward with a quarterback tandem of Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy.
With two QBs secured for 2013, don't expect the Jets to take a player like Geno Smith or Matt Barkley with the No. 9 selection. Instead, the team should use the pick to shore up their offensive line. The Jets finished the year near the bottom of the league in sacks allowed.
Week 16 alone saw the San Diego Chargers bring down McElroy 11 times, one shy of the NFL record. With both their offensive guards likely leaving for free agency, the Jets find themselves in dire need of interior linemen.
Enter Chance Warmack. Warmack spent his collegiate days playing on the dominant Alabama Crimson Tide, securing two national titles in the last two years. He is widely touted as being one of the best linemen entering the draft this year. While he may lack size at just 6'2'', his quick feet and sheer strength make him an optimal choice in the trenches.
The Jets have committed to the ground and pound style of football and Warmack fits right in with that game plan. His can provide holes for the back to power through and can pick up pass blockers, allowing the quarterback more time to make precise passes. While offensive guards are not generally considered with top picks, the 2012 All-American has a great chance to break that stereotype and bring a potential All-Pro presence to the Jets line.