Also Danny Woodhead will really benefit a great deal from a entire off-season practicing as a slot receiver. With polish, he could turn into a poor man's Wes Welker. Let's not forget that Woodhead was moved to wideout in the middle of the season. He still needs a lot of work, and the next six months he will get plenty.
Speaking of slot receivers, the Jets need to go out in this draft and get a corner who can cover the Welker's and Austin Collie's of the world. At 29, they should give serious consideration to Florida State's Patrick Robinson. The Miami-native fits in perfectly in the late first round area.
With the futures of Donald Strickland and Lito Sheppard unclear, and perhaps being spent elsewhere, the Jets need another man-to-man cornerback, and Robinson, who runs in the 4.4 area, would be a good fit.
Kyle Wilson of Boise State is another cornerback prospect expected to go in the neighborhood of the Jets first round pick. He's a terrific athlete with good speed and smooth hips.
If the Jets want to grab Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson they might need to trade up a little bit. And if they want the draft's best cornerbacks, Florida's Joe Haden, they will have to trade up probably into the top 12. We all know that Mike Tannenbaum is big on trading up, so if he falls in love with Haden, he might want to take a quantum leap to get him. Perhaps Kerry Rhodes, a first round pick and another pick would do the trick.
The Jets also could use some Front Seven help at 29, and a guy to keep an eye on is Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootten, out of Ramsey, New Jersey. The 6-6, 270-pound Don Bosco graduate, should go in the late first round, and would be a nice fit for the Jets either as a defensive end or potential outside linebacker.
The big concern about Wootten might be his health. He hurt his neck as a freshmen and blew his knee out at the end of his junior year in the Alamo Bowl. He will need a thorough medical check before he is picked, and we mean thorough.
Getting a dominating pass rusher is a must for the Jets this off-season. The fact that Vernon Gholston hasn't panned out (thus far) has really set the Jets program back. If Gholston had turned into the player they thought he was going to be, we wouldn't be having this discussion about the Jets need for a pass rusher in the first round of this draft.
And even if Gholston turns into a productive player, he's never going to be a dynamic edge pass rusher. The clearly isn't his game. Even though he ran under 4.6 at the combine, his game is more power than speed.
Receiver isn't the way to go in the first round. It's way down on the list of needs.
They don't need another wideout, what they really need to do is throw Braylon Edwards the ball more. He was underutilized. Edwards will benefit from a whole off-season working with Mark Sanchez. He was thrown into the fire in Florham Park after a mid-season trade. Edwards and Sanchez still need to work the kinks out.
The Jets need to go defense in Round One, with cornerback and pass rusher the team's top two needs.