Draft Preview - New York Jets

The Jets have some major needs to address in this u upcoming NFL Draft. New York needs to find an explosive pass rusher and wide receiver. They must upgrade their offensive front and perhaps the secondary, depending on what happens with Darrelle Revis. And might they take a strong look at a QB?

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NY Jets
2013 draft picks:
1st round (9), 2(39), 3(72), 4(106), 5(141), 6(178), 7(215)

Where do you even begin with the Jets? I guess it starts with their new GM John Idzik. He has been assigned the task of fixing the New York roster and cap issues. They have already cut loose some veterans and they are currently attempting to trade injured star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

While they continue to say all the right things publicly about quarterback Mark Sanchez they have to start looking for their quarterback of the future. If it is to be Sanchez than he needs to bounce back with one super year. The Jets did sign free agent signal caller David Garrard. They also added running back Mike Goodson but lost Shonn Greene. Rex Ryan wants his Jets to be a ground and pound team but they don't exactly have the ideal offensive front nor the guy to run the ball. Willie Colon has been signed by New York and he should help ease the losses of offensive tackle Jason Smith and guard Matt Slauson. Tight end took a hit as well as Dustin Keller is now a Miami Dolphin.

Defensively, the Jets lost Calvin Pace, Mike Devito, Sione Pouha and three safeties in Yeremiah Bell, LaRon Landry, and Eric Smith.

Draft Needs
1) Linebacker
Assuming the Jets don't trade Revis before the draft it's likely they covet a pass rush guy here with their top pick. Ryan and the Jets brass love Barkevious Mingo. He's a terrific athlete that can do a lot of things for a Jets defense. Some scouts are comparing him to Jevan Kearse. If he's not there at No. 9 players like Ziggy Ansah and Jarvis Jones will get a hard look. They also would love a guy like Dion Jordan but he's likely long gone. Certainly they could address this position later on in the draft but to truly find that elite, fast twitched speed guy off the edge they better do it with this selection.

2) Wide Receiver
Who's afraid of the Jets' offense? Anyone? They have no threat of a run game and zero threat of a real down field passing attack. Stephen Hill needs to play with consistency and Santonio Holmes needs to stay healthy. New York need another big, outside receiver. There's been talk of the Jets addressing this early in the draft but they have bigger needs to fill. Plus, it's a pretty deep year at receiver.

3) Offensive Line
The Jets could use another right tackle and depth on the inside at guard. If they trade out of this spot to pick up additional picks landing a D.J. Fluker or Menelik Watson is not out of the question at some point later in the first round. If they stand pat there will be a handful of linemen available in the mid-to-late rounds that fit their needs like a Reid Fragel, Brian Winters, Dallas Thomas, and Alvin Bailey. Secondary
This is turning into a big issue. First, what do you make of Revis? While there's a chance he could be on the roster this season there's virtually no chance of that happening in 2014. So the Jets have to think long term about how this plays out on their future roster. Cornerback is a deep position in this draft. At No. 9 there is a small chance the draft's top cornerback slides to them. If so, the question remains will be Jets bite on the former Crimson Tide star? If they go in another direction with the first pick they could always grab a good corner in rounds two or three.

The safety position is being overhauled as well. Three of their top four safeties are no longer with the team. For this position it's pretty deep considering.

5) Quarterback
At what point in the draft do the Jets start thinking about a quarterback? Is there a guy in this 2013 group that they are in love with? It's doubtful Matt Barkley is available at their spot in the second round. Still, they could grab a guy at that spot or in the third or take a true developmental guy later on.

6) Running Back
Personally, I think New York has to take a bigger back in this draft. They want to pound the rock and there's a few different backs they could grab in the middle rounds that fits what they are looking for like Le'Veon Bell, Christine Michael, Joseph Randle, and Spencer Ware.

Key Acquisitions
David Garrard (QB)
Mike Goodson (RB)
Willie Colon (OL)
Antwan Barnes (DE/OLB)
Antonio Garay (NT)
Dawan Landry (S)

No Longer With The Team
Shonn Greene (RB)
Dustin Keller (TE)
Bart Scott (ILB)
Jason Smith (OT)
Matt Slauson (OG)
Calvin Pace (DE)
Mike DeVito (DL)
Sione Pouha (NT)
Yeremiah Bell (S)
LaRon Landry (S)
Eric Smith (S)

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