Five Saturday Thoughts On Who The Jets Could Draft

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First a few updates:

1. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook because you need me to sort out all the top Jets links on a daily basis and throw in my witty commentary on them.

2. I know we haven’t been too crazy with the draft coverage here at TOJ. Honestly, the draft loses a little interest when your team is picking at #29 and isn’t linked to rumors about trading up for a big name. However, here are a few things we have on the horizon. First off, the second edition of the Fanball Mock Draft is currently going on and the Jets pick is coming up soon. Second, S Gato and myself will be recording the first ever TOJ Podcast edition next week, which will include plenty of draft coverage. Third, during round one of the NFL Draft next Thursday night, I will be live blogging (actually just twittering/updating the facebook page) throughout the entire first round with my thoughts, culminating with my reaction on the Jets pick at #29. Also on April 26th, I will be writing a AFC East Draft Wrap Up for Fanball, which I will link up here.

3. Apparently Mark Brunell is all about signing with the Jets…who isn’t these days? While on the other hand, Kellen Clemens has been brooding a little bit about likely spending the rest of his career as a backup. Unfortunately, any fatih anybody had left in Clemens as a competent starter in the NFL was erased last year when he looked erratic as hell against the Bills and Bucs. If the Jets want Brunell they will have to wait until July 23rd to sign him if Jason Taylor ends up joining the team because of the Final Eight rules. It isn’t until that date the restrictions are lifted off them in their pursuit of free agents.

Five Saturday Thoughts On The Jets Defense

1. Rich Cimini recently threw around the names of some pass rushers the Jets could add to their defense via the draft if the Jason Taylor deal doesn’t end up getting done. He mentions Brandon Graham (Michigan), Sergio Kindle (Texas), and Jerry Hughes (TCU). Here is a little more information on the three of them (Courtesy of www.nfldraftscout.com):

  • Graham – Ranked #1 Outside Linebacker…6’2, 268 pounds…26 TFLs and 10.5 sacks in 2009…Senior Bowl MVP (2 sacks, 1 forced fumble)…Projected Mid 1st round to early second round.
  • Kindle – Ranked #2 Outside Linebacker…6’3, 250 pounds…17 TFLs, 3 sacks in 2009 (2.5 sacks in national championship game)…Projected Mid 1st round to early second round.
  • Hughes – Ranked as #4 Outside Linebacker…6’2, 255 pounds…11.5 sacks in 2009…Projected Mid 1st round to early second round…Ran 4.65 40 yard dash.

2. Other names that have been frequently linked to the Jets on the defensive side of the ball are Jared Odrick of Penn State and Ricky Sapp of Clemson. Odrick is a defensive lineman whose stock has been rising. He is listed as a defensive tackle but you would think the Jets would look to use him at defensive end in their system with Jenkins and Pouha rotating at NT. Sapp is an outside linebacker who is considered a solid second round prospect and could be somebody the Jets trade back for if they don’t like what they see at #29. Mel Kiper Jr. also recently had the Jets taking USC defensive end Everson Griffen in his mock draft, so he could be another guy to keep an eye on. He is 6’3, 280 pounds, and recorded 7 sacks last season.

Photobucket3. On offense, it remains a pipe dream of mine that somehow Dez Bryant will slip within to reach of the Jets. Don’t you think Mike Tannenbaum would get a little anxious if Bryant was available at say #20, with the Patriots picking at #22? I would hate to see that guy opposite Randy Moss with Wes Welker eventually back in the slot. There hasn’t been a ton of talk recently about the Jets and other receivers but if the defensive player they want isn’t available at #29 and somebody like Golden Tate or Demaryius Thomas is around, it might be hard for the Jets to pass on that kind of talent.

4. Outside of spending a 1st or 2nd round pick on a receiver, I expect this to be a defensive dominated draft by the Jets. Rex Ryan watched the front office take three offensive players last year and you know he is anxious to add some new, young pieces on his side of the ball. The Jets still need another defensive lineman, pass rusher, and corner to improve their depth and I expect all three positions to be targeted during draft weekend.

5. I would expect to see the Jets grab a corner with a mid-round pick. How could you feel good with being one injury away from having Dwight Lowery starting and Drew Coleman at nickel back?

A Little Rewind To Last Year

  • http://turnonthejets.com e star

    well Dwight started several games during the middle of the season when lito went down and did pretty good even mike pettine said that he has nfl starting corner caliber talent. and drew did pretty good except for a couple of games here and there

  • the iron marshal

    hey Joe,

    haven’t posted in a while but as always, I check TOTJ daily for news. Before my question, I want you to know that I think you’re doing a bang-up job, and your reports are actually getting better, which is weird considering it’s the offseason and that your reporting was very good to begin with. It’s nice to see how with practice you are perfecting this craft. Well Done, Joe!

    The question: what do you think about Lowery as a Safety? He’s a ball hawker, has the kind of build/weight ratio that makes me think he can play the FS slot (spelling Leonard) and his weaknesses – speed and quickness exploited by First Tier receivers as happened in the AFC Title game last season – would be mitigated by by having the play develop a bit more so he can pounce on the target route he’s reading. Plus, when I think of it, he had two key grabs last year playing the middle of the field – he might have started those respective plays at corner/nickel, but he wasn’t one-on-one when he made the picks (save for the Patriots game early in the season, but that as a pass rush interception as Brady blinked and hurried his throw…)

    What say you?

  • Joe Caporoso

    E Star,

    I agree that Lowery has shown flashes but I think we have saw the past two years that if he is used beyond a spot starter/nickel role, he struggles against higher caliber receivers because of his lack of speed. I have been pretty down on Coleman, who I think has talent/speed but still always manages to get beat in the slot.

    TIM,

    Good to hear from you again. How have you been? Going back to Lowery, I think there could be some value to trying him at safety. He definitely has the ball skills for the position, and could be productive roaming/playing a center field type role in certain packages. However, he would likely need to bulk up a little bit to handle the increased amount of tackling required upon moving from corner to safety

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