The 2013 NFL Draft is a little less than one month away. Currently, the New York Jets have the 9th overall pick and then a pick in every round following. Obviously that could be subject to change if Darrelle Revis is traded in the next few weeks. There has rarely been a Jets off-season so well shrouded in radio silence than the current one being led by new GM John Idzik. A newly quiet Florham Park makes the Jets approach to the NFL Draft filled with question marks, here are few of the more prominent ones –
1 – Will they select a quarterback and if so with how high of a pick? – The common assumption has been the Jets should hold off taking a quarterback this year and wait until 2014 which is anticipated to have a stocked class at the position. However, there is always the risk the Jets could end up with a lower than anticipated pick next year and get stuck behind a handful of teams who also desperately need quarterbacks and won’t be receptive to the Jets desire to trade-up. Beyond that, don’t forget how hyped players like Matt Barkley and Geno Smith were at one point and now they are headlining what is considered an extremely poor quarterback class, with many questioning if they even have first round value. The same thing could happen to Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel next year. If the Jets see somebody they like this year, isn’t it foolish to avoid pulling the trigger based on that much uncertainty?
At #9, it is a reach to take anybody but maybe if the Jets get a second first rounder from Tampa Bay or another team going after Darrelle Revis they’d consider taking a quarterback in the middle of the first round? What about their approach in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th round? We know there has been some interest expressed in Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon and EJ Manuel. If the Jets board matches up with a quarterback they like, don’t be shocked to see them pull the trigger on somebody higher than expected. Taking a quarterback in 2013 doesn’t stop them from considering one in 2014. Keep in mind every quarterback currently on the Jets roster could very well not be on the team next year. You need competition and you need depth.
2 – What position should be favored with the number 9 pick? – We have heard plenty of chatter about outside linebackers, guards, and wide receivers. Yet, considering how thin the Jets roster is across the board, John Idzik could very well just take the best player available regardless of position. Yes, it is fair to say it is most likely the Jets will draft an outside linebacker because they desperately need one but if the right defensive lineman or cornerback falls, the Jets could very well end up taking a position few are mocking for them right now. Of course, there is also the option…
3 – Trade Down? Trade Up? – Considering how many holes the Jets have to fill, it is likely there will be at least one trade down at some point from the Jets to acquire more picks. Their #9 pick could very well be the one that is moved in hopes of acquiring two later first round picks or an additional high second round pick. The more picks you have, the more flexibility you have and the Jets desperately need that. Hypothetically, If the Jets found themselves with 3 picks in the 16-62 range, they could effectively begin to remake their offense considering the value that’d be available at running back, guard and wide receiver.
4 – What Does Idzik think of certain players on current roster? – The Draft will provide a little insight into how John Idzik views some of the players on the team’s current roster. For example, if the Jets take two outside linebackers in the first four rounds, it shows a likely desire to keep Antwan Barnes as a situational player and a lack of faith in Garret McIntyre. If they do the same type of thing but at safety, it shows a lack of faith in Antonio Allen and Josh Bush. If the Jets take a wide receiver with their first or second overall pick, it could indicate concern over Santonio Holmes rehab or the long term potential of Stephen Hill. It could also work the other way, if the Jets don’t select a guard or tight end, it could demonstrate a desire to give players like Vladimir Ducasse and Jeff Cumberland a chance to start (shudders).
5 – Will they take “risks?” – In reality, there are questions surrounding every prospect in the upcoming Draft but obviously some have more notable questions than others. Would the Jets pull the trigger on somebody like Tyrann Mathieu in the third round despite character concerns? Would the Jets go with Jarvis Jones in round one, despite a poor pro day and some potential medical issues? Will they take a flier on small school prospects in the 4th-7th round, including maybe one at the quarterback position?