It is almost that time of the year New York Jets fans
Yes, that time. For the record, no matter how many times I watch this video, the “NOOOOO” at 39 seconds and the guy’s face at 1:29 get me every time. Roger Vick! Kyle Brady! Your New York Jets are getting ready to draft again! Here at Turn On The Jets, we are happy to provide you with a guide on what to boo and not boo next week.
DON’T BOO - Barkevious Mingo with the 9th overall pick – I can read the comments and concerns but the tape doesn’t lie. Mingo is NOT Aaron Maybin. Mingo is not a one-dimensional speed rusher who had a poor season. Mingo showed the versatility and discipline needed to be a complete linebacker last year. Our draft writer Chris Gross said it best -
“Mingo was the straw that stirred the drink for the Tigers’ defensive front seven in 2012. Week to week his assignment changed as the LSU defensive staff utilized him to eliminate the opposing offense’s biggest threat. In most cases, that did not include making tackles in the backfield or sacking the quarterback. It was more about protecting the defense, while being the key figure in each week’s game plan.”
Mingo has the athleticism to be an elite edge rusher but also can eventually project to being a 3 down 3-4 outside linebacker for the Jets. The difference between him and Dion Jordan is not that much, making him strong value at number 9. Don’t boo now and you will thank me later.
DON’T BOO - Trade Downs - They aren’t as sexy as trade-ups but you know what trade-ups eventually get you? They get you a year like 2010 when you have four overall draft picks and end up with Finger Wag, King Ugly, McDonald’s McKnight and Concrete (Hands) Conner. The Jets have no shortage of needs and John Idzik is apparently a big proponent of building through the Draft. He is going to want more picks. A trade down is coming at some point, the only question is if it ends up being in the first round or later.
BOO – Geno Smith in the first round - Smith is not good value in the first round, particularly with the 9th overall pick and the potential 13th overall pick the Jets could end up with. You don’t spend a pick that high on a player who quarterbacks 5 game losing streaks and played poorly in their team’s biggest games the previous year. Smith will be overdrafted by somebody but it doesn’t have to be the Jets who could spend a 2nd round pick on EJ Manuel or a 3rd round pick on Zac Dysert. Manuel at 39 or Dysert at 72 is a smarter risk than Smith at 9 or 13 (if the Jets acquire it).
DON’T BOO - A Guard in the first round - This wouldn’t be a “sexy” or popular pick but the Jets could do much worse than finding an immediate starter in the first round like Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper. Do you really want Vlad Ducasse starting next season? It is fair to qualify that taking a Guard is much easier to stomach if the Jets trade down a few spots or have two first round picks, or both Dion Jordan and Mingo are off the board at 9. A Guard isn’t flashy but Warmack or Cooper would pay immediate, tangible dividends.
BOO - The third round ending without the Jets finding a tight end - As of now the Jets have 3 picks in the first 3 rounds, there is a good chance that number could increase. Regardless, this team needs a starter at tight end and to take care of it before Saturday comes around. Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce are both the type of players who would be immediate impact players and it’d be frustrating to see them both passed over with 2nd and 3rd round selections.
DON’T BOO - Tavon Austin…anywhere - Forget the concerns about Austin’s size. He is a devastatingly quick playmaker who can be moved all over a team’s offense, contributing as both a receiver and runner, while also being an elite returner. The Jets desperately need players like this on offense. Don’t kid yourself about their wide receiver depth. Both Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill are coming off major surgery. Outside of Jeremy Kerley, who is guaranteed to produce next season?
BOO - Not trading a fourth round pick for Chris Ivory - You shouldn’t hesitate to give up a 4th round pick for a player with this much talent. A second or third? I can understand the hesitation. A fourth rounder or later. Pull the trigger.