The New York Jets are now in the mist of taken bold predictions with the new quarterback Tim Tebow in place the shaping of the team will look the same put be tweaked a bit to allow Tebow to show his talents. But without saying much for the Jets this could lead to midseason drama leading to turmoil to somehow slam the future of the Jets similar attributes accrued with Mark Sanchez and Plaxico Burress.
The Jets simply need to enhance the missing pieces of their puzzle and during the NFL draft they have 10 selections to put it all together. With other additions in free agency and resigning’s to some key players the Jets could be well on their way, but isn’t that what many thought last season. If this is anything more than the end of Rex Ryan tenor with the Jets still remains in question.
The Jets are simply not the front runners again in the AFC east division as the Patriots still have not been challenged while at the same time the Miami Dolphins are only getting better and the Buffalo Bills are not far behind. Where are the Jets, everyone will see if they really have arrive come midseason will they be contenders or pretenders. Will the same starting quarterback be the starter come week 17, in either case the team needs weapons and security for the quarterback no matter who’s under center.
Coach Ryan has been with the Gang Green for four years and the defense continues to have problems on the field as well. The defensive unit lacks an intense pass rush and secondary continues to struggle due to injuries to aging veterans.
Suddenly this recognizes the Jets have a number of holes to fill and they have only three early round picks to do it in. While in total the team does have seven other picks all coming in rounds 5 -7 where Ryan and company are just going to have to play their cards right. Hopefully for the Jets, they can pull off some good draft picks moves and finally win the title they have been yapping about for the past three years.
1st round 16 overall - Mark Barron S, Alabama
Barron is the top safety in this year’s draft class. He was absent from the NFL Combine since he was recovering from double hernia surgery, but “I can’t see it having any real impact on his stock,” a high-ranking team official said. He also was unable to make the Alabama Pro-Day March 7th.
Barron is the latest Nick Saban pupil to develop into an elite defensive back. Physically he is a big-in-the box safety and a sure tackle that thrives going down against the run. Great thing about Barron is that he does well at reading the quarterbacks eyes towards the direction of the ball. With his great instincts Barron is ready to start in the NFL .
The Jets desperately need upgrade at safety over Eric Smith, and Jim Leonhard was decent but he tore his patellar tendon and now is a free agent. Many can advocate the Jets did bring in LaRon Landry but in the past two seasons he has become injury prone and only made 17 appearances in the last two years due to an Achilles injury.
2nd round 47 overall - Ronnell Lewis OLB, Oklahoma
The Jets simply need to enhance their pass rush under the Rex Ryan era it’s almost absent. Linebacker Aaron Maybin flashed some promise for the team last season but all aspects he cannot be trusted to hold the reins in that position for the team. The Jets need to add someone off the edge who can collapse the pocket. The team may need to move up a bit to get their man but do. Lewis will make a fine addition to the New York pass rush; He's a physical pass rusher with a non-stop motor and gets off very quickly at the snap.
3rd round 77th pick - Nick Toon WR, Wisconsin
Wide Receiver is another big need on the Jets’ offense they can sure use a big target for Sanchez. Wisconsin wide out Nick Toon is the son of former New York Jets star receiver Al Toon and the bloodlines show, yes the same Toon that was the 10th overall pick to the Jets in 1985. Al Toon spent a total of eight seasons on the Jets.
Nick Toon’s numbers may not blow you away like some of them draft before him but he a savvy possession receiver with good size. He does outstanding job setting up routes and creating separation especially getting a clean release off the line. Toon also has strong hands and can make a catch in traffic.
From my earlier post I stated Toon is a player with no character concerns and gets bonus points for his experience in big games and cold weather. If he can avoid the injury bug, look for a long, successful career from the beastly Badger receiver in the NFL—perhaps in his father’s footsteps with Gang Green as well.
5th round 154 pick overall Andrew Datko OT, Florida St.
Many fans and analysis alike have the Jets selecting an offensive lineman early in the draft but unless they make some sort of a trade or another the team has higher priorities to fill. Waiting till the fifth round they may get the right man anyhow Andre Datko is built to be an NFL lineman.
Datko had excellent experience as the starting left tackle for the Seminoles. The long –limbed lineman understands all the angles of the offense as well. He does a nice job reacting to a blitzes coming and is a solid run blocker. One thing holding his game down is he has some durability issues, and may strengthen that but will come with headways made in the next level.
With the Jets he will need that extra push to get him in the right direction but with some development this season he could possible start on the team at the right side at some time.
6th round 187 pick overall Nick Pravo TE, Syracuse
The Jets can certainly use some depth at the tight-end position. Having a blocking tight-end would provide Dustin Keller much given needed space and give him or the recently signed rugby player Hayden Smith to run more routes. Given that Keller has the ability of becoming a key target for Sanchez.
Nick Pravo has decent size and frame to become a NFL tight-end. He has good feel for shaking off defenders and has shown he is willing to take that extra hit and hold on to the ball when thrown in his direction.
On the Jets will have to show his ability and prove he hard worker, with great blocking skills who can be used on special teams and eventually develop into a pass catcher tight-end in the NFL.
6th round 202 pick overall Patrick Edwards WR, Houston
Jets in the sixth round get a steal with this pick. Edwards is a solid wide receiver who is my sleeper pick here. Last season for the Cougars he caught 89 passes for 1,752 yards and had 20 touchdowns. But what pushes him down is he comes from a small conference and a school where they relied on the pass. Plus he has a small frame for NFL wide receiver and only stands at 5-9' and weights 172 were he can get pushed around by the larger size defensive backs. But someway if he slips his way to the roster, he will be more than likely begin on special teams .
6th round 203 pick overall, Daniel Herron, RB, Ohio State
Herron is a savvy runner with good instincts and great vision. He patient and runs at a good level while being elusive in space. Herron is decisive and shows nice burst once he selects a running lane. However, Jets fans don't get your hope to high just yet on this talent. He does not have game changing abilities but will fit well with a number of Jets schemes well once he learns the system he will be the 2nd or 3rd back.
7th round 232 pick overall, Desmond Wynn, G, Rutgers
Wynn will compete for a roster spot on the Jets line when camp starts. He has nice size for lineman he is 6-foot-6, 303 lbs. He has great footwork to become a offensive lineman in the NFL but to make a roster spot he's going to have to match his intensity he had in college. Showing the Jets coaching staff he can battle until the whistle blows on every down and sustain blocks down the field.
7th round 242 pick overall, Brian Stahovich, P, San Diego State
Stahovich, averaged 44 yards last season and drew some interest from the Jets that brought him for a workout earlier in the month.
7th round 244 pick overall Mike Harris, CB, Florida State
Harris was a junior college transfer coming into Florida State. As he heads to Jets camp he needs to show he'll continue to be a hard worker and a show his physical talents. While at the same time he needs to stay away from being sloppy with his feet work and stiff in the hips this is where he needs to improve or else he'll be gone rather quickly. Last season, on the Seminoles he made 58 tackles with four of them being for a loss and a sack.