Archive for April, 2013

Broadway bound: Jets take Geno Smith

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

New York, NY – After falling out of the first round, former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith almost packed it up and went home for Round 2. Almost.

Now, he’s in New York City to stay.

With the seventh pick in the second round (39th overall) the New York Jets took Smith to add to an all ready crowded quarterback situation that still includes Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy.

Smith was projected as the top quarterback in the draft, a sure-fire first round pick, who could go as high as fourth overall to Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly passed (twice, actually). So did the Arizona Cardinals. The Buffalo Bills, who also needed a quarterback, made the surprising decision to trade down and take Florida State QB EJ Manuel 16th overall.

Enter, general manger John Idzik and step aside, Mark Sanchez.

Geno is a Jet.

There were rumors that the Jets thought about taking Smith with the 13th overall pick but decided instead on Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Now, the Jets have both players, while simultaneously jump starting the clock on the embattled Sanchez.  The only problem is, Sanchez is owed $8.25 million this season and would be a significant cap hit if the Jets were to cut him outright. You can send your complaints to former general manager Mike Tannenbaum for that one.

Regardless, releasing Sanchez, who had the worst QBR in football in 2012, may be the best option for the rudderless Jets. That is, if owner Woody Johnson is willing to fit the bill.

Also, for what it’s worth, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Jets are indeed willing to part with Sanchez and, get this, keep Tebow.

Never a dull moment. Stay tuned.

Jets get defensive (again) in first round

Friday, April 26th, 2013

New York, NY – The New York Jets haven’t drafted an offensive player in the first round since they took some guy named Mark Sanchez back in 2009.

Remember him?

Despite new management and the league’s 30th ranked offense, the Jets were back to their old tricks on Thursday night, taking defensive players Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson with both of their first round selections.

“You can’t blame this one on me,” Rex Ryan joked, lightly rebuffing the idea that he was the mastermind behind both picks.

The selections do seem to suggest that Ryan, who is widely considered to be a lame-duck, still wields a lot of power in the personnel department. Since trading up to take Sanchez in 2009, the defensive-minded Ryan has had a hand in drafting current defensive starters Kyle Wilson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, all in the first round.

And the offense has paid dearly.

Regardless, both Ryan and new general manager John Idzik maintain that sticking with defense was a joint venture and based solely on the talent available. According to Idzik, the Jets had both Milliner and Richardson as two of the top four players on their board.

“You’re tempted,” said Idzik about taking an offensive player, “but you’re not going to succumb to temptation.”

Many thought the Jets would target a pass rusher like LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo or an offensive weapon like West Virginia WR Tavon Austin but both were snatched up before the Jets got their chance. The Browns took Mingo with the sixth overall pick, while the Rams, perhaps sensing the Jets were smitten with Austin, traded up with the Buffalo Bills to take the speedy wide receiver eighth overall.

The Jets did have an opportunity to take premier offensive guard Chance Warmack with the ninth pick, but they opted for Milliner instead.

For better or worse, the Alabama cornerback must now face an endless barrage of Darrelle Revis comparisons, as he will take Revis’ spot across from Antonio Cromartie in the secondary. In a twist of fate, Milliner, who many considered to be the best defensiveback in the draft, slipped to the Jets, probably due to injury concerns after undergoing labrum surgery in March.

The real head scratcher, though, came with the Jets selection of Richardson, a defensive tackle out of Missouri, with the 13th overall pick. Instead of trading down to stock pile picks, or trying to improve the anemic offense, Idzik decided to stay put and take a defensive lineman for the third straight year.

It’s no secret that the Jets have more than a few major roster holes (Tight end, anyone?). Yet, defensive line is probably not on that list.

Although the trio of Richardson, Wilkerson and Coples now represent the foundation of a premier defensive line, the Jets (once again) stole from the poor and gave to the rich. Not to mention the fact that the Jets play a lot of 3-4 defense and Richardson will be out of position as a defensive end.

The draft isn’t over, but taking Richardson and Milliner certainly doesn’t help Mark Sanchez (or whoever is playing quarterback next season).

Brace yourselves, because there are going to be many more low scoring games at MetLife next season. Unless, of course, you’re watching the Giants.

No wheeling or dealing for Jets as they take DT Richardson at 13

Friday, April 26th, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - For the third year in a row, the Jets selected a defensive lineman in the first round, taking Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall selection in Thursday’s Draft.

The Jets brass surprised many with the pick of Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson at #13.

The Jets ended up taking Richardson with the pick they received from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. For better or worse, the two players will be linked for the foreseeable future.

Richardson broke onto the scene in 2012 with the Tigers, earning a second team All-SEC selection. The defensive tackle led the entire SEC in tackles with 75 along with 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss.

Richardson will now be paired with 2011 and 2012 first round selections Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples to form one of the youngest and most promising defensive line trios in the league.

Too bad the offense, which ranked 30th a year ago, remains a huge problem.

Jets take Alabama CB Dee Milliner at 9

Friday, April 26th, 2013

NEW YORK, NY – It’s safe to say Dee Milliner has some big shoes to fill.

Top pick Alabama CB Dee Milliner will have some big shoes to fill with the departure of Darrelle Revis.

Four days after new general manager John Idzik traded All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Jets selected Alabama DB Dee Milliner with the ninth overall selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft.

Many thought the Jets would target a pass rusher like LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo or an offensive weapon like West Virginia WR Tavon Austin but both were snatched up before the Jets got their chance.

In somewhat of a twist, Milliner, who many considered to be the best cornerback in the draft, slipped to the Jets and will immediately be plugged in as the heir apparent to Revis who was traded for this year’s 13th overall pick.

Milliner who has had some medical issues, including five surgeries, still thinks he can make Jets fans forget about their former best player.

“I know I can,” he said to Deion Sanders after being picked. We’ll see.