It’s funny writing about the NFL Draft. There’s two sides to the equation and you can’t really take both and talk about all the possibilities without pumping out an essay that people lose interest in half way through. It’s you write about what the Jets should do, or what the Jets will probably do.
Part 1 of this article (discussing the Jets ninth overall selection) was what the Jets will probably do. I personally rather take an offensive lineman at ninth overall, but when I post NFL writers picks who are in and around the discussion and nine out of 12 have the Jets selecting Barkevious Mingo I’m not going to be one to comb over a bunch of scenarios that none of them have. Neither am I going to go over scenarios where the Jets are trading picks. Just felt I needed to explain that from the other day.
But we’re only a few hours away from the draft so forget those guys. We’re under the operation the Jets are taking either Mingo or Chance Warmack ninth overall. Lets play out both scenarios.
The Jets Select Mingo Ninth Overall
So Rex Ryan apparently does have some input towards his roster and the Jets select the highest percentage guy of my random survey of writers. The no-brainer decision from there is someone on the offensive side of the ball, but who? If Warmarck falls, no need to go into why the Jets will take him or Jonathan Cooper out of North Carolina. It’s one of those picks where the timer will probably get close towards running out but everyone and their family members knows what’s going to happen.
But lets say both lineman have been selected and the decision is between Tavon Austin and Tyler Eifert. JetsInsider running mate Chris Nimbley goes over this scenario in his most recent write up and strong arguments can be made for each. I understand Austin can make you all giggly inside thinking about what he can do in open space, but with Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley being the two primary receivers do the Jets really go small again?
Or the Jets can grab the most NFL-ready tight end of the group out of Notre Dame. This 6′5″, 250-pound passive aggressive tight end is supposedly the complete package (hands, run block, pass block) and can make an instant impact. It was easy to see Mark Sanchez missed Dustin Keller missing the majority of last season and even created a nice, developing chemistry with Jeff Cumberland.
The Jets Select Warmack Ninth Overall
So Idzik really is running the show and gets his cornerstone lineman. Do the Jets go back to back offensive selections? Wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if the Jets were deciding between Austin, Mingo and Eifert would it? (That’s my best argument for taking Warmack at nine if possible so the Jets can have this ‘problem’).
Something about Austin just doesn’t sit right with me. If the Jets had Darren Sproles last season, would he have been as effective? Probably not right? That’s the feeling I have with Austin. If the Jets offensive line struggles and Sanchez doesn’t bounce back, will they have wasted the 13th pick and have traded Darrelle Revis for a glorified kick returner? Sounds eh, I’m passing on the roadrunner.
Eifert or Mingo. Mingo or Eifert. Well Jets, happy draft night. Hopefully it’s one to remember.
In my opinion…
What the Jets SHOULD do: Warmack (ninth), Mingo (13th).
What the Jets WILL do: Mingo (ninth), Eifert (13th).
What I want personally (if that even matters to anyone): Warmack (ninth), Eifert (13th).