Archive for April, 2013

13th Selection Overview (Part 2)

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

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.

What piece will Mornhinweg receive for the 2013 season?

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).

Jets Look for Home Run in NFL Draft (Part 1)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Before we dive into who the Jets should or could draft and who some NFL writers have the Jets selecting with their two top-15 draft selections, I’m dishing out my quick opinion on Revis deal.

The Jets needed to infuse talent to the football team and this was the best approach towards that goal. Revis was (no one for sure knows if he still is, which HAS to come into play when discussing this) a player a team needed to win a championship…when the rest of the team was ready for a championship. Even if Revis came back 100% (more unlikely than likely if we’re being honest), the Jets would be taking quite the large leap of faith in their offense going from the worst in the NFL towards somewhere in the middle of the pack to even compete for a playoff spot, let alone any further. That’s with a first year offensive coordinator and a bunch of new pieces playing together for the first time. No thanks.

GM John Idzik leads the Jets through their first NFL Draft under his tenure.

Or, the Jets can receive a top-15 draft pick for a player coming off major injury (and most likely a third-rounder in 2014) who most likely wasn’t coming back the following season. The Jets had little to no leverage and got the chance to infuse talent to their roster right away. Keeping Revis would’ve been like been stuck in time when the Jets were in the running for deep playoff runs. The Jets were No. 2 in the NFL in pass defense last year without him, and if Rex is going to do anything well, it will be on the defensive side with what he has.

Yes it’s a frustrating player to lose at a core position, but Jets are in rebuilding mode and were never truthfully in a position to keep him with the way the roster is constructed currently (Jets were never, ever, ever giving him near $16 million a year).

On to the draft!

Lets list some predictions from around the websites we’ve visited way too many times in our lives. This is only for the Jets first, first-round selection which is ninth overall.

Mel Kiper, ESPN: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Todd McShay, ESPN: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)
Don Banks, SI: CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)

Ron Rang, CBS: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Dane Brugler, CBS: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Pat Kirwan, CBS: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Pete Prisco, CBS: WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)

Josh Norris, NFL.com: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Charley Casserly, NFL.com: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Matt Smith, NFL.com: OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)

Charles Davis, NFL.com: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

Okay so this list looked way different before the trade was finalized. As you can see, the consensus selection for the Jets is OLB Barkevious Mingo out of LSU. Jets have swung and missed on a few pass rushers in recent history (no need to dive further into that) but it seems the words athleticism and versatility are involved in everyone’s description for the 6′4″, 240-pound pass rusher.

There are two things that bother me with this selection, but has been knocked down to one with the addition of the 13th overall pick. If the Jets only had one selection I would want them to draft on the offensive side of the football. I would’ve went the boring route and picked up Alabama Guard Chance Warmack. The second issue I have with Mingo, which is admittedly a nitpick, is that he didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school. I know there have been plenty of successful players who have went that route, but in a perfect world I want someone who has been on the football field for more than five years.

The three selections that weren’t Mingo, were Alabama CB Dee Milliner, WR Tavon Austin out of West Virginia and Jarvis Jones, LB out of Georgia.

I do not endorse the Milliner selection. Assuming one of the Jets first two draft selections is a defensive side, I wouldn’t be happy with anyone other than Mingo or Jones. I also don’t believe Milliner will even get to the Jets at nine to be in the mix. There are more important issues than replacing Revis right away. The secondary of the Jets will be helped most with quarterback pressure, in comparison to another corner.

Repeatedly, I do not endorse the Austin selection for one simple reason. There is more of a possibility in picking Mingo, Austin with the ninth and 13th pick respectively, than taking Austin with the ninth and Mingo with the 13th pick. The teams in between the Jets two selections Titans, Chargers, Dolphins. From the websites where I gathered these selections, no one has Austin going to one of those three teams, so…why even consider grabbing Austin before Mingo?

Lastly is Jones, who unfortunately has one looming red flag. Jones was diagnosed with a spinal stenosis condition while he was at USC and according to Cbssports.com it’s, “a condition which has led some notable NFL players to end their careers rather abruptly.” I’ll take the guy with the higher upside and no medical history (and NFL.com’s comparison is DeMarcus Ware. That’s not bad, right?).

The New York Jets should take Mingo with the ninth overall selection in this Thursday’s NFL Draft.

Jets trade Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

The Jets have agreed to send Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers for draft picks, the most valuable being the 13th overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft on Thursday, April 25th. The Jets also will receive the Buccaneers fourth-round draft pick in 2014, but will most likely be turned into a third-round pick if Revis is on the Buccaneers roster early March that year.

Darrelle Revis signed a six-year, $96 million contract to play in Tampa Bay.

The brand new Revis contract spans over six years for $96 million with a $13 million base per year. One of the interesting factors in the Revis contract debate was his worth coming off a major injury and surgery. Besides good faith and workouts, it’s still up in the air that he will return to the high level everyone is used to seeing. Apparently Revis is a gambling man, as zero of the $96 million is guaranteed.

John Idzik spoke to the media after the official announcement of the trade, opening with “We wanted to take this opportunity to formally announce the trade of Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Idzik.

“Obviously when it involves a very talented player who’s had a significant impact to our team and our community, there’s much, much thought put into a move like this.  And there are many factors involved, multiple factors involved in a move of this magnitude.  So it’s not taken lightly. Darrelle had a desire to remain a Jet for his career, and I can share with you that we genuinely wanted to follow through with that desire, as well.  We shared that desire.  However, it’s not as simple as player wanting club and club wanting player.  When it comes down to something of this magnitude, there are many factors involved, and I’d just like to outline a few of them so that you can gain a feel for what we were considering and then ultimately how we came to the conclusion that we did today.”

The Revis trade enhances the sentiment which screams the Jets are sacrificing the present for the future to which Idzik responded, “No, I wouldn’t characterize it as sacrifice.  I think any time you contemplate a trade, we’re always going to have both the short and long-term interests of the club in mind because we feel like with the compensation we received, we’re going to gain some short-term benefits, that we’re going to get some very valued players on our roster.  They’re going to help us in years to come,” said Idzik.

“I don’t think it’s quite that simple, that we’re sacrificing a short term versus long term.  We do look at both of those. When we made this decision, we felt like this was the best for both the short and long-term success of the New York Jets.”

Rex Ryan also chimed in, commenting on how he was a part of the process. “We’ve been discussing the possibilities of a trade with Darrelle, and I was involved in the entire process,” said Ryan. “And again, you look at the big picture as we’ve talked about short‑term and long‑term.  I think this, as in all good trades, will benefit both teams.”

Lastly, Woody Johnson talked about the chances of winning in the upcoming 2013 season. “You know, I’ve been at this a while now, and there has never been a year where I haven’t tried to win using everything that I have and tried to build a team that is capable of doing that.  This year is no different.  I mean, we’ve had great years and we’ve had some years that are disappointing, i.e., last year,” Johnson said.

“But my objective and my willingness to do anything that I can do to make the team better is there. This decision was part of it.  We’re constantly making hard decisions to try to make the team better and more competitive for our fans.  That’s who we work for. I don’t want to give anything but 100 percent effort to this, and I know John and Rex are committed to it and so is everybody in the building.  We’re committed to putting a team on the field that’s a winning team and doing it in a deliberative and sound way.”

The Jets have a little over $8 million of cap room after the trade.