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