Best Off Season I could ask for....
At the start of the offseason, there were some major question marks and needs for this team:
DL / OL Depth
Also, there were a few locker room issues. This is common for when any coach takes over a team. Some instances are more extreme (see Denver), but for the most part every rookie coach spends the 1st year figuring out who are 'his guys'.
Rhodes was never a Rex guy. They both like to talk, but Rex actually backs up what he says. Rhodes did not. I think when they brought in Leonhard, that was the end of Rhodes. Rex thought he could turn him into a Ed Reed type, but Kerry is not a great ballhawk, and Little ol' Leonhard hits 2x as hard as him. This had to turn off Rex to KR's game.
So now the off-season comes, and Rex can't stop thinking about how to get 30 minutes further.
Step 1: We sign a monster shutdown CB. Cromartie could easily be a teams #1 corner, but for us, he is basically a #2, who can mirror as a #1 when they need to disguise their coverage. This frees up Revis to move around, and blitz, plus, they can play press coverage and blitz 7 guys if they like without fear of getting picked apart by short passes.
Step 2: We get rid of Rhodes. I don't see how if Randy Moss, Boldin, and Cromartie all went for midround picks, how we got 'bad value' for a guy that doesn't fit our scheme. Rhodes will be a pretty good S in a zone defense i bet, but not in our D.
So what's the next few steps?
Step 3: Resign Mangold and Revis.
Step 4: Sign AT when he is released. This will at least give us another DL/pass rusher/ILB to play with. Think of all the depth issues AT covers for us.
Step 5: The draft....
S to battle for playing time
#3 WR / #2 TE
DL / OL depth?
ILB depth ?
DL / OL I understand our aging D-line, and our OL, but I think we have enough depth already. You don't draft a replacement for Ellis 5 years before he retires in mho. DeVito has earned Douglass's spot on the line, and Pouha is great for rotation with Jenks. Plus you have VG, Pitoitua, and even Green. My guess, is that one of those late round picks is spent on DL. You don't spend 1st round money on backups unless a STUD falls in your lap, esp if we plan to sign AT.
ILB Depth - again, either a late round pick, or AT will fill that void at times. Nothing you can't fill out in the summer if need be.
#3 WR / #2 TE - I think these needs are actually related. IF we get a typical slot WR in the 2 or 4th rounds, then we have some WR depth. However, if we pick up a stud #2 TE that can block and catch, then Keller can slide to our slot position in those formations as well. One of these will be addressed in the draft at some point. I am not talking about a late round TE either. I'm talking one in the 1st 4 rounds if we don't draft a slot guy.
Nickel Back - Do you draft a NB? Could be. However, I don't think we do so in the 1st 2 rounds anymore. Simply b/c if Cromartie and Revis work out, we won't have $ for anything more than a career NB back there, kind of like a Mickens-type. Maybe a 4th rounder?
Safety - Here is where I think the Jets could draft someone in the 1st 2 rounds. They don't have any money tied up in that position that is unreasonable, they have a possible opening for a starter, and they are looking for a big hitter type to compliment Leonhard. I think we will see one of the 1st 2 rounds the Jets call a S to the podium.
RB - Hmmm. Shonn Greene is young, yet unproven. Leon is coming off an injury and needs a new contract. TJ is gone. I don't see us using the early rounds on a RB, unless a monster falls in our lap. However, i would have told you the same thing last year. :) Don;t be surprised if we pick up a FB in the late rounds either.
All in all, I think the Jets go BPA in the first two rounds with an eye on S help. I think in the late rounds, they pick up RB, DL, TE and LB depth. We sign a few