What do the Jets NEED. Who do the Jets need to go the next step?
Lets look at the draft from the inside out. What do the Jets need to do FIRST to get where they want to go? The need to win the division. Period. Thats Goal #1.
Lets break it down...Can the Jets handle the bills with the team they have as-is? Yes. No problem imo.
How about the Dolphins? Can the Jets sweep the Fish this year with the team being as constituted? Well, they lost to them on bad clock management and bad STs last year...but that was before the Jets Defense became what it became. As for Specials, coverage was atrocious because of some guys left off the gameday roster. I think with a year of experience for both Rex and the Jet D, as well as leaving STs ALONE, these are easily fixable rookie mistakes. So yeah, I think that as the roster stands today, 4/2/10, the Jets can and would sweep the Fins in '10.
Patriots are the true test for the Jets. This Jets team AS-IS right now split with the Pats, so yeah, the Jets have the ability to beat the Pats.....but they also have the ability to lose. And HOW did the Jets lose to the Pats in that second game? By being helpless to cover a 5'8 Slot Receiver the entire game. Welker ate the Jets D up all game. Nobody could go with him.
So the Jets won some games they should have, and lost a bunch they shouldn't have. A LOT of that was lack of experience showing itself from Sanchez and Rex. Not worried about that....going to a Conference Championship gives you a lot more experience than just any first year.
So then the Playoffs started, lets face it, The Jets, On the road, were able to pretty handily beat Cincy and the Chargers. So what kept the Jets from going all the way?
The Colts. They hung with them for a bit, but after a couple of early sacks and hits, the protection solidified and Peyton went to work.....working the Jets secondary. The Jets had NO ANSWER for Garcon AT ALL. Austin Collie had a decent day. Wayne and Clark were pretty well bottled up, but it didn't matter. The Colts go 5 Solid deep at WR.
Lets also take a look at another "Player" in the AFC. The Steelers are no longer your daddys "Pound the rock and play Defense" Team. Roethelesberger and Holmes et al want to THROW the ball all over the field.
So whats the point of all this? The Jets CAN play DAMNED GOOD Run Defense as is....heck, they did it last year without Jenkins and got better! Think how they will be up front with Jenks added to the mix. Revis is awesome, but how good will cromartie be with the Jets? Will Poole stay healthy?
As for the pass rush, the Jets last year needed to blitz in order to free guys up to get sacks. Pace is good coming from the edge, but isn't elite. B Thomas is serviceable and a good role player, but not t real threat from the edge......and remember, after hitting Manning twice early, the Jets NEVER got a sniff of his jersey the rest of the game, leaving him to pick the weakspots out and light up the Jets.
So what do you do? Go "BPA" and snag Demaryus Thomas? Or take the BEST AVAILABLE Edge Rusher or DB, whoever is rated higher on my board. Next round, Same damned thing, or maybe then I move up to grab the BPA at whichever position I didn't grab in the first.
That way I KNOW I'm potentially adding a possibly elite edge rusher and a solid CB to the defense. That way, the next time I see the Colts I know I'm bringing a UMP .45 to the gunfight instead of a six shooter....
After that, go BPA. But I shore up that D. I don't want to see Rex on the Sidelines of another AFC Championship yellig, "DO we have ANYONE that can F$&#^&ing Cover!?"....
I'm not for drafting all and only Defense....I WOULD love to see the Jets grab a WR to compliment Cotch and Braylon....as well as a possible future RT or G. Faneca and Woody, I love the guys, they are bad and play like MEN, but time waits for no man....