Mock off-season (A different look)
I have read from a handful of sources that Keller is on the trading block. While Keller is one of my favorites, he certainly comes with his own faults, mainly blocking. With Sparano coming in we all know that this will now be a prototypical smash mouth offense. I will probably be killed for the following mock offseason but I'm looking at it from a salary cap point of view as well as schematics.
LaDanian Tomlinson RB
Kevin O'Connell QB
Mark Brunell QB
Plaxico Burress WR
Bart Scott LB
TJ Conley P
Sione Pouha NT
Jamal Westerman LB
Aaron Maybin LB
Rob Turner C
Vernon Carey OT- Sparano coached the guy in Miami and will be coming in on close to a vet minimum deal.
Oneil Cousins G/OT- Originally plays G but can swing to tackle. Strict depth signing.
Kellen Davis TE- 6'7" 262 lbs can catch and block. Underutilized in Chicago and is looking to start elsewhere.
Red Bryant DE- Guy is mammoth and stops the run as well as anybody. Bryant, Pouha, Devito on running downs is scary.
Michael Griffen S- Biggest splash in free agency for the Jets, but with the cap being so close to the max already, there is only room for one big signing.
Donnie Jones P- Could very well be somebody else to start the season with preseason cuts. Decent Net average.
Trade Dustin Keller, 16th overall pick, and 4th round pick to STL for 2nd overall pick in the draft.
1: Robert Griffen III QB (Baylor) - The more I watch highlights on this guy, the more I like him. He has the maturity (which this team lacks) of a veteran in the league and the skills to match or even exceed (better pure passer) Cam Newton. With Sparano, there is an understanding that the OL will be the strength, which will give time to an accurate passer, but if protection breaks down can easily evade the rush and gain some yardage with his feet. It's time to grab the bull by the horns and get a franchise quarterback, not a game manager.
2: Vinny Curry OLB (Marshall) - Jets get their pass rusher in the second round. 23 sacks over the last two years at Marshall.
3: Bernard Pierce RB (Temple) - Smaller school prospect but has perfect size to be a running back at the next level 6' 218 lbs. Not a burner but is quicker than he is fast. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zFmI3rFjlJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
5: Bradley Sowell OT (Ole Miss) - Played LT at Ole Miss, only allowing 2 sacks all season. Over four year career is credited with over 50 pancake blocks.
6: Dale Moss WR (South Dakota State) - Very raw prospect out of South Dakota State, 6'4" but has a basketball background and tremendous leaping ability. Just under 1,000 yards in his first season of college football and 6 TD's.
7: Donovan Richard S (South Carolina St.) - Big hitter with speed and good height for a S (6'1").
Not to mention that we may get a few supplemental picks this year with the free agents we let walk last year.