The Jets have improved, despite "experts" opinions
I wasn't happy about the draft, but have warmed up to it. I'll do my best to give opinions on what/why things played out the way they did, and my opinion on each pick.
9 - Dee Milliner - CB/Alabama
I wanted Cooper here. He was gone, and then Austin was gone. That left Warmack, Eifert, Jones, Floyd, Lotuleili, and a few others that could have gone at 9. So, Milliner. If Idzik wanted to make people forget about Revis, this is not the way to go about it, unless Milliner is a stud from day 1 (or Revis ****s the bed in Tampa). Milliner will be known as Revis-lite until proven otherwise.
He will make the defense better, and it allows the Jets to let Cro walk if/when he begins to decline, but Milliner has the cover skills/instincts to flourish in Rex's defense. He will be a future pro bowler.
13 - Sheldon Richardson - DT/Missouri
Unexpected. Idzik wanted to trade out, but we're the Jets. I'm more excited about this kid than I am Milliner. He's Warren Sapp+. Look for him to line up anywhere on the line and create matchup nightmares on the line with Wilk and Coples. The D-line will be fun to watch. Having said that, Eifert would have helped at this spot. Did the Jets really need Richardson? No, but BPA struck again. Had they taken Warmack at 9, I would have been okay with Richardson, shoring up the lines for years. Winters at 3 helped make this pick better, as there really wasn't any offensive player worth 13 besides Eifert. Another immediate impact player in an area of the team that's already strong. Probably my favorite pick in terms of being an ass kicker. He's got the ability to play outside or inside, like Coples.
39 - Geno Smith - QB/West Virginia
Where to begin. One positive is that they got him without the Tanny-use-all-the-picks-and-trade-up manoeuvre. Having said that, it's a misleading pick. Smith has a high completion percentage in collage, but for about 3 yards less per attempt than RG3, Luck and Wilson did, meaning he did not hit the passes down the field like those 3. He had MORE fumbles than games started, and missed a lot of open receivers in stride. He did have a few games that he was unbelievable. How the Jets are going to manage the media circus is going to dictate what goes on in Smith's head. He was pouting that he wasn't picked in the first round, and looked miserable sitting there waiting on day 2. So far, I'm not impressed, and I'm a Jets homer. The good thing is that the Jets did not invest anything but a 2 for him. They can draft another QB next year if Geno shows signs of failure. Sanchez is as good as gone,and hopefully this year. Look for Tebow to slip into the forefront until Smith is ready (my opinion). Jets could have had Carradine or Minter, although that would have been more defense. For where they picked, Smith is steal. I would rather have drafted someone else. Escobar even, but a little early for him. Jets seemed to be a pick or three behind the guys everyone wanted.
72 - Brian Winters - OG/Kent St
Best overall pick for the spot they were picking in. Physical, strong, smart player who lacks only athleticism of Cooper or Warmack. May be an immediate starter. Kid would have been a late 1st rounder/early 2nd if he was at a big school. Good job on this one. We plugged a big hole here.
106 - TRADE - Chris Ivory - RB
Ivory is better than any RB in this draft. Lacy is fat, Ball is good but not explosive, and the Jets can't draft anyone in Ivory's league from round 2 on. The backfield is strong with Ivory, Goodson and Powell in reserve. McKnight needs to get his head out of his ass or he's gone. Ivory, Goodson, Powell, McKnight. One of the weakest units has become one of the strongest. With the addition of Colon and Winters, the Jets may actually be able to run the ball next year.
So we have 3 picks left. I'm not worried about those, they're going to be BPA, and they'll help. I'd say the order of value of these picks is great. The needs of the team with the BPA leaves a lot to be desired. Did the Jets need a CB? No. A DL? No. A QB? Yes. Problem is there's a lot of baggage that's been created with the Geno pick. Even if Sanchez is released.
Overall, the Jets are going to be a better team next year. Experts who predicted Geno Smith and Nassib in the top 10 clearly know nothing about the draft. 20% of what they predict comes true. We were all wrong as well.
Because they didn't invest in a first round pick in a QB means they can draft another one later if Geno doesn't work out. Long term plans. Hated the Geno pick, but I have to be patient. Richardson, Milliner, Winters, Ivory. All starter material.
Draft is better than I originally thought, mainly because none of the players I wanted we're picked, but getting the #1 CB, #1 DT, #1 QB isn't a bad start. Idzik is creating competition at every position. The team is going to play hard. How good they are is to be determined. Patience.