Jets Defense--Talented, Young, Face High Expectations
The Jets have one of the most talented defenses in the league. They are young and inexperienced, the dreaded “potential” word, but still should comfortably rank in the top 5 this year. This is expected of a Rex Ryan team.
Why talented? The front seven includes 4 first rounders (Pace, Wilkerson, Coples, Richardson), 1 second rounder (Harris) and 2 third rounders (Davis, Ellis). Their first three corners (Cromartie, Wilson, Milliner) are first rounders.
Being a first rounder is no guarantee of success. The Jets have proved that too often over the years. But when you group them together, the odds swing massively in your favor.
We all know that lack of speed was the killer the last two years. No one can accuse this group of being slow.
Rex has put together a strong group. His stamp is all over this defense. He will live or die as Jets HC based on how they perform. But he and we have every right to be optimistic heading into the season.