Yesterday we discussed the possibility of the Jets using two of their early picks on a single position to build it into a major strength. Today we will look at probably the four biggest concrete scenarios the team could opt for. I maintain these scenarios are unlikely, but just to be thorough, let's take a look.
Offensive Line Beefing Up the Middle Scenario
9: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
13: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
This would not be sexy, but it could help fortify the offensive line and build it into a dominant unit. Willie Colon shifts to right tackle in this scenario, and Austin Howard becomes the swing tackle who backs up and comes in to play jumbo packages. The Ferguson-Cooper-Mangold-Warmack-Colon line would arguably be the best in the league. It might even top the great lines the Jets built a contender around from 2008 to 2010. This line would make everybody better. Bilal Powell would flourish. Like Thomas Jones, he isn't big, fast, or powerful, but he can run through holes. Defenses would have to cheat up to play the run. This would open up play action. The quarterback will have all day to throw. Blitzes might not even get there, and receivers will have plenty of extra time to break the coverage. It was the formula the Jets rode to success in those 2008-2010 years.
It might provoke some irate calls to WFAN in the short run, but a dominant offensive line will help the team a lot. The Jets might be running out top players at their position to four of the five line spots in this scenario. Once you get a chance to sprinkle in some skill position talent in 2014, watch out.
Offensive Line Roll Tide Scenario
9: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
13. D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama
Again, not the sexiest move, but taking the Alabama linemates would have a similar impact to what was mentioned above. Warmack and Fluker on the right side of the line would be the Brandon Moore and Damien Woody of a new generation.
Outside Linebacker Scenario
9. Ziggy Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
13. Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
You could come up with a number of combinations with all of the edge rusher expected to go high, but this is my choice. These are two great athletes coming off the edge. I'm personally not sold on Ansah. I think he has more red flags than any of the other top prospects this year, but he fits really well here. The Jets are going to have to make up for what they are losing in coverage after the departure of Darrelle Revis. Why not create a fearsome pass rush? These two compliment the inside linebackers the Jets have. Mingo could play on the same side as David Harris. Harris is a slow thumper inside. Mingo is a small rusher with great burst. On the other side, Demario Davis is small and quick, while Ansah has big size and great athleticism. If Ansah and Mingo both pan out, this defense is scary. Just imagine passing downs with these two flying off the edge while Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson collapse the pocket. No, it's not going to be on the level of the New York Sack Exchange, but it's a pretty fun thought.
Wide Receiver Scenario
9. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
13. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
This would be adding a couple of playmakers to an offense that could use them. Both of these guys can be electric with the ball in their hands. You would have Patterson on the outside drawing attention, while Austin moved all over the field, always forcing the defense to account for him. The offense would be built around a Patterson/Austin/Hill Kerley receiving corp. It's young and potentially could have game breaking ability all over the place if things pan out correctly. For good measure, let's say the Jets trade for Chris Ivory and have Mike Goodson and Joe McKnight behind him. Then they make a move and grab the electric duel threat E.J. Manuel. Now to be honest, most of these guys are question marks, but they have the potential to be explosive. In three days, the Jets might well have gone from having one of the most inept offenses in the NFL to one of its most young and exciting units.
I can't say any one of these scenarios will be the way for the Jets to go because a lot depends on how things play out in front of pick 9 and what the Jets actually have an opportunity to do. I like these scenarios, though. They show a thought process that the team is looking to build an overwhelming strength that will force you to adjust how you approach the game. You will have to use extra resources to stop it, which will open things up in other areas.