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    Cornerback

    Starters Donnie Abraham and David Barrett don't make many mistakes, but they don't make many big plays either and are vulnerable to getting beat deep when they don't get safety help over the top. Their inability to hold up on islands limits the situations when defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson can blitz.Depth is also somewhat of an issue, as Terrell Buckley is an unrestricted free agent who isn't expected to return, and the Jets could release Ray Mickens, who missed the entire 2004 season with a knee injury. Derrick Strait lacks the speed of a shutdown corner, but the 2004 third-round pick should do a sound job of replacing Buckley at nickel back and eventually develop into a quality No. 2.With Abraham, who has already lost a step, turning 32 this year, the Jets must start grooming a replacement. They could fill this need by signing a free agent or trading for a proven starter and then use a late-round pick to draft a developmental prospect who can compete for the dime-back role.If they don't sign or trade for a corner, look for the Jets to draft one early. Clemson's Justin Miller, Nebraska's Fabian Washington and Virginia Tech's Eric Green have the agility to mirror receivers underneath and the speed to run with receivers downfield.

    Offensive tackle

    Kareem McKenzie signed with the Giants, and there doesn't appear to be a player on the roster ready to replace him. Last year's fourth-round pick, Adrian Jones, has the potential to develop into a starter, but he lacks ideal size and strength at this point. Last year's sixth-round pick, Marko Cavka, is a far better pass blocker than he is a run blocker and would struggle in an every-down role.The good news is Jason Fabini is versatile enough to line up at either tackle position, giving the Jets the freedom to take the best tackle available when they fill this need. North Carolina State's Chris Colmer and Mississippi's Marcus Johnson have the power and quickness to push for immediate playing time opposite Fabini.

    Tight end

    Anthony Becht, who didn't progress as expected, has signed with Tampa Bay. Backup Chris Baker has steadily progressed over the past two seasons, but he isn't a great in-line blocker and may not be ready to step into a starting role.
    Consequently, the Jets must draft or sign a tight end capable of competing for the starting job. Miami's Kevin Everett and Stanford's Alex Smith are projected early-round picks who catch the ball well and can hold their own as blockers.In addition, new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger likes to run a lot of multiple-tight end sets, so depth must be addressed even if the Jets sign or draft a tight end to compete for the No. 1 job.

    Safety

    Last year's fifth-round pick, Erik Coleman, exceeded expectations during his rookie season and returns as the starter at free safety, but there are questions at strong safety. Reggie Tongue has lost a step with age and the Jets are expected to ask him to take a pay cut, which probably won't happen.Therefore, there has been some speculation the Jets will use an early-round pick on a strong safety. However, they have more pressing needs right now, so it's more likely Jon McGraw and Derek Pagel compete for the starting job expected to be vacated by Tongue. If they take this approach as expected, depth will still need to be addressed on the second day of the draft.

    Offensive guard

    Pete Kendall and Brandon Moore are expected to return as the starters, but Kendall turns 32 this offseason and the Jets must start grooming a possible replacement. While 2002 fifth-round pick Jonathan Goodwin is a versatile reserve who can step in at any position along the offensive line, he doesn't show great power at the point of attack. As a result, he may never develop into an every-down player at guard.The only other two guards currently on the roster are 2003 seventh-round pick Dave Yovanovits and Jason Nerys, whom the Jets signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. The Jets shouldn't feel comfortable playing either for an extended period of time, so look for them to select a guard who will help improve depth in the middle rounds.

    Wide receiver

    Trading a 2004 second-round pick to acquire Justin McCareins from Tennessee last year improved the Jets' depth at receiver. However, McCareins isn't a prototypical No. 1 receiver who can consistently stretch opposing defenses.The hope is trading for Laveranues Coles will give the Jets the vertical presence they need to create more space in the short-to-intermediate passing game. However, depth remains somewhat of an issue. Jonathan Carter, a restricted free agent who is expected to return, and Jerricho Cotchery are capable of competing for the No. 3 role. However, Carter has had some problems staying healthy and Cotchery isn't much of a big-play threat.Wayne Chrebet, 31, who is expected to return, has lost a step with age and he may be more of a No. 4 than a No. 3 receiver at this point. It's also worth noting there are concerns about Chrebet's durability considering his concussion history. Keeping that in mind, look for the Jets to use a middle-round pick on a receiver who they feel can push for playing time in multiple-receiver sets and contribute on special teams.

    Defensive end

    The Jets have placed the franchise tag on John Abraham, but that doesn't mean he'll be back next season, as it's no secret the Jets are considering trading him.In the event this happens, the Jets will likely sign a proven free agent or use an early-round pick on an end capable of competing with Bryan Thomas for the starting job opposite Shaun Ellis. Even if Abraham returns, depth will have to be addressed because he has missed 13 regular-season games over the past two seasons and missed both of the Jets' playoff games last year.

    Defensive tackle

    Jason Ferguson signed with Dallas and it's unclear who will start opposite Dewayne Robertson. Lance Legree is an adequate stop-gap because he plays with an excellent motor, but he isn't dominant in any one area and isn't the long-term solution.Josh Evans has been testing the free-agent market after rejecting a deal that would have paid him the league minimum, and there is an excellent chance he doesn't return.Reed may not return either,so depth must be addressed.Although he provides adequate depth and should return, 2002 fourth-round pick Alan Harper, much-like Reed, lacks ideal size and will struggle when teams consistently run at them. The Jets need a defensive tackle who can immediately contribute 10-to-15 snaps as a situational run stuffer and eventually replace Legree.

    Running back

    The Jets did well to sign Derrick Blaylock after LaMont Jordan signed with Oakland, and he should provide excellent depth behind Curtis Martin. That said, expect the Jets to use a late-round pick on a back who can compete for the No. 3 role and contribute on special teams.

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    thanks for the info Kelly.

    funny thing though is 32 for an O Lineman is still young.....Kendall still has a lot of mileage left.

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    Ill take Eric Green. Got to see him play last year and I was very impressed.

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    Originally posted by kelly@Mar 29 2005, 04:51 PM
    Cornerback

    Starters Donnie Abraham and David Barrett don't make many mistakes, but they don't make many big plays either and are vulnerable to getting beat deep when they don't get safety help over the top. Their inability to hold up on islands limits the situations when defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson can blitz.Depth is also somewhat of an issue, as Terrell Buckley is an unrestricted free agent who isn't expected to return, and the Jets could release Ray Mickens, who missed the entire 2004 season with a knee injury. Derrick Strait lacks the speed of a shutdown corner, but the 2004 third-round pick should do a sound job of replacing Buckley at nickel back and eventually develop into a quality No. 2.With Abraham, who has already lost a step, turning 32 this year, the Jets must start grooming a replacement. They could fill this need by signing a free agent or trading for a proven starter and then use a late-round pick to draft a developmental prospect who can compete for the dime-back role.If they don't sign or trade for a corner, look for the Jets to draft one early. Clemson's Justin Miller, Nebraska's Fabian Washington and Virginia Tech's Eric Green have the agility to mirror receivers underneath and the speed to run with receivers downfield.

    Offensive tackle

    Kareem McKenzie signed with the Giants, and there doesn't appear to be a player on the roster ready to replace him. Last year's fourth-round pick, Adrian Jones, has the potential to develop into a starter, but he lacks ideal size and strength at this point. Last year's sixth-round pick, Marko Cavka, is a far better pass blocker than he is a run blocker and would struggle in an every-down role.The good news is Jason Fabini is versatile enough to line up at either tackle position, giving the Jets the freedom to take the best tackle available when they fill this need. North Carolina State's Chris Colmer and Mississippi's Marcus Johnson have the power and quickness to push for immediate playing time opposite Fabini.

    Tight end

    Anthony Becht, who didn't progress as expected, has signed with Tampa Bay. Backup Chris Baker has steadily progressed over the past two seasons, but he isn't a great in-line blocker and may not be ready to step into a starting role.
    Consequently, the Jets must draft or sign a tight end capable of competing for the starting job. Miami's Kevin Everett and Stanford's Alex Smith are projected early-round picks who catch the ball well and can hold their own as blockers.In addition, new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger likes to run a lot of multiple-tight end sets, so depth must be addressed even if the Jets sign or draft a tight end to compete for the No. 1 job.

    Safety

    Last year's fifth-round pick, Erik Coleman, exceeded expectations during his rookie season and returns as the starter at free safety, but there are questions at strong safety. Reggie Tongue has lost a step with age and the Jets are expected to ask him to take a pay cut, which probably won't happen.Therefore, there has been some speculation the Jets will use an early-round pick on a strong safety. However, they have more pressing needs right now, so it's more likely Jon McGraw and Derek Pagel compete for the starting job expected to be vacated by Tongue. If they take this approach as expected, depth will still need to be addressed on the second day of the draft.

    Offensive guard

    Pete Kendall and Brandon Moore are expected to return as the starters, but Kendall turns 32 this offseason and the Jets must start grooming a possible replacement. While 2002 fifth-round pick Jonathan Goodwin is a versatile reserve who can step in at any position along the offensive line, he doesn't show great power at the point of attack. As a result, he may never develop into an every-down player at guard.The only other two guards currently on the roster are 2003 seventh-round pick Dave Yovanovits and Jason Nerys, whom the Jets signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. The Jets shouldn't feel comfortable playing either for an extended period of time, so look for them to select a guard who will help improve depth in the middle rounds.

    Wide receiver

    Trading a 2004 second-round pick to acquire Justin McCareins from Tennessee last year improved the Jets' depth at receiver. However, McCareins isn't a prototypical No. 1 receiver who can consistently stretch opposing defenses.The hope is trading for Laveranues Coles will give the Jets the vertical presence they need to create more space in the short-to-intermediate passing game. However, depth remains somewhat of an issue. Jonathan Carter, a restricted free agent who is expected to return, and Jerricho Cotchery are capable of competing for the No. 3 role. However, Carter has had some problems staying healthy and Cotchery isn't much of a big-play threat.Wayne Chrebet, 31, who is expected to return, has lost a step with age and he may be more of a No. 4 than a No. 3 receiver at this point. It's also worth noting there are concerns about Chrebet's durability considering his concussion history. Keeping that in mind, look for the Jets to use a middle-round pick on a receiver who they feel can push for playing time in multiple-receiver sets and contribute on special teams.

    Defensive end

    The Jets have placed the franchise tag on John Abraham, but that doesn't mean he'll be back next season, as it's no secret the Jets are considering trading him.In the event this happens, the Jets will likely sign a proven free agent or use an early-round pick on an end capable of competing with Bryan Thomas for the starting job opposite Shaun Ellis. Even if Abraham returns, depth will have to be addressed because he has missed 13 regular-season games over the past two seasons and missed both of the Jets' playoff games last year.

    Defensive tackle

    Jason Ferguson signed with Dallas and it's unclear who will start opposite Dewayne Robertson. Lance Legree is an adequate stop-gap because he plays with an excellent motor, but he isn't dominant in any one area and isn't the long-term solution.Josh Evans has been testing the free-agent market after rejecting a deal that would have paid him the league minimum, and there is an excellent chance he doesn't return.Reed may not return either,so depth must be addressed.Although he provides adequate depth and should return, 2002 fourth-round pick Alan Harper, much-like Reed, lacks ideal size and will struggle when teams consistently run at them. The Jets need a defensive tackle who can immediately contribute 10-to-15 snaps as a situational run stuffer and eventually replace Legree.

    Running back

    The Jets did well to sign Derrick Blaylock after LaMont Jordan signed with Oakland, and he should provide excellent depth behind Curtis Martin. That said, expect the Jets to use a late-round pick on a back who can compete for the No. 3 role and contribute on special teams.
    I didnt realize the Jets had 14 picks this year.

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    Originally posted by djc+Mar 29 2005, 08:37 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (djc @ Mar 29 2005, 08:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-kelly@Mar 29 2005, 04:51 PM
    Cornerback

    Starters Donnie Abraham and David Barrett don&#39;t make many mistakes, but they don&#39;t make many big plays either and are vulnerable to getting beat deep when they don&#39;t get safety help over the top. Their inability to hold up on islands limits the situations when defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson can blitz.Depth is also somewhat of an issue, as Terrell Buckley is an unrestricted free agent who isn&#39;t expected to return, and the Jets could release Ray Mickens, who missed the entire 2004 season with a knee injury. Derrick Strait lacks the speed of a shutdown corner, but the 2004 third-round pick should do a sound job of replacing Buckley at nickel back and eventually develop into a quality No. 2.With Abraham, who has already lost a step, turning 32 this year, the Jets must start grooming a replacement. They could fill this need by signing a free agent or trading for a proven starter and then use a late-round pick to draft a developmental prospect who can compete for the dime-back role.If they don&#39;t sign or trade for a corner, look for the Jets to draft one early. Clemson&#39;s Justin Miller, Nebraska&#39;s Fabian Washington and Virginia Tech&#39;s Eric Green have the agility to mirror receivers underneath and the speed to run with receivers downfield.

    Offensive tackle

    Kareem McKenzie signed with the Giants, and there doesn&#39;t appear to be a player on the roster ready to replace him. Last year&#39;s fourth-round pick, Adrian Jones, has the potential to develop into a starter, but he lacks ideal size and strength at this point. Last year&#39;s sixth-round pick, Marko Cavka, is a far better pass blocker than he is a run blocker and would struggle in an every-down role.The good news is Jason Fabini is versatile enough to line up at either tackle position, giving the Jets the freedom to take the best tackle available when they fill this need. North Carolina State&#39;s Chris Colmer and Mississippi&#39;s Marcus Johnson have the power and quickness to push for immediate playing time opposite Fabini.

    Tight end

    Anthony Becht, who didn&#39;t progress as expected, has signed with Tampa Bay. Backup Chris Baker has steadily progressed over the past two seasons, but he isn&#39;t a great in-line blocker and may not be ready to step into a starting role.
    Consequently, the Jets must draft or sign a tight end capable of competing for the starting job. Miami&#39;s Kevin Everett and Stanford&#39;s Alex Smith are projected early-round picks who catch the ball well and can hold their own as blockers.In addition, new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger likes to run a lot of multiple-tight end sets, so depth must be addressed even if the Jets sign or draft a tight end to compete for the No. 1 job.

    Safety

    Last year&#39;s fifth-round pick, Erik Coleman, exceeded expectations during his rookie season and returns as the starter at free safety, but there are questions at strong safety. Reggie Tongue has lost a step with age and the Jets are expected to ask him to take a pay cut, which probably won&#39;t happen.Therefore, there has been some speculation the Jets will use an early-round pick on a strong safety. However, they have more pressing needs right now, so it&#39;s more likely Jon McGraw and Derek Pagel compete for the starting job expected to be vacated by Tongue. If they take this approach as expected, depth will still need to be addressed on the second day of the draft.

    Offensive guard

    Pete Kendall and Brandon Moore are expected to return as the starters, but Kendall turns 32 this offseason and the Jets must start grooming a possible replacement. While 2002 fifth-round pick Jonathan Goodwin is a versatile reserve who can step in at any position along the offensive line, he doesn&#39;t show great power at the point of attack. As a result, he may never develop into an every-down player at guard.The only other two guards currently on the roster are 2003 seventh-round pick Dave Yovanovits and Jason Nerys, whom the Jets signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. The Jets shouldn&#39;t feel comfortable playing either for an extended period of time, so look for them to select a guard who will help improve depth in the middle rounds.

    Wide receiver

    Trading a 2004 second-round pick to acquire Justin McCareins from Tennessee last year improved the Jets&#39; depth at receiver. However, McCareins isn&#39;t a prototypical No. 1 receiver who can consistently stretch opposing defenses.The hope is trading for Laveranues Coles will give the Jets the vertical presence they need to create more space in the short-to-intermediate passing game. However, depth remains somewhat of an issue. Jonathan Carter, a restricted free agent who is expected to return, and Jerricho Cotchery are capable of competing for the No. 3 role. However, Carter has had some problems staying healthy and Cotchery isn&#39;t much of a big-play threat.Wayne Chrebet, 31, who is expected to return, has lost a step with age and he may be more of a No. 4 than a No. 3 receiver at this point. It&#39;s also worth noting there are concerns about Chrebet&#39;s durability considering his concussion history. Keeping that in mind, look for the Jets to use a middle-round pick on a receiver who they feel can push for playing time in multiple-receiver sets and contribute on special teams.

    Defensive end

    The Jets have placed the franchise tag on John Abraham, but that doesn&#39;t mean he&#39;ll be back next season, as it&#39;s no secret the Jets are considering trading him.In the event this happens, the Jets will likely sign a proven free agent or use an early-round pick on an end capable of competing with Bryan Thomas for the starting job opposite Shaun Ellis. Even if Abraham returns, depth will have to be addressed because he has missed 13 regular-season games over the past two seasons and missed both of the Jets&#39; playoff games last year.

    Defensive tackle

    Jason Ferguson signed with Dallas and it&#39;s unclear who will start opposite Dewayne Robertson. Lance Legree is an adequate stop-gap because he plays with an excellent motor, but he isn&#39;t dominant in any one area and isn&#39;t the long-term solution.Josh Evans has been testing the free-agent market after rejecting a deal that would have paid him the league minimum, and there is an excellent chance he doesn&#39;t return.Reed may not return either,so depth must be addressed.Although he provides adequate depth and should return, 2002 fourth-round pick Alan Harper, much-like Reed, lacks ideal size and will struggle when teams consistently run at them. The Jets need a defensive tackle who can immediately contribute 10-to-15 snaps as a situational run stuffer and eventually replace Legree.

    Running back

    The Jets did well to sign Derrick Blaylock after LaMont Jordan signed with Oakland, and he should provide excellent depth behind Curtis Martin. That said, expect the Jets to use a late-round pick on a back who can compete for the No. 3 role and contribute on special teams.
    I didnt realize the Jets had 14 picks this year. [/b][/quote]
    :lol:

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    geez does every position need depth?

    And how could they say Cotchery isn&#39;t a big play threat? The guy barely played last year. You can&#39;t always goes on college stuff.

    I don&#39;t know, I think the Jets should trade Abe in order to fix their issues

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