Post-Draft Round Up

Brian Bassett , TheJetsBlog.com

Starting Out: The Jets needed to make major upgrades at a number of positions and had two draft picks in the first and then even distribution the rest of the way down. After trading Darrelle Revis earlier in the week (was that just a week ago?!) the team was rumored to have serious interest in Tavon Austin and some of the top-tier linemen with a lot of Barkevious Mingo chatter as well.

Priority Needs: OLB, OL, QB, TE, CB, S, RB, WR

Round Pick Position Player College
(1) 9 CB Dee Milliner Alabama
(1) 13 DT Sheldon Richardson Missouri
(2) 39 QB Geno Smith West Virginia
(3) 72 T Brian Winters Kent State
(5) 141 G Oday Aboushi Virginia
(6) 178 DT William Campbell Michigan
(7) 215 FB Tommy Bohanon Wake Forest

The Way It Played Out: Want to talk about a best player available (BPA) drafting strategy?  This draft seemed to adhere to those tenets pretty tightly.  The Jets had most glaring needs at OLB, TE, OG and the QB position, but with the composition of the class it was hard to see a situation where the Jets would use either of their first round picks on a QB and get any value there.  The Jets might have been high on Tavon Austin or Barkevious Mingo in the first round, but those picks leading into the Jets went about as bad as it could have gone for the team.  Last year the Jets had their pick of defensive front players when it came time to draft Quinton Coples, this time around it was a little different.

Even so?  The Jets drafted the best cornerback of the class in Milliner who is an extremely scheme versatile player.  Then when stuck on Geno Smith or Sheldon Richardson at 13, they took one of draft’s best defensive playmakers in Sheldon Richardson .. refusing to reach for a quarterback.  Once EJ Manuel was gone later in the first, no team was about to trade up for another quarterback and the Jets were able to nab the draft class’s top rated quarterback in the second round.  While there were rumors about the Jets trading up, the team stood tall and Geno fell into their laps without giving away extra picks.

While re-setting their board, the Jets decided that trading their fourth rounder for a running back who can play early downs out of the gate was the right move, though we’re sure many had wished the Jets hadn’t moved off the fifth round offer.  I think it will prove negligible when we see a few games of what Chris Ivory can do.

Having now added talent to their defense — strength to strength at both the corner and defensive line — the Jets made the 2013 QB spot much more competitive as the team heads into OTAs, the team looked to build through the middle.  The Jets took a potential 2013 starter in Brian Winters for the guard spot, and then added another  player who could be a swingman in Virginia’s Oday Aboushi.  Virginia has a long history of sending OL to the NFL, and Aboushi is known for a high level of film room work as well as a mean strek and aggressiveness that make up for a lack of top rated footspeed.  Meanwhile Campbell could play nose in a 4-3,  but he’s going to need some time and dedication from the coaching staff to refine his game. While the Jets didn’t address one of their biggest needs in the draft, the tight end spot, Tommy Bohanon is a full-back “f” type tight end that could add some depth to the group and shouldn’t have a hard time making the roster based on his competition at fullback.

Snapshot: Overall a good draft but not meant to address all the 2013 needs head-on.  This is much more of a build the foundation type class.  Mel Kiper has said it well … we’re not grading the Jets mess at the quarterback spot, we’re grading the draft.  And so nabbing the draft’s best quarterback, one of the best attacking defensive linemen, and the draft’s top-rated quarterback then at the 39th pick has to be lauded.  The Jets also made enough other moves to find at least two more potential 2013 starters out of this class with the opportunity for a few more.  Teams who win draft well on days two and three, and that’s exactly what I saw.