With the second Jets win in a row, and what will likely be a third this coming Monday in Nashville, I’m trying not to jump on the “we may make the playoffs” bandwagon, so I’ve started to think about other things as to not get excited… so here is to looking ahead to the draft.
I am suggesting that the Jets do not draft a Running Back or Quarterback in this upcoming draft. Why? Well, mostly because “Magic” Mike Tannenbaum has given us very little to work with; but also because the best case scenario for the Jets is to concentrate on filling much needed holes in the team with the draft and helping out those other positions in free agency.
I’ll be the first to say that I’m not that impressed with the QB pool coming out of this year’s draft class. I’m also not going to hide the fact that I’m hoping we can make a play for a QB a year from now (someone like Johnny Football!). In addition, I think that this year will provide some decent veteran QB opportunities to bring in fairly cheap while we continue to pay Mark Sanchez $8,000,000 to throw to the other team. I think that the time of Michael Vick in Philadelphia is likely over and I think that he would be a great asset to our team (if we can afford him) for at least a year.
I actually like our running back situation currently. No, I do not think that Greene or Powell are all that great, but I’m not ready to commit to letting either go. I think they are good for our system. I’d love to see us utilize McKnight more as a guy who can make things happen in open space, but either way I still want him as our kick return man. If we draft and create more depth as I have requested our 2014 draft will provide ideal opportunity for “skill” position players like QB and RB.
You will see (below) that I have created what I am hoping the Jets position roster will look like. There are three places I think we need to concentrate on in Free Agency (QB, WR, and DE). In each of those spots we need a strong, veteran presence (Especially at Wide Receiver). All other draft spots (assuming we will have 7 picks) will go to the following areas (WR, WR, TE, OL, LB, SS, CB) – Manti Te’o is the guy I’m hoping we can pick up in the first round (fat chance, but leave me alone in my delusions). I would be happy with us picking up someone at any of these positions that could be ready to come in and be a big time contributor right away.
The following lineup will be a middle of the pack team, but may be able to make a run if they can learn to play together.
2013 New York Jets
QBs – Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, (FA – I’m hoping for Michael Vick)
RBs –Greene, McKnight, Powell
FB – Conner, Hilliard
WRs – Holmes, Hill, Kerley, Gates, (FA Veteran, Rookie, Rookie)
TEs – Keller, Cumberland, Reuland (Rookie)
OL – Brick, Slauson, Vlad, Mangold, Moore, Howard, Smith (Rookie)
NT – Pouha, Ellis
DE – Wilkerson, Coples, Devito (FA)
LB – Pace, Harris, Scott, Davis, (Rookie)
S – Landry, Bell, Smith, Allen (Rookie)
CB – Revis, Cromartie, Lankster, Wilson (Rookie)
K/P – Folk, Malone
Total – 51 (leaving a few spots for the Jets front office to waste time and money on)
At this time I would like to formally submit my application for NY Jets general manager. I fear that if I’m not considered for this position then we may stick with Mike Tannenbaum, re-sign Tim Tebow, pick up someone like Chad Johnson, sign another rugby player, do another reality show, and continue to turn “Gang Green” into “The Island of Misfit Toys” …. (All I want for Christmas is a new GM).