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The Draft approaches….

With the 2009 NFL Draft approaching, the Jets have a tough decision to make. They are looking at a couple of options in the 1st round. The Jets biggest concerns are in no specific order, QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DE OLB. OK, I lied, the offensive positions in that list are the biggest concerns. The Jets need some extra competition at the QB position. Josh Freeman, who might be the biggest gamble in this draft is certainly worth a shot if he’s at the top of Mike T.’s list. While I like Brandon Pettigrew & some of the other WR’s, could you really see the Jets taking another TE in the first round? How about a WR from MD? Freeman seems like the obvious selection. The Jets are close to being really good and Freeman has the biggest upside in this years draft. Freeman hasn’t had a chance in college to show his real potential. Besides Jordy Nelson, he hasn’t had a supporting cast to allow him to display his skills. Freeman has spent the last few years avoiding the pass rush to allow his receivers to get open. The Jets are going to pound the run, which should protect one of their young QB’s as long as they can stretch the field.

WHILE I THINK THE JETS SMARTEST MOVE WOULD BE TO TRADE DOWN THIS YEAR, my guess is Freeman will be the pick. I can’t get too mad because I like Freeman, but I’ll go on record to say they should move down if possible. I don’t think it will happen, so I’ll get my Freeman jersey asap.

Freeman would be a big risk in Round 1, but probably has the most potential as anyone in the draft. Besides Freeman, I’ve been a big fan of Percy Harvin in the first round, even as a reach, until recent developments which unfortunately will scare the Jets away (he’ll do big things). 

In the second round, the Jets should be able to focus on Jared Cook or Kenny Britt.

 Round 3 will depend on their pickup in Round 2. If the Jets happen to land Jared Cook, my guess is they will target Louis Murphy (WR Florida) in the 3rd. If they land Kenny Britt at that spot, I would suspect a push to get Shonn Greene.

Obviously all these players in this draft are dependent on previous picks, but here’s some more picks I like for the Jets to target for the rest of the weekend.

Round 4: Javon Ringer, Ramses Barden and Richard Quinn… besides that, it’s too tough to predicts after the first 4 are complete. The rest will depend on the talent left over per position.

The Jets have done a great job preparing themselves for a brutal schedule. I like the makeup of this team to fight this one out. Offense is where they need to go for the future… enjoy!!!

Tags: 2009 Nfl Draft Draft Jared Cook Javon Ringer Josh Freeman Kenny Britt Louis Murphy Mike Tannenbaum NFL Ramses Barden Rex Richard Quinn Ryan Shonn Greene

  • Luke

    Hey Brad,

    I just had a quick question. With the draft just a couple of days away, what do you think of the Jets grabbing a WR in the first or even second round? Do you think it would be a smart move to grab someone like Michael Crabtree right away? I’ve heard he has potential and certainly the talent to be the next Terrell Owens (hopefully everything but the attitude).

    I know the Jets are a little short handed on WR talent, especially after the release of Coles. I would like to see another WR who can perform as well as Cotchery. Of course, in the end it will ultimately come down to who is throwing to them.

    Another thing on my mind is, do you think there is any chance of the Jets making a move for Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards? On NFL live yesterday, I saw that the Giants were maybe looking to make a move on Edwards and that no one seemed interested in Boldin. What are your thoughts on them? Would it be worth it to even consider them? I personally would love to see Boldin go to Jets, he is a very talented player. Edwards on the other hand I believe can be passed up especially after his performance in the past season.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and I await your response.

  • http://www.thejetpress.com Brad

    Luke,

    I couldn’t agree more with you that Crabtree is the man. I think he’s far and away the best player in this draft. Matter of fact, if the Lions hadn’t drafted a WR in the first round almost every year in the past decade, I would say they should take him #1 overall!

    Unfortunately the Jets would need to move up too far to land Crabtree. In my opinion, there is no way he falls out of the top 8 and the Jets would have to give up too much to move there. I don’t think they should be moving up in this draft, if anything they should move down. My plan is to write about why moving up for Sanchez is a mistake later today.

    I do agree that the Jets need an impact WR in this years draft. Crabtree, Maclin and Harvin are the most talented. I have Harvin graded higher than Maclin and I think he is a steal at the end of the first round regardless of the character concerns.

    As far as Boldin goes, he is a great player and any team would be lucky to have him. I personally don’t see the fit for the Jets. Cotchery and Boldin have very similar games. Both are tough WR’s that aren’t afraid to go over the middle and get the extra yards after catch. The Jets are in need of a WR that can stretch the field. They only have 1 threat to go the distance on every play and that’s Leon Washington. This is why I think Braylon Edwards would be a better fit for a trade(though I’d rather them build through the draft). If the Jets are deadset on a WR, Braylon Edwards for the 17th pick would be a good deal. All signs point to the Browns wanting a player in that deal as well which I don’t see anyone doing after last year’s performance.

    I don’t really see a trade coming into place for the Jets this weekend unless it’s to aquire more draft picks. While the Jets have packaged picks the last few years to get their guy, I don’t think it’s going to happen early this year. The Jets only have 6 picks this year and are in need of WR, RB, OL and QB depth.

    My guess is they’ll move down and target one of the WR’s in the end of the 1st round, or if stuck at 17 will grab Freeman with a chance to develop him.