With The 16th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft…

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Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets coach Rex Ryan speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

This is a big year for Rex Ryan and company. Coming off of an 8-8 season where big things were predicted, the Jets need to have a big recovery. The Jets need to move back towards the playoffs, or I get the feeling big changes may be in order. Tonight we take a look at the position the Jets should choose in the first round of the draft.

There has been talk lately about the Jets going wide receiver with the 16th pick. There is no doubt that the Jets do need depth at the position, especially with the loss of Plaxico Burress. However, is it the biggest need the Jets have?

The Jets are trying to get back to the “ground and pound” philosophy of the past two years, as well they should. How did it go last year with all of these “weapons” at the Sanchez arsenal? Not too well. Guys were complaining, and the offense had no identity.

Secondly, do they need a great set of wide receivers to run the system? Take a look at the 2009 Jets, when arguably the “ground and pound” was at its best. Who did they have at wide receiver? Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards, and Chansi Stuckey. Not a group of Pro-Bowles, but a serviceable group. You could argue that talentwise, with Santonio Holmes, Chaz Schillens, and Jeremy Kerley, they may be even more talented than they were in 2009. They are certainly a serviceable group, don’t you think?

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