The Jets need a pass rusher, and it looks more and more like they are going to make this the focus of their first pick of the draft. If you follow Jake Steinberg of thejetsblog, you learn that it is looking more and more like the Jets are going to trade up so they can draft Melvin Ingram(pictured right) from the University of South Carolina. Ingram is very capable as a pass rusher, as we will see when we talk about his stats in just a minute. However, do they really need to move up?
I argue that they may be able to pick up a great pass rusher in the middle of the round, and not have to make a trade.
Remember this guy(pictured below)?
Quinton Coples from the University of North Carolina. This is a guy that the Jets worked out, putting him through drills at defensive end, and linebacker. The Jets have made it evident that they feel strongly about Melvin Ingram, but clearly they like Coples as well. Let’s do a little comparison, shall we?