Mel Kiper States the Obvious, that the Jets Have Needs in the Draft

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Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Mel Kiper Jr went out on a limb yesterday (tongue in cheek), and talked about how the Jets have many issues to address in the draft.

“If you look through that roster, you see areas that they need help,” he said. “They need another defensive end in the mix. You have [Mike] DeVito opposite [Muhammad] Wilkerson. They could upgrade the right defensive tackle spot. They could certainly upgrade the outside linebacker positions. They lack a pass rusher that can close and finish.

“You think about the secondary, LaRon Landry. LaRon Landry has had two straight years with Achilles injuries and he’s only had four career interceptions – not a ballhawk back there.

“You think about the offense, the right tackle position. They also have a situation at wide receiver. You would expect Santonio Holmes to bounce back and play better, but we’ll see. Then the running game. I know [Shonn] Greene got better as the year went along, but he’s not a great back.

He went on to talk about how we might not be in the right spot to pick the impact guy they need.

“In terms of where they could go I still think a pass rusher but I don’t think necessarily it will fall that way for them,” Kiper said. “Do they take a guy like [LSU defensive tackle] Michael Brockers and put him on the opposite side from Wilkerson, their first-round pick last year? Barron would be a great pick. Mark Barron is a heck of a player, but you probably have to move up. I mean, you have Dallas looking at Barron (No. 14). You have Philadelphia (No. 15) maybe looking at Barron. So, I think they would have to jump up a little bit to get a guy like Barron and bring him into the fold.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Bobby Massie, Deensive End, Edge Pass Rusher, Laron Landry, Mark Barron, Mel Kiper Jr., Michael Brockers, NY Jets, Ny Jets Draft, Outside Linebacker, Santonio Holmes, Shonn Greene, Wide Receiver

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