Mike Tannenbaum is a happy guy getting back to work tonight. He got a good value pass rusher last night, Quinton Coples. Now, he and the team get back to work for rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL draft. Knowing they can’t necessarily fill all of these needs, here are some possibilities that the Jets get done tonight:
TRADE UP FOR COURTNEY UPSHAW
Surprisingly, a name that the Jets had been associated with for a while now fell out of the first round, Courtney Upshaw from the University of Alabama. There were concerns that caused him to fall out of the first round, but he could be a good value here in the second round.
If they want to go for another front seven defender that is not named Upshaw, there are others that the Jets were high on, visited with, that are still available. Ronnell Lewis and Zach Brown are still available at the linebacker spot, as well as Kendall Reyes, Vinny Curry, and Andre Branch are all still on the board. They may be able to really fortify the pass rush tonight.
DRAFT A SAFETY
Two guys that the Jets were interested in, Mark Barron and Harrison Smith, have been chosen. However, they could still go here tonight, as guys they were interested in are still on the board, like Brandon Taylor and George Iloka.
I wouldn’t be upset if they worked on the thin safety position tonight.