Four Pass Rushers The Jets Could Target After Round One......

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It’s practically a forgone conclusion that due to the Jets lack of an effective pass rush this past season (and pretty much every season Rex Ryan has been the Jets head coach) they will finally seriously address their pass rushing woes early in this April’s draft ALONG with adding a few middle tier OLBs from FA as well (assuming the new Jets GM can actually come in and perform emergency surgery on a cap situation that’s in critical condition) as some of the early draft season mock drafts have the Jets linked to some of the top pass rushers in college football from this past season.  Names like Texas A&M’s productive DE Damontre Moore, Oregon’s athletic DE Dion Jordan and most recently, LSU’s freakish DE Barkevious Mingo.

I personally see no reason why the Jets won’t end up addressing the OLB position in the 1st round considering Jets OLBs Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas will both most likely be released during the offseason and the position will immediately be severely thin, addressing the position is extremely urgent and drafting one of the “Top” pass rushers in the draft would certainly go a long way in helping solidify the position.  It’s a strategy I would encourage the Jets to utilize but the Jets do have other important areas to address and they could very well find themselves drafting another position outside of OLB in the first round OR for obvious financial reasons or any other logical reason you can think of (I can actually think of a few like the need for a RB and OT early) they may decide to trade back and garner more picks to not only get value from a financial cap impacting stand point BUT to also acquire more picks to help address depth issues at key positions.


Jets OLB Calvin Pace will most likely get released and will need to be adequately replaced next season.

Whatever the reason being, the Jets may very well find themselves waiting until rounds 2-4 to address the pass rushing/OLB position and believe it or not, that may not be such a bad thing as there are legit OLB options when you get past the “TOP” rushers in the draft.  Keep in mind that the Jets have seem to have found 2 diamonds in Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson and with the way both of these players came on strong towards the end of the season, the Jets may certainly feel very good about pairing a young and talented pass rusher with Coples and Wilkerson and conventional wisdom says the Jets shouldn’t really have to spend a 1st on a pass rushing OLB as they have every right to feel as though with Coples and Wilkerson dominating on the line, their consistent play can open things up immensely for a pass rusher plucked from the 2nd-4th rounds that carries at least adequate skills and attributes.  It’s a logical thought, a sentiment I personally wouldn’t agree with but one can understand the thinking behind it with the elevated play of Coples and Wilkerson this past season.  Let’s look at FOUR legitimate pass rushing options the Jets should look at (in my opinion) if they decide NOT to address the position in round 1 OR if they find themselves trading OUT of the first round:

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  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    Forget about Long or Smith, all the youtube I’ve seen on those guys shows them getting swallowed up by effective blocking. Jenkins is a pass rushing beast who, if you put him on the line with DeVito, Wilkerson and Coples, would make our d-line amazing. But the question is do we need that or an extremely talented OLB? Murphy has fantastic brute strength and a great build to be a pass rushing OLB anybody would love to have but it seems he’s sees much less action dropping back into protection. The big question, as always with those types, is can they be trained to do it?

    • SeanLDurham

      Great question John and we just have to have faith in Rex and his defensive staff that they can adequately teach these prospects how to do what we need them to do. Things like dropping back into coverage will always be a coaching deal even IF said player has experience with it in college like Oregon’s Dion Jordan. I wouldn’t shy away from a prospect if i saw on tape that coverage wasn’t his strong suit as long as his other talents and attributes are jumping off the screen to me and players like Jenkins and Smith have the knack for getting after the QB. Not too worried about them getting swallowed up on tape considering every TOP pass rushing prospect I scouting this bowl season was getting blocked effectively. That all changes when the prospect gets placed in the right system and scheme.
      With Coples and Mo eating up offensive line blockers, our pass rusher should have plenty of one on one matchups to defeat and we need someone that can win those matchups more than they lose them and I believe as Raw as these prospects are, they have tremendous upside and can be pass rushing sleepers in Rex’s defense….. Jets have been lacking real talent at the OLB position and the Jets can certainly get that this draft without a doubt.