Offseason Outlook: 2013 New York Jets starting roster should look like this...

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Remember the #2 overall pick we got from Jacksonville?

Meet Geno Smith.

NFL Draft

The NY Jets select (#Overall)

#2 – Geno Smith - QB (WVU)
#9- Barkevious Mingo - DE (LSU)#37- Le’Von Bell – RB (Michigan State) or Giovani Bernard RB (North Carolina)

Trade all of the following picks to trade up. With 3 mid-round picks the Jets could get in return, they can solitify the offensive line…drafting a LG/RG and a RT…
#72, #103, #134, #168, #199.

The LG will be the first priority. Hopefully this draft choice, whoever it may be, can start week 1. The RG will replace Brandon Moore after some grooming, of course. And the RT will eventually take over for Austin Howard.

Depth Chart

QB

1a- Geno Smith
1b- Mark Sanchez
3- Greg McElroy

Backs

1- Benard/Bell
2- Bilal Powell
3- Joe McKnight
FB- Brian Leonard (FA signing– 2 years 1.3M)

TE

1-Delanie Walker (FA signing– 3 yrs 2.8M)
2- Jeff Cumberland

Wide Receivers

1- Santonio Holmes

2- Braylon Edwards (Veteran’s Min.$)

3 (slot)- Jeremy Kerley

4- Stephen Hill (with new gloves)

5 (slot)- Jordan White

Offensive Line

LT- D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG- mid round draft pick 1/2/3
C- Nick Mangold
RG- Brandon Moore (re-signed– 2 yrs 4M)
RT- Austin Howard (RFA tendered 2M)
Jumbo OL- mid round draft picks 1/2/3

There would certainly be an open competition for the LG position.

Defense

The Defense is going to look a little different. Rex Ryan has the coaching ability to install the 4-3 defense. By drafting Barkevious Mingo, the Jets can send 4 linemen on every down. With the NFL adapting into a more passing league, it’s good to have 4 guys who can rush the passer, and defensive backs that can rotate in. This helps a defense, in avoiding tight end/linebacker mismatches. Wouldn’t you rather have Josh Bush subbing in to help out in zone on a linebacker, as opposed to a LB like Garrett McIntyre? That’s exactly the point.

More d-linemen + less linebackers + more d-backs = a greater chance to slow down a high-flying passing attack.

Back to the depth chart…

Defensive Line

DE- Quinton Coples

DT -Muhammad Wilkerson

DT- Mike DeVito (re-signed-3 years   3M)

DE- Barkevious Mingo (9th overall)

**Kenrick Ellis to compete with DeVito for starting DT in Cortland.

Linebackers
LOLB- Barrett Ruud-TB OR Shawn Phillips- SD (cheaper option)

MLB -David Harris (restructured)

ROLB- Demario Davis

Rotating- Ricky Sapp, Garrett McIntyre.

Secondary

I would pay to see this secondary, if this were the line-up. It’s definitely a stretch, because you never know how things are going to play out in free agency, but I would take this secondary and Geno Smith over Darrelle Revis and Mark Sanchez.

Remember, “The Flight Boys”?

Meet the, “No Fly Zone“.

LCB- Antonio Cromartie
FS- Ed Reed (3 years 9M. Fully guaranteed)
SS- LaRon Landry (6 years 35M)**
RCB- Kyle Wilson
Nickle (slot) CB- Aaron Berry

Rotating Defensive Backs

CB – Ellis Lankster
Safety 3- Josh Bush
Safety/Nickle DB – Antonio Allen

** LaRon’s 6 year deal will be full of incentives. For example, if LaRon plays all 16 regular season games, he’ll be fully guaranteed the following year. Or, he’ll simply trigger a $1.5M bonus.

Overview

When looking at the starting roster, I can confidently say that I’d be happy with the direction the team is going. In my mind, everybody wins. Let’s review:

  • Revis gets his money/Woody gets value for Darrelle.
  • The Jets fans finally get the pass rusher they’ve been waiting for since the 2008, in Barkevious Mingo.
  • The Jets get a franchise QB and a much needed (serious) competition for Mark Sanchez and the starting QB position.
  • Rex Ryan gets to coach Ed Reed again, something that would help him get over trading Darrelle Revis.
  • The Jets fix their offensive line problems, and have a young group together for a long time.
  • Geno Smith’s drafted by Jets #2 overall, a great fit for the West Coast system, installed by new OC Marty Mornhinweg.
  • The team has great leadership, especially with the veterans on this defense; Reed, Cromartie, Landry, DeVito.
  • Josh Bush isn’t thrown into the fire in his 2nd year. He could be mentored and brought up to speed by Ed Reed.
  • The Jets are contenders once again.

It’s impossible for me to predict which moves the Jets will make and money could be an issue, but I can say this…

If this is the path the Jets take… sign me up.

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