New York Jets Free Agency 2013: A Primer of Potential Candidates

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Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama offensive lineman Chance Warmack stretches to warm up before doing workout drills during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

OL: Here is where things get interesting. I think the Jets should look to retain Slauson to go with Vlad Ducasse, while letting Brandon Moore’s inflated salary walk. This however would leave them in a position where I think they would have to draft a guard, and early to take one of those two spots. Reports have them linked to the Vikings OG Geoff Schwartz. My best bet would to see them draft a guard in the first two rounds of the draft. I like Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, and Larry Worford. Should they choose to wait until the 3rd round I think the top two centers in the draft from Alabama and Wisconsin both have experience playing guard, so there is a good chance to get one of the five of those players in round 1-3 to take over a starting guard position.

DL: Mike Devito is gone. Pouha is gone. Good news is this. Wilkerson, Ellis, Coples are all pretty good, not to mention 350 pound Damon Harrison who is getting better. The Jets need depth, not starters, and you can get d-line depth in free agency or later in this draft.

LB: The Jets have zero outside linebackers, and need to address this ASAP. Gone are Thomas and Pace. Several names have been floated such as Cowboys LB Victor Butler. Also intriguing is the aging, but still pretty good Karlos Dansby expected to be cut by the Dolphins shortly. The draft is pretty deep with outside linebackers as well, and the Jets may be able to tab a starter in the draft, and the other starter in free agency. Draft-wise there are good pass rushers that don’t have to be grabbed in the first 10 picks. Personal favorite is Brandon Jenkins of Florida State.

DB: If the rumors prove true, Revis will depart leaving the Jets with more draft picks, but a hole in the defensive backfield. Add in the likely departure of LaRon Landry and we are talking two starters from the secondary. Add in Yeremiah Bell, and you get my drift. There could be secondary help with big names like Adrian Wilson who was released by Arizona, and Dawan Landry released by Jacksonville to take over the SS position. The top 3 rounds of the draft are pretty good with starting caliber players at CB, and the top 2 rounds for safety. My personal favorites in the draft at corner would be Logan Ryan from Rutgers, and perhaps Tyrann Mathieu from LSU. The Jets did pretty well last year without Revis, and I think they will be OK with a blue collar CB, rather than a blue chip athlete with a big name.

There you have it a few ideas for potential new additions to the New York Jets 2013 roster. Some names have been linked, but most are just wishful thinking.

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