As the NFL Draft draws closer, the draft rhetoric gets more engaging and probably more confusing. Mocks have probably changed team’s selections multiple times already, and will continue to do so up until draft day eve. It’s probably been even more confusing and frustrating for Jets fans who root for a team that basically has serious multiple needs to address in the draft in order to give their fan-base some type of hope going into next season. The pre-draft rhetoric has been so confusing and cluttered that respected Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft Lead Writer and founder of New Era Scouting Matt Miller decided to take time out of his busy schedule to pay some direct attention to Jet-Nation. Matt will helps us cut through that crowded opinionated gray area that is looted with all kinds of opinions and thoughts and share his sentiments on what he believes Jets need to do exactly to begin the “turn-around” under new GM John Idzik starting in the 2013 NFL Draft
1.) What would you say as of right now, is the Jets BIGGEST need on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball?
MM- For me, it all starts with the quarterback position. I know that it’s very unlikely the team moves on from Mark Sanchez right now, but if I’m evaluating this roster, quarterback is the biggest and brightest need on offense. On defense, I’d say another pass rusher. It will be exciting to see how Quinton Coples is used this season, but from a “right now’ perspective, a stand-up pass rusher is the biggest defensive need.
2.) From what you know of both Marty Mornhinweg and Mark Sanchez, do you believe the Jets will see a more improved Sanchez next season IF given a chance?
MM- If given a chance, I could see Sanchez improving slightly. The key for him isn’t talent, it’s the play around him and the execution of the system. He looked lost throughout much of 2012, and if we see that player again I would expect a short leash.
3.) Would you be OK with the Jets drafting a QB in the 1st round?
MM- I would not be, but only because I don’t see the value of drafting a first-round quarterback this year—especially if Geno Smith is off the board. Any other player would be an absolute reach at No. 9.