4.) Matt Miller has been hired by the Jets to be their GM for the draft only…. give me your 1st 3 picks that would be the start of essentially turning this Jets team into legit contenders
MM- First round—Ezekiel Ansah. If Dion Jordan is off the board, I want to go after an edge rusher who can dictate the game for the offense and make an immediate impact. Second round—E.J. Manuel. I wouldn’t risk drafting a quarterback in the first round, but in Round 2 Manuel can be a great value and come in as someone to learn and then move into the starting lineup in 2014. Third round—Marquise Goodwin. The team needs speed, and if they can’t get Tavon Austin, they can grab the next best thing in Goodwin.
5.) Now that we know what you would do with the 1st 3 picks as the Jets GM….. give me 2 players (sleepers) the Jets need to be looking at for their mid round picks 4 and 5 on either side of the ball…
MM- Offense—Brian Winters. I love his ability to play guard or center, and maybe even right tackle. Defense—Brandon Williams. If you need a pure nose tackle in this year’s class, Williams has potential to be that guy. He might not last until Round 4, though.
6.) Do you think it’s feasible to utilize Quinton Coples as a stand up pass rusher in certain packages next season? Why or why not?
MM- I didn’t see the ability from Coples in college or at the Senior Bowl to make him a stand-up rusher primarily, but I think you can work him there in packages. He’s not quick enough, in my opinion, to beat blockers on the edge. I’ve never seen the speed move to get outside the tackle and dip his shoulder to crash the pocket. That’s a concern if you’re moving him outside and standing him up.