If GM John Idzik decides to go defense with that ninth pick, there’s a really good defensive tackle out of Utah they could go after in Star Lotulelei. The Jets haven’t had a real solid defensive tackle in the middle every since Jason Ferguson. Sione Pouha was really solid but not a natural nose tackle.
He has a good burst off the snap. he has really good lateral movement and he be a run stopper which is something that as of right now, is something SEVERELY lacking. He has the ability to really blow people off the ball and put runners to the ground that seem to be slimy and are almost out of grasp. One weakness that he does have is that Lotulelei doesn’t have a lot of pass rushing moves but he could be a real good anchor in the center of that D-line.
To paraphrase from cbssports.com, Mingo has an explosive first step and has the combination of flexibility and closing speed that he can pad the sack numbers in a very pass happy league. He will fight through blockers and will get his arms up in the passing lane if he can’t get to the QB. (Sounds pretty good to me) His major deterrents could be that he has a hard time changing direction with his explosive speed and hasn’t really developed any kind of counter moves to compliment the explosive speed. Much of that especially change of direction is teachable and we all know what Rex Ryan can do with a defense.
Once you get out of the first round, or at least the third, then go with best available player. Don’t go with the sexy pick and go for the running back or the quarterback that early. The biggest needs are on offense and they need a down field explosive player. Then go for defense whether it be defensive line or linebacker.