New York Jets 2013 Draft: What to do with that first pick?

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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.

The other would be LSU’s Barkevious Mingo at outside linebacker. With the loss of Bart Scott, they could use a complement to David Harris and this kid could fit the bill.

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.

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  • blastingzone

    Tavon Austin is the answer he has game changing breakaway speed that will keep
    DC’s up at night!! He’s smaller but thats why defenses have trouble tackeling him?
    Petterson is excellent too but Sanchez can’t hit anybody past 20 yds noless
    downfield and thats why Austin would be better for the WCO which is all about
    the yards after the catch! He can catch the ball out of the backfield like screens
    or dump off passes like when Sanchez is running for his life and can line up at
    WR too not to mention kickoff and punt returns if needed? They already have
    Hill who is a downfield threat when he holds on to the ball after the catch at WR
    with 4.3 speed!