Could the 2nd Round of the 2013 NFL Draft Show the True New York Jets Power Structure?

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Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

John Idzik and Rex Ryan. They are in one of the most unusual situations possible, with Idzik set as the long-term GM, and Rex Ryan possibly on his last legs as Jets head coach. It certainly has the potential for being one of the most interesting front office situations that you could possibly have.

So the question is, who has the power, and how will they work together? And I don’t mean based on what they say. We know they are going to make the correct statements about how the system will work. But we have said it many times before, actions are going to dictate how this situation plays out. There was a lot of discussion during the Tanny days, saying that the one calling the shots was emphatically not Tannenbaum, but Rex after all. Whether Rex was dominating, or Mike was too easy with Rex, that is the theory. If Rex wanted a player, Rex got that player.

So, we are going into the first Idzik/Ryan draft. Who will be calling the shots, Idzik or coach Ryan? How can we tell? I believe we will get a clear indication, but not when you would think. A lot of times, we put a great deal of attention on whom the team chooses with their first round pick. I, however, am looking later on. Specifically, whom the Jets choose either with their second round pick, or a late first round pick if they make a trade. He’s an interesting player to watch, and would give us a clear indication. His name?

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive lineman Margus Hunt of SMU (96) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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  • matr dontelli iii

    you raise a good point, alan. i’m kinda disappointed right now as i just read the trade compensation. i was expecting us to get a bit more but i understand why we didn’t. we were between a rock and a hard place. now idzik is gonna have his work cut out for himself. the draft is now about getting a serviceable player in each round as well as another one or two as ufas. also now, ivory becomes more important. but that’s ok. it’s better than handcuffing ourselves with a $16 million corner. i know cro will never be rIIIvIIIs, but the idea that rIIIvIIIs is worth twice what cro gets is ridiculous. my optimism level dropped slightly this evening. i think i’ll have my big brother change his name to jumbo optimist and i’ll then be known as a li’l optimist.

    • TheJetPress

      I was disappointed at first, but I agree. When you have a guy coming off a major injury, 2 picks is still a major score. But you hit it right on the head, this may be Idzik’s first draft as GM, but it is now a big one. He really can’t have too many misses, if any.