The NFL draft is the same as a high stakes poker game. The draft picks are the chips, the players, and their performance in future years is the pay off. The Jets while weakening the secondary with the trade of Darrelle Revis, have set themselves up for the future payoff. Whenever a player puts his own salary above the team he plays for, I’m all for getting rid of him for whatever you can. I actually thought they should have traded him last summer when he made comments about playing for whoever would pay him more greenbacks.
As things shape up now the Jets are owners of picks 9 and 13 in round 1. As I see it though, the Jets are in a position to absolutely crush this draft and the draft of 2014. I base my reasoning on the Rams trade of the #2 pick, and also the Bengals recent model of taking the best players available to slide down draft boards. Last year alone they drafted 2 talented and productive wide receivers with that method.
Round 1-Pick 9: Trade Jets send pick 9 to Rams in exchange for pick 16 in Round 1 and pick 78 in Round 3. Rams are able to move up to draft Tavon Austin who won’t be there at pick 16.
Round 1- Pick 13: Trade Jets send pick 13 to the Houston Texans for picks 27 in round 1 and pick 89 in round 3. Houston drafts Cordarelle Patterson, Robert Woods, or DeAndre Hopkins who are all more explosive than Keenan Allen or Terrance Williams. New York is now armed with 2 first 1 second and three 3rd round picks. Houston gets the complimentary receiver that Andre Johnson’s been begging for.
Round 1- Pick 16: Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina. Cooper moves in and takes the spot from Vlad Ducasse and helps solidify the offensive line. This helps with both pass protection and run blocking, and helps return one of New York’s strengths from the AFC championship seasons.
Round 1-Pick 27: Desmond Trufant CB Washington. Trufant is the fastest rising player, and an absolute cover corner. Physically he is a 4.3 guy, but on film no top wideout could escape him in drills, or in games. This keeps Kyle Wilson in the slot, and reintroduces some pep into the secondary following the let-down of Revis departure. While Revis will go on to have a great career, Des Trufant will help Jets fans not worry about him and his holdouts anymore.
Round 2-Pick 39: Margus Hunt OLB/DE SMU. Rex has personally worked him out at end and linebacker. He adds versatility to either have Quinton Coples play end or LB. As a round 2 pick he’s not as risky as Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo. He also stands 6’8 and almost 280 pounds despite 4.5 speed and freakish strength. Rex will love this pick, and he also doesn’t have to start, he can rotate in and out with Antwan Barnes and Calvin Pace to keep everyone fresh. If that isn’t enough he can play some end too.
Round 3-Pick 68: Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia. The Jets have started to cover all the holes, and one left is free safety assuming Dawan Landry starts at strongside. Josh Bush may not be starting material yet. Rambo is athletic, all over the field, covers distance quickly, a hard hitter, an aggressive run defender and has 18 interceptions the last 4 years. As of the signing of Dawan Landry, the Jets can afford to have him play at free safety and have Landry be the play caller in the secondary while he learns the ropes, while increasing the overall athleticism at the position. Josh Bush can still sub in nickel and dime packages.
Round 3-Pick 78: Steadman Bailey WR West Virginia. Bailey is the best wide receiver in this draft in my opinion. He has the best combination of route-running, hands, speed, and polish make him a valuable contributor from day 1. Santonio Holmes could possibly be released after the season, Kerley is coming on strong, but Bailey could be a go to receiver in the way Randall Cobb became a go to receiver in Green Bay from when he first stepped on the field. Bailey’s stock is all over the board from late 2nd – mid 4th round. He would rather play slot, but at 5’11 and 200 pounds he is interchangeable with Holmes or Kerley.
Round 3-Pick 89: Barrett Jones C Alabama. Why do you draft a center in the 3rd round when you have Nick Mangold? Barrett Jones has started 49 games out of 53 games as center, guard, and was the leader of the dominant Crimson Tide offensive line the past 3 years. He stands 6’5 and 310 pounds, and uses smarts over strength to dominate opponents. Although the Jets drafted a guard in Cooper, Willie Colon is an aging 30+, and a stop gap for the season. Barrett Jones is a film junky, a great player, a great team guy, and highly experienced. He was considered a first rounder before a foot injury pushed him down the boards. This could be the core of the Jets line for years to come with Ferguson, Cooper, Mangold, Jones, and Howard on the end. The fact that he has played multiple positions makes him a lock as a rotation guy for 2013, and a starter at left or right guard in 2014.