Round 4-Pick 106: TRADE Jets send pick 106 to San Diego Chargers for pick 179 in round 6 and a 3rd rounder in 2014. The Jets have already drafted 6 players through the first three rounds, and 3 or 4 of them will start immediately. The Chargers look to restock their roster with Matt Scott from Arizona as a low risk QB to groom behind Philip Rivers.
Round 5- Pick 141: Zac Dysert QB Miami of Ohio University. Zac Dysert broke all of Ben Roethlisberger’s records at Miami of Ohio. He did it while playing under 3 different head coaches. The Jets were in attendance at his pro day. He did fairly well despite playing outside in sub-zero weather on a windy day. By connecting the dots, he’d be a great diamond in the rough for New York who have publicly stated their intention to add another arm to the QB competition. His size (6’3 230 lbs), and ability to make all the throws in adverse weather are a huge plus in an open stadium in the Meadowlands. Some have him rated as a late 3rd-early 4th rounder. Because there are about a ten QB’s routinely rated ahead of him, I see him sliding to round 5.
Round 6- Pick 178: Brandon Jenkins OLB Florida State University. Injuries derailed his senior year, but before that he was a 1st -2nd round type of player. He had the same Lisfranc foot injury that Santonio Holmes is recovering from, but had 22 sacks in two seasons prior to this injury. He ran a disappointing 40 time, which is dropping his stock in combination with his injury. Given time to heal, he is a 6’3 255 pound pass rusher with the hitting of James Harrison, and pass rushing of Clay Matthews. No brainer in my mind. Draft him, let him heal, learn the ropes, and get back to form. Watch film of his hits and you will understand why he is a necessary OLB on any 3-4 team.
Round 6- Pick 179: Denard Robinson QB/RB/WR/KR Michigan. Before anyone suggests that this is too late for him to be drafted, consider how much his stock has plummeted. This is the perfect spot to take a leap on a guy that they can probably try out at corner, returner, running back, and option QB. Just don’t try to get him to throw the ball anymore. His 4.3 speed and ability to make people miss could make him a specialist in the Hester, or Josh Cribbs mold. Draft this guy and find a spot for him!
Round 7- Pick 215: Mr Irrelevant for New York. Mike James RB Miami. Mike James is the 5’10 underutilized 222 pound RB/FB hybrid with 4.5 speed that NY would be wise to invest in. He has better short area acceleration than Lacy, Ball, Bernard, or Franklin with a 1.6 second 10 yard split, and an equal or better 40 time than all of them. He is a no-nonsense north and south runner, but he has patience and sees lanes very well. He reminds me of Larry Johnson when he was in his Chiefs prime, but with more forward lean. He also caught 30+ balls last season showing his hands. His combination of size, rushing, pass blocking, and catching can round out the backfield, and possibly give the Jets a late round feature back a la Alfred Morris of the Redskins last year.
Because of the trade of Darrelle Revis, the Jets are able to parlay that into 10 players in this draft, and two extra 3rd round picks next season. Of these 10 players all could see time in 2013 and about 6 would be upgrades to what is currently on the roster. When everyone is questioning the talent level, the coaching, the holes, and the salary cap, this is the only way to respond. You start with a big draft, and grab as many talented and versatile players as you can. Idzik is happy because he fills 1/5 of the roster with players on rookie deals further managing the cap. Rex is happy because there are some great defensive players to work with and keep the defense top 10 in the league. Woody Johnson is happy because players like Stedman Bailey and Denard Robinson will keep fans packing the stadium, while John Cooper and Barrett Jones keep Sanchez clean and upright while paving the run game. The Jets can’t predict the outcome of players before they touch the field, much like you can’t predict who will win at cards but these players represent a royal flush.