2013 NFL Draft and the New York Jets: Predictions for Day One

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans react to the selection of defensive end Quinton Coples (North Carolina) as the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The time has just about arrived, Jets fans. Tomorrow night, fans will line the rows of Radio City Music Hall, and the 32 NFL teams will be set to begin choosing their future stars. As we know, it’s round one tomorrow night, 2-3 on Friday, and the balance of the draft on Saturday. Has the league gone out of its way to make the draft more of a TV spectacle than a working meeting? Maybe, but it is what it is. That’s a discussion for another day.

Tonight, I wanted to bring you some predictions on how I see things going tomorrow. Not so much a mock draft, with all of those types of specifics. These are going to be more general thoughts as to how John Idzik will handle the picks, positions he might choose, and maybe a name or two mixed in there. Let’s get to it.

Draft guru Gil Brandt has the Jets trading up to the number 3 position, giving up their ninth and one other pick.  With the choice, he has the Jets taking Dee Milliner to eventually replace Revis.  I normally like a lot of what Brandt has to say, but I think he is off base here.

A team in the Jets situation is needs more picks, not less.  It’s a much more likely scenario that the Jets will move back with either one, or both of their picks in the first round.  Don’t look for the Jets to trade up at all.

The Jets did play well with Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson as the starting corners. Don’t be surprised if the Jets go ahead with these two as their starters to open up camp.

Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (13) participates in a passing drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t look for them to go with a quarterback tomorrow night either, and that is not because of my opinion of Mark Sanchez. Yes, there have been rumors linking the Jets highly with Ryan Nassibe, and they did work out Geno Smith. The thing about this class of quarterbacks is the range of grades these players have received. Nassib has been graded anywhere from being the top of the group, to barely being worth a draft pick, just to give you an example.

The opinions on these quarterbacks are so wide-ranging, that it’s hard to believe that the Jets would be that sold on one of these players. Anything is possible. Terry Bradway wanted to draft Russell Wilson last year, so you never know. I just don’t see it, the Jets taking a quarterback that early. If they take one at all, expect it to occur either at the end of the Friday session, or Saturday.

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