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

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Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) catches a pass defended by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Elfert was ruled out of bounds on the play. Mandatory Credit: Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

I see a move for a tight end like Tyler Eifert to be more likely tomorrow night. Jeff Cumberland is a nice player, but the Jets don’t believe he is the starting tight end. It’s safe to assume that the Jets will have selected a tight end by the end of the Friday session at the latest.

That being said, it is more likely that the Jets choose a tight end after trading down. These tight ends are not valued in too many circles as top 15 picks, so the Jets could select one of them after moving down in the round.

If the Jets stay put at 9th and 13th, look for them to go Tavon Austin at 9, and one of the pass rushers at 13. Austin had such a wonderful day at the NFL combine that he has shot up into the top 10 as far as many are concerned. We have looked at this guy before, he would be the big play offensive player that the Jets have been waiting for.

This defense needs an elite pass rusher to be all that it can be. Could you imagine if this defense could get to the quarterback, without all of the fancy blitzing? This draft is quite deep with this type of pass rusher, that at 13th, the Jets won’t pass up the opportunity. Whether it will be Mingo, Jarvis Jones, Dion Jordan if he fell that far, or any of the others, remains to be seen. But to me, there is little doubt that this will be the position that is addressed.

One more day gang, and we get to see how this plays out. Finally.

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