Reactions to the New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Day 2 Selections

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November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) runs with the ball before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning gang. It certainly was an interesting night last night, was it not? Radio City Music Hall is not typically known for having fireworks, but they happened last night.

I wanted to take some time to reflect on the moves that were made before bringing my reactions to you this morning. For those of you that have been reading this blog for a long time, you KNOW that I have a lot to say, based on those particular moves that were made last night, at least one particular move.

I am going to address the moves in reverse order, so the most time can be devoted to the move that I will have the most to say about.

The Chris Ivory trade is a brilliant move, kudos to John Idzik. We, along with a large portion of the fan base, have been calling for the acquisition of Ivory for a long time, and now it is reality. For a reminder, take a look at Chris Ivory’s stats to date in his NFL career:

Season Team Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 New Orleans Saints 6             2 40 217 5.4 56T 2 2 15 7.5 13 0
2011 New Orleans Saints 6             2 79 374 4.7 35T 1 0 0 0
2010 New Orleans Saints 12             4 137 716 5.2 55T 5 1 17 17.0 17 0 4 2
TOTAL 256 1,307 5.1 56 8 3 32 10.7 17 0 4 2

He has had quite the average per carry, one that the Jets haven’t seen out of a regular ball-carrier in I don’t know how long. When Chris Ivory has had the chance to play, he has performed admirably. That 716 yards in 2010 were good enough to lead the Saints in rushing that year. He’s fast in space, and at 6’0″, 222 pounds, he is big enough to take the regular pounding should he win the starting job.

Personally, I don’t LOVE the idea of losing a draft pick, but for this player, it’s OK. Why? Because in the alternative, the Jets would have had to draft a running back. As much as I love draftees, and have called for weeks for more and more, you don’t know what they are. There is no way to know whether or not they would have drafted a running back as good as Ivory with the fourth round pick. So if you think about it, they used the pick on Chris Ivory, and a player of his caliber would be an excellent choice.

Moving back to the draft picks, the Jets chose offensive lineman Brian Winters out of Kent State. I see nothing wrong with making a pick like that. You can take a look at what I had to say about Winters last night, but there is no fault to be found about the pick.  For a team that has lacked depth on the offensive line for the past two years, there is nothing wrong with adding a guy that is 6’4″, 320 pounds that can play guard or tackle.

Now, turn the page for my thoughts on the story of the night.

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