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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  • matr dontelli iii

    i give it a flat b because ivory is really a day three pick equivalent. i certainly understand your points. i think the fact that idzik inherited ryan is overblown. i think he is genuinely content to have ryan as a head coach though he probably wasn’t thrilled to hear him criticize the orioles over their schedule last week. i wish rex could control himself, though i don’t see THAT happening. though he could certainly be released after the season, i really don’t think idzik is thinking that way. i don’t think he’s got a foot out the door like so many others do. i wasn’t thrilled with the smith selection but will trust in idzik. i’m in agreement with you on mark, however, if idzik thinks he’s not the guy for the job and he likes what he sees in smith, well, while it wouldn’t be my choice, they didn’t ask me and i think idzik knows more than we do. i’m all aboard until it goes south, which i don’t think it will. i think this guy is sharp as a tack and confident in himself and his ways. he may be a first-time gm, but he knows what he’s doing, he’s been around he block a few times. IIWT

    • TheJetPress

      Maybe he is content with Rex, you could be right. It just seems to me that he has stripped Rex of many of “his guys”, DeVito, Bart, Darrelle, now Mark has one foot out the door. I do agree that Idzik is a confident guy, seems to get what he wants to get done. We shall see how it goes moving forward.

      • matr dontelli iii

        While he may have ‘stripped Rex of many of “his guys”‘, I don’t think there’s any doubt that they had to go (for monetary reasons, except Bart) and with the replacements we should be better off talent wise with the exception of the injury-prone cornerback they traded away

      • matr dontelli iii

        I do hope they allow mark to compete. Actually, he must have spoken to Carroll about mark, probably in depth. I can’t imagine them releasing him, though I couldn’t imagine them picking a cornerback either.

        • TheJetPress

          we should be more talented with the replacements as you said below…very true. I don’t see them just releasing him either, but you know this team, anything can happen.

  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    I agree with you all around! I didn’t mind the cornerback pick only because I was pretty sure that Winters would still be around, but to go with Smith in the 3rd round bothered me on a couple of levels. OL is a major position of need and they let a lot of great talent go right past them at that position, but still they needed a corner and definitely had to take one of those DT’s. Going with Smith only says to me that they went with the best perceived talent on the board regardless of what would have been best for them, and that I don’t like. If we were willing to say bye-bye to Sanchez from the outright we could’ve made a better play for Matt Moore who is actually a good NFL QB and still young. Second, you pass up on an OL again, and the 2nd tier of them went pretty quickly…Winters is probably top tier so I think we got lucky. Going with Moore we could’ve picked a WR a little sooner, assuming that’s the plan now, and we have about a billion picks next year to pick a better QB, even two if we want. Very puzzling.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks. That’s a great word for the draft so far…puzzling. It has been weird. It seems they are going away from need and just doing BPA, which could work, remains to be seen.