Thoughts and Reactions to the New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Class

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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

Now that the draft is about 12 hours or so in the past, time to give my complete thoughts on the group as a whole. Sean Durham will be stopping by on Monday with his opinion on the class and the prospects, but this morning I bring you mine. I brought you many of my thoughts as the weekend went by, so today will be more of a summary of my thoughts on the class as a whole. Some of my thoughts have softened a bit, some have stayed the same, so let’s get to it.

I love the fact that John Idzik worked on offensive line depth. How long have we been asking for depth on the offensive line? I have a hard time remembering any time where we WEREN’T asking for depth on the offensive line. The more bodies you can bring in along the offensive line, the better. Aboushi and Winters both graded out as good value for where they were chosen, and will have an excellent chance, competing for a spot along this offensive line.

Recent history makes the idea that William Campbell is working out as an offensive lineman as well, exciting. Campbell may be a DT, but the Jets have plans for him along the offensive line. If history repeats itself, the Jets will have quite a find in Campbell. The last guy the Jets converted in this manner, from defensive line to offensive line, is our old buddy Brandon Moore. That worked out pretty well, don’t you think? Exactly the reason that they didn’t need to take one of the guards early in the draft, so I am thrilled John Idzik didn’t fall to that pressure.

But now, to the guy pictured to the right. You guys know how I feel by now, but it bares repeating. I like the concept of bringing in competition at quarterback, but I still believe the move was made too quickly in the draft. I didn’t have ANY of these quarterbacks graded in the first two days of the draft. A feature on Geno will be coming out later on today, but my theme on him is that he is far too inconsistent. Hopefully, Rex doesn’t feel pressure to start him right away, because he will do well from sitting for a couple of years. He fumbles too much, and his accuracy is not where it needs to be.

To go along with that, they didn’t address the need for weapons during the draft itself. Yes they did with UDFAs, but for purposes of this piece, we are taking the draft in a vacuum. No matter who the quarterback is, they need weapons at their disposal, and that wasn’t addressed.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    I gave it a b though I wish there was a + option. I’m not sure when Wilson’s contract is up but if he continues to wear green and white on his next contract I hope the helmet has wings. As far as Campbell, do you see his butt making future highlight reels? I think Richardson will give Rex tons of flexibility, as well as the pass rush we’ve been longing for

    • TheJetPress

      I am starting to wonder if the Richardson choice isn’t signifying a change in scheme to 4-3. I think Wilson will be better this year, since he can go back to nickel.

      • matr dontelli iii

        i think we’ll see more of it but nothing exclusively. the flexibility is really important against team(s) that use a hurry up offense and stay connected to the qb’s headset right up to the snap. it prevents adams from telling brady what we’re doing. he wont be sure. we should see more success against them this year. funny how the ‘experts’ don’t mention that. it will allow rex to put people on the field without giving away who is playing which position or lining up where. we could be in a 4-3 or 3-4 with the same personnel on the field. coples could line up at lb or line i believe), and i think richardson wil provide that same flexibility.i believe that is why they sometimes line up in a milling about formation until the ball is about to be snapped. and i guess that (s) wasn’t really necessary.

        • TheJetPress

          Fair take on all counts, make sense.