Now, we talk about choosing a fullback. It’s not that they did it too high, they did choose him with the final pick of the draft. A couple of things for me, there still were weapons on the board. Da’Rick Rogers is an example of a weapon that was still on the board, when the Jets decided to take a fullback. Lex Hilliard was a serviceable player, the Jets needed help on the outside. That’s a fail for me.
However, I have warmed a bit on the first round, better than I was the other night. Dee Milliner is an excellent choice. Did they necessarily need to add a CB? No. But, it still was a legit smart idea. First, it shows an understanding of how important the CB position is in Rex Ryan’s defense. The CB basically is the straw that stirs the drink. If you can cover on the outside, the Rex Ryan defense comes to life. Milliner on one side, and Cro on the other may not be Revis, but it will help.
Secondly, Kyle Wilson is much better suited as the nickel than a starting corner. He did get better as the year went by last year, but he still isn’t starting quality. And I know that many of us will be thrilled to see less of the finger-wagging. Bringing in a starting corner puts Wilson back to his more suitable position, which makes it in and of itself a great idea.
Sheldon Richardson is an interesting choice. He has a great deal of talent, this is not in dispute. But, why not an outside rusher like Jarvis Jones? The Jets are already pretty deep on the defensive line, and have always had a problem with the outside pass rush. The only way I can justify it is going back to John Idzik’s theme, “competition”. Bringing in Richardson will keep Mo Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, and Kenrick Ellis on their game. Hey, can you imagine if Mo played better? He could dominate all by himself. In that respect, the move could work well, despite not being a position of need.
Given all of that, my final grade for the 2013 Jets draft class is……B.
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