2013 New York Jets NFL Draft Grade Roundup

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Apr 26, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets first round selections cornerback Dee Milliner (left) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (right) answer questions during a press conference at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

We are now four days past the NFL draft. The Jets have made their choices, and the “experts” have spoken. I wanted to bring you today, a cross-section of opinions/grades of the Jets draft from around the web. What did the experts have to say? Let’s find out…..

Sports Illustrated, Chris Burke

The first round was disappointing. DT Sheldon Richardson is kind of miscast in the Jets’ current defense, and CB Dee Milliner broke the rule that you don’t try to replace a player you just traded away by drafting someone at the same position. G Brian Winters has a nasty streak and Rex Ryan will like that. But, of course, the spotlight will shine brightest on QB Geno Smith. Is he the answer New York needs at that position? Or are there ample reasons to justify his drop into Round 2? Grade: C

Nate Davis, USA Today

New York Jets: If you purely judge this draft off the selection of QB Geno Smith in Round 2, alarm bells sound — though given Smith’s talent, at least they didn’t overreach. Still, his presence creates yet more distractions, and his arrival came at the cost of patching other holes on offense. But he wasn’t the only player new GM John Idzik picked. Two potential impact defenders came via Round 1 (CB Dee Milliner, DT Sheldon Richardson), and needed O-line depth was selected in Smith’s wake. Idzik also acquired 25-year-old RB Chris Ivory for a fourth rounder then signed him to a very reasonable three-year, $10 million deal — all things considered, a fairly deft stroke. GRADE: B

I disagree with Burke here. Well, like we said yesterday, Richardson is not a fit with the defense as we have seen it in the past. But, if they are moving to more of a 4-3 base, Richardson fits absolutely. And thinking that Milliner is going to replace Revis really isn’t how it works, that’s a bit of a surface way to look at it. Antonio Cromartie is actually the one replacing Darrelle Revis, Milliner will, at least at the start, fill the second cornerback role and move Wilson back to nickel.

My thoughts more align with the reporter from USA Today. The biggest concern for me, as he felt as well, was the Smith pick. I actually felt they overreached for him a bit, as I didn’t even consider him a second round talent. Let’s turn the page and see some views from around the web.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    they all showed why they work for peanuts instead of riches. absolutely no insight, nothing new, let’s just bash the jets every chance we get. don’t any of them think that maybe idzik and ryan spoke before the draft to see if they could use richardson on the defense or if he would just be a useless waste of a roster spot on the bench? nobody realizes that the injury prone cornerback we just traded was replaced by the more athletic and versatile cromartie? i mean they’re real good at putting the other guy in the hall of fame but let’s be fair. does he return kicks? does he line up on offense and draw a double team? has he been on the field more than cro the last three years? is he really worth twice what they pay cro? not even close. i didn’t wanna see them draft smith, but they got him in the second when he was widely regarded as the draft’s best qb. if they didn’t grab him they’d all be roasting us for not drafting him when he was available in the second, ‘despite having the embattled mark sanchez and the injury prone gerrard, who hasn’t played in the last two years as the only viable options, the jets failed to address the qb spot when top-rated qb geno smith was available in the second round. grade d.’ the new oc and running backs will improve the offense. the new o line will improve the offense. if the qb doesn’t turn the ball over like he’s got money riding on the other team the offense will improve. there were just too may holes to fill with 8 picks and austin was gone before we picked. we coulda tried a mr t. move and switched picks with buffalo. that woulda cost us a king’s ransom and guaranteed that austin was a bust (using jet trade-up luck as a basis). and we woulda got roasted for that too. you know who was fairest toward us for the draft? of all people? dick cimini, believe it or not!

    • TheJetPress

      Being a long time fan like you are, you know as well as anybody that we are damned if we do, damned if we don’t. I believe we could theoretically draft Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, and Jim Brown in succession, and the draft experts would still find problems. Ah, the life of a Jets fan.

      • matr dontelli iii

        There is only one cure, and I think we’ve got the right people leading and I think we’re on the right track. Time will tell, until then the most ignorant will have the loudest voices.

        • TheJetPress

          My voice is getting louder, so is Joe’s over at TOJ…….the smart are slowly taking over for the ignorant lol

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