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…..
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
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.