Apr 26, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets first round selection defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson answers questions during a press conference at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Class Could Have Huge Immediate Impact

Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The man to the right just spent the last month at center stage. John Idzik took his team through the draft for the first time, as well as the first UDFA period.

As you saw when we did a roundup of the draft grades, there is a wide range of opinions as to how the Jets performed in the draft.  The grades ranged from B’s to D’s, clearly marking the moves made as debatable amongst the experts.

It takes a long time to really “grade” draft classes. Oh, we grade them anyway, based on talent acquired and needs filled. We all do it, here at the J-E-T Press as well. But, it is in part speculation, because we don’t know how these players are going to perform when the make the leap to the NFL.

One way that we CAN evaluate a draft class is if any, and how many, of the drafted players become starters as rookies. That is partially based on a team’s need at the position, but they wouldn’t start if they didn’t have talent. In this regard, as one of my readers pointed out to me, the Jets draft class has a lot of potential. This class could have four starters in it, maybe even five, making it clearly an influential draft class chosen by John Idzik.

Two starters are obvious, and they were chosen on the first round. Anyone picked in the top half of the first round will be arriving in their NFL locker rooms with great expectations, and the Jets’ two choices are no different. Dee Milliner will be a starter from day one, barring a miracle. Obviously we have an opening on one side at cornerback, we all know why. We also know we don’t want Kyle Wilson filling the position full-time. Starter number one, is Dee Milliner.

Starter number two will be Sheldon Richardson. A number 13 selection, as I said earlier, comes with great expectations. Sheldon will be expected to be on the football field. At first, we thought that he would just be a part of the rotation, but the information we learned this week told us a whole new story. With Quinton Coples moving to OLB in 2013, there will be a spot on the defensive line, and expect Sheldon Richardson to fill that hole.  Wouldn’t watching Richardson and Wilkerson on the same field be exciting.

Starter number three, and maybe number four, will be the offensive linemen chosen in the draft.  The Jets have a clear opening at right guard, and even though Vlad Big Ugly Ducasse is still here, do you think the Jets are going to hand him the spot at left guard?  Doubt it.  Therefore at least one, and maybe two of the players drafted will start.  Be it Winters, Obushi, or the newly converted William Campbell, at least one, maybe two will start.

You know who the next starter likely will be?  Tommy Bohanon.  No, I still don’t agree with drafting a full back, but since they did, they might as well use him.  John Conner sis gone, and I am not sure they will hand the job to Lex Hilliard.  There will be a competition there, and no reason why Bohanon can’t win it.


The X-Factor is Geno.  We know that he is here to eventually be the starting quarterback, the question is when.  He should sit behind Mark or David Garrard for a year, maybe two.  But, he will have the chance to win the job.  He might very well be the starter getting out of the gate in 2013.  If not week one, it is something that you may see come mid-season of things aren’t going well.

Most likely, the starters coming out of the blocks week one will be Milliner, Richardson, an offensive lineman, say Winters for argument sake, and Bohanon.  To me, those are the safest bets.  Counting that up, it would amount to four starters out of the 2013 class for the New York Jets.  I would say that is a pretty good job for a first time by John Idzik, wouldn’t you?

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i’ve often said how mr. t left the cupboard bare and the team in need of more players than you can draft in one year. one advantage of that – if you could call it that – for mr. idzik is that he could pick the bpa all through the draft and not go wrong. we had needs practically everywhere. in that sense his job was made easy by how mr. t handled his final few years. that said, idzik did a masterful job in the draft. milliner, richardson and winters will be opening day starters almost for sure, bohannon should get lots of playing time. if smith becomes our qb for any length of time the draft becomes A+. i’ll be hoping colon stays healthy and starts all season but i’ll also be hoping he’s only here for one year and one of the new guys can fill his shoes next year. i expect bohannon to be on the field for our first offensive snap, hopefully a beautiful play action to hill’s side which freezes that new, injury-prone cornerback the bucs got, allowing hill to get behind him for a long gain. wouldn’t THAT be sweet?

    • TheJetPress

      No disagreement on any of that. Hadn’t thought of it but you are right, Tanny basically set it up for John to be able a successful draft. This group really could turn into A+ you are absolutely right on this. Notice how I quoted you in this article?

      • matr dontelli iii

        Of course I noticed. I don’t just glance at your stuff, I read it through carefully. I generally read your site last of the three blogs I read because I comment on most of your articles. I don’t comment nearly as much on the other sites due to what I’ll call too many yahoos, though I did leave a comment on tjb yesterday which is currently the ‘best’ comment on the thread by nearly a 2-1 margin (13 thumbs up to 7)!

        • TheJetPress

          cool, just making sure.. see, you guys influence my opinions as well. Nice job with the best comment on the tjb thread…good work!