New York Jets Fans and Media Want it Both Ways

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Dee Millner, Sheldon RichardsonAnother popular one is that the Jets should have drafted an offensive player in the 1st round with one of the first two picks. This is mainly a knock on Dee Milliner who held out, then got injured, then played terribly, then got re-injured. If you haven’t noticed this year the Jets’ secondary has been a weakness this year and Jake Locker was able to dominate by throwing to his first read which is exactly what the defense is supposed to take away. The team was forced to play more zone because the players available couldn’t play the traditional press man coverage and take away the first read thus giving the pass rush time to get home. Milliner can play this way when healthy (he only missed one game in his career at Alabama so stop feeding me the injury-prone label). How bad would the Jets cornerback depth be if they didn’t draft Milliner?

As for the offensive player instead who is this player? The Jets were all set to draft Tavon Austin, the do everything wide receiver from West Virginia at pick nine, but St Louis made a huge offer to jump the Jets to draft him at eight. He hasn’t set the world on fire yet in St. Louis so I would probably hear that the Jets should have drafted Milliner at this point if the roles were reversed. The rest of the wide receivers were low 1st round talents that would have been a huge reach that early. The other name I keep hearing is Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, but before the draft reports were out there that the team wasn’t high on Eifert. They preferred Ertz from Stanford who would be available in the early second round but didn’t last to pick 39 and they liked Travis Kelce but he didn’t make it to the team’s 3rd round pick. How can you ask the Jets to draft a player that they didn’t think highly of when you are only using hindsight? Over the next three years it will be proven whether the Jets were right or wrong in their round one strategy not after four weeks.

The other reason not to panic about not going with a high pick at wide receiver is next year’s draft class is full of quality wide receivers. Each draft does not occur in a vacuum. Next year’s draft class and free agent class are taken into account when decisions are made. the 2014 class includes stars like Sammy Watkins, Marques Lee and Mike Evans is deep while 2013′s class was considered weak. The 2014 NFL free agent class has Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin, Andrew Hawkins & Emmanuel Sanders to name a few.

The point here is that 2013 is year one of a two-year rebuilding process. Next year the Jets will have 30-40 million in cap room and ten picks in the draft, including four in the 1st three rounds. This team isn’t complete nor could it have been. There was no way to fix every hole on the team in one offseason. I think the team can be competitive because no coach gets more out of less talent than Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg is a good offensive coordinator. This year is about developing the young players on both sides of the ball and seeing if the product at the end of the season is stronger than the one we see now. This year requires patience and I’m glad that the front office has it even if most fans don’t.

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