Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets corner back Dee Milliner (27) is congratulated by teammates after breaking up a pass by the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan Says the 2013 Draft Class is an “A+”


Yesterday, our writer Vincent Hall took a look back at the inaugural draft class of John Idzik, now that we are three quarters into the season.  If you haven’t seen it, take a look, it’s a great take on who the Jets chose versus who was available.

When he met with the media yesterday, coach Rex Ryan was asked about the 2013 draft class. We know they have had their ups and downs, like Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Brian Winters…etc. It hasn’t been perfect, that’s for sure. However, Rex surely took a different view than we had:

I’ll tell you what, if there is another class that has had five starters in it, I mean if this isn’t an A+ class, I don’t know what you’re looking for. You probably have the Rookie of the Year in Sheldon Richardson, if not, (then) I don’t get it. Maybe it’s another sport outside of football. You have a young quarterback who has started every game. You have a fullback who was our last pick, (and) even though he’s from Wake Forest, he’s starting and has done a nice job. He’s a good, good player. You have Winters, and yeah he’s had some struggles, but guys he’s also done an outstanding job in some games. I think he’s going to be a guy that can be a starter for 10 years. He’s got that kind of look about him. That’s an outstanding pick, I don’t know where we took him, third round I guess. That’s an outstanding pick. Dee (Milliner) I understand has had some struggles, I’m not making excuses for him but he’s a rookie corner. I don’t know any other rookie corner that’s come in the league, outside of probably (Darrelle) Revis, that jumped right in. I think we’ve been a little spoiled here with the corner play. I think, to me, overall it’s a great class. We have some young offensive linemen that we haven’t played yet, (Will) Campbell, (Oday) Aboushi. I think this class is as strong of class that I’ve ever seen.

Yes, there are five starters, but does that make the class great? As Vincent wrote yesterday, some of them are starting because they have to, not because they earned it. They certainly have had their struggles. I am not saying that the class should be an “F”, but an “A+” is just a little bit generous.

No matter what happens with coach Ryan, nobody can ever say that he is negative, that’s for sure.

Tags: 2013 Nfl Draft Dee Milliner Geno Smith New York Jets Rex Ryan

  • Paul Newbold

    Vincent Hall did a good job breaking down the last draft class in his piece. Rex tends to be quite optimistic about this class, though few have seen many things to cheer about. If Milliner and Smith can turn it around, they’ll raise the grade. Winters was a third rounder so he wasn’t expected to start, but the Ducasse plan blew up early, so he’s had some big struggles. Overall though I think Rex might be a bit delusional with that grade!

    • RONBO19

      Paul,your post on Randy’s Radar was the best one I’d seen since the Radar went on facebook(and severely downhill) as most of the better posters abandoned ship. I agree Rex is sipping the spiked eggnog if he truly believes any of that nonsense.As i stated on the Radar this could turn out to be the worst draft class since 2009 Rex’s first when they traded 4 picks to move up for Mark Sanchez and Shonne Green. And we all know hot that worked out.Looking at this past draft the only possibe way to salvage it would require Milliner and Geno to get things together and become real NFL players.None of the three O-linemen they drafted are ever gonna be any thing other than below avg at best. The fullback Bohannon who ran a 4.99 at his pro day is simply to slow and not much of a blocker to amount to anything.If it were not for Sheldon Richardson the draft would be a 100% disaster at this point.

    • Alan Schechter

      can’t disagree paul…delusional would be a good assessment.