2014 NFL Draft: Where do the Jets Go in the First Round?

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Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

We are just a shade over two weeks away from the NFL draft. May 8 will be upon us before we know it, and all eyes will be on Radio City Music Hall, and all of our eyes will be on John Idzik and company as he works to shape the 2014 New York Jets’ roster. This will be our “lifeline”, so we know John Idzik has planned quite a bit for this draft.

As the draft approaches, we will continue to analyze mock drafts, release our own mock drafts, and evaluate players that the Jets’ have shown interest in. Of course we are going to do that, it’s fun to speculate, play scout, ..etc. But, we are also going to start drawing some conclusions. It’s time to start to at least attempt to figure out John Idzik’s plan for this draft.

This morning we are going to take a look at the first round. Opening night of the draft is in the spotlight, and more specifically, how are the Jets going to use the pick? Will they be going after an offensive or defensive player with the first round choice?

I will give you the argument for choosing an offensive player, the argument against, the argument for choosing a defensive player, the argument against, and my view.

PRO OFFENSE:

The most popular opinion is for the Jets to go offense in the first round, either TE or WR, and with good reason. Anybody that watched our team last year knows, we didn’t exactly have an offense. We need players, ones that can make plays.

The Jets have been associated with a lot of these players so far. They have been linked with Eric Ebron, Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, and Brandin Cooks, among others. The draft is deep at the position, and the Jets need at the position is very deep. It seems like a match made in heaven.

AGAINST OFFENSE: The fact that the class of wide receivers is so deep is the exact reason some don’t want the Jets to choose one in the first round. If the Jets can go ahead and choose someone like a Jarvis Landry or a Jordan Matthews in the second and/or third round, why force a first round choice? You could fill another need in the first round and still fill your need for a playmaker later on.

If you can get Troy Niklas or C.J. Fiedorowicz in the second or third, why go crazy making a tight end the choice in the first? You could get say, a pass rusher in the first, or a corner, and then come back for a wide receiver.

So there is that argument.

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