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Meet Your 2013 NFL Draft Class for the New York Jets

By Alan Schechter

Apr 26, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets first round selections cornerback Dee Milliner (left) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (right) answer questions during a press conference at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

OK gang, the NFL draft is over. John Idzik and company have gone through their 7 rounds of choices, here they are:

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia University

Brian Winters, OL, Kent State

Oday Aboushi, OL, University of Virginia

William Campbell, DT, University of Michigan

Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest

Will give you some more detailed reactions in the morning, but I’ll give you my initial thoughts here:

PROS: John Idzik had a clear picture, and went about filling it in. He obtained depth on the offensive line. He made an excellent move to bring Chris Ivory in here. Dee Milliner, whether they needed a CB in my opinion or not, was a highly graded defensive back and will fit in well. He has fulfilled his mantra of “competition”, by bringing in-depth at defensive line, as well as Geno Smith.

CONS: He wasn’t able to address a glaring need of edge pass rusher or tight end, when there were options available early in the draft. When Sheldon Richardson was chosen, picks like Jarvis Jones, Damontre Moore, Margus Hunt, were still on the board, not to mention the tight ends.  He may have gone overboard with the depth at DT, rather than addressing needs.  You know how I feel about the quarterback choice as well.

Overall, this inaugural draft by John Idzik had its ups, and its downs.  There were some moves I loved, some, not so much.  It’s a work in progress, as any draft always is.

Like I said earlier, I will give more detailed reactions in the morning, but for now I leave you with my grade, B-.

How do you guys feel about it?