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The New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Grades a “B” with Mel Kiper

By Alan Schechter

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

More grades are in from this weekend’s NFL draft, and opinions are starting to come together with regards to the Jets draft.

Mel Kiper has been harsh on the Jets in the past. After all, he is the analyst that said that the Jets “…don’t know what the draft is all about.” Granted, that was the year that Warren Sapp was on the board and the Jets decided, for some reason, to choose Kyle Brady. Kiper’s statement back then was accurate, but my point is that he doesn’t typically sugarcoat what he feels about the Jets.

So, for Mel to be complementary to the Jets is almost as rare as Fatcessa being so. That being said, imagine my shock when I read Mel Kiper’s draft grades. Take a look at what he had to say about the Jets:

Summary: Once you can divorce yourself from the reality of what Geno Smith is headed into, you take a step back and realize the Jets just took the guy I think is the best quarterback in the draft, and they did it at No. 39 overall. We’re grading a draft, not the QB situation they have. The Jets really needed a corner now that Darrelle Revis is in Tampa, and they got the best one in the draft at No. 9. I wanted them to get a pass-rusher, but they might have done it in another way. With Sheldon Richardson, I expect them to do some new things up front, potentially shifting Quinton Coples to the edge. This is the makings of an extremely good defense up front, and Rex Ryan is a master at creating pressure with whatever he has. Brian Winters is a starter at guard, and Oday Aboushi could play either right tackle or guard. Tommy Bohanan (T-Bo!) should stick. I wanted the Jets to get a safety, but I still think they deserve a pretty good grade for hitting a few big needs. Now, they need to be patient with Smith.

Kiper also gave them an overall grade of a B. He actually feels that we did well. Hooray for coincidence.