The New York Jets need to focus on drafting players that can either score or help set up the team to score in the 2017 NFL Draft.
When it comes to actually scoring touchdowns, the New York Jets have had deficiencies in two phases of the game in recent years. Both special teams and offense have been a problem. Special teams have been more of a recent problem, and the offense has been a lingering problem for a long time.
There’s an old adage in sports that offense wins games, and defense wins championships. It generally turns out to be true, because, in the postseason, teams that play better defensively tend to win as a result of scoring being more difficult.
With that said, you must be able to score in the regular season to get to the postseason and compete for championships. That’s why teams that rely too heavily on one side or the other don’t tend to win.
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The 2017 NFL Draft is deep at two key positions, cornerback and linebacker, and both of them are positions the Jets need. However, the Jets need to sure up their special teams and offense, and fill their defense later.
Since 2002, only one of the ten Super Bowl champions fall outside the league’s top 16 in regular season scoring, seven of them fall in the top ten, and the top four all have won at least one Super Bowl (the New England Patriots lead the league in scoring since ’02).
There has to be a delicate balance between scoring in the regular season and a good enough defense to withstand good offenses in the playoffs. Since the league expanded to 32 teams, the Jets have scored a total of 4,847 points, which ranks 24th in the NFL. Their also one of only 13 teams to average less than three touchdowns per game (20.2 points per game).
At this point, the Jets have four picks in the first three rounds of this year’s draft. They need to select players who can help the offense score, or defensive players that can play special teams too.