As the New York Jets prepare for what should be their most important offseason in quite some time, it’s imperative they add some offensive firepower in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Let’s face it, ladies and gentlemen, the NFL is all about the offense, especially when it comes to the passing game. Look at all the teams that made the NFL Playoffs and it’s easy to see why they achieved such major success. They each have a combination of elite players on offense, whether it’s a franchise quarterback, a prolific wide receiver, or a running back that can keep those chains moving almost every single time he has the football. Now, let’s look at the New York Jets.
Outside of maybe a few players, their offense leaves much to the imagination. Yes, they got an unexpectedly great season out of journeymen quarterback Josh McCown but even then, it’s not like he had a Pro Bowl-like year. Their rushing attack was below average and outside of Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, the receiving group of the Jets still needs more firepower, to say the least.
Besides the upcoming free agency period, the Jets should also use the 2018 NFL Draft to add some more offensive firepower to the mix. Yes, I’d prefer it if the Jets used their No. 6 overall pick on a potential franchise quarterback but as always come draft time, anything can happen. Ideally, the Jets should add some more offensive playmakers to not only bring a much-needed jolt to that part of the team but bring some more excitement. One can only take so many three and outs on offense to the point where they’re looking forward to playing better on offense in Madden 18 instead.
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It would be hard for the Jets to land an impact player such as running back Saquon Barkley in this year’s draft since he’s projected to be a top-three pick but he’s the kind of player that can turn the Jets offense into a more efficient one. You know, a player that can step right in and take care of business as a rookie sensation. One that scores a plethora of touchdowns and doubles up as a lethal special team’s returner.
Of course, the Jets need to bolster their offensive line before they put such a top player in a position to succeed but it’s expected they’ll address that first and foremost via free agency. They’ll be a lot of veterans hitting free agency this year with a good amount being offensive linemen. The Jets will have a lot of money to spend and once they get some premier offensive linemen into the mix, everything will start to come together heading into training camp.
Overall, instead of the Jets draft classes continuing to be primarily focused more on defense, it’s time they take a page out of the book of other teams that are consistently successful and add more dynamic playmakers on offense. Otherwise, they’ll continue to be on the outside looking in.