Entering the 2013 NFL Draft the New York Jets had a number of needs. With the #9 and #13 overall picks they were in a prime position to Draft two day one starters. With the trade of Darrelle Revis to TB they added a need at CB to go along with holes in the G, TE, OLB, and S positions. With the #9 pick they selected CB Dee Milliner and filled one need with the best player at that position. Milliner will now compete with Kyle Wilson to start opposite Antonio Cromartie who will now continue to cover the #1 WRs and continue to cement his name amongst the best CBs in Football.
When the #13 position came up many people, including myself were expecting the Jets to fill another need. The most obvious choice was OLB Jarvis Jones. The Jets haven't had a player with over 6.5 sacks since '09 and the lead Man was OLB Calvin Pace with an unimpressive 8 sacks on the year. Instead the Jets Drafted DT Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri. Huh? Didn't the Jets Draft Quinton Coples and Muhommad Wilkerson the year before that? Arent both of those players considered BOOM prospects having proven themselves in Jets uniforms? Why then do the Jets Draft another player who is expected to transition into a 3-4 DE? What does this mean for the Jets future?
With Milliner it is clear that the Jets are dedicating themselves to continue having one of the top Secondarys in the League. The Front 7 is another story. For three straight years the Jets have selected a Defensive Lineman. The Jets lost NT Sione Pouha and DE Mike Devito, so this was a need, but maybe not as important as others, but GM John Idzick has proven true to his word that they would Draft the best player available and not Draft for needs. What front will the Jets use in the future with three young number 1 DEs? Might we see more 4-3 fronts and if so does that mean that the Jets will now ignore the OLB positionfor the rest of the Draft? Most agree that Richardson was a good player, but not a his fit with the Jets. Will this opinion change if the Jets switch to a primarily 4-3 front or if they ask Richardson to add weight and play NT in their 3-4?
What is left for the Jets? They have one pick in each round? They are not looking to fill holes. They are looking to add playmakers. This will be an exciting and suprising Draft fans and will make for a very interesting Training Camp. The Jets aren't giving players spots on the Roster. They are adding players and competition WILL be at an all time high and you will have to earn everything the Jets give you.