It’s draft time. We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and vote which player should be drafted where. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick them. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. Ok, let’s get into it. The New York Jets are on the clock.
After a disappointing 6-win season, Rex Ryan was able to hang on to his head-coaching gig. Former GM Mike Tannenbaum wasn’t so lucky. Insert new GM John Idzik, who has vowed to take a diligent approach in rebuilding the Jets. Oh, where to begin?
First and foremost, the Jets lack talent on the offensive side of the ball. New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is tasked with turning Mark Sanchez into a suitable QB, or else David Garrard could assume the gig.
Shonn Greene left via free agency. That’s a good thing. Greene lacked the ability to turn a 3-yard run into a home run. Bilal Powell and big-play threat Mike Goodson will handle a majority of the load. After Santonio Holmes’ season-ending injury, the receivers looked absolutely awful. Up front, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Austin Howard return. The guard play could be troubling, though. Willie Colon was brought in, but the other position is wide open. Is drafting Warmack at No. 9 too high?
Emerging players on defense — Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Kenrick Ellis — could keep this unit afloat, but that’s gonna be difficult. Bart Scott is gone. The outside linebackers — Antwan Barnes and Garrett McIntyre — are inexperienced. Other than Antonio Cromartie, the secondary is a mess. Oh yeah, and there’s that one other question. WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH DARRELLE REVIS?
Will he be 100 percent healthy? Are they trying to shop him? Will he even be on the team in 2013?
There are some glaring weaknesses and holes to fill, but who should the Jets take No. 9 overall? That’s up to you.
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
They call him Tavon Awesome in Morgantown because it describes him perfectly. Austin has sprinter speed and cut-on-a-dime ability. The Jets’ offense would instantly be upgraded if they acquired the shifty receiver. The Jets reportedly met with Austin last Sunday, so there is some clear interest. This pick would excite a fan base that was tortured last season.
Alabama OG Chance Warmack
Warmack is the most pro-ready prospect in the draft. He has elite size (6-foot-2, 325) and agility at the guard position. The Jets have a solid nucleus on the offensive line and adding Warmack could be the missing piece that turns this unit into a strength.
The Alabama product has paved lanes for likely three first-round running backs (Mark Ingram ’11, Trent Richardson ’12 and Eddie Lacy ’13?) during his time in Tuscaloosa. This almost makes too much sense.
LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo
Mingo played with his hand in the ground at Baton Rouge, but could play standing up as an outside linebacker in the league. He wreaked havoc on opponent’s and tested well throughout the draft process. Mingo would fill a need, but would the Jets be reaching?
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Could the Jets use another playmaker? Without question. They drafted Stephen Hill in the first round last season, but he was hampered with injuries. Santonio Holmes is under contract for another three seasons, and Jeremy Kerley blossomed well in 2013. But let’s face the facts. There are no guarantees in the NFL, and Patterson has the rare ability to take a top off a defense.
Georgia DE/LB Jarvis Jones
Throughout last year, Jarvis Jones was a likely top-5 pick. He led the nation with 14.5 sacks and anchored a defense that fell one game short of the national championship. It should be noted that Jones has a rare case of spinal stenosis, which has created concerns about a serious neck injury, but since then Jones has had a medical clearance. Jets could use a kid with some upside. Jones definitely possesses that.