In the 2013 Draft, the Jets Should Select…

Currently we own the following picks in this years upcoming draft:nfldraft

  • Round 1 – pick 9, 9th overall
  • Round 2 – pick 7, 39th overall
  • Round 3 – pick 10, 72nd overall
  • Round 4 – pick 9, 106th overall
  • Round 5 – pick 8, 141st overall
  • Round 6 – pick 10, 178th overall
  • Round 7 – pick 9, 215th overall

Three trades we should make before the draft:

  1. We trade Revis to the Bucs for their 1st (13th overall), 3rd (73rd) and 5th (147th) round picks.  The Bucs are balking at this deal but as the draft draws closer and Revis’ recovery progress is verified, hopefully another suitor (real or imaginary) will emerge and act as a catalyst to get the Bucs to agree.  In addition to making a ton of sense for the Jets, it would also add a little more drama to the opening game to the season.
  2. We trade our 3rd round pick (72nd overall) to the 49ers for one of their 3rd round picks (93rd), and both of their 4th round picks (128th and 131st).  The 49ers have a 13 draft picks this year and a team that is among the most complete.  They will likely be looking to trade volume for quality.  According to the Trade Value Chart, the value of the three picks from the 49ers equals 213 and the 72nd overall pick we’d trade them is worth 230.
  3. We trade the two 4th round picks acquired from the 49ers (128th and 131st), our 5th round pick from the Bucs (147th) and our 7th round pick (215th) to the Saints for Chris Ivory and their 4th round pick (109th) and their 6th round pick (183rd).  While the Saints have placed a second round tender on Ivory, it’s not realistic that any team would be willing to give that considering Ivory’s limited production.  However, given that the Saints only have five draft picks this year and have a fair number of needs, the prospect of gaining an additional two picks for a player they signed as an undrafted free agent should be attractive.  The Saints backfield is crowded and this would enable them to add players where they need them.

After these trades, we lose Revis, gain RB Chris Ivory and have the following draft picks:

  • Round 1
    • pick 9, 9th overall
    • pick 13, 13th overall (from the Bucs)
  • Round 2
    • pick 7, 39th overall
  • Round 3
    • pick 10, 72nd overall (traded to the 49ers)
    • pick 11, 73rd overall (from the Bucs)
    • pick 31, 93rd overall (from the 49ers)
  • Round 4
    • pick 9, 106th overall
    • pick 12, 109th overall
    • pick 31, 128th overall (from the 49ers) (traded to the Saints)
    • pick 34, 131st overall (from the 49ers) (traded to the Saints)
  • Round 5
    • pick 8, 141st overall
    • pick 14, 147st overall (from the Bucs) (traded to the Saints)
  • Round 6
    • pick 10, 178th overall
    • pick 15, 183rd overall
  • Round 7
    • pick 9, 215th overall (traded to the Saints)

Many of the guys I’ve had on my list have been moving up draft boards and are now not likely going to be available where we’re picking.  In some cases below, I’ve made mention of who I originally wanted to draft.

1st Round

  • Barkevious Mingo, OLB from LSU
    • If Dion Jordan, OLB from Oregon happens to is still on the board, as unlikely as that is, Jordan should be drafted instead of Mingo.
  • Chance Warmack, G from Alabama
    • If Warmack is off the board, then Jonathan Cooper G from North Carolina should be drafted.

2nd Round

  • Ryan Nassib, QB
    • A lot of sites have Nassib ranked somewhere in 40‘s among this year’s draft prospects, however some mocks have him going as high as number 8 to Buffalo.  If he’s available for the Jets with the 39th pick, we should draft him.
    • If Nassib is off the board, then we should draft Zach Ertz, TE from Standford.

3rd Round

  • Travis Kelce, TE from Cincinnati if Nassib is drafted in then second round.
    • If Ertz was drafted in the second round, then the Jets should draft Quinton Patton, WR from Louisiana Tech or Da’Rick Rogers, WR from Tennessee Tech.
  • Shamarko Thomas, S from Syracuse

4th Round

  • Brennan Williams, OT from North Carolina
    • I originally had Justin Pugh, OT from Syracuse slated for this spot but he has since risen up the draft boards and will likely go late in the second round.
  • Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB from Connecticut
    • He has been moving up draft boards and some people now have Wreh-Wilson going as early as the second round.  If he is off the board, then the Jets should draft Leon McFadden, CB from San Diego State.

5th Round

  • Kevin Reddick, ILB from North Carolina

6th Round

  • Eric Martin, OLB from Nebraska
    • I originally had Michael Buchanan, OLB from Illinois but he has been moving up the draft boards and will likely go in the fourth round.
  • Denard Robinson, WR from Michigan

7th Round

  • none

UFA’s

  • Michael Mauti, OLB from Penn State
  • Oscar Johnson, OT from Louisiana Tech
  • Steve Demilio, OT from Gardner Webb
  • Levine Toilolo, TE from Stanford
  • Alec Lemon, WR from Syracuse (only if we draft Nassib)
  • Marcus Davis, WR from Virginia Tech
  • Zach Rogers, WR from Tennessee

It’s been years since we’ve headed into a season with as many holes and unknowns on our roster.  A lot of the season will depend on if guys like Bush, Davis and Ellis can step up on defense and  if guys like Hill, Smith, Colon and Goodson can step up on offense.  Oh wait… having even just mediocre QB play will be necessary too if we are to compete this season.  I am really excited for the draft and to see how our new GM does.  So far, I really like what I see.  He’s made the cap room we need, secured some low risk/high reward players in free agency and has stated that he wants to build the team through the draft.

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