Following a lackluster free-agency period, the Jets head into the NFL draft with a lot of needs. The secondary is paper thin, some reinforcements are needed on the offensive line and the offense is still far from explosive. It remains to be seen how many of these problems can be remedied in one draft, but GM John Idzik had better impress or the fans will be calling for his head.
Who They Should Take In Round 1:
Zach Martin OT Notre Dame – The Jets need to help out Geno Smith (who I believe is their quarterback of the future) and the best way to make your quarterback comfortable is by giving them time to think. I realize that the Jets went out and got Willie Colon to fill the void at left guard, but there is still work to be done. Martin could be part of the answer when it comes to shoring up the offensive line. Martin has the experience and work ethic to step in and start right away. He is a proven leader and should quickly earn the trust and respect of the veterans on the offensive line.
Who They Will Take In Round 1:
Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech – Fuller is a nice player and very physical at the cornerback position. He is excellent in run support and has played some safety so he is not afraid to hit. This looks like the type of player who would be coveted by Rex Ryan and could go a long way to shoring up their secondary. When in doubt, the Jets go for defense. I think that the signing of Eric Decker and missing out on Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie will have them thinking cornerback in round 1.
Either of the above options would be great for the Jets. It should be hard to go wrong with the first round pick because there are so many needs to address.
Keep an eye out for my predictions on rounds 2-7 all coming soon.