2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Pick Edition: No. 29 - New York Jets
There hasn't been a team in the NFL that's been harder to predict in the many FanHouse mock drafts than the New York Jets. Early on it looked like they desperately needed help at cornerback, but Antonio Cromartie is now operating on the other side of Revis Island. Then the biggest need appeared to be at wide receiver. One trade for Santonio Holmes later and that became more of a luxury than a necessity.
Of the big three areas that jumped out for the Jets, then, the only one that's been left unaddressed in grand fashion has been the desire to juice up the pass rush for Rex Ryan. We'll have to hurry if that's the route we want to go, though, because all signs point to Jason Taylor swallowing his tongue and donning the green and white next season.
Even if they do sign Taylor, a pass rusher would be a nice addition for the defense. For one thing, Ryan has never tired of angry young men making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks and, for another, Taylor is hardly a long-term solution at that spot. Neither is Vernon Gholston, so that would still be a spot worth considering.
So would corner and receiver, for that matter. You can never have enough guys to shut down opposing receivers, although safety might be a bit more pressing need in light of the Cromartie trade. At receiver, meanwhile, Holmes and Braylon Edwards are both playing out the last year of their contracts and Mark Sanchez is going to need weapons in 2011 and beyond.
One last note, although it isn't particularly germane to this discussion. Mike Tannenbaum has shown no fear when it comes to making deals to move up and get the guy he wants in the first round. Given all the moves the Jets have made this offseason, they are clearly positioning themselves to go for the big prize this year and there might be a player up high who completes the package and causes the Jets to pull the trgigger one more time.
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Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU; Everson Griffen, DE/OLB, USC: A pair of standout collegiate pass rushers who are athletic enough to stand up and play linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. Griffen, in particular, seems like an appealing option for Ryan. He's got a similar build to Terrell Suggs and Adalius Thomas, each of whom thrived under Ryan in Baltimore, and that's exactly the type of player the Jets would like to add to their front seven.
Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State: If they do sign Taylor, the Jets could look for a more traditional defensive end to help Shaun Ellis and Kris Jenkins at the point of attack. Odrick fits the bill, especially as a five-technique end in Ryan's scheme. He plays with an abundance of energy and makes plays, two things that are in short supply with the current crop of Jets ends.
Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama; Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers: Either of these guys could play alongside Revis and Cromartie to help the Jets throw a blanket over just about anything opposing passing games could dream up. It may be something of a luxury, however. If Cromartie works out, they'll already be set at corner for quite some time.
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame; Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech: Tate would give them a smaller target to run underneath defenses concerned with stopping Edwards and Holmes down the field. Thomas would give them a big target who can fly. Either one was a lot more likely before the Holmes deal, but if they are ready to totally take the training wheels off of Sanchez...