So far, I’ve profiled the Jets on offense and special teams. Today, we’ll look at the Jets’ best unit–their defense.
The Jets have had some big hits (and big misses) with their defensive line draft picks. In 2008, the Jets missed horribly with Ohio State defensive end, Vernon Gholston. However, the Jets made amends, drafting defensive end, Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson registered 49 tackles and three sacks as a rookie last season. Wilkerson’s quickness should help him as he continues to develop. Double digit sacks are not out of the question. Pouha is already an elite run stuffer and DeVito provides a max-effort talent in relief.
Coples was this year’s first round pick. Coples played in a prototypical 4-3 scheme at North Carolina so he may have difficulty adapting to the Jets’ 3-4 scheme. In addition, Coples is a very raw talent and will need time to develop. This isn’t exactly the fit Jet fans were hoping for.
David Harris is the standout stud among his linebacking counterparts. Over the last few years, Harris has averaged five sacks and two interceptions as an inside linebacker. Harris isn’t going to accumulate a ton of tackles, but his big play ability makes him special. His inside counter part, Bart Scott, is on the wrong side of 30-years-old and is in the last year of his deal. Calvin Pace is the Jets’ best outside rusher, but his sack totals continue to slide. Thomas is returning from an Achllies injury, so keep an eye on him in Camp.
Aaron Maybin was rescued from the waiver wire and paid immediate dividends. Rex Ryan unlocked his pass rushing ability. Expect to see him on the field in third down situations.
The Jets may have landed the best value this off-season when they inked LaRon Landry to a one-year deal. Most teams were scared off by Landry’s injury history, however, the Jets were not. If healthy, Landry is an excellent value pick and will boost the Jet secondary. Eric Smith was given a chance to play at free safety last year. Smith was quite inconsistent, routinely getting beat in the deep middle.
I don’t have to say much about Revis or Cromartie. Both players are among the top corners in the game. At times, Cromartie gets lost and is beaten by bigger, more physical receivers.
While the Jets have great starting personnel, they seriously lack depth. If Cromartie or *gasp* Revis go down, the Jets will need to rely on the inconsistent Kyle Wilson. That won’t bode well for Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl campaign.