The New York Jets entered the 2013 NFL draft with countless needs on both sides of the ball. Coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory, the Jets traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for the 13th selection. Today, I’ll share my thoughts on each of the Jets’ selections:
Round 1, Pick 9: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Some mock drafts had Milliner as high as third overall, which may indicate value. Milliner was the consensus best corner back in the draft and will attempt to fill the void left by Revis. However, I’m not sure if this pick makes sense for general manager, John Idzik’s long term goals. By trading Revis, Idzik implied that no one corner back can be THAT valuable. Paying $15 million per season for a corner back may seem outlandish to an organization that values depth. The only issue is–the Jets don’t exactly have a ton of depth, so using a Top 10 pick on another corner back makes little sense. The public is not privy to medical reports, so the Jets may know that Revis won’t return to his level of dominance. However, this argument is a tough sell given Tampa Bay’s willingness to offer Revis a $96 million contract extension. Overall, the handling of the corner back position has been flat out odd.
MV Analysis: I’m not a scouting guru, but given Milliner’s track record and the need for a Revis replacement, the Jets seemed to get a good value at Pick 9.
Round 1, Pick 13: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
I like Richardson’s tape. He’s a prototypical one-gap force that can penetrate the interior of an offensive line. Richardson lined up as a three-technique in Missouri’s 4-3 defense and was utilized as defensive end in 3-4 looks.
I don’t go too crazy over scheme fits, but the Jets employ a 3-4 defense and used their last two first round picks on defensive ends. With Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, and Richardson in the fold, how will Rex deploy his pass rushers? Some speculate the Jets will switch a 4-3 defense, but that goes against Rex Ryan’s strengths and defensive schemes. In addition, the Jets don’t have the personnel to run a 4-3 defense. Wilkerson had some success last season, but the Jets don’t have the personnel to provide support. If Idzik and Ryan wanted to switch to a 4-3, Star Lotuleiei would have made more sense. In addition, the Jets signed DT Antonio Garay and OLB Antwan Barnes this off-season, which supports a 3-4 defense. The Jets may opt to move Coples to outside linebacker, but if last season is any indication, he lacks the explosiveness.
MV Analysis: I’m really confused by this pick. Richardson was the first defensive tackle selected, but his role is yet to be determined. First round picks aren’t typically rotational players, but that seems to be Richardson’s role for 2013.