The New York Jets have a lot of holes.
On offense, the Jets desperately need an upgrade from their lackluster right tackle, Wayne Hunter. In addition, if the Jets want to regain their ground and pound mentality adding a guard or two could desperately make up from the absent play of Matt Slauson. While building the offensive line is an obvious need, the Jets don’t have the running back personnel needed to log 30+ carries per game. Shonn Greene was able to log 1,000 yards last season, but has not been able to top six rushing touchdowns. On the outside, the Jets only feature Santonio Holmes and clearly need another threat. We won’t even dig into the quarterback mess, but clearly, the Jets are lacking an identity. Management can tell Jet fans that Mark Sanchez is their guy, but rumblings have already started about trading him away.
On defense, the Jets are very, very weak up the middle. Bart Scott is an older player that looked slow last season while the free safety position needs an obvious upgrade. The Jets did bring in LaRon Landry to solidify the strong safety position, but his health is an obvious concern. The Patriots can (and will) kill teams via the tight end and the Jets need obvious upgrades at both inside linebacker and safety.
Overall, the Jets have a lot of holes on both sides of the ball. By picking at #16 in the first round, the Jets will have their choice of play makers. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron are obvious targets, but the Jets will need to plug a lot of holes with limited picks. Remember, the Jets gave up their fourth rounder for Tebow, so the Jets must nail their first three selections.
The Jets aren’t a deep team and if they want to keep up with the Patriots, they need to add sure-fire, impact talents in the first three rounds. Muhammed Wilkerson was a very good first round pick last year, but their Kenrick Ellis and Bilal Powell picks had very little impact.
The Buffalo Bills improved this off-season as they brought in Mario Williams and re-signed Stevie Johnson. Fred Jackson will be healthy for the start of the season as well. If the Jets do not solidify their team, they may miss the playoffs for the second straight season.