The general consensus is that we need to get younger and/or more explosive in our defensive front seven. Some feel that we need more depth at DT. Jenkins coming off another ACL tear, he's over 30 yrs old, and has a history of injury issues and weight control problems. Others feel we need to upgrade or get younger at DE. Douglas is still productive but he's a free agent and is over 30, Ellis is still productive as well but is also past the 30 yr mark. Some speculate that we need that explosive pass rusher off the edge to take our already vaunted D to the next level. Pace and Bryan Thomas are solid, but neither have been able to consistently bring pressure or command double-teams.
1) Draft Terrence Cody, DT Alabama. Cody is a space-eating behemoth that will allow Jenkins to lessen his reps to keep him fresher and/or transition to DE. This could tremendously beef up our front 3, fill the hole left by Douglas, and/or allow Jenkins to stay fresher and more productive.
2) Draft Jarred Odrick, DE Penn State. Stud prospect many are high on and which many mock drafts predict the Jets taking with their 29th pick. He would instantly bring much needed youth at DE and would quite nicely fill the hole left by Douglas.
3) Draft Jerry Hughes, OLB TCU. Hughes is an absolutely explosive edge rusher. He would instantly upgrade our pass rush. If you haven't read David Wyatt's assessment, I suggest you do so. If you have, then re-read it and make sure you watch the scouting video attached. http://www.ganggreennation.com/2010/2/17/1314360/scouting-the-draft-jerry-hughes. And make sure you rec it. Its very rec'able and should be rec'd. Wyatt works hard on this stuff so show him some love. Its very rec-worthy. Just sayin.
Wild Card Option: Adelius Thomas, OLB Patriots. The Pats are expected to cut A. Thomas and the Jets are expected to pick him up when they do. Thomas' acquisition could have a big influence on who we select with our 29th pick.
My Two Cents: take Jerry Hughes. The guy will be a dominant, pro bowl, pass rusher off the edge, not unlike Dwight Freeney. He's absolutey explosive off the edge and is impossible to deal with one-on-one. Although he played with his hand in the ground for most part in college, I think he will be even better rushing from a standing position. The scouting film reflected as much in the instances where he did so. He will lessen the need for the Jets to bring as many blitzers to pressure the QB and allows us to drop another DB into coverage. This will allow our DBs and LBs to take a more aggressive/hawkish approach overall. Can't lose with Hughes.