There are always guys who drop in the draft and guys who sky rocket on a team's draft board. Oftentimes this is due to a guy having an impressive combine and/or being a freak of nature (hello Vernon Gholston) but sometimes it is simply driven by positional need.
The Draft of 2011 is shaping up as a very loaded draft defensively in the first round with a handful of very intriguing DTs, DEs, CBs and LBs. I think that oftentimes in these situations, a great player can find himself falling just because he does not play the "hot" or "trendy" position that every team is clamoring over in the draft. The Jets obviously need help on the defensive side of the ball, and our offensive line is one of our biggest strengths. Offensive Line seems like the one position that we shouldn't address early in the draft.
We have a young core of the line with Brick and Mangold, Slauson appears to be a starter at LG for years to come and we drafted Big Vlad in the 2nd round last year (and considering how right Callahan was about taking Slauson the year before, I have faith that Vlad is going to be a fixture for us). And we still have Brandon Moore, Damien Woody and Robert Turner (who was very good this year and many think could and should be a starter next season).
However, one guy who could very well find himself falling on draft day due to his position is Mike Pouncey (G/F Florida) and the brother of Steelers All-Pro rookie Center Marquice Pouncey. Based on the success of his older brother this year and the style of football that these guys play - if he is sitting on the board at 30 do you take him?
It would allow you to start seriously considering parting ways with Woody and Moore and getting younger on the line (potentially resulting in cap savings). He seems like a guy who could step in right away and play - and become the RG of the future for this Jets team. If Vlad can play RT for the Jets (and he has the size to play Tackle...along with having been a T in college) the Jets would have a very very solid OL all very young.
I don't see Pouncey falling to us at 30.....but if he were on the board at 30......do you take him and solidfy your OL for the next 5-7 years?