Eric Allen Discusses Possibility of Taking Defensive Lineman in First Round

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19: General Manager Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets is seen before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 19 2010 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Eric Allen has an article up on the team website speculating on the possibility the Jets will make a pick to bolster the defensive line in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The state of the Jets’ current 3-4 appears to be in flux. Nose tackle Kris Jenkins was released and Shaun Ellis, the longest tenured Jet who was a first-rounder himself (No. 12 overall out of Tennessee) as part of that memorable quartet in 2000, turns 34 in June. Reserve lineman Trevor Pryce will be 36 in August and he’s said to be considering retirement.

The Green & White, owners of the 30th selection in the opening round, could sit tight and still find a quality DL on Thursday, April 28.

The bttom line is that we do not know what the Jets will do. Neither do they. It all depends on how the Draft pans out. Heading into last season's Draft, few thought Kyle Wilson was going to fall to the Jets as he did. With all of the analysts making mock drafts, it only takes one team to go off the reservation to completely change the dynamics of the Draft. One surprising pick sets off a chain reaction that could have some guys not ending up where the analysts had them originally pegged.

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