NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Fans line up outside Radio City Music Hall prior to the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
I have mentioned over the past few weeks that I believe in drafting for impact, not for need. Drafting for impact does not always mean taking the highest rated player. Spending a early round pick on a position where your team is already extremely deep can be a mistake. Early picks are scare commodities. You do not want to use them on players who will spend most of their rookie contract sitting on the bench.
I see two positions where I would not be happy to see the Jets use an early pick.
Quarterback: Mark Sanchez is a question mark entering 2012. Tim Tebow is an even bigger question mark. The Jets have put their chips in these two players, however. Sanchez just got a big extension. The Jets already used another pick to land another quarterback, Tebow. For better or worse, the Jets are rolling with these guys. They have invested a ton in them. Anybody they picked would be third on the depth chart. The team also cannot say whether it has something in Greg McElroy.
Defensive Line: You can never have too much depth on your lines, but it would be difficult to justify using another pick up front with what the Jets already have in place. They just used early picks last year on two defensive linemen. Sione Pouha just got a new contract. Mike Devito should be around a long time. He will be a free agent soon, but he is not likely to command huge money. Ropati Pitoitua and Marcus Dixon are also around. Any pick they make would have a tough time seeing the field.
These are really the only two spots I see as off limits. Running back is close. The Jets have used four picks in the last three years at the position. These guys have flashed potential, but if an impact guy like Trent Richardson falls, who would clearly be better than what the team has, I would not have an issue. Cornerback is another close one. It would not be my first choice, but there is a rationale. With all of the big money deals the Jets have given out, cap space will be tight the next few years. One logical casualty will be Antonio Cromartie. Kyle Wilson will step into a starting role at that point. Against the high octane spread offenses many elite teams have, a third corner is an every down player. Taking a player to groom for the nickel in a year might not be my preferred move, but I can see the logic.
How about you?