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Is it really that bad to reach for a tight end in round 1?

It's no secret the Jets have many needs right now. Their outside linebackers can't put pressure on the quarterback, both starting guards are either gone or not likely to come back, and there is still a glaring hole at safety even after signing Dawan Landry. The biggest problem though isn't a specific weak spot on the depth chart but rather EVERY skill position on the offense. This being said, imagine if the top pass rushers are off the board by the Jets pick and there aren't any "Top 10 worthy skill players" on the board. It seems logical to trade down in this very possible circumstance; however, there is 99.99% chance that Tyler Eiffert, the best tight end in his class, will still be on the board.

Why draft a tight end? The value of a tight end is exponentially greater now than it was a few years ago, and many of the top NFL offenses have a great tight end. Furthermore, great tight ends make great targets for young quarterbacks *cough cough Teddy Bridgewater.* In addition, picking a developed tight end will have a lot more impact this year than a pass rushing project that will take a good year or two to get comfortable in the NFL or a guard in a class where the position is very deep in addition to the arguably insignificant positional value of them. Drafting a pro bowl caliber tight end such as Eiffert would immediately be a major upgrade to the Jet's offense and may even make the Jet's passing game respectable.

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