When the Jets took Dee Milliner, I, like many, was confused and frustrated. When the Jets took Sheldon Richardson, I wondered why they didn't take Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd. I sat on my couch staring at my TV with my head in my face thinking, "They really did screw this up didn't they?"
Soon though, I had a vision, a glorious vision that would explain the Jet's reasoning to not take a pass rusher or an offensive player. A New York Jets defense running a 4-3. With a more important need at CB due to less linebackers playing in coverage, would you be comfortable having Kyle Wilson on his own out there? I wouldn't, but having a top 5 prospect out there? Yeah, I'm perfectly fine with that.
With the 13th, the obvious pick may have been Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd.The problem with selecting Star Lotulelei, though, was that he doesn't fit a 3-4 scheme. What about Sharrif Floyd? While the universal consensus is that he is the more talented prospect isn't it kinda scary that he has fallen so far? Richardson is also extremely explosive off the snap and is great at pursuing the quarterback. His run defense is average right now, but with good coaching from Karl Dunbar, Richardson should pan out to be a formidable defensive-tackle. In addition, with how Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples have performed so far, I'm not concerned about any defensive-lineman the Jets take.
Converting to a 4-3 would make the need to pursue a OLB much less important. The Jets can now run a linebacker corp with David Harris playing middle linebacker, Demario Davis at strong-side linebacker, and Antwan Barnes at weak-side linebacker. These positions fit perfectly with each players strengths as David Harris can be the great run-stopper he is, Demario Davis can be a threat to stop the run in addition to providing speed from the outside, and Antwan Barnes can be the pass-rushing specialist he was two years ago when he recorded 11 sacks last year.
While it would have been nice to have picked up an offensive player, who would the Jets take? Tavon Austin was taken a pick earlier, leaving the only offensive players worth considering at number 13 being Chance Warmack and Tyler Eiffert. I believe that it was agreed that number 13 was way too high to take Tyler Eiffert and I'm not even going to cover why a guard may have been too early. In the end, the later rounds have a lot of talented offensive players that the Jets can take including Zach Ertz, Larry Warford, Gavin Escobar, etc.. The point is, the Jets didn't need to reach for an offensive player in the first round, and now the Jets can enter next season with an elite defense and possibly a young and talented offense.