The Jets had a serviceable draft. I was very specific with the word I used: serviceable - this is a draft that the Jets can mold the team around in 2013 and the next few years if the talent develops.
But how could the Jets have made it GREAT?
Here are a few ideas I had that would have given the Jets more value and potentially gotten them an "A" draft rating, not to mention start the year off in a much better position:
A. Drafted Dee Milliner at #9. What they SHOULD'VE DONE was draft Chance Warmack - Cooper was gone, Warmack was there. An offensive line with Ferguson, Warmack, Mangold, Colon and Howard would've been among the best in the league this year.
B. Drafted Sheldon Richardson at #13. What they SHOULD'VE DONE was trade down - the Jets got just 2 draft picks for Darrelle Revis. Are you seriously telling me there was NO ONE willing to offer the Jets their 1st and a 3rd or 4th to move up to #13? Child please! I'm not convinced Richardson would have been unreachable by the early #20s. (The 3rd round pick could have been used to draft Alex Okafor or a running back)
C. Drafted Brian Winters at #72. What they SHOULD'VE DONE was draft Keenan Allen - assuming they had drafted Warmack, Winters would've been unnecessary and they could start building weapons for the 2013 QB.
D. Traded 4th round pick to Saints for Chris Ivory. What they SHOULD'VE done was use that pick to draft Johnathan Franklin - they're running the West Coast offense now, and Franklin has the kind of speed that would make him a star in that offense, much like the Philadelphia RB tandems.
E. Drafted William Campbell at #178. What they SHOULD'VE done was draft Michael Mauti. At this point in the draft, the Jets need guys to play LB. Mauti may be a large project, but he has underrated potential and a better shot at making an impact than Campbell.
Those are the things I think should've happened. What do you think?