First off, I have never presented myself as either a Jets expert or a football expert. What I am is a football and Jets fan who has watched the game and this team in particular for over 40 years. This article is not meant to be a criticism of the Jets draft but rather, a place to discuss the draft objectively and hopefully answer a few questions about the 2013 draft and the team in general. So please join me after the jump as I review my concerns and questions about the off season, the raft and our boys in green.
The first thing question I have is the Jets overall offensive and defensive philosophies. On offense, we heard that the hiring of Marty Mornghinweg would be a transition from the Rex Ryan "Ground and Pound" type of offense. So what do the Jets do? They did draft Geno Smith who seems to fit into that mold. But they also brought in Brian Winters who is more of a run blocking offensive tackle than a pass blocking offensive tackle. This seems like an especially strange choice since they passed on the best overall tackle in the draft, Chance Warmakc). We spent both our first round picks on defense for the 4th year in a row. Then we didn't draft a single WR or TE that would provide improved targets for a passing offense and we added Chris Ivory who is not known as a pass catching RB. Did the draft and the offseason help us move towards a west coast offense? I would say the results are mixed but leaning towards us not having done much to achieve our philosophy.
On the defensive side of the field we spent our two On defense, we have been lamenting our lack of pass rush for 2 years. We did draft Sheldon Richardson in the first round but he is a bit of a head scratcher from a scheme perspective as his talents are more suited to the interior of the defensive line. Granted he is known as a pass rusher, but all I've read is that Rex is the guy who can find a way to make our first round pick work. I guess my question is the following: Is that what we want out of a first round pick? A guy that we have to find a way to use? I think the jury is still out on whether that was a good pick or not but from a defensive standpoint, I think choosing him over either Vacarro was a mistake as we desperately need a safety but Jarvis Jones was also available. Now I know not everyone is sold on Jones, but I find it funny how for a draft so deep in safeties, we didn't land a single one. Then we spent later rounds on more depth for the O-line and a FB. I guess part of me is hoping that these picks all work out and Idzik looks like a genius but I have to admit I am scratching my head here a bit. We didn't add a single offensive weapon suited to a WC offense and we didn't address our deepest holes in the defense while adding depth to areas we already had players. So please, come on in, make some logical arguments to help me feel better about our draft this year. And bear in mind that I am well aware that a draft is measured 3-4 years out.