My financial numbers may not be great, but I tried to work within cap space for free agency and I tried to be reasonable about who will have to be overpaid and who is geting a veteran's minimum to come to the Jets, as well as who will be getting a tryout and not making the team, which I understand will probably consist of more people than I indicated.
David Gerrard QB -1 year vet min
Nick Folk K -3 year $4mil
Austin Howard OT -4 year $10mil
Ellis Lankster DB -1 year vet min
Isiah Trufant DB -1 year vet min
Garrett McIntyre OLB -2 year vet min
Leger Douzable DE -2 year $2.6mil
Free Agent Signings:
Eric Decker WR -4 year $30mil
Mike Williams WR -2 year vet min
Danario Alexander WR -1 year vet min
Michael Bush RB -3 year $7mil (A cap casualty from Chicago)
Garrett Graham TE -2 year $3.3mil
Ben Hartsock TE -2 year $3mil
Kevin Boothe OG -1 year vet min
TJ Ward S -4 year $12mil
Aaron Ross CB -1 year vet min
Antonio Cromartie CB -3 year $3.2mil
Cut Camp Tryouts:
Deion Branch WR
Jericho Cotchery WR
Muhammad Massaquoi WR
Joseph Mauga LB
Jay Feeley K
Jamaal Westerman OLB
Round 1: Marquise Lee WR USC
Here I must assume Watkins and Evans will be taken before its the Jets turn to pick, as well as Ebron and Amaro both being snatched from someone trading up. Lee gives the Jets a perfectly fine first round wide receiver, and there is a enough free agency depth ahead of Lee, with Decker, Williams, and Alexander, to ensure he can learn the system and develop in time.
Round 2: Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
The signings allow the Jets to pursue the pass rusher they need in the second round and install him ahead of McIntyre on the depth chart. Van Noy is pretty good value for a second round pick, and I assume that no matter who is available, the Jets will without a doubt go pass rush with this pick. Should Van Noy be taken, Jeremiah Attaochu would suffice.
Round 3: Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
Now the Jets must grab depth on the O-line, specifically at the guard position. It may be wishful thinking that the Jets can elapse the season using only Booth, Winters, and Jackson at guard, but unless they want to overpay they will have to grab line depth from the draft. Come the early third round pick, the Jets will probably attain the best linemen available.
Round 3: Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
Lynch will provide late round tight end value and, at this point, will be the best tight end left in a high end heavy draft. This is a good thing for the Jets, whose patience will be rewarded when Lynch outperforms Garrett Graham and earns the starting role in 2014.
Round 4: Terrence Mitchell DB Oregon
Here is a decent defensive back that can be worked into multiple schemes and be a special teams asset at least temporarily. Rex gets a man he can groom here who can some day be a strong member of the new found Jets defensive backfield.
Round 4: Dakota Dozier OG Furman
More offensive guard depth for the front line, should provide ample competition for those ahead of him.
Round 5: Will Clarke DE/OLB West Virginia
Competition with whoever is selected in the second round comes from Geno's former teammate.
Round 5: Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest
The Jets organization loves Wake Forest alum, and Campanaro will go a couple of rounds early here so the Jets can invest in someone they know and trust.
Round 6: Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
More oline depth
Round 7: Sean Parker SS Washington
Safety depth would be nice, and the Jets have hit seventh round gold here before
Round 7: Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
Addressing the backfield again
Final 2014 53 Man Projection: *denotes practice squad member
QB: Geno Smith, Matt Simms, David Gerrard
RB: Chris Ivory, Michael Bush, Bilial Powell
FB: Tommy Bohanon
WR: Marquise Lee, Eric Decker, Mike Williams, David Nelson, Danario Alexander, Jeremy Kerley, Michael Campanaro*, Greg Salas*, Saalim Hakim
TE: Arthur Lynch, Garrett Graham, Ben Hartsock, Zach Sudfield
OL: Brick, Kevin Boothe, Nick Mangold, Brian Winters, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Dakota Dozier, Oday Aboushi, Dalton Freeman, Wesley Johnson*
DL: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, Leger Douzable, Kenrick Ellis
LB: David Harris, Demario Davis, Quentin Coples, Nick Bellore, Kyle Van Noy, Jermaine Cunningham*, Garrett McIntyre, Will Clarke*
CB: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Miliner, Kyle Wilson, Aaron Ross, Darren Walls, Ellis Lankster, Isaiah Trufant, Terrence Mitchell*, Rasi Dawling*, Bene Benwikere*
S: Dawan Landry, TJ Ward, Antonio Allen, Josh Bush, Sean Parker*, Rontez Miles
K : Nick Folk
P: Ryan Quigley
LS: Tanner Purdum
KR/PR: Marquise Lee and Saalim Hakim