While going through my daily media rounds I stumbled upon a Bleacher Report article addressing the five major questions the Jets will need to answer this week. Since the article itself did not attempt to answer the questions, I figured I might give it a try. Feel free to share your answers.
1: Will the Jets go Offense or Defense in Round 1: Obviously, this will depend on who is available. For argument sake, let’s assume that there is a plethora of top-tier players available on both sides of the ball. From there, it is relatively safe to assume on offense we are talking about a WR and on defense we are talking about a CB. Personally, my vote is to go offense. We should be able to grab either Beckham or Cooks at 18 (and if Ebron is available, he is in the conversation too). I know we are hurting a bit at CB as well, but it has been too long since we’ve had a lethal offense, and I think it’s time for a change!
2: Should the team draft a quarterback: I have read a few mock drafts where we take a QB as early as the 2nd round. Personally, with so many needs to fill, I will be devastated if we take a QB anywhere in the first 4 rounds. I know it is necessary to have depth, and I know there will be some QBs available in the 3rd and 4th rounds with some serious potential (Murray or McCarron?), but with so many positions where we need players who can play THIS SEASON, why waste a pick on a player who we’d need to wait to develop?
3: Should the team look to trade up or down: This is a tough one to answer, as it depends on the situation. If Idzik trades up to grab a player who can make an impact immediately, I’m all for it. At the same time, if we are confident our target player can be had a few picks later, I’m fine trading down as well to pile on a few extra picks.
4: What needs should the team prioritize: I sort of addressed this in question one, but I believe we all agree for the most part that our two biggest needs are WR and CB. Expanding on that list, in the first four rounds, I’d like a WR, CB, TE, a pass rusher, an O-Lineman, and a safety. Some combination of those players would make me happy, but again, I think WR and CB need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
5: Should Gang Green take a chance on a risky player with huge upside: Well, the question does not specifically call out what kind of risk we’d be taking, so I’ll bounce around a few. We could be talking about a player with character issues like TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Or an injury risk like WR Marqise Lee. Personally I’d be okay with either of these players, and probably a few others who’d be added onto the list. If the player is a proven playmaker that can help our offense immediately, we need to gamble. We don’t have the luxury of a Tom Brady who can make "safe" picks into Pro Bowlers. We need guys who can ball. The one risk I am not comfortable with is taking a player like Stephen Hill who was very much unproven in college. I don’t want a guy with all of the tools to be great who has never shown that he can be. Again, we need players who can help us win now!