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New York Jets Draft Predictions

I think it is difficult to predict whom the Jets will take with their first pick in the Draft. There are too many unknown factors. What happens in the first 29 picks will directly affect the Jets. The teams with those picks can make any number of surprising moves, which could set off a chain reaction. Take last year. A few surprising moves had the Jets land Kyle Wilson. Nobody would have thought the team would take a cornerback because nobody would have had Wilson falling to 30. On top of this, the Jets have a front office that is aggressive making moves so a trade up (or down) is a possibility.

Right now the biggest need on the roster seems to be at outside linebacker. The Jets need to find a guy who can put heat on the quarterback by winning a one on one. Defensive line is less of a need. The team has some young guys it is developing and potentially could bring back Kris Jenkins or Trevor Pryce. There seems to be more depth on the line, though, with guys like Cameron Heyward, Stephen Paea, Phil Taylor, Corey Liuget, and Muhammad Wilkerson potentially available. Outside linebacker prospects mainly have questions about a potential position change like Ryan Kerrigan and Brooks Reed, inexperience rushing the passer like Akeem Ayers, or questions about motor like Justin Houston.

Other needs like wide receiver or safety have guys who would probably be considered reaches like Jon Baldwin, Torrey Smith, or Rahim Moore.

One possibility that makes more sense to me the more I think about it would be the Jets trading up for a tackle. There are some good prospects in the first round and a need at the position. All the team has are the raw Vladimir Ducasse and journeyman Wayne Hunter. If this offense is going to be built around a great offensive line, a move might make sense. Tyron Smith and Gabe Carimi will probably be gone, but Derek Sherrod, Anthony Castonzo, and Nate Solder would be possibilities. The Jets do not have ammo to jump too high, but they might jump in front of the Colts, a team in need of a tackle. Such a move could have the double effect of helping Gang Green and preventing an AFC competitor from improving. Ducasse could have more time to develop into Brandon Moore's successor. Guard is an easier position than tackle.

What do you think?

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