Round 1 for the New York Jets didn’t go exactly as planned, as the Rams beat the Jets to snatch West Virginia speedster Tavon Austin with the 8th overall pick. As a result, the Jets settled on Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who the second after the Jets took him was immediately being looked at as the next Darrelle Revis. The New York media really couldn’t help themselves with the comparisons.
The Milliner pick is debatable, as cornerback even with Revis gone wasn’t a huge need for Gang Green. They had the 8th best pass defense in 2012. A big need for them was offensive guard and Chance Warmack would have fit the bill. Warmack was the best offensive lineman on the best offensive line in college football last year. Still, too early to tell.
With the 13th pick, and many expecting the team to select Notre Dame tight end Zach Eifert, the Jets took Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle from Missouri. Jets fans at Radio City music hall certainly let John Idzik and Rex Ryan know how they felt about this pick.
Richardson does have a lot of potential as the Jets shift into a 4-3 scheme. He’s 6’2, 294 pounds and NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock says that Richardson, “Is an explosive, freakish athlete”. He led SEC interior linemen with 75 tackles including 10.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. A major strength of Richardson’s is getting into the backfield fast, something the Jets could really use. But like the pick or not, the Jets still failed to address major offensive holes.
The Jets have a chance to make up in rounds 2 and 3 to address their offensive deficiencies. Gang Green has the 7th pick of the 2nd round, and the 7th pick of the 3rd round. If Eddie Lacy is on the board at 39, the Jets should have no choice but to get him. Lacy is a big bruising back at 5’11 and 231 pounds. The Jets could really use Lacy in a tandem with Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight to form a formidable backfield. The Jets passed on Ray Rice in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and it would be another major blunder if Lacy is there and the Jets don’t take him. In case anyone forgot, Lacy ran for 181 yards on 20 carries in the National title game against Notre Dame, an average of 9 yards per carry to go along with 2 touchdowns. One player the Jets shouldn’t touch with a 50-foot pole is Geno Smith at 39.
With their 3rd round pick, the Jets should trade up in order to select USC receiver Robert Woods. Woods isn’t going to make it to 72, and the Jets need more help at receiver. Woods has number 1 potential and the Jets would be wise to make a move to snatch him away from the Patriots at 52. Last season for the Trojans, Woods caught 76 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns, but was completely overshadowed by Marqise Lee. Woods is extremely quick and a great rout runner.
Rounds 2 and 3 kick off at 6:30 on ESPN and the Jets have a chance to redeem themselves big time in round 2.