for those too lazy to click the link to my mock draft
I will be trying to make this realistic, so I'm sorry to say the Jets will not get all of the top FAs this offseason.
Free Agent Signings:
1. Daniel Graham TE
Coming from a Patriot team that loves to use the TE, Mangini will sign one of his former players to help out at the TE position that needs a little help. Don't get me wrong, Chris Baker is alright, but he could definitely be improved.
2. Vince Manuwai LG
This will be the BIG free agent signing for the Jets this offseason. The Jets offensive line has holes at only two spots and that is LG and RT. The Jets will try to fill those holes and get one of the best free agents on the market. Pete Kendall is getting old and has been garbage. Now we gain a young Vince Manuwai to take his place and will soon be on our way to one of the top offensive lines in the NFL (Ferguson-Manuwai-Mangold-Moore-Black).
3. Jordan Black RT
The BIGGEST need on the Jets offense is RT. Anthony Clement and Adrian Jones have been pretty bad to say the least. With the signing of Black, we have officially completed our offensive line. Black comes from what used to be the best offensive line (Chiefs) in the NFL to the Jets new and improved o-line. He will be a starter right away.
4. Michael "the Burner" Turner RB
At this point, the Jets do not know what they will get out of Leon Washington and Cedric Houston. This may change as the season goes on, but for right now, running back is conisidered a need. Turner, at 237 pounds, has great speed and is a very valuable player. It is not known that he will be able to carry the entire load at running back, but that is where Leon, Cedric, and Barlow come in. The Jets will more than likely use a 3 running back system with Turner getting the bulk of the carries (Turner 15-20 Carries, Leon 5-10 Carries, Cedric 2-7).
-Max Starks RT
-Adalius Thomas OLB
-Eric Steinbach OG
-Derrick Dockery OG
-Asante Samuel CB
Round 1- LaMarr Woodley DE/OLB, Michigan
As a result of the Jets failing to sign a pass rusher, the Jets decide to fulfill that need through the draft. Victor Hobson has been a disappointment at this point in his career. The former 2nd Round pick will now ride the bench and help the team as much as he can. Woodley will immediately put a SOLB to help out the Jets AWFUL pass rushing. Hopefully, with this pick, the Jets can complete their LB group and stop worrying their lack of pass rush. Many may question Woodley's ability to play the 3-4 but I feel that Woodley definitely has the tools to be one of the league's elite.
Round 2a (from the Redskins)- Amobi Okoye NT, Louisville
Now that the Jets improved the pass rush, they need to improve their run stopping ability. The most important part of the 3-4 defense is the NT and the Jets have virtually no one. Robertson has looked impressive at times, but other times has looked pitiful. Okoye is one of the few players in this draft who could possibly play 3-4 NT. Another plus is that he is only 19 years old! Okoye had the chance to go to Harvard so he has the smarts that the Jets look for. It may take a few years to get to where the Jets want him to be, but when he is ready, he will be among the elite.
Round 2b- Daymeion Hughes CB, California
The Jets pass defense is alright but nothing special. If Justin Miller is going to keep returning kicks, he can not start. Andre Dyson is a journey man so who knows how long he will be here. David Barrett is getting up there in age and isn't the best man to man corner. Drew Coleman has been a nice surprise for a 6th round pick and has been a starter throughout this year. The Jets need a CB that could possibly play #1 or play as the #2 corner until Dyson is gone.
Round 3- Steve Smith WR, USC
Jerricho Cotchery has emerged as the future for the Jets at WR but with Coles about to enter his 30s, the Jets need to look for a future #2. Both Clemens and Pennington don't have the greatest arms so they need possession receivers. Though the Jets have Justin McCareins and Brad Smith, Brad Smith will continue to do what he has done and possibly move up to an Antwaan Randle El role as the #3 WR and come in for trick plays. McCareins has been a big disappointment so he will be traded or cut which will leave the #3 WR spot for Steve Smith. Brad Smith isn't ready for #3 yet so in 2-3 years, look for both Smiths to move up the depth chart.
*Round 4 (Lost to 49ers for Kevan Barlow)*
Round 5- Jay Moore DE
Shaun Ellis and Kimo von Oelhoffen are getting up there in age (especially Kimo). Ellis has another 3-4 good years left and Kimo has maybe one. The Jets will need a 3-4 DE to replace them when their time is done so this is a pick that builds for the future.
Round 6a- BPA
Round 6b- BPA
Round 7- BPA