Sunday, April 7, 2013
Jets' draft plans this year and next
By Tom Carpenter
We all know that with salary-cap issues and a general lack of talent on the New York Jets roster, new general manager Gene Idzik has plenty of difficult decisions to make in turning the franchise around. One part of that plan involves using compensatory picks, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.
"One facet of Idzik's rebuilding plan, I'm told, is trying to accumulate compensatory draft picks," he wrote. "The formula is complicated, but it's basically this: A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks -- a maximum of four. So far, the Jets have lost six starters in free agency. It's hard to predict how many of their signees will start, but it may be only two or three. Early prediction: They will have double-digit picks in 2014."
What about this year's draft? We may be able to glean some information by examining which players they will work out prior to the draft.
"So far, the biggest name that we know about is Oregon OLB Dion Jordan, who already has come through Florham Park," noted Cimini. "They also reportedly will visit with Alabama CB Dee Milliner. The Jets take these visits seriously. A year ago, they hosted DE Quinton Coples even though Rex Ryan had previously spent time with Coples at his pro day. Two years ago, they subjected Wilkerson (a local visit) to a grueling workout at the team facility. Obviously, some of the visits are due diligence, but, hey, you never know.
"Here's a name to watch on the Jets' visit list: South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger. He's drawing a lot of interest from the Jets. Florida International S Jonathan Cyprien, projected as a second rounder, also is on the Jets' radar. After losing LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell in free agency, they need safety help in the worst way. They need someone who can step in right away."
In his latest mock, ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. has the Jets taking Stanford TE Zach Ertz in the second round, noting that as a "reliable intermediate target, Ertz will take pressure off the quarterback." With the ninth overall pick of the first round, he still has the Jets taking LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo:
Mel Kiper Jr.2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0
"Analysis: This is a pick I'm sticking with, because I really like the fit. The Jets need an athletic difference-maker on the edge for Rex Ryan. I've said before the interior of the defensive line should be a strength with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, but the Jets need edge speed. Mingo is a freak athlete and could become a star under Ryan's tutelage."