BY TYLER GROSS
At 5-5, The New York Jets have become one of the most inconsistent teams in recent memory, winning one week and losing the next. After being beaten soundly by the Buffalo Bills this past week, the Jets draft needs are crystal clear.
It is way too early to pull the plug on Geno Smith, especially with the receiving corps that he’s had to work with this season. Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, and the declining Santonio Holmes are not a recipe for success when your starting QB is a rookie. The Jets will have plenty of wide receivers to choose from in the 2014 draft. Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) would come in and immediately help Smith and the Jets’ sputtering offense, but there is no guarantee that he will fall to the Jets draft position in the first round. Other receivers to keep your eye on are Brandon Coleman (Rutgers) and Cody Hoffman (BYU).
This 2014 draft class could produce three very special NFL tight ends. Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), Eric Ebron (North Carolina), and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) could all become top tier pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, and the Jets would be mistaken to go into the 2014 season with Jeff Cumberland as their starting tight end. Kellen Winslow is only in New York on a one-year deal, and his average performance thus far, combined with his age, would suggest he will not be back with the Jets next season.
The Jets defensive line has been stellar and Sheldon Richardson has proven to be one of the best players taken in 2013 NFL draft, but the Jets need to keep building up the defense. Antwan Barnes and Calvin Pace have been solid but they’re not getting any younger. Quinton Coples has incredible potential, but the Jets should look to the draft for another OLB. A couple players I think the Jets should really take a look at are Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas) and Christian Jones (Florida State).
Antonio Allen in the seventh round of the 2012 draft was a steal for the Jets; but he is a better fit to be a strong safety rather than free safety. The Jets current starting strong safety, Dawan Landry, is on the wrong side of 30 and his age is showing more every week. The Jets need to move Allen to the starting strong safety position and draft their next free safety in May. The Jets should take a look at another Seminole defender, Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State).