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MID-SEASON LOOK: JETS DRAFT NEEDS

The jury is still out on Jets' rookie QB Geno Smith, but he'll definitely need some new weapons in the passing game.

The jury is still out on Jets’ rookie QB Geno Smith, but he’ll definitely need some new weapons in the passing game.

BY TYLER GROSS
@TJGross13

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.

WIDE RECEIVER
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).

TIGHT END
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' d-line is playing at a high level, but adding some help on the egde, such as FSU's Christian Jones, wouldn't hurt.

The Jets’ d-line is playing at a high level, but adding some help on the egde, such as FSU’s Christian Jones, wouldn’t hurt.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
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).

SAFETY
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).

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2014 NFL Draft Power-less Rankings: Week 1

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*Each week, TDR ranks the 10 worst teams in the league.  Hey, at least there’s that Clowney guy this year…

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) – When scoring a safety is the best thing your team accomplished all day against the team that had the first overall pick in the last draft, it’s really hard for anyone to be worse than you.  Clowney would be tough to pass up, but the Jags need Teddy Bridgewater in the worst way.

2. Oakland Raiders (0-1) – Terrelle Pryor showed flashes, for sure, but this team is who we think they are.  And we think they are very, very bad.  Clowney would look great in Silver & Black, though.

3. Cleveland Browns (0-1) – So much for Norv Turner’s offense being exactly what Brandon Weeden needed to assert himself as the Browns’ rock-solid starting quarterback.  This team has some good pieces to build around, but expect another high pick next year.

4. Buffalo Bills (0-1) – E.J. Manuel looks like he might be the real deal, and there is plenty of young talent around him, but the Bills still need more to truly compete in the AFC East.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – Was there an uglier first quarter (and subsequent week of locker-room drama) than what we saw from the Bucs this week?  Schiano & Co. had better right this ship quick, which will be hard to do against the Saints and Pats over the next two weeks.

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6. New York Jets (1-0) – The Bucs made the Jets look surprisingly functional for the most part on Sunday, but don’t let that fool you.  This team still has a slew of issues to sort out before they can get out of the bottom 10.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) – This team is OLD, and they’re finding it out fast.  A season-opening loss to a seemingly inferior division opponent in the Titans, combined with multiple ACL tears (Pouncey, Stephens-Howling), has the Fighting Rooneys reeling.

8. Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – A lot to like about what Carson Palmer brings to this offense, and the defense has plenty of talent.  But without a solid offensive line or a reliable threat running behind them, this team will get exposed quickly.

9. San Diego Chargers (0-1) – The Chargers were are impressive in the first half as they were unimpressive in the second in their opening loss to Houston.  Rivers’ four touchdowns passes are encouraging, but the Bolts have very little depth and won’t stand for long once injuries start to creep in.

10. Carolina Panthers (0-1) – Seattle had to steal the game late from the Panthers (thanks in large part to a much-improved run defense), but Cam Newton must be more effective if the Black Cats hope to dig themselves out of the NFC South cellar.

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