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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Positions New York Jets Must Address
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The New York Jets have a lot of needs. Most importantly, they need to address both safety positions. After that, they can use some offensive line depth.

A starting linebacker or a defensive end hybrid who can provide some sort of pass rush should also be on their radar.

New York also needs to be on the lookout to upgrade their receiving corps with the prototypical tall wide receiver who could complement the shorter Santonio Holmes and the even shorter Jeremy Kerley.

A legitimate backup QB would be nice to have as well as another quality running back who can take over the starting role from incumbent Shonn Greene or form a dual threat back field, playing alongside him.

What the Jets have to figure is which is the best way to fill their positions, through the draft or by way of free agency.

Mike Tannenbaum made the first move already as he restructured D'Brickashaw Ferguson's contract in order to create $7.5 million in salary cap room.  

It may be best suited for Tannenbaum to take that new found money and use it on an experienced offensive lineman or linemen. If the Jets are still in win-now mode, they cannot afford to wait for a rookie OL to develop. A proven one can protect Mark Sanchez as well as help with the running game.

While offensive linemen help should filled through free agency, these five other positions of need can be filled through the draft. 

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