Since the underwhelming conclusion of their 2011 regular season and subsequent media fallout, which highlighted locker room dissension and coaching staff distrust, the New York Jets as an entire organization are facing perhaps the most critical offseason in franchise history.
Everything is on the line for the 2012 season, including Rex Ryan's tenure as head coach and Mike Tannenbaum's reign as general manager, despite both being favorites of franchise owner Woody Johnson.
Regardless of the over-hyped media headlines, the New York Jets' fan base has much to look forward to towards the 2012 NFL season, which predicates on the Jets' front office making the right decisions to make the franchise a playoff contender.
The 2012 NFL Combine was nothing short of spectacular. This year's draft class has incredible depth in offensive linemen, wide receivers, defensive linemen and linebackers, but are simply unimpressive everywhere else.
Obviously, the direction in which the Jets take towards the 2012 NFL Draft relies heavily on the actions (or inactions) they take in free agency.
I have made draft projections for all seven rounds, including viable alternatives, in the event the original selection is unavailable. By drafting up a realistic draft scenario, fans have a better idea of the direction the Jets are most likely trending towards.
If the 2012 NFL Draft were to take place this weekend, this is how I see it going down.