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Barron would immediately upgrade New York's secondary
I have watched every Jets game over the past six years and have not once thought to myself, “Man, that Eric Smith is a top-five safety."
In fact, I’d be hard pressed to find a time when I thought, “Man, that Eric Smith really isn’t a bottom-five safety."
The message I’m trying to convey here is that Eric Smith is awful. Brodney Pool and Jim Leonhard aren’t much better, and Jets' fans spent the majority of last year watching that trio getting burned by tight end after tight end.
The Jets need to fix their safety problem. There is no better fit in the draft than Mark Barron. Alabama’s defense was loaded with pro prospects, but Barron stood out as the leader of the secondary and one of their hardest hitters. He isn’t great in any one area, but he’s solid across the board and should be a starting caliber safety from day one.
The presence of Darrelle Revis has given the Jets an excuse to ignore the safety spot for the past few years, but with the emergence of New England’s tight end duo they simply must address that spot now.
Rex Ryan’s pass rush also saw a big drop off in 2011, so if Courtney Upshaw or Melvin Ingram are on the board, they may consider taking a rush linebacker.
A wide receiver with size is also a big concern considering that outside of the stone footed Plaxico Burress, no Jet pass catcher can do much in the red zone.
The Jets have needs across the board, so expect them to take the best player available regardless of position. If Mike Tannenbaum falls in love with a player, he has shown in the past that he will always consider moving up.