The Jets made a statement with their first three picks, and that statement is that they want pure talent.
I know every team wants that, but it's a bit more specific for the Jets. In picking Quinton Coples, Stephen Hill and Demario Davis, Gang Green has shown that they don't care about fit or any other concerns, they just want good football players.
The Jets' drafting so far has supported the notion that they can afford to take risks on high-ceiling players because they believe that they already have a Super Bowl roster.
And perhaps most importantly of all, the Jets are making a statement that they believe in the stability of their locker room—they believe they can bring in guys who need to develop and the veterans they have can help be a part of that.
One big takeaway so far is that we may see the Jets use more 4-3 fronts next year.
Coples was at his best as a 4-3 defensive tackle, and Demario Davis would probably be best utilized as a 4-3 end or outside linebacker. He could also be used as a rush linebacker, but he has impressive coverage potential so the Jets may want to utilize him elsewhere.
Regardless of whether or not this happens, look for the Jets to trade some of their veteran defenders. The Coples pick may have signaled the end of Mike Devito's Jet career. Look for them to shop Bart Scott and Calvin Pace as well.
The Jets would like to cut some salary in order to make one last free agency move, with likely targets including Yeremiah Bell and Vernon Carey. What happens tomorrow will likely signal who they go after—if the Jets can find an offensive lineman they like, Bell could be a Jet by next week.
Picking Stephen Hill shows that the Jets have some patience. Hill will not be a star right away—he comes from a triple option offense and didn't produce much statistically. But he's an absolute freak physically and is a much better blocker than most rookie receivers.
One piece of Stephen Hill trivia that Jets' fans are sure to appreciate: only three receivers 6'4'' or taller have run a 40 yard dash at 4.36 seconds or faster. Hill is one of them. Who are the others?
Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson.
The Jets obviously believe Hill has the potential to do what those two have done. With his career now intertwined with Mark Sanchez's, reaching even a portion of his potential would be huge for Sanchez' future. If not we could see a move to Tim Tebow by midseason.
Expect the Jets to be active in some way tomorrow.
Don't be surprised to see them trade a veteran or two, and don't be surprised to see them dangle future picks to move into round four.
The top two players left on the board (running back Lamar Miller and offensive tackle Bobby Massie) both fill positions of need. There is a lot of talent left on the board, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jets make a play for some of it.
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