At 4-7, the New York Jets are clearly beginning to shift their focus to the offseason, where they may be able to reload with the help of the healthy return of key players, some free agent acquisitions and some opportune draft picks.
First round selections are generally expected to be capable of coming in and contributing immediately. Coming off this season, this is a must for any prospective draft pick for Gang Green.
The Jets are in the bottom third of the league, and If the draft were tomorrow, they'd be selecting ninth. This is obviously subject to change, but assuming Gang Green continues their mediocre play, we can conservatively expect the Jets to be drafting somewhere between the 7th and 15th overall picks.
This puts them out of the running for some of the popular top picks unless they are willing to trade up. Given a roster with many question marks, I think it would be wise for the Jets to keep as many of their early round picks as possible, and even consider downgrading picks via trade to stockpile first and second round selections.
So what positions should they look to draft? LB's Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas are aging and Thomas is at the end of his contract, as is RB Shonn Greene. Safeties Laron Landry and Yeremiah Bell both also have contracts that expire after the 2012 season.
With many question marks on the roster, the Jets have a variety of options for viable first round selections, but who will they be?