With the large number of holes on the New York Jets' roster and the expected lack of cap flexibility to address a majority of those holes through free agency, the mid-to-late rounds of the NFL Draft will be incredibly important to the Jets this year.
The Jets have done a poor job of late finding productive players in the later rounds of the draft, and that's led to a lack of roster depth.
Over the past four drafts, only two players (Jeremy Kerley and Matt Slauson) who have contributed extensively to the team were picked in the fifth round or later.
All of this is important because the East-West Shrine Game is set for this Saturday (4 p.m. ET).
The game features many under-the-radar players who are projected to be mid-to-late round draft picks or undrafted free agents.
The Jets have shown a propensity recently to take chances on small-school players like Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Demario Davis and Vladimir Ducasse, so you'd have to expect the team to be doing its due diligence at this game, even with a change in the general manager.
Unless they get incredibly lucky, the Jets won't find the franchise-changing players they need in the East-West Shrine Game. However, they could find important role players or overachievers who can step into a starting role and contribute.
With a need for depth at a number of positions, Jets fans watching the game should keep their eye on a number of players on both sides of the ball.
Here's a group of players who could catch the eye of the Jets and land on the team come draft day.