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Paul Kruger has a seemingly nonstop motor
The Jets are considered a hot mess at the linebacker position, but are actually much more better off than the media and fans perceive. Although three of the four starting linebackers who started Week 1 will likely be gone (Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, Bart Scott), the Jets have found a strong run stopper in Garrett McIntyre.
Furthermore, DeMario Davis has shown a lot of promise at inside linebacker and could be a mainstay there for the next few years. Along with Davis, David Harris resides as the captain of the squad. Harris was a step slower this year, but will likely be overshadowed if the Jets draft more young, quick linebackers. Nick Bellore is also a good rotational 'backer in the inside.
I do not have the Jets spending a draft pick on an inside linebacker.
Who and When? Nobody
Moving over to the outside, next year's starters (after cap-saving cuts) will most likely be Garrett McIntyre and Marcus Dowtin. With that said, obviously the Jets need another outside linebacker, one who can rush the quarterback well.
The Jets, in this case, would spend most of their available Free Agency money on a free agent outside linebacker who is capable of a double digit sack season.
Enter Paul Kruger.
The Jets would finally be signing an outside linebacker capable of having more than 10 sacks in a season. When the Jets spent $42 million for Calvin Pace over six years, he never had 10 sacks in a single season.
Kruger would have a very easy time racking up sacks in a blitz-happy defense, such as Rex's. He would be a phenomenal pass rusher in the Jets' system, but that is basically all he offers.
This brings me to my next point: the Jets need to finally have a rotation at outside linebacker. Solid pass rushing defenses (New York Giants 2011, San Francisco 49ers 2011, Baltimore Ravens 2000-2005) all carried a rotation of pass rushes.
In New York, the Big Blue used Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul. San Francisco had Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Parys Haralson. Baltimore's pass rush (under Rex Ryan) featured Adalius Thomas, Terrell Suggs, and Peter Boulware.
The Jets need more help rushing the quarterback.
Who and When? Paul Kruger, OLB, Baltimore, 4 years, $24 million and Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M in the fourth round