The 2013 NFL draft is arguably the most pivotal in franchise history for the New York Jets. New general manager John Idzik is staring down a difficult task: rebuilding a team that faltered in nearly every facet of the game last season.
New York faces a daunting salary cap situation, which means Idzik and crew can't fix a roster devoid of talent through free agency. Instead, they'll be heavily reliant on boosting the depth chart's talent pool through the draft.
The Jets' most glaring need is at quarterback, although this season's crop of QB prospects seemingly doesn't feature legitimate franchise-caliber players immediately capable of flipping an ineffective offense into an efficient, touchdown-scoring machine.
The Jets need several upgrades across the board, specifically at offensive guard, outside linebacker, safety, running back and wide receiver, in addition to quarterback.
The following is a seven-round mock draft for the Jets that features prospects who solidified their value with solid performances in the annual scouting combine:
*All combine results are courtesy of NFL.com.