The upcoming 2013 NFL Draft will be a critical one for the New York Jets organization. The team has holes and lack of depth at multiple positions, and they need an influx of young talent in order to remain in contention in the AFC East. New general manager John Idzik has cleared up some cap room and filled a few holes, but there are still several positions that need to be addressed through the draft.
While this year's draft is arguably lacking in obvious stars, it has depth and value at several of the positions where the Jets need to land new talent, including linebacker, receiver and safety.
The Jets have all seven of their picks this year, one in each round. They could still acquire more picks in the future through some sort of trade involving star cornerback Darrelle Revis. However, since the rumors regarding Revis are conflicting and not entirely concrete, I will not assume any extra Revis-related draft picks.
Given the depth of the 2013 draft class and the needs of the Jets, the team should be hoping to land at least two immediate starters, perhaps even three or four this year.
Finding the right players will depend not only on the Jets' front office making the right decisions but also on serendipity allowing the players they need to reach them. In any draft year, teams are affected by the teams that pick before then. Whomever the Jets are targeting will inevitably be targeted by other teams as well.
Making realistic assumptions about where players might be picked and who might slip through the cracks, I present the best-case scenario for the Jets through all seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.