5 Reach Picks the New York Jets Absolutely Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft

Rocco ConstantinoContributor IMarch 29, 2013

5 Reach Picks the New York Jets Absolutely Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft

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    Even after their recent flurry of free-agent signings, the New York Jets still have a ton of holes to fill in their starting lineup.

    On the surface, it would be logical for the Jets to address just about any position on the field besides running back or tight end with their first-round pick.

    They need a pass-rusher, No. 1 wide receiver, a couple of guards, a safety and a tackle, and that's just for starters.

    If the Jets hope to be competitive in 2013, they need to find immediate impact players at multiple positions and effective starters in other rounds.  

    The Jets can't afford to draft projects unless they are truly planning on bottoming-out in 2013 the way the Colts did in 2011.

    For the sake of this slideshow, we are going to assume the Jets are going to draft their team to be competitive in 2013 as well as the future. 

    If they truly do plan on trying their best in 2013, they must avoid the following five players, assuming they remain at the No. 9 position in the draft.

Matt Barkley

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    Most Mark Sanchez haters simply do not want Matt Barkley on this team simply because of where he went to college.  

    By that logic, if Robert Griffin or Andrew Luck happened to play for USC in college, would they not want those guys either?

    There are plenty of other good reasons to not want Matt Barkley besides the college uniform he wore, starting with the fact that he doesn't belong anywhere near the No. 9 overall pick.

    According to Conor Orr of the Star Ledger, the Jets interviewed Barkley during the combine and also sent quarterbacks coach David Lee to his pro day.  

    Fans shouldn't read too much into the Jets' research on Barkley, as they must complete their due diligence on all of the top quarterback prospects.  

    Most mock drafts seem to have Barkley going at the end of the first round or top of the second round.  However, there are some whispers that if Geno Smith is picked in the top five, a quarterback-starved team like the Cardinals, Bills or Jets could take a gamble on him in the top 10.

    With too many projected defensive stars available at No. 9, the Jets can't reach for a suspect quarterback like Barkley.

Xavier Rhodes

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    With rumors of a Darrelle Revis trade still circulating (albeit with a lot less furor than two weeks ago), logic would dictate that the Jets consider adding a cornerback to replace Revis if a trade goes through.

    The top cornerback in the draft, Dee Milliner, figures to be gone by the time the Jets draft at No. 9, so attention turns to the next tier of corners.

    Beyond Milliner, the next two cornerbacks project to be Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant.  

    Rhodes is a particularly interesting prospect, especially because of his size.  Pairing the 6'2" Rhodes with the 6'2" Antonio Cromartie would give the Jets secondary the same type of look as the Seattle Seahawks.

    Rhodes' durability and speed have kept him from rising into the top 10 in most mock drafts, but if Revis is gone, expect the Jets to at least explore Rhodes.

    It would be a mistake to reach for him at No. 9 as the Jets did just fine with their pass defense last season with Cromartie and Kyle Wilson.  The Jets could use an upgrade from Wilson for sure, but not at No. 9 overall.

Chance Warmack

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    It wouldn't be the end of the world if the Jets drafted Chance Warmack at No. 9.  In fact, if Warmack lives up to his potential, he'd become a fan-favorite very quickly in New York.

    The only reason for the Jets to avoid Warmack is because of the fundamental belief that interior lineman are not a high commodity in the NFL draft.

    There's a reason that you have to go back 16 years to find another guard who was drafted in the top 10.  Even if Warmack ends up as a dominant guard, the Jets have too many other holes to address.  Also, players like Jarvis Jones, Barkevious Mingo or Ziggy Ansah could have more of an impact than Warmack, even if he is a Pro Bowler.

    If the Jets were just a player or two away, drafting Warmack would be fine.  However, drafting a potentially dominant defensive player and then a guard in a later round would be a much more prudent approach to filling two different starting positions.

    Also, as a note, this entire slide relates to Jonathan Cooper as well.

Kenny Vaccaro

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    Kenny Vaccaro is an excellent safety who could very well end up being a Pro Bowler very quickly in the NFL.  He is going to make some team's fanbase very happy on draft day, as long as he is picked in the right spot.

    That spot is not No. 9 to the Jets.

    The Jets have a dire need at safety and Vaccaro is the top safety on the board.  He will almost surely be available for the Jets when they pick in the first round.  

    Last season, the Buccaneers surprised everyone by drafting Mark Barron at No. 7, well above where he was slated to go.  It was a risky move and even though Barron had an excellent rookie season in Tampa, the Bucs still had one of the worst secondaries in the the league.

    If the Jets trade down five-to-seven picks and Vaccaro is still on the board, the pick would make much more sense.  

    However, drafting an impact pass-rusher at No. 9 and then a safety later in the draft would be a better way to go.

Cordarrelle Patterson

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    Cordarrelle Patterson is a tall receiver who, according to Charlie Campbell of walterfootball.com, is raw, drops too many passes and needs help with his route running.

    Sounds just like Stephen Hill, doesn't he?

    Patterson seems like he'd have a lot of upside, but the NFL is extremely difficult to adjust to, even for the most polished receivers.

    The Jets undeniably need help at wide receiver. However, bringing in another project will do nothing to help them this season.

    One other reason to avoid taking a wide receiver like Patterson in the first round is because of the Jets' quarterback situation.  

    The long-term quarterback doesn't appear to be on the current Jets roster.  Any young wide receiver will likely be working with at least two different quarterbacks over the next two seasons at a minimum.  

    A three-year project at wide receiver is not what the Jets need in the first round this year.