Draft Prospects Who Would Fit Perfectly with the New York Jets
While a tough offseason, in which the franchise lost nine of its 22 starters from last season, has left the New York Jets' depth chart bare and desperate for an infusion of talent, only a handful of prospects in this year's draft are perfect fits in the Big Apple.
Gang Green has struck out on several draft picks in recent years, including Mark Sanchez, Vernon Gholston and Vladimir Ducasse,
To prevent a further regression, the front office can not make the same mistakes as in past years.
Here are six players who fit perfectly in Rex Ryan's schemes and who the Jets should target in April's draft.
No matter who is under center for the Jets next season, it is gravely important that they have time in the pocket to make solid decisions.
The selection of Chance Warmack would almost immediately sure up the team's interior blocking.
Warmack would lessen the blow left by the departures of Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson. He even has the ability to be better than either of those players ever were.
Warmack helped carry the Alabama Crimson Tide to two consecutive national titles, as he was an impact player on and off the field.
The dynamic guard is solid in both pass protection and run blocking, and he more than makes up for his lack of size with perfect technique and brute strength.
While Warmack wouldn't be a sexy pick in the first round, he would be an immediate starter who has the ability to perform at an elite level his entire career.
The lack of a consistent pass rush has been a continuous concern for Rex Ryan and Co. for the past three years, but the selection of Ezekiel Ansah would immediately alleviate those concerns.
Ansah is as raw as they come, but he is one of the most physically gifted prospects of this year's draft class.
The BYU product's combination of blazing speed and unbelievable strength has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul.
If Ansah can do even half of what JPP is doing for the Giants with Gang Green, he will be well worth a first-round pick.
The loss of LaRon Landry was a huge blow to the Jets defense, as the Pro Bowler brought a unique style of toughness and physicality to the unit.
Bacarri Rambo may be just as physical as Landry, but with an even more complete game.
Rambo is a big safety (6'1'', 211 pounds) with terrific speed (4.56-second 40-time) and great strength.
The Georgia product is an aggressive open-field tackler who can also play the role of ball hawk at times.
Ryan wants players who strike fear in opposing offenses. Rambo, like his name suggests, is a warrior who would immediately fall under Ryan's favorites.
Mike Goodson was a solid signing, but the Jets front office must be kidding itself if it believes he can handle a 250-carry workload.
New York should target a playmaking running back in the early rounds of this year's draft, and no rusher is better at making plays consistently than Giovani Bernard.
Bernard is a small but powerful runner with solid speed and top-notch agility. The North Carolina product also possesses elite vision, and he is a reliable pass protector.
The Jets offense is limited by its lack of an elite rusher. Bernard would add a key dimension that the unit has previously lacked.
The loss of Dustin Keller significantly weakens the Jets' interior passing game, so the team will be in the market for a tight end in this year's draft.
Dion Sims would replace Keller accordingly, while also providing a late-round bargain for Gang Green.
Sims is a physical beast. The Michigan State product has great size (6'5'', 262 pounds), excellent speed (4.75-second 40-time) and good strength (22 bench reps).
While Sims has durability and attitude concerns, his physical gifts are too much to overlook.
Ryan Nassib is a polarizing prospect, with some experts viewing him as arguably the most complete quarterback in the 2013 draft class and others seeing him as highly overrated.
I view Nassib in between those two spectrums, but I believe he would be a perfect fit for the Jets.
Nassib possesses decent arm strength, brilliant mechanics and solid toughness. Perhaps most importantly, though, Nassib is a smart and composed player both in the pocket and on the run, and he is terrific at fooling defenders and limiting his mistakes.
New York needs a signal-caller who makes the most of each possession and brings the most out of those around him. Nassib is just that, and the former Syracuse star would fit perfectly in the Big Apple.