New York Jets 2013 Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors and Predictions
Without much cap space to work with, the New York Jets were fairly quiet in free agency. They made a few additions at positions of need, but with many of their free-agent signings brought in on one-year deals, the Jets should still have an eye toward the future.
With all seven of their assigned picks in the 2013 NFL draft, the Jets do have the capital to make the necessary long-term improvements to their roster.
How they will use those picks is anyone's guess, but there will surely be plenty of rumors and reports to come out between now and then.
Keep it locked here for any updates on the Jets' pre-draft visits, private workouts and more.
Latest News, Rumors and Reports
April 15: Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports the Jets are hosting West Viriginia wide receiver Tavon Austin for a visit.
April 10: Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro announced via his official Twitter account that he would be meeting with the Jets.
April 10: Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports the Jets will visit with Florida safety Matt Elam.
April 8: Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports the Jets will host Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel for a pre-draft visit.
April 8: Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday confirmed a report that the Jets will host West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith for a workout.
April 4: According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets will bring in SMU defensive end Margus Hunt for a visit.
April 4: According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets will bring in Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan for a visit.
Latest Trade Rumors
April 17: Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers may pass on a trade that would send Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers if the Jets do not lower their asking price of a first-, third- and fifth-round pick for the All-Pro cornerback.
April 8: According to Tony Pauline of Draft Insider, a trade to send Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers would take place before the draft, not during.
Which Quarterback Is the Best Fit for the New York Jets?
The Jets have one of the most chaotic quarterback carousels in the NFL. With Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms already making one of the most crowded quarterback rooms in the league, could the Jets be in the market to add another arm to the group?
Unless the Jets believe Mark Sanchez is the answer for the future—and they'd be the only one—the question is not if, but when the Jets will target a signal-caller for the future.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley may be the most NFL-ready prospect in this year's class. The floor is very high for him, but how high is his ceiling? High enough to warrant a top-10 pick? Most experts don't seem to think so. If the Jets want someone who can come in and run the offense in his first year, Barkley is the guy.
Some of the best potential lies in the quarterbacks available in the second round, but many of those quarterbacks also come with significant question marks. That includes the likes of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon.
Wilson is not quite as cerebral as Barkley, but he compares favorably to Joe Flacco as a prospect. He has a cannon of an arm and isn't afraid to hang in the pocket while under the gun to deliver a pass. He ran the Razorbacks' spread offense with precision timing, which should translate well to the West Coast offense.
Glennon is constantly praised for the vast potential he has shown, but he's also deservedly criticized for dramatic inconsistencies and up-and-down play. He is at his best from the pocket, but he can throw on the move, on designed bootlegs, etc.
His mechanics break down under pressure, and he is prone to bad decision-making if his line isn't protecting him. When given time, though, he'll go through his reads and willingly takes checkdowns if nothing is open.
The options don't stop there, but those could be the best options if the Jets want to find a fit for the West Coast offense that they can develop and groom as the quarterback of the future.
Which Prospects in the Front Seven Could the Jets Target in the First-Round?
The New York Jets have added pieces to the front seven with their first-round pick in each of the past two years. Don't rule out another top prospect in the front seven in 2013.
After saying goodbye to Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas this offseason, the Jets could use the pick to get more athletic on the perimeter of the defense.
The Jets have already looked into Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, who has long since been linked to the Jets as a perfect fit. He didn't have the sack totals of other defensive end-outside linebacker prospects, but that's primarily because of how he was used.
He dropped into coverage a lot, which the Jets will certainly appreciate given their need for players on the edge who can both rush the passer and cover tight ends when needed. He was even seen lining up on receivers in the slot at times.
Another potential fit is BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. The Ghanaian born prospect has not played football for very long, but he is one of the most freakish athletes in recent memory. He ran a 4.63 40-yard dash and a 4.26 20-yard shuttle—reportedly without even training for the combine. Like Hunt, Ansah is seen primarily as a pure linemen, but he has dropped into coverage some.
If they don't go with one in the first round, they could target someone later on.
As mentioned earlier, the Jets are looking into SMU defensive end Margus Hunt. He has the long frame a lot of coaches and scouts love to see at 6'8" with 33.25" long arms. He put a boatload of athleticism on display at the combine with a whopping 38 reps on the bench press and a stunning 4.6 40-yard dash, which was the third-fastest for any defensive end prospect at the combine.
Hunt doesn't offer quite the versatility the Jets would like, however; he was strictly a defensive end for SMU and would likely be used primarily with his hand in the dirt for the Jets.
How Does Darrelle Revis Situation Affect Jets Draft Strategy?
Now that the Jets have traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick and a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in next year's draft (as announced by the Jets official Twitter account), how will the Jets use the pick they've acquired this year?
They could target a cornerback to fill the void left by Revis.
They could double-dip at defensive end/outside linebacker, where they have two gaping holes.
They may feel it's time to turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball. If it's a wide receiver they want, they could target Cordarrelle Patterson. If it's a guard, perhaps Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper fit the bill.
A quarterback remains a possibility—unless the Jets feel either Mark Sanchez or David Garrard is the quarterback of the future (thus, a quarterback remains a strong possibility).
With so many needs, another possibility becomes apparent: they could trade the pick for more picks to rebuild their roster.