5 Players the New York Jets Should Target on Day 2

John SheaContributor IIIApril 26, 2013

5 Players the New York Jets Should Target on Day 2

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    New Jets general manager John Idzik opted to trade Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday to commence a daunting rebuilding project that took flight in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.

    Trading Revis was inevitable, but plenty of uncertainty surrounded the Jets in terms of who the team would pick in the draft's first round.

    Those questions were answered on Thursday night.

    The Jets drafted Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner and former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson at No.9 and No. 13 overall. The team's two selections filled massive roster voids, but more needs to be accomplished if the Jets expect to compete at a high level this season.

    The team remains stagnant at multiple positions across the depth chart, including quarterback.

    Day two is undoubtedly another crucial component for the Jets moving forward as they stare down a multitude of critical roster gaps like tight end and wide receiver.

    The following slideshow breaks down five players the Jets should target on day two of the 2013 NFL draft.

5. Ryan Nassib (QB)

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    Previous reports pointed toward the Jets being in a dogfight with the Buffalo Bills over who would draft former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.

    None of that transgressed on day one, as the Bills traded down to select former Florida State QB E.J. Manuel at No. 16.

    Jets' GM John Idzik gave strong indication that the Jets wouldn't back down from selecting a quarterback, which could happen in the second round.

    Nassib could aptly fit into the Jets' new-look West Coast offense, but isn't thought to be an immediate franchise-caliber player capable of lifting a desolate team to the upper echelon.

    It wouldn't be erroneous for the Jets to draft a quarterback, though. The current depth chart features four players that are arguably backups at best.

    Is Nassib the long-term solution for the Jets at quarterback? The answer to that is subject to Idzik's rebuilding plan, which came into the forefront in the first round.

    The Jets remain heavily contingent on the concept of building a team that wins because of standout defense, but that doesn't eliminate the possibility of Idzik pulling the trigger on a quarterback in the second round.

    Nassib completed 62.4 percent of his attempts and threw 26 touchdowns in his senior season. He doesn't appear to be a quick-fix solution for the Jets, but could be a better option than the alternative—embattled, second-rate QB Mark Sanchez.

4. D.J. Swearinger (FS)

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    Former South Carolina free safety D.J. Swearinger is a smashmouth player capable of pummeling receivers in open space.

    He's an aggressive defender that fits the Jets' mold of defense and would be a suitable replacement for former Jets safety LaRon Landry.

    The Jets have been to rebuild a defensive backfield devastated by free agency and salary cap restraint. Swearinger ought to be on the team's radar and representative of the next building block toward revamping a championship-caliber secondary for a formerly fierce defense.

    He recorded 62 solo tackles—including three for loss—had nine passes defended, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in his senior season.

    Swearinger checks in at 5'11'' and 205 pounds. He encompasses an appropriate balance of competitive nature and physicality. He's fluid also in pass coverage and sustains a powerful ability to commit brutal hits on ball-carriers in stride.

    The Jets need a player like Swearinger to resurrect a defunct core of safeties.

3. Quinton Patton (WR)

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    Former Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton is the distinctive brand of playmaker that the Jets desperately need.

    He's an effective route-runner that utilizes superior arm length and agility to gain an edge against defensive backs.

    Patton doesn't blow past defenders with game-changing speed, but he has strong first-step ability, enabling him to beat cornerbacks downfield.

    Patton transformed himself into a vertical threat in his final collegiate season and posted impressive numbers. He reeled in 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns in a dominant season-long effort.

    The Jets need a playmaker on offense that is capable of altering the complexion of a game in an instant. Patton is that type of player. His uncanny ability to pull down tough catches in tight coverage separates him from other receivers in this draft.

    Patton would be an ideal third-round selection for the Jets, who need to prioritize other positions of need, despite an under-talented receiving corps.

2. Alex Okafor (DE)

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    Former Texas defensive end Alex Okafor is a hybrid defender capable of effectively holding his ground at outside linebacker.

    Okafor displayed unique ability and dynamism throughout his collegiate career, playing on the Longhorns' special teams unit and as a second-string defensive end as a freshman before finding his collegiate niche at defensive tackle.

    Okafor plays well inside because of his agility and footwork. He doesn't boast superior strength in the trenches, but he is quick off the block, enabling him to counter slow-moving opponents in spite of his size, according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com.

    Okafor had a lackluster pro day, clocking a 4.92 in the 40-yard dash and managing just 21 reps on the 225-pound bench to disappoint expectations.

    Regardless, the Jets embrace a player like Okafor. His ability to play against the pass and against the run at different positions in the defense make him one of the most versatile defensive prospects in the nation.

    Okafor also has the size necessary (6'5'', 264 lbs) to play outside linebacker in head coach Rex Ryan's 3-4 base defense.

    It would be a no-brainer for the Jets to draft Okafor on day two. He's a premium talent who will have a powerful impact on New York's defense.

1. Zach Ertz (TE)

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    Former Stanford tight end Zach Ertz is a physical, downfield receiving threat who aptly fits offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.

    Ertz is a solid athlete guaranteed to make an immediate impact at the next level. It's arguable that Ertz is the best tight end prospect in the nation despite Tyler Eifert laying claim to that title.

    Ertz pulled down 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season.

    He was a pivotal, contributing component of a Stanford offense that faced major uncertainty at quarterback entering the 2012 season.

    Ertz has the quickness necessary to beat defenders off the block and gain separation downfield. He's a tough-minded football player that isn't afraid to knock down his opponent in the trenches.

    The Jets need a pass-catching tight end that can also protect against the run. Ertz fits that distinctive definition of need and should be available when the Jets make their second-round selection.