This is no ordinary draft for the New York Jets, even just two years removed from their last AFC Championship appearance. The roster is in tatters, loaded with bad contracts at key positions and enough holes to set the scene for a Louis Sachar novel.
If there was not enough riding on the success of John Idzik's first draft as a general manager, he will be heavily scrutinized as he tries to turn who was the team's best player in a generation into invaluable building blocks for the future.
The Jets have enough holes on their roster that their options are limitless in terms of which position to address and when to do so. This draft has enough depth to provide quality starters deep into the middle rounds and the Jets need to find a way to capitalize on this draft's unusual depth.
This slideshow will bring you instant analysis of every pick and trade as the draft unfolds. As you wait for the bell to ring, read on for a list of potential first-round targets the Jets could be looking to use one of their two top 15 picks on Thursday night.
Frankly, the board could not have played out much worse for the Jets, as two of the top elite pass-rushers along with stud receiver Tavon Austin were taken off the board, leaving the Jets with limited options.
Milliner is considered by most to be the top corner in this draft (although it is close with D.J. Hayden's ascent), able to play both man and zone coverage while remaining stout against the run.
While he would be an excellent fit in Rex Ryan's defense and the pick solidifies the corner position, the Jets have essentially traded Darrelle Revis for Dee Milliner. Yes, Milliner would be much cheaper and is not coming off an ACL tear (although he did have shoulder surgery after the combine), Dee is under a ton of pressure as he tries to replace one of the best players in franchise history.
I spoke to Milliner yesterday and he said he could be just as good as Revis. I wonder if he'll say that now. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 26, 2013
Milliner is clearly a confident man, but only time will tell if he truly has the mental toughness to handle what is sure to be a tough situation stepping into such a large void.
In the end, the Jets stood their ground and took the best player available at a position of need, which is hard to argue with.
The Jets were set on getting themselves and explosive pass-rusher, and while they did not address the linebacker position, they still got one.
Richardson essentially replaces Mike DeVito at defensive end, but the two could not be more opposite players. Richardson is an explosive one-gap penetrator who gets in the backfield in a hurry. While he is not as well-rounded as someone like Star Lotulelei (who went one pick later), Richardson is the best interior pass-rusher in the draft.
Richardson is not an ideal scheme fit in Ryan's base 3-4 defense, but Ryan fits his scheme to his players, not the other way around. He will not force Sheldon to play a position that he is no effective in.
The Jets have used both of their first-round picks on defense and their third first-rounder on a defensive end three years, despite fielding one of the worst offenses in football last year.
For a team with so many needs, they certainly would have liked to see more offensive players worth the 13th pick still on the board
After a long Thursday night, Geno Smith has finally been taking off the board by the franchise quarterback-needy Jets.
Geno brings a lot to the table as an accurate thrower with an NFL arm, but stretches of inconsistent play (particular in cold weather) have cooled his draft stock to the point where he was a second-round pick.
For the Jets, they have plenty of decisions to make with the rest of their roster. Tebow and Sanchez are still on the roster, and David Garrard was brought in to compete for the starting job. This pick should guarantee Tebow's departure from the team, either during or soon after the draft.
Ultimately, the Jets brought in the best quarterback in the draft with a second-round pick. If Geno does not pan out, cutting ties with him would be much easier.
The Jets finally get to addressing their uncertain offensive line situation with the selection of Winters early in the third round.
Winters played left tackle fr the Golden Flashers, but he does not quite have the feet to play outside and will compete with Vladimir Ducasse for the guard position opposite Willie Colon.
A former high school wrestler, Winters plays with a ton of tenacity and is a mauler in the run game. He has good athleticism (he could possible pay right tackle) and can make blocks on the second level. For Winters, he will have to concentrate on improving his technique, especially in protection, as he struggles to properly use his leverage and relies too much on his upper body.
The Jets have themselves a versatile, tough, athletic guard with some upside who will provide immediate depth and versatility at a position group with a lot of question marks considering Colon's health history and Ducasse's inability to seize the starting job.
The Jets have decided to double-down on offensive lineman in the middle rounds, taking another left tackle that will likely make the move inside to guard or right tackle.
Aboushi is a powerful man who can be a mauler in the run game. He has long arms (33 7/8") and a great frame for a versatile lineman at 6'6", 308 pounds.
However, like Brian Winter, Aboushi will be a projection, likely inside at guard. He will compete with Winters and the other veteran guards on the roster for a starting position.
The downside to this pick is that the Jets passed on a lot of other quality safeties that were still on the board, including Tony Jefferson and Baccari Rambo. After selecting Brian Winters, it is a bit curious for the Jets to use another pick on the interior offensive line.
William Campbell has been, for the most part, and underachiever player at Michigan despite his great physical gifts.
While Campbell is listed as a defensive tackle, he could make the move to the offensive line—where the Jets need much more help. Such a move would not be unprecedented by any means, as longtime Jets guard Brandon Moore was a defensive tackle himself.
If Campbell does stay at the defensive tackle spot, he would provide depth behind Kenrick Ellis and Antonio Garay, competing with Damon Harrison for what would likely be the final roster spot at defensive tackle.
This may not be an overwhelmingly popular pick because it does not directly address a specific need, but Campbell has a lot of upside who could wind up being a better pro than college player.
The Jets finish their draft by nabbing a fullback with their final pick in the seventh round. Tommy Bohanon played mostly H-back at Wake Forest and is well-known for his combine performance, in which he put up 36 reps at the bench press.
Bohanon can also catch the ball out of the backfield, as he was the fourth-leading player in receptions on his team.
Bohanon is not going to sell any jerseys, but he will have the opportunity to compete for the starting fullback job with Lex Hilliard, who was a disappointing mid-season addition last year.
The Jets appear to be dead-set on building up the "power" blocking positions on their team, but they are passing on some other quality football players to do so.