Projecting the 2013 Impact of Each New York Jets Draft Selection

John Shea@real_johnsheaContributor IIIApril 29, 2013

Projecting the 2013 Impact of Each New York Jets Draft Selection

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    New general manager John Idzik graded average in his attempt to rebuild the New York Jets at the 2013 NFL draft.

    The Jets missed an opportunity to add depth at several key positions such as safety, tight end and wide receiver.

    Idzik pulled the trigger on quarterback Geno Smith but opted not to add a dynamic playmaker capable of instantly contributing to a stagnant offense that ranked among the worst in the league last season.

    The Jets were mildly successful in the first round, however, claiming the rights to cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

    The team's first two draft picks solidified the fact that head coach Rex Ryan still owns significant power in determining roster construction, which counteracts the predisposed notion that the Jets' boisterous leader had reached lame-duck status.

    The following slideshow details the projected impact of each Jets draft selection in 2013.

Tommy Bohanon (FB)

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    Former Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanon has a solid chance to make the Jets roster this season. Lex Hilliard is the only fullback on the team, enabling an opportunity for Bohanon if he can prove himself in training camp.

    Bohanon is a tough-minded football player who sustains enormous strength for his position. He recorded 36 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the scouting combine.

    His strength isn't definitive of why the Jets chose to draft Bohanon, though. He fits new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense because of his ability to play H-back and catch the ball out of the backfield.

    He reeled in 23 catches for 208 yards and five touchdowns in his final collegiate season.

    Bohanon was a solid value pick at No. 215 overall, widely considered to be a fifth-round talent. He should make an impact on special teams and could be a potential receiving threat on short passing routes in flex formations.

William Campbell (OL)

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    The Jets drafted former Michigan defensive tackle William Campbell as an offensive linemen, adding beef to the depth chart.

    Campbell was a meat and potatoes pick but is a virtual waste from a draft standpoint. He doesn't have the ability to contribute as a rookie, considering the position change, and isn't guaranteed to effectively re-brand himself on the offensive front.

    Drafting Campbell was arguably Idzik's biggest flop in his inaugural draft as a general manager. Former Georgia safety Baccari Rambo was still available, but Idzik digressed, opting to select an overhaul project instead of a possible, instant contributor.

    Campbell is considered to be durable, having played in 51 straight games, but didn't achieve starting status until his senior season. He could have potential impact in 2014 but won't hear his name called this season.

Oday Aboushi (OT)

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    Former Virginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi was a solid fifth-round pick from a value standpoint, although the Jets wasted an opportunity to draft an offensive playmaker in his spot.

    Aboushi averaged 10 knockdowns per game in three seasons as a starting tackle at the collegiate level, but upper-body strength is a concern.

    He recorded just 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the scouting combine.

    His big frame (6'5'', 308 lbs) enables him to gain leverage against opponents in the trenches, but his athleticism is stagnant at best. Aboushi could be forced to adopt a role as an offensive guard, a position of which he has minimal experience.

    The position change, like it could for Campbell, would deter Aboushi from seeing significant playing time this season. He has slim potential to be the Jets' starting right tackle in 2014 if Austin Howard departs via free agency, but it's unlikely that Aboushi has the athletic ability to man that position.

Brian Winters (OG)

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    Former Kent State offensive guard Brian Winters is a versatile lineman who can play multiple positions up front, adding flexibility to the Jets' blocking scheme.

    The Jets were desperate for help on the O-line. The team stared down voids at left and right guard and needed to draft a starting-caliber type of player.

    That was accomplished in the third round when Idzik pulled the trigger on Winters, who should help solidify a line that ranked mid-level in the NFL last season.

    Winters has decent upside despite lacking supreme athletic ability. He's a durable player at 6'4'' and 320 pounds. He started 14 games last season at left tackle but is expected to make a swift transition into a role as a guard.

    Winters can be presumed a starter for the Jets in 2013, barring injury setback. He's good enough to beat out former second-round flub Vladimir Ducasse.

Geno Smith (QB)

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    Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is a dynamic, game-changing brand of player who will likely succeed embattled, second-rate QB Mark Sanchez as the Jets' signal-caller this season.

    Smith experienced an unprecedented drop in the draft after being touted as a potential top-10 pick. None of that matters now, though. He's an athletic quarterback with dual-threat potential and the new face of the Jets franchise.

    Some critics attribute his gaudy numbers as being a result of the spread offense he ran at the collegiate level. He threw 112 screen passes in 2012, largely contributing to a 71.2 completion percentage.

    His big-play ability was unparalleled in the college ranks last season, regardless. He threw for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt.

    Smith could have an immediate impact on the Jets. However, his level of production is subject to the team's playmaking ability, which wasn't improved upon in the draft.

Sheldon Richardson (DT)

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    Former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is a beastly interior lineman capable of penetrating the front to pummel ball-carriers in the backfield.

    Richardson led his team in total tackles last season as a DT, sending shockwaves through the SEC.

    He recorded 75 tackles, including 10.5 behind the line of scrimmage, and also registered four sacks and three forced fumbles.

    Richardson is not the type of the player the Jets absolutely needed in the first round, but he's a top-tier talent capable of solidifying the team's defensive line for the foreseeable future.

    The move causes some to question Ryan's draft impact and overall power within the organization. Richardson marks the third consecutive defensive lineman the Jets have picked in the first round.

    He's destined to help build a formidable front, regardless. Richardson will help improve upon a run defense that ranked No. 26 in the NFL last season. He has the potential to be an every-down player and can play in different defensive formations.

Dee Milliner (CB)

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    Former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner is the ideal replacement for Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis, given his upside and ability to sustain an immediate impact in the defensive backfield.

    Milliner was chalked as the best cornerback in this season's draft. He became highly regarded after a stellar scouting combine performance, where he clocked a 4.38-second 40-yard dash.

    Milliner is a fundamentally strong brand of player, which leads pro scouts to believe that he'll aptly adapt to the next level, barring injury. He's a solid man-to-man coverage cornerback who features elite athletic ability.

    Milliner recorded 21 passes defended in his final collegiate season to lead the nation. He's a physical defender who sustains excellent ball awareness and swift, agile footwork.

    The Jets needed a high-caliber defensive back to step in after losing Revis via trade, an objective that was steadfastly accomplished in drafting Milliner at No. 9 overall.