The New York Jets are armed with an arsenal of picks in the upcoming NFL draft, enabling general manager John Idzik to be flexible in making potential franchise-altering decisions. The Jets remain stingy in free agency, despite boasting sizable salary cap space, which indicates the front office brass is looking toward the draft to fill multiple glaring voids.
New York flaunts 12 draft picks in 2014, which increases the likelihood of Idzik leveraging certain picks to both trade up and trade down in order to nab specific players. While the Jets could use each selection to acquire rookie players capable of developing into difference-makers at their respective positions, New York is in dire need of immediate impact players at several key positions.
The fact Idzik has remained stagnant in free-agent negotiations is intriguing. He's fully adopted a "rebuilding" strategy for success as opposed to succumbing to the "reloading" tactic. The difference between the two methods of roster construction is significant. In essence, Idzik believes it's in the best interest of the franchise to build for the future, rather than blasting the team's salary cap in hopes of making a deep playoff run in 2014.
Regardless of Idzik's reasoning for maintaining a stingy approach in free agency, the Jets must address positional voids at cornerback, tight end, safety and wide receiver on draft day. The following slideshow previews five creative moves the Jets' front office brass should make on draft day in order to satisfy each need:
(Note: This article is entirely speculative.)