The New York Jets have been deliberate in allocating sufficient monetary resources to free-agent talent on the open market this offseason, increasing the need to win the 2014 NFL draft. While the Jets remain in need of several key difference-makers at multiple positions, they face the difficult challenge of making the correct positional decision in each round.
General manager John Idzik has steadily increased the viability of the Jets offense over the course of the new league year, decreasing the immediate need for New York to bolster its receiving corps in the draft. Yet, it remains distinctly probable for the Jets to address their ongoing need for an additional wide receiver in the first round.
The Jets must also select a starting-caliber, pass-catching tight end at some point in the upcoming draft. The second round is expected to be the most opportune segment of the draft to select a tight end, but it's possible for certain players, namely former Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, to drop into the third round.
Aside from solidifying their offense, the Jets also need to improve their secondary and add an edge-rusher capable of improving their ability to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
The 2014 NFL draft is less than than three weeks away and, as the Jets' front office brass begins to finalize the big board, it's time to make a few bold predictions about what Gang Green will do in the war room on draft day: