Biggest Questions the New York Jets Must Answer over Draft Week

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMay 5, 2014

Biggest Questions the New York Jets Must Answer over Draft Week

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    The New York Jets are a few days away from drastically reshaping their roster and possibly their future. 

    With the 2014 NFL draft coming up on Thursday, May 8, John Idzik and Gang Green's front office have a lot of thinking to do over the course of this week. 

    A year of scouting, preparation and analysis will all come down to a couple nights. 

    Click through to see the biggest questions New York must answer over the next week. 

Will the Jets Go Offense or Defense in Round 1?

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    Despite having some serious issues on the offensive side of the ball in recent years, the Jets have selected defensive players with their last five first-round picks. 

    Will New York go defense once again this year?

    That probably hasn't been decided yet, as the Jets have shown interest in a variety of players on both sides of the ball. 

    Gang Green has mostly looked at potential first-round prospects for two of their weakest positions: cornerback and wide receiver. 

    Whether New York picks a cornerback or wide receiver could depend on how the 17 teams before it approach the draft. 

    If the top three or four cover men in the draft (Kyle Fuller, Jason Verrett, Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard) are all off the board by the time the Jets are on the clock, they will almost certainly look to upgrade their receiving corps. 

    However, if any of those four prospects are available, especially Gilbert or Dennard, it's anyone's guess as to who the Jets will select. 

Should the Team Draft a Quarterback?

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    Despite drafting Geno Smith in the second round of last year's draft and signing Michael Vick to a one-year deal in free agency, the Jets have still been talking to several quarterback prospects this offseason. 

    According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Jets have received visits from former Eastern Illinois star Jimmy Garoppolo, Pittsburgh product Tom Savage and former Virginia Tech signal-caller Logan Thomas. 

    While none of those players are considered potential first-round picks, they each have solid upside, so they could all be selections on Day 2.

    So, would New York actually take a quarterback in the early rounds for the second straight year?

    Probably not. But anything's possible. 

Should the Jets Look to Trade Up or Down?

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    Is John Idzik the type of general manager that makes the flashy move of trading up at the expense of multiple draft picks?

    Probably not. 

    Is Idzik the kind that trades down in order to secure even more selections to help enhance the current roster?


    It's incredibly difficult picturing New York trading up, considering Idzik's style and the roster's many needs. However, the chances the team trades down are relatively high. 

    While the Jets already have 12 picks, they could secure even more by trading down from the 18th overall selection into the mid-20s. 

    Many of the players New York is expected to target will likely still be available toward the end of the first round, so the team would still get its man—while also landing extra picks. 

    New York should seriously consider moving from its current draft position on Thursday night. 

What Needs Should the Team Prioritize?

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    Despite an active free agency that saw them net high-profile players such as Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Eric Decker, the Jets still have a boatload of needs heading into the draft. 

    New York still has holes at cornerback, wide receiver, safety, outside linebacker, guard and tight end.

    While the Jets have enough draft picks to at least slightly improve all these weaknesses, the team needs to decide which needs have to be addressed in the early rounds. 

    Should Gang Green aim for a cornerback, a wide receiver or just the best available player early on? The argument can be made for all three. 

    For cornerback, it's simple. Dee Milliner is still a bit of a question mark, and New York plays some of football's most dangerous passing attacks next season, including Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, New England and San Diego

    At wide receiver, New York has a massive hole opposite Eric Decker. Even with troubling secondary play last year, the defense was still solid. The offense, however, needs to improve significantly. 

    The argument for best available player is also a good one. The Jets have enough holes to warrant them considering almost any elite prospect. If a potential superstar is available at their draft slot, they should at least consider him, no matter his position. 

Should Gang Green Take a Chance on Risky Players with High Upside?

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    The NFL draft is always ripe with question marks. 

    These players have all the talent in the world, but something—whether it be their effort level, durability or off-field concerns—is keeping them from being slam dunk picks. 

    Some of these risky prospects will prove the doubters wrong and excel at the next level, while others will let their problems get the best of them and flame out. 

    Will Idzik and Co. take a chance on one of these players?

    There are plenty of them out there in this year's draft. 

    Among those prospects are athletic tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, cornerback Marcus Roberson and wide receiver Marqise Lee. 

    All these players could become All-Pros. They could just as easily be huge busts.