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With Rhodes Heading To The Arizona Cardinals, What Is Next For The Jets?

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans eyes the play against the Oregon State Beavers on October 24, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 42-36.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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Eric RogersContributor IMarch 7, 2010

As most Jets fans know, Kerry Rhodes was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a fourth round draft pick in this years 2010 draft and for a seventh round draft pick in next years 2011 draft.

Nearly 48 hours after the Jets filled a hole in their secondary by acquiring corner back Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers; they went ahead and created another hole by trading Rhodes. The question is what does the Jets organization plan to do to fix this hole?

Many ideas have been thrown around, but my favorite idea I heard is the Jets trading up in the draft to get Taylor Mays safety out of USC.

I think I like this idea most because it seem to be the most realistic and Mays is a good player who had an impressive cobine performance. Mike tannenbaum has proven he is willing to take risks. The Jets trading up in the draft to get Mays doesn't seem so out of reach and I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

The Jets would have an amazing secondary with Mays and a very young one as well. If the Jets sign free agents like Joey Porter or Adalius Thomas to help the lack of pass rush improve the Jets Defense would be number one hands down.

The Jets could trade their first round pick, second round pick, and a second string player the Jets don't really need, for a higher first round pick. Plus with all the depth in this years draft the Jets could probably get good prospects with high expectations in the third and fourth rounds, that can develop into good players.

Other possible ideas I heard are getting Darren Sharper, or getting Antoine Bethea, or trading up to get Eric Berry in the draft. These all sound good but Sharper is old, getting Bethea is unlikely because the Colts would most likely match the Jets offer, and Berry is a higher prospect than Mays and is expected to be drafted much earlier than Mays, as a result we would have to trade for a higher draft pick and would probably have to offer more.

I hope the Jets have a plan to fix this hole and maintain our number one defense status.

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