Going into the 2010 NFL draft, the New York Jets have several needs that have to be addressed before the start of the season. I think the main position targets for the Jets in this year’s draft are wide receiver, outside linebacker, offensive line, safety, and defensive end. The Jets have six picks in the 2010 draft—one in every round except the third.
Round 1 (29): DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
Shaun Ellis is 32 years old and is entering the last season on his contract with the Jets. Also, last year’s starter Marques Douglas is a free agent and remains unsigned.
DE prospect Jared Odrick would be a great fit in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defensive system. The Jets struggled last season to pressure the quarterback without sending the house, and Odrick has shown the ability to rush the passer. Usually it’s not the job of a 3-4 defensive end to get sacks, but the more pressure the defensive line can create, the better.
There have been some questions about Odrick’s effort and consistency, but I don’t see that as a problem in Ryan’s system. Odrick could have an immediate impact and can develop into a solid replacement for Shaun Ellis.
Round 2 (61): WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
The Jets have a big drop off in talent at wide receiver after Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards. The Jets need a solid slot receiver that can catch those tough passes on third down.
Mardy Gilyard has a knack for finding holes in zone coverages and always seems to be the at the center of a big play. Gilyard is quick off the line and can get separation from defenders. Gilyard is also a threat at returning punts, which is something the Jets have lacked ever since Santana Moss was traded to the Redskins.
Gilyard has been shooting up the boards in the second round, but has had some off the field issues in his college career that may drop him to the late second.
Round 4 (124): FS Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
The Jets now have a need at safety since Kerry Rhodes was traded to Arizona (which got the Jets this pick in the first place). Brodney Pool was brought in through free agency, but he has an extensive injury history. The Jets learned first hand how costly an injured secondary can be in last year’s AFC Championship Game, so expect the Jets to bring in an extra body to compete with Pool and Eric Smith.
Chancellor, at 6′4″ 230, has great size and never fails to deliver the big hit. Chancellor is one of the most psychical free safety prospects in this year’s draft, but he lacks top end speed to be considered in the 1st or 2nd rounds. Chancellor was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech and played several positions, but he played free safety in his senior season, where he was clearly the most comfortable.
Round 5 (155): OT Zane Beadles, Utah
The Jets have a great starting offensive line, but they have little to no depth at the position. Alan Faneca and Damien Woody are both on the wrong side of 30 and the Jets need to look for replacements for them soon.
Zane Beadles, out of Utah, would provide the Jets with some much needed depth in case one of the big bodies goes down during the season. Beadles is versatile, having played both offensive tackle and guard during his time at Utah. He is a good run blocker with above average speed.
There’s little chance he would develop into a star in the league, but he could be an effective backup/depth guy with the potential to develop into a starter.
Round 6 (198): CB Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
It’s no secret that Rex Ryan likes corner backs. With the departure of Lito Shepperd and Donald Strickland, the Jets need to add some depth at the CB position. Let’s face it, we need somebody better than Drew Coleman back there. I’m tired of seeing number 30 chasing wide receivers down the field all game.
Walter Thurmond, out of Oregon, is a solid corner back, but was plagued by injuries late in his college career. These injuries will drop him to the later rounds of the draft, but I think it’s worth the risk of using a sixth round selection on him.
Round 7 (236): OG Jeff Byers, USC
Offensive line depth has been ignored by the Jets the past few seasons, and they have been lucky that there were no serious injuries. USC’s Jeff Byers may be a little undersized, but he is an intelligent guy that plays with a lot of energy and effort.
Byers usually plays guard, but may also see some time as a center in the NFL. He probably won’t develop into a full time starter, but would be a good depth pickup.
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