2010 New York Jet Draft Needs

Steven LernerContributor IApril 22, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  NY Jet's Darrelle Revis attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
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It's finally here: the 2010 Draft.

If you're a Jets fan, you know this day a little too well. O'Brien over Marino, 83'. Roger Vick, 87'. Blair Thomas, 93'. Kyle Brady, 95'. Dewayne Robertson, 03'. Vernon Gholston, 08'. The list of headaches goes on and on.

Even after a vigorous offseason during which the Jets seemed to fill most of their needs, there are still some gaping holes on this roster. The Jets cannot afford another headache.

Here are the top five needs for the New York Jets heading into the 2010 NFL Draft:


5. Backup Inside Linebacker

Inside? Don't you mean Outside?

No, inside. Think about it. You have two excellent starters in Harris and Scott, and your backup plans are Fowler and Cummings? The Jets need to add some assurance here during the draft.


4. Backup Offensive Line

Biggest need of the offense. Period.

The Jets boast one of their best offensive lines in the league due to two straight years with no major injuries on the line. The Jets cannot afford to think they'll be healthy for a third year. Without a good offensive line, the running game will falter and Sanchez will make more mistakes.


3. Backup Cornerback

Mike Tannenbaum said it at the recent draft press conference. "You can never too many cornerbacks."

If your two elite cornerbacks, Revis and Cromartie, received injuries, who ya gonna count on? Drew Coleman? The Jets must add depth to this position.


2. Backup Outside Linebacker

Don't get me wrong. I think Calvin Pace and Jason Taylor will make great starters in 2010. But, if you're thinking long term, the Jets need a young, blitzing linebacker. Plus, if there's an injury, Bryan Thomas and Vernon Gholston won't help you.


1. Starting Defensive End

I told them to draft a new defensive end...last year. Maybe now they'll finally listen to me.

Their current defensive ends are old, and in some cases, too weak for the type of defense Rex Ryan wants them to play. The Jets CANNOT leave the draft without taking a young, talented defensive end who can start in a 3-4 defense right away. 


Which kind of draft will this be for the Jets? A good one or one of the headaches of the past?