This is such a tight race. With the departure of Kerry Rhodes, the Jets biggest need is at free safety.
Almost immediately following the trade, the Jets signed Brodney Pool, the free safety from Cleveland. In the wake of the draft, they signed the UDFA Donovan Warren. Adding another wrinkle to the battle is Eric Smith, the former backup to Rhodes.
Pool, is a talented safety who is great in coverage. He'd have the job hands down if not for his four concussion injury history. Warren, on the other hand, was a possible first round cornerback talent at one point.
However, he fell due to a poor 40 time. He is talented, no doubt, and can probably play safety. When Rhodes was benched, Eric Smith stepped up and played some solid run defense. He is another option for the free safety position.
Predicted starter: Brodney Pool
My Pick: : Eric Smith
Why? Donovan Warren was a cornerback in college, and may have trouble switching to the position. He'll take a couple of years for him to be ready. So when its between Smith and Pool, Smith'll win. Pool is a coverage safety with injury history. Smith is a hard-hitting, Rex Ryan run stopper who fits Ryan's defense perfectly. That's why he'll win.