A lot hinges on the questionable return of Darrelle Revis from holdout this season. Revis is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL and can take away an entire side of the field while playing defense. The Jets certainly won't be the same team without him.
Yet, they will still be very good, possibly the best in the NFL. The Jets blew away the rest of the league in points allowed last season, besting the Dallas Cowboys by 38 yards. They also finished fifth in fumble recoveries and accounted for the second-most fantasy points among all defenses.
There may be a drop-off if Revis never shows up, but the team will still have an electrifying front seven, including such big names as Bart Scott, Jason Taylor, Calvin Pace, and Kris Jenkins. These players will not only put a lot of pressure on the opposing quarterback, but will be able to shut down the opponent's running game.
Don't be surprised to see the Jets atop defensive rankings this season, even without Revis. If Revis does decide to return, expect them to dominate. Either way, they deserve to be the first defense on your draft board.