By reaching the AFC Championship game for the second straight year during the 2010-2011 season, the New York Jets proved that they will be a force in the NFL for years to come.
Gang Green is already set, both now and for the future, at several positions.
On offense, they have a young quarterback in Mark Sanchez, two young running backs in Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight and a great foundation on the offensive line with pro-bowlers D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold.
On defense, the Jets feature perhaps the best football player on the planet in cornerback Darrelle Revis.
He is accompanied by middle linebacker and team MVP David Harris, likely-to-improve sophomore cornerback Kyle Wilson and a previously undrafted defensive lineman in Mike Devito.
At every other spot on the roster, the Jets could afford to either upgrade or add depth.
With NFL free agency now on hold because of the lockout, Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum can add players in only one way: via the draft.
What follows is a list of five draft prospects who, as they mature, will in turn help the Jets mature into the yearly contender that they look poised to become.