2011 NFL Draft: New York Jets on the Clock with the 30th Pick

Alex BarrettContributor IApril 18, 2011

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New York Jets

2010 Record: 11-5 (.688)

Team Needs: OL, DL, S, LB, WR


First order of business, shut Rex Ryan up. Just like Brian Wilson, closer for the San Francisco Giants in baseball, the Jets are 40 percent stuff, 60 percent guts. With Ryan making outrageous claims and comments each year, eventually the Jets will start to wear down and lose hope.

Don't fire the guy. He is a great coach, but he should worry about coaching and less about telling the (completely wrong to this point) future. He will have his work cut out for him in this draft, where the Jets don't have that many picks to fill quite a few needs.

Since these needs cannot be addressed during the draft, New York needs to carefully evaluate talent that they are going to choose. Late in the first round, the best available lineman will most likely be the route the Jets take, but safety is a concern as well. This normally would be an easy decision, but the Jets have no second round choice, so there will be almost 70 players off the board between their first and second picks.

They need lineman, but Aaron Williams, a corner out of Texas, should be there, and is expected to be groomed into an NFL safety rather than play corner. I think New York has to jump on Williams if he is there, as injuries completely depleted the secondary of the Jets this past season, and "Revis Island" could always use a capable staff on hand to assist visitors.

Another concern for New York is a reliable OLB. Assuming Akeem Ayers makes it to them at 30, it will be very difficult to pass up on the second ranked LB on the board to fill a need, especially one that will probably be one of the top late-round steals in the draft.

Ayers has the speed to get him around coverage and put pressure on the QB and allow Darrell Revis and the Jet secondary to make plays. The problem is, I still think Ayers will go MUCH higher than he is predicted, possibly as early as No. 13 to 17, to either the Lions or Patriots.

With the lockout stopping free agency, and the window for the Jets to win being NOW, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ryan and Gang Green lure some good defensive talent in to compete, allowing the Jets to go best available or even trade out of the round all together if there isn't anyone they're in love with that late.