NFL Draft 2011: Positions New York Jets Don't Need To Affect Through the Draft

Chris Dela RosaContributor IApril 20, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets huddles with his team before a game against the New England Patriots at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The Jets have come so close to reaching the Super Bowl and each time they've fallen because of a small flaw that is exploited.  

Against the Colts, it was their secondary, which could not contain Austin Collie and Pierre Garçon.

Against the Steelers, there were problems all over the place but mainly on their defensive line, which was why it was an uphill battle for the Jets all game long.

While there are some positions that need some talented fresh blood, there are others that should be left the way they are.

Below, I've listed these positions and why they should be left alone.


1. Running Backs

After being criticized for releasing Thomas Jones after the 2009 season, the Jets signed LaDainian Tomlinson and during 2010 the combo of Tomlinson and Shonn Greene showed the rest of the NFL that the Jets' ability to run is going nowhere.  

The 1-2 combo of Greene and Tomlinson reminded fans of the 2008 season, when the Jets had the speed-power combination of Thomas Jones and Leon Washington.

Tomlinson is in the last year in his contract; he is a great teacher and there is no doubt that Shonn Greene is the future.

In his rookie season, Greene showed his talents as he made clutch plays late in the season and in the playoffs. His success continued in 2010 as he gets closer and closer to becoming the Jets starter (barring any big injuries).  

In terms of drafting, the Jets drafted Greene's future backup during the 2010 draft when they drafted Joe Mcknight.


2. Cornerbacks

Two names sum up and shut the door on this position: Antonio Cromartie and Darrellle Revis.

Because of the lockout, the Jets have not been able to re-sign Cromartie but he is an extremely attractive player for the Jets: He likes the team, he hates the Patriots and isn't afraid to voice his opinion—the perfect fit for the Jets.  

These two were able to lockdown down top receivers in 2010 like Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson Jr., Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and more.

Last year, the Jets drafted Kyle Wilson who cam into the season and adjusted well to Rex Ryan's complex defense, making him third on the Jets cornerback depth chart.  

The trio of Cromartie, Revis and Wilson will be a problem for teams that rely on an aerial attack, their ability to cover and disrupt plays has been and will be a strong for years to come.  


3. Wide Receiver

Mark Sanchez has been provided all of the tools when it comes to the passing attack.

Last season, he had Jericho Cotchery, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. As of right now, Holmes and Edwards are free agents and because Braylon is facing possible jail time, the Jets will likely sign Holmes.  

With Holmes and Cotchery at receiver with Dustin Keller at tight end, the Jets passing attack will not be as strong as last year, but it will be efficient and another option for Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer if the run game comes to a halt (unlikely though).


4. Offensive Line

For years, the Jets have prided themselves on having a great offensive line.

Last season, they were featured in Sports Illustrated as "silent but deadly," which is very true. The bunch is not know for being loudmouths; they're known for demolishing defensive lines, whether they're running the ball or airing it out.

Right now, the line consists of D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Left Tackle), Matt Slauson (Left Guard), Nick Mangold (Center), and Brandon Moore (Right Guard).

It is unclear who the Jets will put in the right tackle slot to replace Damien Woody, who was released after sustaining several knee injuries in 2010.  

As of right now, Robert Turner and Wayne Hunter are the leading candidates for the slot; Hunter will likely take the spot, since he filled in for Woody on several occasions in 2010.


5. Fullback

The Jets are likely going to lose Tony Richardson in a year or two, but the Jets prepared for the skilled veteran's departure through the 2010 draft.

In the fifth round, the Jets drafted John Conner (Kentucky) as Rex Ryan's draft pick.

Conner is a talented fullback who packs a punch. In a preseason game against the Panthers there was a play on kick return specifically designed for Conner called "Terminator Right."

Conner demonstrated his abilities as he hit the first person he saw and "helicoptered" him.  

On offense, the Jets are set, with the exception of Mark Sanchez, who needs to show that he can make it in the NFL. They have talented young players that can provide for years to come.

On defense, they have some great players but they're beginning to age, which is why for positions like linebacker and defensive line they should go to the draft and improve their depth chart.  

It will be interesting to see how the Jets draft in 2011, but for now, it looks like they'll do better than average this season with what they have.