2011 NFL Draft: CSI:NY Hits the Nail on the Head with What Jets Need from Draft

Chris Dela RosaContributor IApril 27, 2011

Photo Courtesy of New York Post, Ryan (left), Tannenbaum (middle)
Photo Courtesy of New York Post, Ryan (left), Tannenbaum (middle)

In an episode that will air this Friday (April 29th) on CBS, CSI:NY featured Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.  The two exit a cab and run into the show's star, Gary Sinise (who plays Detective Mac Taylor), with a colleague of his.

The brief conversation the four have revolves around recent Jets offseason acquisitions, as Taylor's colleague compliments Tannenbaum for acquiring players like Cromartie and getting Darrelle Revis to training camp.

What Taylor's colleague also mentions is that the Jets need a pass rusher.  I couldn't have said it better myself.

The fact of the matter is, the Jets have had unsuccessful stints with most of their pass rushers in the last few years.  Two players that fit that make this statement true are Vernon Gholston and Kristopher Jenkins.

In 2008, the Jets acquired both pass rushers, and while Jenkins has been sidelined for almost two full seasons because of knee injuries, Gholston has gotten plenty opportunities to prove he is worthy of a top first round pick, but has proven that he was just another bust.

As of right now, the Jets have Sione Pohua and Mike Devito, but they still need more time to develop if they want to become elite pass rushers.  The Jets need to make use of their 30th overall pick by drafting a pass rusher that can make an impact on his first day in a Jets uniform.

If they do so, their defense will be near completion, and the next issue to address would be their safeties.  Although Jim Leonhard will be returning this season, the Jets have not had their training staff helping him recover (because of the lockout) and there has not been much news on Leonhard's recovery.  

To watch the scene, go here.