While other draft analysts are watching film and evaluating talent for the 2014 NFL Draft, Nolan Hack is applying his skill to your New York Jets! Here are some of his thoughts on how the Jets did, and how these players can add to the team’s limited talent-pool.
The Jets needed an upgrade over Mark Sanchez at the QB position, and they got one in Geno Smith out of West Virginia. It's a good sign that GM John Idzik didn't panic and select a quarterback in the first round, when there was no first round talent at the position. They needed help on the inside of the offensive line, so they drafted Brian Winters out of Kent State. Winters will likely struggle early, as he learns to play the guard position at the professional level. He played tackle in college, but possess the talent to succeed as a starting guard down the road.
At #9 or #13, I didn't feel cornerback was a need position for two reasons: The Jets already have Antonio Cromartie and the high number of talented cornerbacks available in the second round. A player like Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert could have helped an offense that finished third worst in 2012. Eifert also fit a bigger need for Gang Green, as they lost TE Dustin Keller to free-agency.
Though I thought his selection was a bit early, Dee Milliner will impact the roster, starting across from Cromartie to open the season. Sheldon Richardson, a defensive lineman out of Missouri, was selected thirteenth. He has great potential, but is too raw to start day one, especially in a new scheme (he played in a 4-3 at Missouri).
Going into Day 3, I thought the Jets should take Oday Aboushi, the tackle out of Virginia. They obliged by selecting him with the eighth pick in the fifth round (#141 overall). His skill set matches that of a right tackle, and if groomed properly, he can eventually step into the starting lineup. William Campbell is a converted defensive lineman playing tackle, and has little experience playing guard. He’s a late project pick by the Jets, as he played mostly defensive tackle at Michigan, and the Jets will be moving him over to guard.
FB Tommy Bohanon was a solid pick in the later rounds, as the John Connor era is clearly over. Bohanan can step in day-one and be the lead blocker for Chris Ivory, who was acquired from the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round pick during the draft. I felt the Jets should have snatched up one of the many talented RBs available in this draft. With the number of injuries at the RB position, a team can never have too many ball carriers. John Izdik brought in a lot of talent from this, his first draft for the Green & White, but didn't select any skill players of note to pair with a Geno Smith.
2013 NFL Draft: Nolan Hack’s grade for the Jets… B!
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Stay tuned for more of Nolan Hack’s in-depth analysis on each selection by the Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft. Mr. Hack utilizes his hours of game film study to arrive at his conclusions on players. All player evaluations found in this article are those of Mr. Nolan Hack (@NolanHack).