With the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select… and that pause, ever so momentary, captivates us. We lean in closer, we turn the volume up, we grab the person next to us… we throw our hands in the air. That pause, ever so momentary, will officially open the 2013 season for Gang Green. How will the Jets begin the John Idzik era? Our Professor of Prospect Analysis gives you his take:
First Round, Pick 9 (9th overall): Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah (OLB/DE, BYU) - Ansah has been the best defensive prospect in my eyes for a while now. I believe he would be a steal for the Jets here. He's got more raw ability than Jason Pierre-Paul did when he was drafted by their MetLife co-tenants. Ansah is an all-around player, and would finally give Head Coach Rex Ryan that dangerous pass rusher he's never had wearing Green and White.
Second Round, Pick 7 (39th overall): Kyle Long (OG/OT, Oregon) - Long has tremendous upside, athletic ability, and is part of a great blood line. With Brandon Moore still unsigned, and Willie Colon being one of the more injury prone players in the league, Long would be perfect for the Jets at this pick if he’s still available. Long could be the man they need for one of the two starting guard positions.
Third Round, Pick 10 (72nd overall): Stepfan Taylor (RB, Stanford) - Taylor is one of the more underrated players in this draft for one reason: lack of long speed. Despite his lack of speed, Taylor can do everything else and he’s the most complete running back in this draft class.
Fourth Round, Pick 9 (106th overall): Cornelius Washington (OLB/DE, Georgia) – In my opinion, this pass rusher was misused in Georgia's defense, and if there's one thing Rex Ryan knows how to do… it's how to man a defense! Washington has a much underrated skill set, as he possesses an impressive combination of power and speed. If the Jets select him here, he could very well push the newly signed Antwan Barnes for snaps.
Fifth Round, Pick 8 (141st overall): Jordan Hill (DT/DE, Penn St.) - As a 5-technique inside defensive lineman, Hill would give the Jets added depth on the defensive line and add a much needed jolt to that front line. In this class, he's one of the better defensive lineman in terms of shooting the gap.
Sixth Round, Pick 10 (178th overall): Joseph Fauria (TE, UCLA) - One thing I found myself repeating while watching a Bruins games over the last two seasons was, "(Fauria’s) a match up problem!" He doesn't have the impressive long speed and is a waste of space as a blocker, but at 6'7” and 259lbs… the man can get open.
Seventh Round, Pick 9 (215th overall): Orwin Smith (RB, Georgia Tech) – Smith is an explosive runner, but isn’t an every down back; but with Taylor in the fold, he and Smith would give the Jets a legit thunder and lightning duo. In Smith's junior year, he averaged over 10 yards a carry, while scoring 11 TDs on the ground with an impressive yards per catch average of 23.5. In 2012, he had two games in which he ran for over 115 yards on 7 carriers or less.
-Nolan Hack & Joseph Haas
Check out Nolan Hack’s NFL-DEA (Draft Eligible Analysis) segments on HaasStyleInterpretations.com, where he focuses on talent entering the 2013 NFL Draft. Mr. Hack utilizes his hours of game film study to arrive at his conclusions on players. All player evaluation found in this article are those of Mr. Nolan Hack (@NolanHack).