The first round of the NFL Draft is in mere hours.
The Jets currently have the 29th pick, but knowing Mike Tannenbaum there is no guarantee the Jets will stay there.
He has had a tendency to trade up for players he coverts (Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez, David Harris, Shonn Greene) and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets trade up once again though I’m not betting on it.
With all of the Jets offseason moves, they have positioned themselves in a perfect position for their first round selection.
They have no glaring holes on either side of the ball and can afford to take the best player available.
Now that isn’t to say the Jets couldn’t use any help. They need depth on the offensive and defensive lines, secondary help, and another pass rusher wouldn’t hurt.
This draft has been pegged as one of the deepest in years and I believe Tannenbaum realizes that and unless there is a blue chip player that starts to fall (i.e. Eric Berry) he won’t trade up. Earl Thomas is a nice player, but I wouldn’t trade our first and second round pick for him.
My preference is that the Jets actually trade down from 29 to acquire another pick. Teams will be lining up to try and sneak into the back end of the first round to snag a quarterback like McCoy or Tebow and the Jets should take advantage to accumulate more picks.
Then in the second round the Jets could target player such as Nate Allen, safety from South Florida, Linval Joseph, defensive tackle from Eastern Carolina, and Ricky Sapp, outside linebacker from Clemson among others.
However, if the Jets decide to stay at 29 they should have plenty of options.
At 29 I would select, in order of preference, Sergio Kindle, Jerry Hughes, Brandon Graham, and then Jared Odrick.
Now if an offensive lineman like Mike Iupati or Maurcie Pouncey falls I believe the Jets will pounce on either, but that appears very unlikely.
I think the Jets can wait to take a defensive end. There should be plenty of options later in the draft (I really like Arthur Jones from Syracuse and Corey Wootton from Northwestern) and while Odrick is a good prospect, I think the Jets should aim higher.
However, in the end I do see the Jets staying put at 29 and the most likely picking Jared Odrick. Odrick could come in and start immediately and should be a staple on the line for years to come. While it’s not my favorite scenario, I would still be thrilled to see Odrick in green and white.
My sleeper pick for the Jets at 29 is Brian Price, defensive lineman from UCLA.
Now sit back and enjoy the first round of the NFL Draft.