A breakdown of what positions Gang Green could seek to upgrade in the upcoming draft.
The 2008 season ended in disappointment for the New York Jets. A massive off-season spending spree and one gigantic trade for NFL legend Brett Favre did not produce a playoff team, a situation that was nearly unfathomable back in September.
Now, Favre is gone, coach Eric Mangini was dispatched and the Jets have yet another new course of action, this time led by former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Ryan has been busy cherry-picking his favorite players from the Ravens' roster to bolster the defense. However, the Jets still have many areas left to strengthen.
Here's a look at some positions they may look to bolster in the Rookie Draft held April 30. New York currently holds the 17th selection.
1. Quarterback- There have been quite a lot of rumors flying around that the organization is not sold on either Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff as a long-term solution at the helm of the offense. Since it's unlikely that either of the two top quarterbacks in this draft (Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez) will slip this far, the Jets could attempt to trade up to snag one of them.
2. Wide Receiver- Laveranues Coles is now a Cincinnati Bengal, leaving Jerricho Cotchery as the only established wide receiver on the roster. The organization seems high on both Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney (who made a serious push for playing time during last year's preseason before he broke his collarbone) so this may not be as big a concern as one would think. However, if Percy Harvin or Jeremy Maclin are still on the board when the Jets pick, they may consider taking one of them strongly.
3. Running Back- Thomas Jones is getting old fast at this point and the Jets need to start thinking about his replacement. Leon Washington, though dynamic, is probably not capable of toting the ball 25 times a game. Chris Wells or Knowshon Moreno, on the other hand, might be.
I'll be breaking down the possibilities at each position with scouting reports on players each week coming up to the draft.
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Written by Frank Mazzola