After what felt like ages, the New York Jets have finally traded away their best player on their roster, after months of speculation. The Jets got the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft from the Tampa Bay Bucs for Darrelle Revis.
Of course new Jets GM John Idzik is going to look for players that can make an immediate impact, but where does he start? Idzik can trade down and get more picks or stick with the ninth and 13th pick. Either way, the Jets have plenty of holes to fill. They need guards, outside linebackers, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends.
The Jets probably won’t go with a receiver or quarterback or tight end with the ninth pick, but now they have some options with the 13th pick. They can, and no doubt will, address their pass-rusher needs with with ninth pick, but should the Jets pick up another defensive player with the 13th? Or address their offense?
This offseason, the Jets lost their tight end, and Mark Sanchez’s security blanket. While Dustin Keller did make plays, he wasn’t too much of a weapon, though.
The Jets can draft a tight end with the 13th pick. And that tight end may be a great addition to roster lacking weapons.
I’m talking about Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.
At 6’6″ and 250 pounds, Eifert definitely has the size. He is very quick off the snap, especially for his size. The tight end has great hands and is a dynamic receiver after the catch—which is something the Jets need. Eifert is very agile and quick and can get open in little zones. He can definitely make the big plays after the catch by bulling his way through tackles and be productive all over the field. Not known for his strong blocking skills but he did show improvement last season.
Eifert was one of the most productive players at the tight end position in the nation. He is the winner of the 2012 Mackey award—given to the most outstanding tight end in the nation—and he can bring that to whoever drafts him. Eifert enjoyed a break out season at Notre Dame in 2011 catching 63 passes for 807 yards and five touchdowns. He followed that season up with 50 receptions, 685 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He did all that despite the fact that defenses paid more attention to him, trying to shut him down.
Drafting the tight end would help the Jets out a lot on offense. Eifert has the most appealing mixture of receiving and blocking potential in this draft. He’s as good as you’re going to get at that position coming out of college. Eifert is definitely the kind of player around whom a team can build a passing offense, so Eifert going in the 13th wouldn’t be a bad idea.