New York Jets: Top priorities for this year’s draft – EWB Roundtable

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John Carroll Jr. – Site Expert, Empire Writes Back

I think that with the New York Jets this season it is kind of a Catch 22. While there are obvious and pressing needs on this team to fill in the draft, like a pass rush, a WR, and even a younger running back, there is also the concern that the new coaching regime does not like what they have at some positions that we already think are filled.

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Adam Gase might be taking on a roster he does not even particularly like. What must be satisfying for the Jets this year is that they enter the draft with anchors on both offense and defense. Led by Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams respectively, the Jets have the leaders on each side.

While the draft, especially the top 10, is not particularly a wise place to draft a running back or WR, the Jets could go that route. Yeah, the easiest, most common, and most sensible thing to do would be to draft a defensive end. However, when looking at it, the Jets just need talent. Cold, raw, talent.

They could play the “we need, they need” game, but that is what’s gotten them this far, hardly anywhere at all. The Jets need talented football players. They need players who will succeed in spite of the ownership and often poor leadership from the top down.

That is all to be determined, of course, there is no way of knowing how to avoid getting the wrong guy, but the intention needs to be there. The Jets simply just need to draft the most talented player on draft day. They are not deep enough and not just one piece away to get picky (no draft pun intended). That does not even have a correlation to trading down or whatever they do, wherever they are in the draft order, it is time for them to select the best talent.

There are other ways to fill needs in free agency, but when it comes to getting a guy fresh out of the draft, the best option is to just get a great football player. Luckily for the Jets, the talent from this year does not particularly reside at the QB position, which isn’t a “need”. Maybe it’ll just work out for them that their biggest need is filled while they also get the best player available. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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