By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
The Jets are in a bit of an awkward situation at quarterback with Sanchez, who has clearly lost both the fan base and his once biggest supporter Rex Ryan. Yet with $8.25 million owed to him he is at least going to be one of the highest paid clipboard holders in history.
Do the Jets spend one of their premium picks on a future franchise signal caller even in a weak quarterback class?I’d tend to think they will and should wait until at least round 2 (they have the #39 overall selection) to address it as they are likely to get similar talent at much better value.
Of course the strength of this draft is pass rushers and that is luckily a major position of need. At #9 overall if Jarvis Jones is still available they will likely pounce on the stud from Georgia. If not, Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery or Dion Jordan are likely candidates along with Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore. However, the latter two are unlikely to last that long and in my opinion are not ideal 3-4 OLB types.
There are many other needs so let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the possible candidates for the first two selections to make their way to the Big Apple.
1st Round (#9 overall):
Best Case Scenario:
Jarvis Jones GEORGIA OLB- Jones’ medical condition (spinal stenosis) could give some teams at the top pause and if so the pass rushing machine would be a great fit in Rex’s hybrid 3-4 defense.
Damontre Moore TEXAS A&M OLB/DE- Moore has soared up big boards with a fantastic 12.5 sack season and projects as either a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 OLB. He has solid speed and the motor to make plays all over the field.
Barkevious Mingo LSU OLB- Mingo has struggled at times and therefore not at the same level as Jones. But make no mistake “Kiki” has elite speed and a longer frame that could allow him keep linemen away from if taught the proper technique. He has big time upside.
Dion Jordan OREGONE OLB/DE- Jordan, a former tight end, needs some more bulk but is a superior athlete, with the long arms and balance to develop into an elite edge rusher.
Mike Glennon NC STATE QB- Glennon has the prototypical height (6’6) and arm strength of a first round quarterback, but if you ask me he would be incredibly over-drafted at this or any point in round one.
Dee Milliner ALABAMA CB- Yes Darrelle Revis is a perennial All-Pro and Cromartie is no slouch but Revis has only one year left on his deal and if he demands a record breaking contact look for the Jets to potentially unload him in a trade. If so Milliner, the best corner in the draft, could be in play.
Keenan Allen CAL WR- I’m not giving up on Stephen Hill and his massive potential, but pair him with Santonio Holmes (who is too expensive to part ways with) and a talented Allen, and whoever is under center will actually be equipped with a solid arsenal.