They say Coples motor runs hot and cold, but if any guy can get him to REV to get the QB, it's Rex
My A+ Grade IF the Jets draft:
Stay at 16, and select the best pass rusher if they are: DE/OLB – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB Quinton Coples
Trade up from 47 back into the first round to select: S – Harrison Smith
If the Jets end up with a VERY good pass rusher and the 2nd best Safety in this draft, these two first picks would alone constitute me giving the Jets an A+.
This guy has HOF potential
My B Grade IF the Jets draft:
The Jets trade the 16th pick and another pick (Possibly 2013 – 1st or a lower round 2012, depends on the spot they move up to) to get: RB Trent Richardson
The Jets keep the 16th pick and draft OT Riley Reef OR G David DeCastro
I personally believe the Jets will not move all the way up to 3 to get the running back, but if for some reason he slips past 4 and 5, the Jets will make their move. I don’t see that happening and if they REALLY want him and are convinced they must have this guy, then don’t fool around and move to 3.
The Jets claim to be going to a dedicated Ground and Pound, and I’m telling you what better way to prove to all the naysayers then to draft the best running back to come out in a while. If you believe that Trent will be the next Peterson, you don’t hesitate. I personally think that a quarterbacks best friend is a STUD running back.
MAYBE, a trade is also involved to move up and that could be Shonn Greene. If you draft Trent, you utilize Bilia Powell who you drafted kind of high last year and Joe McKnight. Greene becomes expendable and frankly has not lived up to his hype. He’s been a good player at times but nothing that convinces me that he can anchor the offense that will be running.
The Jets keep the 16th and draft OLB/DE Courtney Upshaw
Making my argument above about the “Ground and Pound”, there are greater needs than WR. A number 2 IS important, but the pressure will be on more so for Mark Sanchez to make sure he can get the ball to his new weapons through the air. If the Jets can’t address the O-line hole, it won’t matter if they hypothetically draft Blackmon and Floyd if they can’t protect Mark, and trust me, Tebow won’t fair any better.
I’m not sold on Mercilus and Chandler Jones would be a reach at 16. I know he’s been jumping up the boards, but the Jets getting him at 16 would make me frown.
My F Grade IF the Jets draft:
The Jets trade Darrelle Revis
Don’t worry, this would never happen! If it did however; because of the CB’s potential contract issues, a hole would open up in Times Square and all of Jets Nation would jump in. The franchise would fall off the planet and I would leave the NFL. In another words, the Jets won’t be getting an F grade from me!
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