(Sports Network) - Those back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game in
Mark Sanchez's first two NFL seasons are now just distant memories for the New
York Jets, a team which enters this draft process as one of the least talented
The embattled Sanchez will likely get one final chance to prove he can be the
answer at quarterback for the Jets but you can't rule out a signal-caller at
No. 9 overall for New York, especially if West Virginia's Geno Smith begins to
Other major needs for the Jets include right tackle, a position where Austin
Howard allowed 13 1/2 sacks last season, along with outside linebacker where
the pedestrian Antwan Barnes and Garrett McIntyre are currently penciled in.
In reality, though, the Jets need help just about everywhere outside of left
tackle and center where D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold reside. Of
course, even those stalwarts have probably reached the apex of their careers
and have started the descent.
Cornerback also looks strong on paper but that will likely change dramatically
after the Jets finally pull the trigger and trade All-Pro Darrelle Revis.
If Smith isn't the pick at No. 9 New York could look toward guards Chance
Warmack of Alabama or Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina. The team is also
enamored with LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo while Georgia linebacker Jarvis
Jones, although he has been falling since running some poor 40 times at his
pro day, would be a nice fit.
2012 Record: 6-10
Top Needs: OLB, RT, OG, QB
First Three Picks: No. 9, No. 39, No. 72
Number of Selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Quinton Coples (DE, North Carolina): 2011 -
Muhammad Wilkerson (DE, Temple); 2010 - Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State); 2009 -
Mark Sanchez (QB, USC); 2008 - Vernon Gholston (OLB, Ohio State), Dustin
Keller (TE, Purdue); 2007 - Darrelle Revis (CB, Pittsburgh); 2006 -
D'Brickashaw Ferguson (OT, Virginia), Nick Mangold (C, Ohio State); 2005 -
none; 2004 - Jonathan Vilma (LB, Miami-Florida); 2003 - Dewayne Robertson (DT,
Kentucky); 2002 - Bryan Thomas (DE, UAB).
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