Brett Favre was not the savior Jamie Dukes thought he was to football. Unfortunately for Jamie, the Jets probably won't take Andre Smith this year. However, the AFC East has become much more competitive than it was in the past, as Miami became a playoff team and Buffalo seems to be accumulating talent on their roster.
Like a lot of teams, this draft is vital for the Jets. They haven't had a (young, successful) face of the franchise in New York since Joe Namath. If the Jets can get a quarterback, they should do it. Will they make another monumental collapse on Draft Day as we know they all have been in the past? You gotta love the Jets fans on Draft Day - they always keep it interesting at Music City Radio Hall.
On to the J-E-T-S draft range at No. 17 overall:
Kenny Britt/Jeremy Maclin: I think these are the most probable receivers to go to the Jets at 17 if they want to go with this position. I am not a fan of Maclin, but the Jets could be. Britt could be the touchdown threat this offense lacks at wideout, plus he would be a fan favorite coming from Rutgers.
Chris Wells/Knowshon Moreno: Thomas Jones is not happy with his contract, and he is going to be 31 this year. Wells and Moreno are both capable as No. 1 backs and both provide solid value at this pick.
Josh Freeman: I am more and more convinced somehow, someway, Mark Sanchez goes No. 8 overall, whether it's Jacksonville drafting him or someone making a move. The Jets might have to trade up for Freeman too. Tampa might consider moving up a few spots to leapfrog New York to get their face of the franchise (though I doubt it). Washington might hate Jason Campbell enough to pull the trigger on Freeman. San Francisco desperately needs a quarterback.
Freeman would be great with the Jets because his size and arm strength is necessary to make throws in the winds of the Meadowlands, but he might not be on the board here. The Jets take him if he is on the board in all likelihood and maybe they trade up for him. Where Freeman lands is one of the biggest mysteries to me, but the Jets would be a great destination for him with Rex Ryan, and the potentially good supporting cast on the offensive line, Dustin Keller and a young running back.
The Jets have so few needs because they love identifying needs in free agency. Hey, if you can afford it, then you should opt to be winners - fans deserve this. Let's look at their possibilities later on in the 2009 NFL Draft.
If they want to upgrade Kenyon Coleman at 5-technique, Jarron Gilbert and Fili Moala are viable options in the second round. I like Coleman, but maybe Rex Ryan wants to upgrade his defensive line immediately and make his mark on the defense.
At running back, I think they could look at Kory Sheets, Andre Brown and LeSean McCoy in the second round. I feel like Donald Brown will be gone by their pick so they have to trade up for him if they want him.
If they do not address receiver in the first round, then Brian Robiskie, Juaquin Iglesias, Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson could all be options in the second or third round, if the Jets ended up trading back with their second-round pick to pick up an extra third.
You can never have enough quality backup offensive linemen, so maybe the Jets address it with a mid-round pick. Gerald Cadogan, Jonathan Luigs, Antoine Caldwell, Fenuki Tupou and T.J. Lang can all play multiple positions on the offensive line.