2013 NFL Offseason: New York Jets
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
New York Jets (Last Year: 6-10)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: B
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The Jets are a complete mess. They're about to cut the top quarterback on their roster for moronic reasons, so they'll need to find a franchise signal-caller at some point. There are holes everywhere else as well, with only the left tackle, center and defensive end positions not needing to be upgraded.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Regardless of their other picks, the Jets' draft has to be considered a success because they can finally move on from Mark Sanchez. Geno Smith, drafted in the second round, will be the team's quarterback going forward. To avoid a controversy that capsized the team last year, they need to cut Sanchez. They need to get past that ugly era.
The problem is that Smith doesn't have much to work with. Santonio Holmes will be back, but he's unreliable. Stephen Hill is still raw. Chris Ivory, acquired for a mid-round pick, will at least be a better option than Shonn Greene in the backfield. However, the offensive line is still a major question mark. The Jets drafted Brian Winters and Oday Aboushi as potential upgrades, but they may not be ready to start in 2013.
New York should be better defensively. The defensive line is as strong as ever with Sheldon Richardson joining Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, while Dee Milliner fortifies a cornerback group that of course lost Darrelle Revis. Questions remain at inside linebacker and safety, but this was a 2-year rebuilding project.
Mike Tannenbaum ruined this team with his poor draft picks and terrible contracts, but new general manager John Idzik appears to be doing a good job of bringing this franchise back to prominence.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
9. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: C+ Grade
The Jets essentially traded Darrelle Revis for Dee Milliner. I just don't get why they'd deal Revis to just take another cornerback when they have two corners on the roster (Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson) who proved themselves to be capable starters after Revis went down. Milliner had just six interceptions in his college career. He also was never asked to backpedal. Alabama cornerbacks have a history of busting in the NFL, so the Jets better hope that Milliner doesn't continue that tradition.
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13. Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT, Missouri: B Grade
Wow, Sheldon Richardson before Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei? Many will bash this selection, I'm sure, but I don't mind it. Sheldon Richardson is the top interior pass-rusher who fits the 4-3 and 3-4 - which is key for New York because Rex Ryan loves to use both looks. I'm not sure why Richardson wasn't considered a higher-rated prospect. The Jets had to bolster their pass-rush, and they did just that with Richardson.
39. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: A Grade
This is the last place I'd want to go if I were Geno Smith because the Jets have absolutely nothing to work with on offense. But I imagine after waiting all Thursday evening, he's just relieved to be drafted by someone. This is a great pick for New York though because Smith was considered an option for the No. 1 overall pick when he was winning games. The Jets needed a quarterback, and Smith was the top signal-caller in this entire draft class. It's going to be fun watching Smith duel E.J. Manuel twice per year. I'm sure Smith will be extra motivated for that.
72. Brian Winters, G, Kent State: B Grade
The Jets signed Willie Colon this offseason, but they needed another guard to compete with Vladimir Ducasse. This is the right range for Brian Winters, so this is a pretty solid pick.
141. Oday Aboushi, G/OT, Virginia: B Grade
Still no skill-position players, but upgrading the offensive line isn't a bad move. Oday Aboushi played tackle in college, but he may have to move to guard in the NFL because of his short arms. Having said that, it's a good idea to find protection for Geno Smith.
178. William Campbell, DT, Michigan: C+ Grade
I mocked William Campbell to the Jets in the seventh round at one point, so this pick makes sense to me. He's another interior lineman, but he's much different than Sheldon Richardson.
215. Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest: B Grade
A fullback in the seventh round? Why not? The Jets needed one. Logical pick.
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The Jets made all of the noise in the offseason, but once again failed to back it up. Season-ending injuries to Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes didn't help, but New York's 2012 campaign was doomed before it started. Mark Sanchez showed major signs of regression the year before, yet the inept front office gave him a massive extension, and then the coaching staff refused to utilize an upgrade it acquired via a fourth-round pick during the spring. The Jets were a mess; they're lucky they had such an easy schedule, or they might have won two or three games.
- Quarterback: Mark Sanchez is garbage, Greg McElroy is not an NFL-caliber starter, while Tim Tebow wasn't utilized for some strange reason. It's obvious that the Jets must move on from Sanchez, but his ridiculous contract won't allow that to happen. The new general manager will have to draft a quarterback this April. Drafted Geno Smith
- Rush Linebacker: Calvin Pace couldn't get to the quarterback this season, so he was cut. Neither could Bryan Thomas. Aaron Maybin was cut. Someone like Dion Jordan has to be considered with the No. 9 pick this April. Signed Antwan Barnes; re-signed Calvin Pace
- Two Safeties: Both LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell are gone. Replacements are needed. Signed Dawan Landry
- Cornerback: The Jets dealt Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers. They got away with Kyle Wilson starting across from Antonio Cromartie last year, but now they need depth behind those two. Drafted DeMarcus Milliner
- Running Back: Shonn Greene is a free agent, but he needed to be upgraded anyway. There will be plenty of running backs to choose from in Rounds 2-4 this April. Traded for Chris Ivory; signed Mike Goodson
- Right Tackle: Austin Howard was a human turnstile this past season; he's a major reason why McElroy took 11 sacks in Week 16. The Jets have to think about addressing this position in the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. Tendered Austin Howard; drafted Oday Aboushi
- Wide Receiver: Santonio Holmes will be back next year, but he's a bum. Stephen Hill will hopefully improve, but New York can't count on that. Receiver help is needed.
- Inside Linebacker: Bart Scott was just released. Meanwhile, David Harris was one of the league's worst starting inside linebackers last year. Owed more than $10 million in 2013, he could be a cap casualty. He'll have to be replaced if that's the case.
- Guard: Starting guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson are free agents. At least one must be retained. New York will probably give Vladimir Ducasse a chance at the other spot. Signed Willie Colon; drafted Brian Winters
- Tight End: Dustin Keller is a free agent who could be franchised. Signed Kellen Winslow
- Kicker: Nick Folk will be hitting the free-agent market, but he was just a mediocre kicker anyhow. Re-signed Nick Folk
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Willie Colon, G/OT, Steelers. Age: 30.
Signed with Jets (1 year, $1.2 million)
Willie Colon can play both guard positions as well as right tackle. He's a very powerful blocker, and he would be rated much higher if he didn't have a troublesome knee that has forced him out of multiple games over the past several seasons.
Antwan Barnes, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 28.
Signed with Jets
Antwan Barnes is a solid pass-rushing specialist. He recorded 11 sacks in 2011, but didn't do much last year because of a bothersome hamstring injury.
Dawan Landry, S, Jaguars. Age: 30.
Signed with Jets
Dawan Landry is a pretty mediocre safety who is decent in run support. He's not a massive liability, but he probably shouldn't be a starter.
- Mike Goodson, RB, Raiders. Age: 26. -- Signed with Jets (3 years, $6.9 million)
- Antonio Garay, NT, Chargers. Age: 33. -- Signed with Jets
New York Jets Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
LaRon Landry, S, Jets. Age: 28.
Signed with Colts (4 years)
No one wanted LaRon Landry last offseason. He was considered an injury waiting to happen. Well, he proved everyone wrong with a solid 2012 campaign. He should still be considered fragile, but he has definitely earned himself a nice contract.
Brandon Moore, G, Jets. Age: 33.
Brandon Moore is coming off a terrific season. He run blocked with the best of them and wasn't a liability in pass protection. Age, however, is becoming a concern.
Dustin Keller, TE, Jets. Age: 28.
Signed with Dolphins
Dustin Keller caught a career-high 65 balls for 815 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, but barely played this year because of various injuries.
Tim Tebow, QB, Jets. Age: 26.
Signed with Patriots
Dumb, homoclitic ESPN groupthink believes that Tim Tebow should either move to the tight end position or be relegated to the CFL. In reality, Tebow is a solid starting quarterback. He makes things happen on the football field (but not in practice, duh, Jets), inspires teammates and just wins football games. After all, leading a mediocre Denver team to the playoffs (after Kyle Orton's horrific start with the same squad) and compiling 400 yards of offense against Dick LeBeau's defense in a postseason victory is no fluke. Tebow still has room for growth. A coach with a great imagination could run a highly successful offense with the former Gator. The problem with Tebow has very little to do with what he does on the field. The media creates such a distraction with him that it can hurt the team. Tebow needs to go to a small-market organization to avoid that. The Jaguars make all the sense in the world, as Tebow would be a colossal upgrade over either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.
Mike DeVito, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 29.
Signed with Chiefs
Mike DeVito has been a key run-defender in New York's three-man front.
Matt Slauson, G, Jets. Age: 27.
Signed with Bears)
Matt Slauson is sound in pass protection, but doesn't run block very well. He beat out Vladimir Ducasse for the starting left guard job in 2012.
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans (3 years, $10 million)
Shonn Greene is just your typical Big Ten plodder. He's just an average starter, but given all of the talent running backs in the NFL at the moment, he should be a backup.
Bart Scott, ILB, Jets. Age: 33.
Bart Scott is no longer a three-down linebacker, but he's still effective in terms of stopping the run.
Calvin Pace, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 32.
Re-signed with Jets (1 year)
Calvin Pace, 33 in October, looked like he had nothing in the tank this past season, as he registered only three sacks. Maybe he can bounce back, but his career looks like it's quickly coming to an end.
Yeremiah Bell, S, Jets. Age: 35.
Signed with Cardinals
Yeremiah Bell had a surprisingly decent year for the Jets, but he'll be 35 in March.
Sione Pouha, NT, Jets. Age: 34.
Sione Pouha is still OK in run support, but given that he just turned 34, it's fair to wonder how much longer he'll be effective.
Bryan Thomas, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 34.
Bryan Thomas played through a torn chest injury in 2012. He wasn't bad considering that, but it's fair to wonder if his body is breaking down.
Jeff Cumberland (RFA), TE, Jets. Age: 26.
Tendered by Jets (original)
Jeff Cumberland caught 29 balls for 359 yards and three touchdowns in relief of an injured Dustin Keller. He also blocked well.
- Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets. Age: 30.
- Austin Howard (RFA), OT, Jets. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Jets (2nd round)
- Jason Smith, OT, Jets. Age: 27. -- Signed with Saints
- Eric Smith, S, Jets. Age: 30.
- Lex Hilliard, FB, Jets. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Jets (1 year)
- Chaz Schilens, WR, Jets. Age: 27.
- Nick Folk, K, Jets. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Jets
- Josh Mauga (RFA), ILB, Jets. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Jets (1 year)
- Josh Baker, TE, Jets. Age: 26.
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