Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Radio City Music Hall on April 25.
The NFL Draft, with its famous balcony of Jets and Giants fans, has been the scene of some historic moments. Make that historically bad moments.
Jets fans are hoping this year will not be the latter and will be a sign this team is turning the corner after a 6-10 season.
Last year’s franchise, led by head coach Rex Ryan, was more of a scene from As the World Turns more so than the look of an NFL franchise.
Forget about issues with the offense. Forget about poor quarterback play. Forget about famous tattoos appearing on Ryan’s wife. And forget about Tim Tebow (yes, I said that).
Players need to work on getting out of the way of each other, communicating better and trying to win like their crosstown rivals do every so often. Like New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said last year, the Jets may have gotten Tebow, but his team had just won a Super Bowl.
I thought that was the goal of every NFL franchise.
This is a team still searching for more identity. There are holes everywhere. The team has been said to want to trade Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie or both, so secondary is a main issue.
Don’t forget about the running game, wide receiver and of course, quarterback. The defensive front needs help as well. There are 18 days remaining until all the drama truly unfolds.
Here is a look at the seven picks this team has in this year’s Draft.
Round One, Pick 9: Jarvis Jones, Defensive End, Georgia
A great way to make a splash in the Big Apple. The Jets take a player who can play on the line as a rush end or in the middle as a cover guy. Jones is not the fastest runner from his position. But he is one of the best, if not the best. That is something the Jets will count on as they move forward. Jones is a solid pick.
Round Two, Pick 39: Ryan Nassib, Quarterback, Syracuse
A quarterback, but maybe not the one everyone thought would be the pick. I am pretty sure many had Matt Barkley or E.J. Manuel penciled in here. Nassib gives the team a chance to be good down the road. Of all the quarterbacks in this Draft, which is very average at best, Nassib could be the best in five years.
Round Three, Pick 72: Kiko Alonso, Linebacker, Oregon
The Jets must address stopping the run and someone in the middle like Alonso may just do that. Alonso has the size (6’4”, 238 pounds) Ryan likes in his linebackers. And don’t be surprised if he is used in situational blitz packages from the outside.
Round Four, Pick 106: Ryan Swope, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
Is this the answer at receiver? Who knows. He is a bit short at only 6’ but he catches passes and could be a nice complimentary receiver in this offense.
It will be interesting to see how someone with his skill is incorporated into this offense. He will also help with the return game.
Round Five, Pick 141: Dion Sims, Tight End, Michigan State
Tall, thick, and can make a catch. Tight end is a position the Jets use a lot in their passing offense. Hopefully this Big Ten player will be able to hang on and become a safety blanket to whoever is passing the ball come fall. I think this could be a sleeper pick.
Round Six, Pick 178: Sanders Commings, Cornerback, Georgia
The fact the Jets select a defensive back this late in the Draft says a few things. First, they will not be trading Revis or Cromartie. Second, Commings is a solid player and a great get this late in the Draft. If he can contribute anything to the secondary and the return game, that is a win for this franchise. I love this pick.
Round Seven, Pick 215: Sam Brenner, OG, Utah
What better way to end the Draft than to take a road grader. He has a naturally wide frame with average arm length but he a max-effort guy that the Jets could use.
This is the end of the draft, so finding players who can stick and produce is important. Brenner can provide depth at both guard slots and possibly center.