Entering tonight’s NFL Draft, I had few expectations for the New York Jets. I barely followed any mock draft analysis because I always consider it to be useless. Aside from the first three picks, and that’s a stretch, it’s extremely rare that NFL insiders, experts, pundits or whomever, accurately predict how the chips will fall. And the GMs never ever ever get it right either, so again, I consider it a waste of time. And despite the Jets hiring a new general manager, John Idzik, my confidence in the front office remains shaky because Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson are still calling the shots. And based on the outcome of tonight’s draft, it appears that my skepticism in the Jets ability to draft responsibly wasn’t only warranted, but also the popular approach.
For the most part, Jets fans, me included, were supportive of the Dee Milliner pick. He’s a cornerback. The Jets need a cornerback after trading away the best corner in the league. It’s a sensible choice. But any optimism from Jets fans, me included, quickly faded four picks later when Roger Goodell announced Sheldon Richardson would be the newest Jet. It’s an extremely questionable move because the Jets are stacked at this position and drafted defensive ends, Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson, in 2012 and 2011. Head scratching indeed. The general consensus is that the Jets need to add some offensive weapons to the roster because if you recall, that’s where we’re most deficient. Last season, the Jets were ranked 30th in offense. There are 32 teams in the league. You do the math.
Anyway, on to the tweets. Here are a few, from experts and random fans, that sum up the feelings from the majority of Jets Nation.
I don’t believe this. #Jets
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) April 26, 2013
You can’t make it up. Just can’t. Awful. #jets
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) April 26, 2013
So the #Jets pick two defensive players, ignoring their offense, ranked 30th in scoring.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 26, 2013
— Jeff Capellini (@GreenLanternJet) April 26, 2013
— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) April 26, 2013
#Jets fans have every right to be surprised and disappointed with tonight….feels like something I have typed many times
— Joe Caporoso (@TurnOnTheJets) April 26, 2013
— Dan Rosenblum (@sharkbiotech) April 26, 2013
Overall, give the #jets draft a C. Don’t mind the Milner pick. HATE the Richardson pick.
— Brendan McQuillan (@brendanwvu2) April 26, 2013
It’s cool that the #Jets first pick was at 9 because that will be our points per game next year because we have 32 D linemen and 23 Corners
— Zach Heaberlin (@Zach_OutLoud) April 26, 2013
As of now, i envision #Jets games to go like this:3 and out. Punt.Stop. Repeat. Repeat. Opposing team FG. Punt. Opposing team Td. Game
— jamie stuart (@N12jamiestuart) April 26, 2013
The good news is the Jets have two more days and six more picks remaining. And there are a lot of decent offensive players — Geno Smith, QB; Matt Barkley, QB; Ryan Nassib, QB; Keenan Allen, WR; Eddie Lacy, RB; Zach Ertz, TE; still available. The bad news is we’re talking about the Jets, who have proven time and time again that they’re not to be trusted with such decisions. Oh, and to make matters worse, the New England Patriots picked up four additional draft picks in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, bringing their total draft picks to eight. Awesome.