We partnered with our 'frenemies' at PhinsPhocus.com, of the Bloguin Network, to grade each others respective team's draft, to get an outside-looking-in perspective. (Grades per draft day.) The Dolphins entered rebuild mode last year, like we are in now, so their fans can relate. For my analysis of the Dolphins' draft, go here.
Here's what Phins Phocus had to say about NYJ, via Phins Phocus Staff Writer Daniel Monardo.
Entering the 2013 draft, the Jets were in prime position to address some of their most pressing needs, as they owned the 9th and 13th overall picks. As expected, New York let the draft fall to them and they selected CB Dee Milliner out of Alabama, 9th overall. Many, myself included, considered Milliner to be the top corner in the draft since he is versatile enough to play in both man and zone coverage while still being stout against the running game. Although this is a good pick from a talent standpoint, the Jets basically traded Darrelle Revis, who is the best cornerback in the NFL when healthy, for Dee Milliner. The rookie will be under a lot of pressure to step up and fill the void left by one of the greatest at the position.
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Four picks later, the Jets selected DT Sheldon Richardson, from Missouri. While New York missed out on one of the top explosive pass rushers in the draft, they landed the best interior pass rusher. Richardson is not an ideal fit in a base 3-4 defense, however his ability to get to the quarterback can be taken advantage of by utilizing him as Mike DeVito's replacement at defensive end. In my opinion, 13th overall was a little high for Richardson with defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Shariff Floyd still on the board.
While the Jets made two solid selections in the first round, they will be criticized for not using their plethora of picks to address their more prominent needs. Their patient approach limited their options as several of the players they coveted were not available when the Jets were on the clock. WR Tavon Austin would have been a significant upgrade to the passing game, however he was selected one pick ahead of New York by the Rams. Miami was aggressive in their search for a defensive end to compliment Cam Wake as they traded up for Dion Jordan. Detroit was able to nab a DE of their own, taking Ziggy Ansah fifth overall.
First Day Grade: B
The Jets draft was highlighted by the selection of Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia with the 39th overall pick. Considered the top quarterback in this draft, there is no denying Smith has the skill set and accurate throwing arm to find success at the pro-level. Despite this being great value for a player of Smith's calibre, there is a reason why he was still on the board in the second round. His stretches of inconsistent play and reports of character concerns made his draft stock plummet. Waiting until the second round to make this selection was a wise move for the Jets. If the potential replacement for Mark Sanchez fails to live up to expectations, it would be easier for the team to release him.
It took 72 picks, but the Jets did address a position of need by drafting OG Brian Winters out of Kent State. I like this pick for New York as it provides them with a versatile guard and depth at an area on the roster that is relatively thin. As it stands, it appears as though he has an outside chance to win a starting guard spot if he beats out Vladimir Ducasse in training camp. There is a lot of potential with Winters, especially if he continues to improve his technique in pass protection.
Day Two Grade: B+
After taking an offensive lineman with their last pick, the selection of Oday Aboushi, OT, UVA was a questionable one. Aboushi will likely move from his natural position of left tackle to right tackle or guard with the Jets as they continue to add depth to a weak offensive line. Unlike Brian Winters, Aboushi is more of a project and will offer nothing more than depth in his rookie season. The most surprising aspect of this pick is that there was a run on safeties and wide receivers in the fifth round, both of which are still significant needs for the Jets.
In the sixth round, the Jets selected William Campbell, a defensive tackle out of Michigan. He was an underachiever in his time with Michigan, however his skill set and physical traits ensure that he is a player with a high upside. Campbell has the ability to transition to the offensive line, however whether he plays on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, this is another pure depth move.
With the 215th overall pick and the Jets final selection of the draft they chose a fullback; Tommy Bohanon from Wake Forest. Bohanon will compete with Lex Hilliard for the starting fullback role who was rather disappointing for New York last year. He can be used as an asset out of the backfield and can also make an impact in the passing game.
Day Three Grade: C
The Jets leave the 2013 draft with a solid group of players, with the first four picks -Milliner, Richardson, Smith and Winters- having the opportunity to make an impact in their rookie seasons. I view the remainder of their draft as depth moves at positions with very little of it, however their decisions to pass on a few steals at the skill positions in the middle rounds can prove to be costly. If the trade of Chris Ivory was factored into the Jets grade it would be higher, but I solely focused on the draft picks themselves. Ivory can very well be an 1000 yard rusher this upcoming season.
Overall Grade: B-