Now Isn’t The Time To Gamble With The 9th Pick

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I have heard it too many times, “the Jets need a pass rusher, the Jets need a pass rusher” .. that statement isn’t the issue, but the undying, obsessive idea that the Jets should just take any old “pass rusher” when they pick ninth overall in the and half weeks, is what bothers me.

Yes, the New York Jets do, have and will need a starting outside linebacker. Yes, they do need someone to get after the quarterback and yes, it would be great to find that man on draft night when the Jets pick. BUT, you cannot just take any guy who is labeled a “pass rusher” at the college level and expect him to solve everyone’s problem. It just doesn’t work that way.

The Jets select ninth. Not twenty-third, not thirty. Ninth. The Jets need to draft someone who will come in day one, start and make an immediate impact. They don’t need a project. They don’t need someone who is labeled a “pass rusher” but truthfully is a one-trick, two-down defensive end, who has had a little taste of success at the college level.

In the past three years, the Jets selected 16th (2012), 30th (2011) and 29th (2010) and fans have been DYING for that pass rusher. In 2010 names like Sergio Kindle and Jerry Hughes; in 2011 you heard of Da’Quan Bowers and last year (2012) everyone BEGGED and CRIED to trade up or draft guys like Melvin Ingram, just for the sake of “DRAFTING A PASS RUSHER.”

This year, it is happening again, but worse. The Jets will have a fair shot at the top “PASS RUSHERS” in this years draft, because they will select in the top 10. That being Barkevious Mingo, Jarvin Jones, and Ezekiel Ansah. In years past, I would have no issue with fans clamoring for that pass rusher. None. But they need to step back and see that the Jets aren’t drafting in the late teens and twenties. They are drafting ninth. This is no time for a one-trick pony.

hi-res-6813882_display_imagePersonally for me, the only defensive player I take at nine, if he is available, is Dion Jordan. He is not the prototypical pass rusher. He is a complete linebacker. That is rare. The others do one thing, Jordan excels at every aspect. Versus the run, dropping in coverage and of course .. can rush the passer.

But I’m switching gears. In the Rex Ryan era, the Jets have used their first round pick on a defensive player 3 out of the 4 years, with Mark Sanchez being the lone exception. It’s time to end that.

This team needs offense early and often. I brought up a trade and draft idea the other day on twitter. I mentioned trading Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Bucs for their 13th overall pick and a 2013 2nd round pick. Then I take West Virginia’s WR Tavon Austin at 9 and then with Tampa Bay’s pick, I grab Notre Dame’s TE Tyler Eifert. Then in the second round, I make sure to get Eddie Lacy from Alabama. That is a complete influx of offensive playmakers.

You then have a receiving corp of Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Tavon Austin and Jeremy Kerley. Your tight ends are Tyler Eifert and Jeff Cumberland, and running backs are completely different. You have Eddie Lacy, Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell. There is tons of young, cheap talent all over the place. Outside of Holmes’ every player is making less than $3M per season.

Now if you are one to keep Revis, I would STILL go offense. If that means Chance Warmack, that means Warmack. I would 100% rather a soon to be all-pro/pro-bowler like Chance Warmack — then to take a shot in the dark on a “specialist” on a sixth overall