It’s the day of the draft, y’all, and if Smokescreen Wednesday wasn’t crazy enough for you, today we have an even more intense disinformation campaign. Yesterday I tried to make sense of all the madness, but today’s draft day rumor and innuendo has my head spinning.
I’ll be honest. I don’t know what to think.
For all the chatter yesterday about the Jets possibly moving into the top 5 to select Alabama RB Trent Richardson – who is reportedly at the top of the Jets draft board – there is an equal amount of chatter speculating that the Jets might actually – gasp! – trade down?
ESPN’s Adam Schefter also confirmed the Jets are open to trading back, and have made phone calls inquiring about a move.
Can you imagine Tannenbaum moving down? It’s not his MO, but the Jets certainly have a lot of needs to address, and trading down would give them more picks and more opportunities to add more quality players. Maybe hell has frozen over. (Can I say that on here?).
As for a trade down? I’ll go on record and say that if the Jets DO take out a second mortgage and pull off a crazy trade for Trent, I just can’t find a way to pretend I’m unhappy with the move. Trent is just one of those special players that only comes along once in a while, and with the Jets planning to return to a run-heavy offense, Trent would make a big impact. That said, I do think they can up a RB in a mid-round that could also contribute and make a difference, and that might be a safer approach considering they have so many other positions to fill.
My prediction is that the Jets will stay put at #16, and draft defense by taking either DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, DE Quinton Coples or even DT Michael Brockers, depending on how the board shakes out. I am somewhat wary of Coples, but if the Jets were to take him at 16, they could then target a 2nd round OLB, like Bruce Irvin.
I have had the Ingram vs. Upshaw discussion with people for weeks, but I really don’t get the sense the Jets are too high on Upshaw, for one reason or another. You just aren’t really hearing a lot of buzz from the team about him, and though that could mean nothing, I’m inclined to believe it means something.
Though I believe an outside lineback better fits the Jets defensive needs, Brockers is a great player that could fall to 16, and the Jets would be mighty tempted to go best player available at that point. I think it’s highly unlikely he is there, as Brockers is a great fit for many teams in the 7-15 range.
As I have been saying for weeks, I don’t imagine that S Mark Barron will not be an option for the Jets, as it appears extremely likely he will become a Cowboy. There are other teams at play for Barron too, and I think the Jets have already made some plans to address this need later. On the off chance he is there, I’m all for it.
I also remain firmly committed to my belief that Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd will NOT be there at 16, and drafting Kendall Wright or Stephen Hill seems like unnecessary reach at 16 considering the depth of receiver talent in this draft class. I participated in a Twitter mock draft yesterday where I represented the Vikings and Panthers, and the Jets rep took Wright at 16. I strongly disagree with this move. Wait.
There is, of course, the possibility the Jets shock me and go with an offensive lineman like Cordy Glenn or David DeCastro. I really don’t foresee this happening, but this is a move I can celebrate considering the instability at the RT position.
Either way, it’s sure to be an exciting night with lots of drama. I will be live tweeting (follow me @kristinereese) and providing updates on all the latest Jets and NFL news here and on Aerys Offsides.
And remember my mantra, Jets fans: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Who will the Jets select tonight? Weigh in on the poll below.
Who will the Jets select?
- DE/OLB Melvin Ingram (38%, 3 Votes)
- DE Quinton Coples (25%, 2 Votes)
- DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw (13%, 1 Votes)
- S Mark Barron (13%, 1 Votes)
- Other (13%, 1 Votes)
- DT Michael Brockers (0%, 0 Votes)
- OT Cordy Glenn (0%, 0 Votes)
- WR Michael Floyd (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 8