NFL Draft weekend is nearly upon us, and I couldn’t be less interested.
Don’t get me wrong — there is a lot to look forward to when analyzing new players and what they offer. There are tons of hypothetical questions to ask, like: Are the Jets keeping the No. 6 pick? If so, will that pick cost a fortune? Will he ever get to see Hawaii in February? Will he even matter?
The most recent Pro Bowler the Jets drafted was Justin Miller, who went as a kick returner. So pardon me if my adrenaline isn’t as active as others’ this time of year.
An active free-agent period made fans’ green blood pumping harder than it has in years. The concrete-cracking steps general manager Mike Tannenbaum made in early March make the draft strategy even more difficult to predict. The Jets solidified the offensive line and added quality depth to our pass rush.
Whoever the quarterback is should have more time to pass the ball, and the runners should have larger holes to gallop through. The defense might even be able to stop plays, and no longer make guys like Kyle Boller resemble John Elway.
If the Jets play as well as they look on paper, then drafting at No. 6 is simply a luxury.
I’ve read the mock drafts and the expert analysis; I’ve watched the TV shows and the YouTube highlight reels; and there’s no one player I’m truly lobbying for the Jets to select. Obviously, what the Jets do on April 26 is contingent upon what the five teams ahead of them do.
While its almost certain that Miami will lock up Michigan OT Jake Long before the clock starts ticking, the needs of the teams between picks No. 2 and 5 are too unpredictable.
Of the top 3 that most Jets’ fans are hoping fall to where Gang Green selects, I see no true necessity in any of them. They are exciting prospects, without a doubt, but will they catapult this team to where Jets fans want to be?
Darren McFadden looks like a gamebreaker, but we live in a world of comparisons. It’s a legitimate concern if he’ll be another Reggie Bush, exciting at the collegiate level but inconsistent in the NFL?
What about Vernon Gholston? Will he be able to dominate at the next level, or will he find himself disappearing more often amongst tougher competition? More importantly, where will he fit as a No. 6 overall contract among Bryan Thomas and the mountain of cash given to Calvin Pace? It’s not smart to draft for depth in the Top 10.
And then there’s Chris Long, the son of a Hall of Famer who seems to make it look easy out there. But much like Gholston, he’d have to play out of position to accommodate the 3-4 defensive scheme?
Questions. None of which inspire definitive answers. All anyone can do is place their faith in the Jets’ front office, and trust their ability to find the right players to fit the team’s needs.