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The Quest for the Lombardi – New York Jets

Thomas Solarik April 7, 2012 Jets, NFLTR Features No Comments

 NEW YORK JETS

2011 Record: 8-8 (3-3) 2nd AFC East

 

Passing Offense – 206.1 (21st)

QB Mark Sanchez: 3,474; 26 / 18

TE Dustin Keller: 65 – 815 / 4TDs

WR Santonio Holmes: 51 – 654 / 3 TDs

 

Passing Defense – 201.0 (5th)

CB Antonio Cromartie: 4 INTs

ILB David Harris: 4 INTs

CB Darrelle Revis: 4 INTs

 

Rushing Offense – 105.8 (22nd)

HB Shonn Greene: 253 – 1,056 / 6TDs

HB LaDainian Tomlinson: 75 – 280 / 1TD

 

Rushing Defense – 111.1 (13th)

S Eric Smith: 89 Tackles

ILB David Harris: 86 Tackles

 

Notable Arrivals:

LB Aaron Maybin (Tendered at $1.26M with 1st Rd Pick as compensation)

PK Nick Folk (Re-signed – Terms unknown)

NT Sione Pouha (Re-signed – 3 yr / 15$ million)

LB Bryan Thomas (Re-signed – 1 yr / $990,000)

WR Patrick Turner (Re-signed – 1 yr / $615,000)

S LaRon Landry (Redskins, Signed – 1 yr / 4$ million)

WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders, Signed – 1 yr / $765,000)

QB Tim Tebow (Traded a 4th Rd Pick and a 6th Rd Pick in the 2012 Draft to the Broncos for Tebow and a 2012 7th Rd Pick).

 

Notable Departures:

S Gerald Alexander (Released).

CB Marquice Cole (Patriots, Signed – 1 yr / $640,000)

TE Matthew Mulligan (Rams, Signed – 2 yr / 1.6$ million)

FS Brodney Pool (Cowboys, Signed – 1 yr / 1.2$ million)

C/G Robert Turner (Rams, Signed – 1 yr / $700,000)

LB Jamaal Westerman (Dolphins, Signed – 1 yr / Terms unknown)

QB Drew Stanton (Traded to the Colts).

 

Draft Order:

  • 1st Rd Pick – 16th
  • 2nd Rd Pick – 15th
  • 3rd Rd Pick – 14th
  • 5th Rd Pick – 19th
  • 6th Rd Pick – 17th
  • 6th Rd Pick – 32nd
  • 6th Rd Pick – 33rd
  • 7th Rd Pick – 25th
  • 7th Rd Pick – 35th
  • 7th Rd Pick – 37th

 

Last Five First Round Picks:

  • * 2007 Darrelle Revis, CB (14th Overall) – Since being drafted, Revis has taken cover-corner to a new level by being tagged Revis Island. He has gained the respect by all teams because of his cover ability, athleticism and determination to be considered one of the best corners of all time. He has increased and improved his stats each of his first 5 seasons and has been elected to the Pro Bowl for the last four seasons (2008-11) and the last three All-Pro teams as well (2009-11). He is playing at the highest level of any corner in the league.
  • 2008 Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB (6th Overall) – In the pre-draft combine and pro days, Gholston elevated his status to a combine freak, and quickly rose to the top of many team’s draft broads. He was to be the next great pass-rusher coming out of the draft, but after three short seasons of constant failures and lack of effort to put it all together the Jets, released him in earlier 2011, and the Bears then waived him later that year. He is widely considered one of the biggest busts of the decade.
  • ** 2008 Dustin Keller, TE (30th Overall) – Came into the Jets organization to be a TE that could stretch the field and help take pressure off the QB and ground game. He has steadily improved each season, but hasn’t elevated his game to the elite, even though he is a solid starter and a decent blocker.
  • *** 2009 Mark Sanchez, QB (5th Overall) – The Jets traded up for the widely considered QB of the Future for the Jets, and in his rookie season he led the Jets to the post season and one game away from the Super Bowl, even though his numbers were not amazing throughout the season. Year two brought improvement and another trip to the AFC Championship game but faltering once again. Year three brought steady improvement again, but the implosion of a locker brought an end to the Jets run in the playoffs. This off-season may be a crossroads after the Jets acquired Tim Tebow to challenge Sanchez.  
  • 2010 Kyle Wilson, CB (29th Overall) – Since being drafted out of Boise State, Wilson has shown great progress and had been dealt the ideal position for any corner that can learn the game as a nickel corner behind Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. His first professional pass to him was intercepted off of Philip Rivers. Will learn from the games top corners and will eventually take over.
  • 2011 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE (30th Overall) – Drew comparisons to Trevor Pryce and wasted no time in establishing himself in the Jets defense. He notched a team high in tackles for loss with 9, and adding 3 sacks and 49 tackles. Will be looked onto to improve and has fit perfectly into Rx Ryan’s 3-4 defense.

 

* Traded 2007 1st Rd Pick (25th Overall – MLB Jon Beason), 2007 2nd Rd Pick (59th Overall – C Ryan Kalil), 2007 5th Rd Pick (164th Overall – OLB Tim Shaw) to Panthers for 2007 1st Rd Pick (14th Overall – CB Darrelle Revis), and a 2007 6th Rd Pick (191th Overall – FB Korey Hall).

** Traded 2008 2nd (36th Overall – WR Jordy Nelson), 2008 4th Rd Pick (113th Overall S Dwight Lowery) to Packers for 2008 1st Rd Pick (30th Overall – TE Dustin Keller).

*** Traded Kenyon Coleman, Brett Ratliff, Abram Elam, 2009 1st Rd Pick (17th Overall – QB Josh Freeman), 2009 2nd Rd Pick (52th Overall – DE David Veikune) to Browns for 2009 1st Rd Pick (5th Overall – QB Mark Sanchez).

 

TEAM NEEDS:

Pass Rusher – Every season, every team is looking for the next DeMarcus Ware, or Aldon Smith, as coach Rex Ryan discussed with reports at the Combine. The Jets have a dire need for a player of that caliber after Aaron Maybin, a former first round pick bust, found new life in the Meadowlands with 6 sacks in a situational role while aging veterans Calvin Pace and Bart Scott notched 4.5 sacks apiece.

  • Possible Pick – Nick Perry, USC – With their need for a formidable pass-rusher adding a player of Perry’s size, motor and athleticism that is on the verge of stardom would add a welcome piece to a defense that needs an injection of youth.

 

WR – With the old connection from Pittsburgh, the Jets had Santonio Holmes and former prisoner who shot himself in Plaxico Burress. They need a reliable target to keep defences honest and would allow the Jets to keep balanced. Holmes is disappointed with the 1st year of a long-term contract and Burress expressed his desire to play for the Eagles. The last player in the Jets uniform to be drafted to eclipse a 1,000 yards receiving was Jerricho Cotchery in 2007.

  • Possible Pick – Kendall Wright, Baylor – Has drawn comparisons to Panthers wide-receiver Steve Smith. Some scouts have viewed Wright as the most compete and most athletic WR in this draft class and adding a play-maker of his caliber to the Jets arsenal would only help Matt Sanchez elevate his game.

 

S – Not many teams can match the Jets CB duo of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, but the Jets have a gaping hole in the middle of their secondary. With the season-ending injury suffered to Jim Leonhard for the second straight season, the Jets need to bring in a talent that can step in immediately or develop into a starter.

  • Possible Pick – Mark Barron, Alabama – Blessed with the rare combination of size, strength and instincts that are compared with Ravens safety Ed Reed and can provide a welcome addition to one of the best corner back tandems in the NFL.

 

 

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