NFL Draft 2015: New York Jets Team Needs


For a look at the New York Jets’ team needs entering the 2015 NFL Draft, I got together with Alan Schechter of The Jet Press. Below are my questions followed by his answers.

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  • 1. How have the team’s draft needs changed since free agency opened?

    "The Jets have taken care of the defensive back problem. We might see one in the later rounds, but free agency has rebuilt that part of the Jets defense. The need for a wide receiver at the top of the draft is gone, thanks to Brandon Marshall. The need to draft Amari Cooper or Kevin White is gone. The Jets focus turns to the offensive line, and an edge pass rusher. They may look at Mariota, but we are very divided on that as Jets fans."

    2. What would you say are the top three needs remaining?

    "Edge pass rusher, offensive line, developmental quarterback prospect."

    3. Are there any prospects that have caught your eye so far?

    "Vic Beasley made a huge impression. Everything I see on this guy tells me he will make a big impact on the next level coming off of the edge. I would want the Jets to take Jameis Winston if he fell that far, but that isn’t likely. The two wide receivers, Cooper and White, impressed me greatly, but I just don’t want them to take one, and let the edge rushers fall off of the board."

    4. What do you think would make for a successful draft for your team?

    "A star edge pass rusher, depth at wide receiver and on the offensive line. They also need a quarterback that can be developed, if Geno Smith doesn’t take the next step."

    5. So much draft focus often goes to the first few rounds, but is there something you’d like to see your team do in the later rounds?

    "Here is where I would like to see a quarterback, a Brett Hundley type. Down here the Jets could add depth at the wide receiver position as well."

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