AFC East draft focus: Jets still have need at CB

AFC East draft focus: Jets still have need at CB
April 16, 2014, 11:45 am
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Over the next few weeks before the draft, we'll take a closer look at Patriots rivals within the AFC East and the directions in which they may turn during the upcoming draft.

Today we start with -- who else? -- the Jets.

2013 record: 8-8

Top-three 2014 picks: first round (18 overall); second round (49 overall); third round (80 overall).

Holes: CB; WR; G
Even after last year's draft and this year's moves in free agency -- both of which we'll get to -- the Jets still have serious needs on the outside on both sides of the ball. The power running game that Rex Ryan likes so much could also use an upgrade among the earth-movers paid to pave the way.

Top-three 2013 picks: CB Dee Milliner (9 overall); DT Sheldon Richardson (13 overall); QB Geno Smith (39 overall).
Though Milliner disappointed with his performance last year, he could make a jump in his sophomore season and be a more productive starting corner. The Jets struck gold with Richardson (who was named Defensive Rookie of the Year last season), but Smith is still a work in progress, and the team signed themselves some insurance at the quarterback position this offseason.

So far in 2014 . . .
Michael Vick's not the player he was even two years ago, but after signing with the Jets, his presence could be beneficial to Smith. Vick could push Smith and mentor him, and if Smith can't perform, the Jets will have Vick to give the offense a spark. GM John Idzik signed receiver Eric Decker to give the team a sorely-needed presence in the receiving game, and it appears the Jets could be on the verge of bringing aboard free-agent running back Chris Johnson to complement Chris Ivory in the backfield.

No. 18 pick mocked up
Pro Football Talk: Eric Ebron, tight end, North Carolina

Rotoworld: Calvin Pryor, safety, Louisville

CBS Sports (Will Brinson, Pete Prisco, Dane Brugler): Darqueze Dennard, corner, Michigan State

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Brandin Cooks, receiver, Oregon State

WalterFootball.com: Odell Beckham, receiver, LSU

Pro Football Talk: Eric Ebron, tight end, North Carolina