Rex Ryan declared his confidence in the Jets’ draft selections and called Gang Green’s strength in depth “unusual.”
The Jets and Giants each got what they were looking for. Even if, in Gang Green’s case, it wasn’t what the crowd at Radio City Music Hall wanted.
The New York Jets have selected North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, giving Rex Ryan’s defense the pass rusher it coveted. Coples had 23 sacks in four seasons with the Tar Heels, including 17 1/2 in his last two years.
Expect the Jets to go best available player a lot during the NFL Draft. I just suggest they start doing so sometime Friday instead of during the made-for-TV prime-time special that will be Thursday night’s first round.
While the Jets GM downplayed the effect Tim Tebow’s presence likely would have on who New York selects, it’s something the team might keep in mind next week.
When in doubt go defense. That will remain my NFL draft mantra until the day I either die or forget what football is, which will be basically the same day.
In Part I of my two-part series on the Jets’ offseason wish list I’m focusing on defense, because, to me, this is where this team is already built to succeed. The Jets have holes, but they are not nearly as pronounced as they are on offense.