Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the New York Jets [full archive here].
Season Recap – The Jets had their second consecutive successful season under Rex Ryan. Ryan’s gang wasn’t afraid to voice their opinion throughout the season, as guaranteed wins and opposing team trash talks dominated media headlines on a weekly basis. Ryan’s recent Super Bowl promise doesn’t come as a surprise, but the Jets will have many close scrutinizers and will have some high expectations to live up for the 2011 season.
1. Outside Linebacker – Calvin Pace turns 31 and Jason Taylor was recently released. The Jets had the 3rd ranked defense, but could use a dominant pass rusher. Brooks Reed or Akeem Ayers would be nice selections in the first round.
2. Defensive End – Trevor Pryce and Shaun Ellis are scheduled free agents, leaving Mike Devito as the only experienced DE. The Jets could use depth at the position and likely will select a D- lineman in the early rounds.
3. Free Safety – There are no current free safeties on the roster with Brodney Pool and Eric Smith becoming free agents. The Jets need a safety with range to cover the defensive backfield. Rahim Moore could get a strong look in the first round.
4. Wide Receiver – This is a need due to the uncertainty of the Jets current free agents. Three of the top four receivers have expired contracts. The Jets have to decide whom to resign out of Brad Smith, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio Holmes. Holmes will most likely be the number one target, but the Jets may loose more than one, in which case they would have to bring in new receivers. Jonathon Baldwin would get a hard look in the first two rounds.
5. Nose Tackle – Sione Pouha played well but at 32 years old, the Jets need to begin looking for a young option. The smart move would be to select a prospect in the middle rounds and have him develop until he’s ready to take over for Pouha.