Jets trade down with Cleveland, trading #29, #124, and OLB Bryan Thomas for #38 and #72.
Cleveland wants Colt McCoy, so they trade up in round one. I was looking for the Jets to trade up to round three, and I figured Cleveland was the perfect place to go, so I just combined two deals into one.
Jets trade QB Kellen Clemens to Pittsburgh for #225.
Clemens can compete with Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon to possibly start the first six games of the year without Ben Roethlisberger The Jets are shopping Kellen Clemens and will probably cut him if they can't find a taker. For a 7th rounder, why not.
#38. Linval Joseph - DL, East Carolina
Joseph fills the Jets' biggest need, and trading down a little bit makes him a little better value. He's a guy who has been rising up on the draft board because it's hard to find guys with his size (6'5", 328) and athleticism. He can play 3-4 DE or NT, depending on how Rex Ryan wants to use him. While the Jets don't need stars up front, they do need big guys to take up blockers, and with Shaun Ellis and Kris Jenkins both in their 30's, the time to start getting younger up front is now.
#61. Akwasu Owusu-Ansah - CB, Indiana (PA)
Antonio Cromartie will help shore up the other corner spot opposite Darrelle Revis. But is that enough? Nevermind that Cromartie has had his own issues over the past few years. The Jets want to be a Super Bowl team. Who played last year? The Colts and Saints. In the AFC Championship game, Manning didn't pick on Darrelle Revis, but rather Drew Coleman, Dwight Lowery, and Lito Sheppard. Even if Cromartie is a stud, he'd just avoid him and Revis and go to other weapons. Owusu-Ansah is a small school prospect, but he has all the skills to be a better man-to-man cornerback than Dwight Lowery. With the trend going to more and more receivers and the spread offense, the Jets counter by adding another cover guy.
#72. OLB Ricky Sapp - OLB, Clemson
Of course, another reason why the Jets' defense wasn't as elite as it could have been was the lack of a pass rush. He's an explosive athlete who is experienced standing up and rushing the quarterback. He should be able to fit in right away and join with Jason Taylor to replace (and hopefully upgrade) departing LB Bryan Thomas. Then when Taylor moves on, Sapp becomes the starter. Unless Vernon Gholston decides to finally do anything in the NFL...
#155. OG Marshall Newhouse - OG, TCU
Newhouse is an athletic guard who could compete with Matt Slauson to take over for Alan Faneca after a year on the bench. Alan Faneca and Damien Woody are getting up in age and can't be counted on forever, so getting depth would help.
#198. RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois
Karim was a productive FCS back who ran a 4.37 at his pro day. The Jets don't need a runningback, but Karim could compete with Chauncey Washington for fourth on the depth chart. He's also the type of back who could possibly replace Leon Washington after a year.
#225. P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
A punter for Kellen Clemens! Mesko may be the best punter in the draft, and someone needs to be brought in to compete with Steve Weatherford. Why not draft someone?
#236. TE Mickey Shuler - TE, Penn State
The most obvious pick in the draft if he's still there. The son of the great Jet of the same name is considered a very late round pick. He's mostly a blocking tight end, but with Dustin Keller as the catch-first tight end and Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Jerricho Cotchery also catching passes, the Jets don't need another receiving tight end. Shuler makes a lot of sense, and the Jets could use another tight end for sure.