April’s draft seems like a distant memory as the summer’s end approaches. Training camp has come and gone, four preseason games have been played, and a roster of 90 has been trimmed to 53, including all seven players from first-year general manager John Idzik’s inaugural draft class. Let’s take a look at our Draft Class of ’13 to see what we have to look forward to for this season and beyond.
First-Rounders for the Defense
After trading away four-time Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis the week of the draft, the Jets had to somehow find a way to replace No. 24. Part of the solution: CB
Our youngest player has had some growing pains. Following the win over the Jaguars, Ryan expressed disappointment with Milliner’s performance. The 21-year-old then sat out the final two preseason games with a sore calf.
Still, he was unanimously named a first-team All-American as a junior, and his physical athleticism is second to none. Barring injury, the 6’0”, 201-pounder will join two-time Pro Bowler
Milliner will be one of seven new starters on the defense this year, as will our second pick of the first round, DT
The 6’3”, 294-pound Missouri product has made his presence known early and often this preseason, flying around the field and leading Green & White D-linemen with 12 tackles.
Off the field, Richardson is goofy, soft-spoken, and always laughing. Just last week, for example, he stood behind a reporter and did everything he could to break fellow rookie
Try as he might, Spadola didn’t laugh. And if Richardson continues to play like he has so far, opposing offensive coordinators won’t be laughing, either.
Talk of the Town: QB
We spent our remaining five picks on the offensive side of the ball, starting with one of the more talked- about names of the draft, QB Geno Smith.
The second-rounder (39th overall) put up video-game numbers at West Virginia, including 42 touchdowns with just six interceptions and 71.2% accuracy as a senior.
With a strong arm and quick-burst speed, the 6’3”, 221-pound rookie has shown flashes of what could someday make him an elite NFL quarterback.
An ankle injury suffered in the preseason opener set Smith back. Although he toughed it out, Ryan described his four-interception training camp practice as “brutal,” and in his first NFL start against the Giants in Week 3, he passed for a touchdown and 199 yards but also threw three interceptions before halftime.
Smith has been competing with the incumbent fifth-year veteran
Three for the Offensive Line
Having lost two starting O-linemen during the offseason, the Jets filled the gaps with their next three picks.
The 6’4”, 320-pounder was originally competing for one of two starting guard spots with veteran newcomers
Winters sat out the first two preseason games with an ankle injury, but he made up for lost time in Week 3’s MetLife Bowl with 60 snaps on offense, more than any other player in the game.
Aboushi attended Virginia due in part to the legacy of now-teammate D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who was drafted fourth overall by the Green & White in 2006 while Oday was in high school.
The 6'5", 308-pounder fought back from his first game as a pro, when he was called for three of our 11 penalties during the preseason-opening loss to Detroit, with improvement the next three games and will now provide the Jets' tackle depth.
Joining Aboushi as one of nine offensive linemen on the 53-man active roster is Will Campbell, who spent his Michigan career as a defensive tackle. The Jets hope that the grass is greener on the other side of the line of scrimmage for the 6’4”, 311-pound rookie as he has worked at guard since he was drafted.
This Fullback Has Physicality
Last but not least: FB
The seventh-rounder out of Wake Forest entered training camp competing for the team’s fullback position with fifth-year veteran
As a senior, the Demon Deacon showed impressive pass-catching ability with 23 receptions for 208 yards and five touchdowns. But his biggest strength might be, well, his strength. The 6’1”, 247-pounder lifted the 225-pound benchpress bar 36 times at the NFL Combine. No one else in the draft class topped that number.
“He’s a monster,” QB Mark Sanchez said of Bohanon after practice last week. “He's physical. He picked up the system fast and has no problem with contact. That's a good quality in a fullback."