Two days into John Idzik’s first draft as general manager of the Jets, it is hard not to be awfully impressed by the way he has gone about his business.
On Day 1, the Green & White stayed true to their board. Cornerback
“He’s a big cornerback who can play press and who can play off,” said senior personnel executive Terry Bradway of Milliner. “He’s a good tackler. He’s probably as complete of a corner as there is in this draft.”
Then four selections later, New York’s AFC representative did not reach and took Missouri DT
Richardson’s selection raised some eyebrows because the Jets had used first round-picks on both
“We’re a very multiple-front team,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “So we can play an odd front, a 46 front and an even front as well. I think some of the versatility of some of the guys we have will allow us to do that.”
When people wondered if there would be any offensive playmakers available for the Jets on Days 2 and 3, Idzik insisted the draft was deep and he was confident there would be players there. On Friday, the Jets patiently waited in Round 2 and West Virginia QB
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed Smith was destined to be a Top 10 selection. Smith was arguably the most talented QB in this 2013 class and he is an accomplished gunslinger. Idzik said he wanted to add competition to the quarterback position and he certainly has done that with
“We drafted Geno Smith because he has exceptional talent,” Idzik said. “Let’s get him into a situation where we can help him and develop that, and let’s see where that goes. We’re not here to predict what level he’s going to be. Let’s just let him develop.”
The Jets had a need at guard and they addressed the position in the third round, tabbing Kent State OL
“I’m always going to have that motto in my life that I still have something to prove,” said Winters. “Coming from where I’m from, we weren’t spoon-fed. We fed ourselves. I guess I do have a chip on my shoulder then."
Then the Jets used their fourth round selection in order to obtain a young running back with a huge upside via the trade route.
“He’s a very physical, violent runner,” Idzik said of Ivory. “He has size and he has speed. He runs with attitude, he plays with attitude. I think you have seen that in the players we have drafted so far the last two days. You’re going to feel it in our locker room, you’re going to feel it on our practice field in training camp, so I think that is real healthy element that Chris brings to us.”