Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey (68) against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Move down in draft, collect offensive linemen early and secure a cover CB

Finally, we come to the most important part of the offseason: the NFL Draft.

The Jets will, undoubtedly, receive a top 10 selection — possibly a top five. Talk of Leonard Fournette, Jabrill Peppers, DeShone Kizer, DeShaun Watson, Cam Robinson, and the aforementioned Mitch Trubisky have been dancing in the heads of Jets fans.

What Mikey Mac should do, however, is select none of them. Robinson is the only one that’ll feel sound — much like the D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold draft a decade ago — but trading down is the meal ticket for this organization.

We already discussed why a QB shouldn’t be in the future. A veteran coupled with Hackenberg and Petty makes sense, rather than going with three youngsters. Additionally, the offensive line needs to be built first.

Trading down, collecting safe offensive line talent and acquiring a cover corner and an edge rusher is what the New York Jets need to make sure happens in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Build from the trenches out. It’s the way football organizations are developed the quickest. Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey would be a perfect fit near the ned of the first round.

1 COMMENT

  1. I really enjoyed reading this, it’s a sound plan. Nobody is going to completely agree with everything, but for the most part this makes sense. The Jets will be battling with 31 other teams when it comes to Free Agency. I like the idea of trying to acquire Glennon & Gilmour as it fills imediatte needs with young FA’s. The Jets will also want to keep OLG B. Winters, finishing the season on IR just may help that cause? NFL scouting is every bit as important as NCAA. This team is not a player or two away so attracting talented players and not losing any will be a difficult task.

    The team will have to rid itself of the aging vets who are overpaid. Mac didn’t structure contracts in a way which marries the Jets to any of these problems. I’m thinking CP will return at SS, and agree with the other departures. The Patriots have been able to do all of the above hence the long term success.

    The Jets train wreck of a season that started off with promise will end with the team drafting early. Like yourself I hope to see the Jets trade back a few spaces and repeat. This is easier said than done. This draft has plenty of talented DB’s but the OT position has but a few players who currently look to be mid to late 1st rounders. One you failed to mention is the OT from Wisconsin. A lot will change between now and then but a priority lies with building an O-Line. Where is B. Callahan when you need him?

    After watching T. Bowles and his coaching staff in year #2, I became convinced the Jets have one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL. When you lose control of your locker room there is no hope. While T. Bowles is a nice guy that’s not what this team needs. It’s time to find an Offensive mind at HC, this is crucial when your rebuilding an O-Line and developing a QB. There are many qualified candidates available, we all would benefit by Woody getting the ambassador to the U.K. post. It would allow someone else to take over the day to day operations of our beloved team. A GM should be able to select his own HC. To borrow an analogy from The Big Tuna, otherwise your groceries will spoil or fail to be properly cooked.