As the process of reshaping the Jets roster continues; the biggest day of the year has arrived. The Jets now own two selections in the 1st round (9 and 13) and Jet Nation is on pins and needles. Will they go all in to fix the offense? Will they get a pass rusher and some offensive help? We will find out soon enough.
Mike Mayock has released his final mock draft on NFL.com and he has the Jets going with:
#9 Dion Jordan – Oregon
The most explosive 3-4 outside linebacker in this draft is Dion Jordan. I think down the road, he could be Aldon Smith. I think he could be Jason Taylor. If he puts on 20 pounds, he could be DeMarcus Ware. He’s got everything you want; he just needs 20 pounds and some seasoning.
#13 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
Now we’re going to prop up Mark Sanchez a little bit. In today’s NFL, this kid matches up with everything that you want in a vertical tight end: At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, he’s a nightmare for a linebacker or a safety.
Those are certainly two of the biggest needs that the Jets have right now. If they filled those holes then they would only have to worry about running back and quarterback (sarcasm). We will have plenty of time to discuss the players that the Jets select. John Idzik will certainly be graded on what he does tonight and this weekend in the other rounds. For now though, it is time to sit back and hope for the best. Along those lines, there are plenty of NFL draft parties for those that are interested. For those that are interested you can try putting bets on an NFL games. Or if you don’t want to bet, just sit back and enjoy the games.
The team will host a Draft Party exclusively for Season Ticket Holders, which will be held at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, April 25. In addition to watching the first round of the Draft live on the four in-stadium video boards, attendees will enjoy autographs from Jets players – those scheduled to appear include Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis, Stephen Hill, Muhammad Wilkerson and Kyle Wilson.
The team is partnering with local Houlihan’s establishments throughout the NJ and NY area to encourage Jets fans to meet up with other fans to experience Round One of the Draft on Thursday night. The Hasbrouck Heights location in NJ (5 Route 17 South) and Farmingdale location on Long Island (923 Broad Hollow Road) will serve as the featured restaurants and will have appearances by Jets Alumni and Flight Crew Cheerleaders beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Held at Stout Lounge for a fantastic-filled evening as the 2013 NFL Draft picks are announced. You’ll be partying with some very special guests – think professional NFL athletes. NY Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, starting LB Demario Davis, NY Giants starting CB Prince Amukamara and former Jets OL Damien Woody and CB Donald Strickland will all be there to party with you! Don’t miss the opportunity to kickoff the 2013 football season in style. Fans, athletes, and friends, doors open at 7pm.
Family Fun Day (Saturday)
On Saturday, April 27 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. the team will welcome all fans to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ for Jets Draft Family Fun Day. Jets fans and families can watch the remainder of the 2013 NFL Draft and meet Flight Crew cheerleaders, have the opportunity to get player autographs – including scheduled appearances by Kenrick Ellis, Muhammad Wilkerson and Kyle Wilson – and have the chance to tour the players’ locker room. Kids can also enjoy Jets Fest, an interactive team playground. Admission and parking is open to the public and is free, however signup is required at newyorkjets.com.
Or you can just hang out at home with other family members and hope that John Idzik gets it right. Wherever you are, be loud and be proud. Let’s go Jets!