Jets on the clock: Rang chimes in

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

I recently checked in with Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, for his insight on the first-round possibilities for each AFC East club.

I provided Rang a list of three needs, and he projected the best candidates available when the time comes.

The New York Jets are slotted for their first selection at No. 17. High on Rex Ryan's want list will be a cornerback or a receiver. And even though they already have three youngsters on the roster and a legend who could leave them dangling, the Jets might not have a quarterback.

This is Rang's response:

With little assurance that Brett Favre will return in 2009, the Jets would be wise to scout this year's quarterback class heavily. It doesn't appear likely that Southern California's Mark Sanchez would slip all the way to No. 17, but crazier things have happened -- especially considering the trepidation scouts are feeling about the Trojan's 16 career starts. Don't rule out Kansas State's Josh Freeman, either. The big, strong passer is capable of flying up the board with a strong workout.

Wide receiver might be the Jets' biggest need at this point, however. There could be several worthy of strong consideration. The elite playmaker of the position isn't Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, but Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. His speed outside would provide an added dimension to the Jets' offense, something it hasn't had since trading away Santana Moss. Percy Harvin and Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey also have the speed worthy of consideration.

A stout run defender with plenty of upside like Vontae Davis would make some sense opposite Darrelle Revis. Perhaps an even better idea would be to wait until the second round, where a playmaking, but smaller corner like Alphonso Smith or Darius Butler, might still be around.

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