- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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This week the AFC East blog is taking a look at draft possibilities for each team in the division. On Tuesday we take a look at the New York Jets, who hold the No. 9 overall pick.
Option No. 1: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Analysis: I am not huge on the Jets drafting another defensive end in the first round for the third consecutive year. However, that has been a trend for New York with defensive-minded head coach Rex Ryan, and it can't be ignored. Mingo is one of the best defensive ends available. He is a good edge-rusher who could be an asset in New York's defense, which lost several starting free agents on that side of the football.
Option No. 2: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Analysis: The Jets are stuck with a subpar group of quarterbacks this year, and there is nothing they can do about it. Barring a first-round quarterback, which we will get to later, Mark Sanchez and David Garrard will compete for the starting job in New York. What the Jets can do is provide Sanchez or Garrard quality weapons, and that’s where Patterson comes in. He is arguably the most dynamic receiver in this draft and could add a legitimate threat for New York's fledgling quarterbacks.
Option No. 3: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
Analysis: This may be somewhat of a long shot. But if the top-rated quarterback is still available at No. 9, the Jets have to consider it. Smith is a potential target for the Oakland Raiders (No. 3), Cleveland Browns (No. 6), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) and Buffalo Bills (No. 8). Even the Kansas City Chiefs are throwing out signals that they're considering Smith with the No. 1 overall pick, although that appears to be a smokescreen. The Jets most likely will draft a quarterback in the first three rounds. Smith is a possibility if he passes through the other quarterback-needy teams.