Four possibilities for Jets at No. 13
April, 22, 2013
By James Walker | ESPN.com
The New York Jets completed a blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. New York shipped star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers for a first-round pick in this week's NFL draft and a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in 2014.
Now that New York has the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks, here are some options for the Jets’ second first-round pick:
Option No. 1: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Why: Austin is perhaps the hottest prospect in this draft. He went from a late first-round pick to a mid-first-round pick during the pre-draft process. Many teams are in love with the miniature receiver, and the Jets would have a strong chance to land him at No. 13. New York desperately needs offensive playmakers and Austin could make an immediate impact. He would join receivers Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes, who is coming off a season-ending foot injury, in New York’s receiving corps.
Option No. 2: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Why: The Jets have a major hole at tight end and Eifert is the top-rated prospect at that position. He would be a good get for the Jets at No. 13 if the rival Miami Dolphins do not take Eifert at No. 12. Ironically, the Jets lost starting tight end Dustin Keller to Miami in free agency to create the void. Eifert is an athletic, pass-catching tight end with good hands. He would be a natural replacement for Keller and could start in Week 1.
Option No. 3: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Why: New York will have two new safeties this season after losing 2012 starters LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell in free agency. The Jets signed former Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars safety Dawan Landry to fill one of those positions. But New York still needs one more starter in the secondary. Vaccaro is the best safety prospect in the draft and could start right away. He has a high ceiling and would fill a major need.
Option No. 4: LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Why: Jones is considered a high-risk player due to some health concerns. But the Jets don’t have as much pressure with their second first-round pick. If New York had just one first-rounder, the team would have to nail it. The second first-rounder is a bonus after the Revis trade. Jones was a productive player in college who has a big upside if healthy. The Jets need a pass-rusher in their 3-4 defense.