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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Video: Jets GM John Idzik on the clock

By James Walker

The New York Jets are the biggest players in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL draft. New York has the No. 9 and No. 13 pick, which is a lot of draft capital to fill needs or move around the draft board. The Jets gained their second first-round pick last week after trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

However, none of this matters unless Jets first-year general manager John Idzik can make the right picks. There is a lot of pressure on Idzik, as he faces a long and tedious rebuild.

Idzik can go in a lot of different directions with his first two picks. Here are some possibilities via ESPN draft experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. This week during the blogger mock draft, I projected LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo and West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin for New York.

The homework is done. Now, it's time to see if Idzik can produce.