- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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Starting today, ESPNNewYork.com is taking a look at the top two needs of the Jets and the Giants, and breaking down the best candidates at each position. Today, I look at what I think it the most pressing need -- a strong pass rusher. Jared Odrick is the top prospect there, and the Penn State DT will be in New York for the draft itself.
I targeted a pass rusher given the relative age of the D Line, and the fact that NT Kris Jenkins has struggled with injuries each of the last two seasons. Getting younger and versatile players into the system where they can be integrated into the system will serve the team in the years ahead.
When I was thinking about how to go about ranking needs, it looked like Jason Taylor was leaning toward coming to the Jets from Miami. If he did, the Jets could afford to go in a different direction with the first-round pick. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum even said he'd like to have the Taylor situation resolved before the draft.
The longer it drags out however, the less likely Taylor's arrival seems. The OLB seems more interested in negotiating with Miami than in making a change.
In the coming days I'll take a look at the No. 2 need as I see it. Any guesses?
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