Over the next few days, ESPNNewYork.com will examine the Jets' top needs and who they might draft to address those concerns. The Jets need to draft a pass-rusher -- a more immediate concern if the team can't persuade Jason Taylor to move north. On Friday we looked at Penn State DT Jared Odrick. Today it's another viable option.
Position: Defensive end
STRENGTHS: Griffen is tremendously quick: He ran a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Add to that his strength -- he out-bench-pressed everyone there. With that kind of speed and power, he is an explosive pass-rusher with a variety of ways to throw off an offensive lineman. He is just as effective against the run. He has played as a down lineman and as a stand-up outside linebacker.
WEAKNESSES: Griffen has lacked in the competitive-fire department. Some scouts feel he occasionally takes plays off, and you can guess how kindly Jets coach Rex Ryan will take to that kind of effort.
MEL KIPER'S TAKE: "Griffen has a chance to be a terror in the Rex Ryan system. He has great size mixed with superior athleticism, and most importantly, his best days are ahead of him. Think Terrell Suggs and Adalius Thomas."