New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs and potential solutions

New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (6) and Tim Tebow (15) watch as the Patriots’ drive down the field on their way to tying it late in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets 2012 season far more closely resembled a circus than a professional football team, and most of the guys in the locker room would be quick to admit it. After losing both of the team’s superstar playmakers in wideout Santonio Holmes and cornerback Darrell Revis, coach Rex Ryan simply had no where else to turn.

Heck, we all know he didn’t want to put Tim Tebow in.

All three of Ryan’s quarterbacks last season, Mark Sanchez, Tebow and Greg McElroy, saw the field at some point in 2012. However, none got the job done. There will be plenty of passers available at No. 9-overall, but perhaps none worth taking.

What else might the Jets’ brass be thinking as the 2013 NFL Draft approaches?

  1. Quarterback: Mark Sanchez is garbage, Greg McElroy is not an NFL-caliber starter, while Tim Tebow wasn’t utilized for some strange reason. It’s obvious that the Jets must move on from Sanchez, but his ridiculous contract won’t allow that to happen. The new general manager will have to draft a quarterback this April.
  2. Right Tackle: Austin Howard was a human turnstile this past season; he’s a major reason why McElroy took 11 sacks in Week 16. The Jets have to think about addressing this position in the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
  3. Rush Linebacker: Calvin Pace couldn’t get to the quarterback this season. Neither could Bryan Thomas. Aaron Maybin was cut. Someone like Dion Jordan has to be considered with the No. 9 pick this April.
  4. Two Safeties: Both LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell will be free agents. Landry told the media he won’t take a discount to stay with the Jets, while Bell turns 35 in March.
  5. Running Back: Shonn Greene is a free agent, but he needed to be upgraded anyway. There will be plenty of running backs to choose from in Rounds 2-4 this April.
We have broken down the 2013 NFL Draft needs for all 32 teams.