The draft is just hours away now and this will be without a doubt the most important draft for the Jets since 2006. With a new GM and a lot of holes to fill, none the least being the departure of arguably the best Jets player ever, John Idzik has the task of kickstarting a rebuilding project after the worst season of the Rex Ryan era. The losses this offseason have been numerous - the Jets have lost ten starters from the lineup that started on opening day in 2012, and with two picks in the top fifteen and four of the top seventy-five, the importance of this draft can't be understated. Following the jump, I'll break down potential draft strategies for the Jets, from maximizing the value of having two top fifteen picks to attempting to build a defense that can ultimately be better for Darrelle Revis' untimely departure. 

Draft Overview

The consensus in regards to the quality of the 2013 NFL draft isn't very flattering. In comparison to the star-studded class of last year that saw two elite quarterback prospects go back-to-back at the top and two offensive skill players in the top five, the 2013 draft class will be lucky to see an offensive skill player go in the top fifteen. In fact, a report yesterday from CBS Sport's Mike Freeman stated that an unnamed general manager had told him the 2013 draft class is the weakest he's seen in at least ten years. It seems typical that the Jets would have two top fifteen picks in a draft devoid of top-tier talent, but this class does possess legitimate potential stars and depth at certain positions. This isn't the best draft for the Jets to look for their future quarterback or a bluechip prospect at running back, but the Jets can get some very good prospects at positions of need. Where this draft does look promising is on the lines on both sides of the ball. There is an expectation of three offensive tackles going in the top six or seven picks with Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher being mooted as the first and second overall picks respectively. Draft experts expect a similar early run on defensive tackles, with Florida's Sharrif Floyd being linked as high as third overall to the Raiders and Utah's Star Lotulelei regarded as one of the draft's best players on tape. Teams looking for a pass rusher in the top end of the draft have a number of potential superstars to choose from. Oregon's Dion Jordan, BYU's Ezekiel Ansah and LSU's Barkevious Mingo are all high upside pass rushers and Georgia's Jarvis Jones may be the best defensive player in the entire draft going strictly by on-the-field performance. All positions graded equally, the draft actually does contain two elite prospects. Alabama's Chance Warmack and North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper are two of the highest rated talents at guard in recent memory and they could feasibly both go in the top fifteen picks. Outside of linemen, the collective group of defensive backs is regarded as the draft's overall deepest position.

Life After Darrelle Revis

The Jets lost a special player when Revis was traded to the Bucs, as we all know. He's a once-in-a-generation talent that the Jets cannot possibly find a like-for-like replacement for. His impact on the way the Jets play defense was unseen from a corner. Matching up with and eliminating a team's #1 receiver in one-on-one coverage allowed Rex Ryan to do a lot with his defense, such as be more risky and creative with blitz packages and shading coverage to the other side of the field opposite Revis. In terms of the impact Revis had on the Jets' pass defense, the numbers speak for themselves. The Jets can't possibly expect to find another corner that can create this level of impact. What the Jets can do however is find a way to replace his impact overall.

Upon acquiring the 13th pick in the trade that sent Revis to Tampa Bay, several experts have been mocking a corner to the Jets with one of the team's first rounders. Dee Milliner from Alabama, the draft's top corner, has been mentioned at 9th overall and other prospects such as Florida State's Xavier Rhodes or the fast rising Houston alum D.J. Hayden have been mentioned as possibilities with the 13th pick. Looking for the Jets to draft the best player on the board is one thing which Milliner could feasibly be if available, but in terms of need and maximizing value the Jets don't really need a corner as much as they do other positions. With Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie as starters, the Jets were not only set at cornerback but it was a position of great strength. Even with the departure of Revis, the Jets still do have a legitimate #1 corner in Antonio Cromartie as well as 2010 first round pick Kyle Wilson. Wilson hasn't played to his draft status, but the Jets enter a transitional season where younger players should and will be getting opportunities to stake their claim to long term starting positions before being given up on completely. With a healthy Darrelle Revis, the Jets were a strong pass defense but in a somewhat unconventional manner. They relied on strong coverage in the back end rather than a fearsome pass rush in comparison to most other top pass defenses like Denver, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

The NFL is built on quarterbacks and pressuring the quarterback, and this is the Jets' biggest area of opportunity. While the fantastic Jets roster of the 2010 season has consistently eroded since the end of that season, the one thing Tannenbaum had gotten right was the youth movement with big, athletic players he began to start in the Jets' front seven. WIlkerson and Coples look to be a pair of fearsome interior ends, and Kenrick Ellis is a young and developing player that has the potential to be a dominant interior presence. The Jets hope Demario Davis can match Bart Scott's intensity while being a significant upgrade in the athleticism departement and he did finish his rookie season with some bright moments. The only position left that needs investment is at rush linebacker . The fearsome edge rusher has eluded the Jets since the trade of John Abraham but the Jets are in a prime position to finally get it right. Ezekiel Ansah seems to be a lock to the Lions and Dion Jordan probably wil not be available by the 9th pick, but between LSU's Barkevious Mingo and Georgia's Jarvis Jones the Jets will be able to draft a player that has the ability to be a playmaking sack artist on the NFL level. The Jets are losing a truly special player in Darrelle Revis, but if in the first round the Jets can get it right with a pass rusher(or, at some point in the draft, two), the Jets could very soon have one of the best front sevens in the league, which in itself is invaluable.

Draft Strategy

The Jets have lost their best player, their starting tight end, both starting guards, both starting safeties, desperately need at least one starting caliber outside linebacker, and could do with upgrading a multitude of positions on offense. The Jets have a number of holes to fill and can go a number of different ways in the draft, and fortunately enough are in a perfect position to take advantage of this draft's talent pool.

John Idzik should and will be exploring many opportunities to move back and accumulate more picks in what is a draft that contains strength in depth rather than lots of quality at the top end, but finding a team that is willing to move up is never easy. Staying with two picks in the top fifteen, the Jets have a golden opportunity to land potential Pro Bowl caliber players at positions of need. Should the Jets stay at nine and thirteen, they are in a perfect position to land two of the following three positions: an elite guard prospect, one of the top pass rushers, and possibly the draft's #1 offensive playmaker Tavon Austin will also be available.

This is a huge draft for the Jets. The Jets have fallen back into a stage of rebuilding but there is plenty of ammunition to expedite the process and get off to a great start. If Idzik keeps both of the Jets top fifteen picks, one of them needs to be a pass rusher - the player the modern defense is built around, and the with double digit sack potential that can help "replace" Darrelle Revis. The two candidates likely to be available, Barkevious Mingo and Jarvis Jones, are not players that come without risk though. Mingo is an unfinished product whose production in 2012 can be called into question, though he points to the scheme he played in at LSU as contributing to that. Jarvis Jones simply on tape is an explosive playmaker that looks the closest to anything this draft has in terms of an elite defensive prospect. Some scouts think he compares favorably on tape to Von Miller. However, his workout numbers were very poor and there are some concerns over a spine condition he may have. Georgia's coaches reportedly told scouts before hand that Jones would be testing poorly, and to not let that mislead them, and Jones remaining very much in the top 15-20 picks discussion rather than seeing a free-fall in predraft discussions lends credence that scouts have generally accepted that idea as well. I think the Jets can feel very good about walking away with one of either of those players - but the risk you take in drafting one of them I think should be counterbalanced by the one "safe pick" the draft contains: going with one of the elite guard prospects.

If the Jets tonight finish with some combination of Mingo/Jones and Warmack/Cooper, that would be a brilliant start.

With the other picks in the top 100, the Jets can fill more needs with still hitting on some value. The biggest question of all though is if the Jets feel that "their guy", if they even have one, at the quarterback position is still somehow there in the second round, would they pull the trigger? Perhaps not at 9 or 13, but if Geno Smith took a tumble would the Jets show a lot of interest? Could they like Matt Barkley enough or Ryan Nassib to take either if they are there in round two?

The Jets can fill other needs where there is value such as safety. Safeties like Florida's Matt Elam, LSU's Eric Reid, and Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien are all looked at as fringe 1st/2nd round players and one could fall to the Jets at 38th overall. The draft's depth at corner begins to show, and the draft's second ranked tight end, Zach Ertz of Stanford, has been a common mock draft selection for the Jets in the second round. Should the Jets knock off a need at guard and outside linebacker, I would look for the Jets to draft a safety or Ertz if available, should a quarterback not be on their minds.

In the third and fourth rounds expect the Jets to take a corner at one of those spots where the draft depth is strongest, particularly if the second round pick is not a corner. These rounds are always interesting because while these players can still be looked at as potential rookie contributors or perhaps even starters, teams seem to divert from need a bit more and start going with players they feel comfortable with regardless of position. For the Jets, this could be another outside linebacker, like Sio Moore of Connecticut or Cornelius Washington from Georgia, one of the draft's most interesting prospects. It could also be a player at literally any position on offense - a receiver, a running back(much less likely with a Chris Ivory trade), a tight end if one has yet to be selected, even a right tackle to compete with Howard or another guard.

The most important thing is that the Jets look at this draft as being able to get at least four starters with four picks in the top hundred, two in the top fifteen. After the first four rounds, the draft becomes a lot less about who can improve a team's immediate weaknesses and which players do you personally feel comfortable with or risky players who need a lot of refinement before they can expect to perform.

In regards to making up for the impact Revis had, the Jets can go in a very positive direction by hitting on a pass rusher early, potentially getting a fringe first rounder at safety, and taking advantage of the corner depth to get a prospect that could potentially push Kyle Wilson and play nickel as a rookie. The Jets could even double-dip on pass rushers too, getting one at the top of the draft and one later in the third or fourth rounds.

The important thing though is recognizing that the Jets are in a good position to maximize where the value of the draft is, and how to line it up with their needs.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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 (Matthew Emmons)
(Matthew Emmons)

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

Tags: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

Tags: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles
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