Former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff listed the Jets' positional needs as free agency and the NFL Draft near.
While Westhoff listed tight end, offensive line and possibly a running back (depending on what happens in free agency), he said the Jets' biggest need is to get another edge rusher.
"I would give anything to get an edge rusher," Westhoff told SNY.tv's Jeane Coakley. "All you have to do is watch the Denver Broncos. If any kind of edge rusher is there [at No. 20], that would be my first priority."
Both Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are slated to become free agents, and Westhoff said he thinks the Jets should be more inclined to keep Ivory even though he may cost a litle bit more than Powell.
"I watched the way teams defend the New York Jets when [Ivory's] the running back," Westhoff said. "... I would love to have them both, but if you can't, then I'd keep Ivory."
Westhoff said he would also like to see the Jets keep Damon Harrison to maintain a strong defensive line. He said he thinks if the Jets fill some of their needs completely during free agency, they'll be better able to prepare for the draft.
"I'd love to have things worked out in free agency so I can just sit there and say, 'OK, Who's the best player on the board?'" Westhoff said.
The best-player-available strategy worked out for New York last year when defensive end Leonard Williams fell to the No. 6 slot even though the Jets already had Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson.
"That guy dropped right out of heaven," Westhoff said.
It may be difficult for the Jets to do that at No. 20, but Westhoff said there's a balance between getting the best player available and filling an immediate need.
"Maybe they coincide; that wouldn't be an issue -- when the best player meets a need that we have," Westhoff said. "Fortunately for the Jets, they don't have as many needs."