Originally posted on One Jet At A Time  |  Last updated 4/27/13
Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft had many Jet fans feeling "meh." The selections of CB Dee Milliner and DT Sheldon Richardson were met with mixed reactions, and questions as to why the Jets went with two defensive players in the first. "Is Rex Ryan still running the show?" Day 2 helped bring together the picture of the new regime. John Idzik and his associates went with two offensive players, starting with QB Geno Smith. 39th Overall Pick: Geno Smith, Grade: B+ No trade-up necessary, as the New York Jets get their 'QB of the future' in Smith, who was widely considered the most NFL-ready quarterback in the class. It's tough to judge or grade this pick, as I wasn't a part of the meetings between Smith and the Jets.  A QB's best attributes are their crtical thinking skills and leadership, and there's no way I can fully get that view.  Thoughts on the pick: Geno Smith's stats in his final year of college were comparable to RG3, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson, and he has a heck of an arm.  There's no comparing a running back like Eddie Lacy who was still on the board, and a quarterback that you could see as your new franchise player. A QB has a much larger impact on the field, and you have to select them, if you think they can be that player for you. Taking Geno Smith in the second round gives NYJ a little more freedom, in my opinion, to have Smith sit for a while to get ready for the big dance. But in today's NFL, and especially in New York, Geno Smith might be your Day 1 starter. Still, I don't like how Geno Smith handled not being chosen in the first round, being quoted prior as "I expect to go early," and after, "I took offense to it." Reminded me too much of a man he has drawn comparisons to, Cam Newton. Newton is a great player on the field for the Carolina Panthers, but has some growing up to do, if he wishes to become that player that can make others great by association.  Let's hope that Geno is up for that challenge. For more on the pick: Jets select Geno Smith 72nd Overall Pick: OG Brian Winters, Grade: A The Jets helped out an O-Line that has lost two guards in Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson. Brian Winters also has experience at both tackle positions, so he is that versitle piece that the New York Jets seem to highly value. Thoughts on the pick: The Jets drafted a guard exactly where I thought they should, the third round. This year's draft class was overloaded with depth at lineman positions, and the Jets took advantage.  Winters is a big and strong lineman, but his flexibility to finish blocks is his best attribute. This was a smart pick, made at the right time. Have to give it the "A." For more on the pick: Jets select Brian Winters
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