With the ninth pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets took cornerback Dee Milliner out of Alabama. The Jets needed to fill the vacancy left by Darrelle Revis, and they think Milliner is the guy that is capable of replacing Revis. But Milliner has had five surgeries so his health will be a concern in the future.
The Jets still have another pick in the first half of the first round and they have a lot of holes to fill after a 6-10 season. The Jets are in rebuilding mode and a pair of early picks gives them flexibility to go after another position of need at #13.
Milliner is a good player and projected as the best or second best corner in the draft, but the pick does not address some of the Jets most pressing needs.
The Jets need to focus on the trenches as well as upgrade their skill positions. While Sanchez deserves a share of the blame for the offense’s disastrous season last year, he really did not have any weapons at his disposal. Despite running the 11th highest number of plays, the 2012 Jets gained the third fewest yards of any team.
The Jets could try to address their quarterback play later in the draft as well, but with a weak quarterback draft and plenty of other needs, especially on offense, it makes more sense to add some talent later in the draft and see if Sanchez can work with some new faces to improve the offensive production.