New York Jets 2014 season record: 4-12
Passing Yards: 184.1 per game (32nd out of 32)
Rushing Yards: 142.5 per game (3rd)
Opponents' Passing Yards: 234.1 per game (14th)
Opponents' Rushing Yards: 93.1 per game (5th)
3 Draft Needs In 2015
3) Offensive Tackle
New head coach, new general manager, new quarterback? GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles will team together to analyze every option at the quarterback position, whether it be in-house, in the draft, or in free agency. Geno Smith's stellar performance in Rex Ryan's swansong against the Dolphins was great and all, but there were also 15 other games of sub-sub-quarterback play between Smith and Michael Vick to account for. Owner Woody Johnson might be unwilling to fully close the door on Smith's days as Jets starter, but the team's draft strategy will likely number the inconsistent young signal caller's days at or near the top of the depth chart.
In addition to QB, the Jets will need to address an offensive line that lacks depth and name value behind center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Run blocking was good to great for most of the season, but pass protectors will be a big bullet point for the Jets come draft day. New York's need for an impact player at cornerback will also be high on the priority list, especially with a relatively deep crop of DBs in this year's class.
Top-rated options at each position of need (per NFL.com)
Quarterback: Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Sean Mannion (Oregon State), Garrett Grayson (Colorado State), Bryce Petty (Baylor)
Cornerback: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon), Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest), Byron Jones (UConn)
Offensive Tackle: Brandon Scherff (Iowa), Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M), La'el Collins (LSU)
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