idziks first draft happy? or no? in NY Jets Forum Posted August 6, 2013 · Edited August 6, 2013 by gangreenman I agree that we agree on the main points, and don't think we're even that far on some of the lesser ones. I definitely agree that Idzik wants to build through the draft first and foremost. I think that's the wisest and cheapest way to build a team. That said, I think the days of four-year rebuilds are gone. The Jets are going to have a TON of cap space next season. Letting it just sit there and not using it would be silly and counter productive as would overpaying some of their present players in an effort to use it. He may not try to sign any big stars ala Tanny, but I would be very surprised if he doesn't try to improve depth and add competition at every possible position on the roster where there's a question mark or is in definite need of upgrading. In addition, GMs who seek to build through the draft, usually try to address "needs' via FA so that they're not forced to draft for "need" in the draft and so opposing teams won't know who they're zeroing in on. They can then focus on taking BAP or if there's a player they really like and think can help the team they have some leeway for trading up to get him. I don't expect Idzik to be much for trading up, but he does seem to want to go BAP as much as possible. Therefore, I think he will seek to at least address, if not fill, whatever holes he perceives the team to have next offseason through FA so he can go BAP in the draft, or if Geno doesn't seem to be the answer at QB, to give him the ability to move up to get a QB he likes if the Jets aren't in a position to get one where they're slated to draft. Where I think you're mistaken in your point #1 is: Idzik didn't create the holes. Tanny did. Idzik's hands were basically tied this offseason...he didn't have the cap space or draft picks to address all the holes the Jets had. No GM could have filled all of those holes in one season. That meant he had to go with as many cheap stopgaps as he could in order to try to fill out the roster. Just because he had to make some stopgap moves doesn't make everything he did pointless. He got the team in solid cap shape. He added some excellent young players via the draft and as UDFAs. He signed some quality veterans who should help the team in Barnes, Colon, Garay, Landry and maybe even Peterman and Goodson. It's also not a given that Harris will be gone. I hope he will be, as I think he is way overpaid for his production. He's a nice player, but not a top 5 MLB or ILB, yet he's paid like one. Pace should be gone. I've been saying that OLB has been one of their 2 biggest needs (aside from QB) for 10 years. I think you're totally wrong on #2. Geno does NOT have to work out. Taking him in the 2nd round is low risk, low cost. Yes, it would hurt if he doesn't, but they've given Sanchez 4-5 years, and I don't think you can just write Geno off after one year if he doesn't blow the lid off the NFL this year ala Russell Wilson. If nothing else, he could develop into a very good backup, and the Jets will need a quality backup regardless of who their starter is. I think his ceiling is much higher than that however. Taking another QB in the first 4 rounds would not necessarily mean that the Jets have given up on Geno, particularly if that QB is taken in the 3rd or 4th round, or maybe even the 2nd. It could mean that they want competition and to get the best QB possible. Many people think one of the big mistakes they've made with Sanchez is not bringing in any real competition for him and thus coddling him. I agree that if they take a Teddy Bridgewater with their first pick next year, it's probably over for Geno, but not necessarily. Geno could very well have something to say about that. He could come to camp next year and light it up while Bridgewater struggles and force the Jets to start him. One never has enough QBs in the NFL. Injuries happen, especially to QBs. If nothing else, if they took Bridgewater and both he and Geno are lighting it up in TC, they could always trade one of them for a couple of high draft picks. Having two quality QBs isn't wasting them. Having the insurance in case of injury is important. Having the luxury of trading one of them for two #1 draft picks is great too, so it would not be a waste, particularly if the QB was taken in the 3rd or 4th round. You contradict yourself somewhat with your last paragraph and agree with me. That is basically what I said. Whereas quality WRs generally become available in FA, TEs and S do, and I think he will definitely look to add at least one at each position in FA next offseason, and could draft one of each as well. I think you need to re-read everything I said. 1- Obviously they are not going to give up on Geno after year 1. We all know that. If you find it necessary to bring in competition for him next offseason, you sign a vet on the cheap. To pick one in the top 4 rounds would mean that either that pick or Geno (if he loses the competition) will be sitting on the bench and that pick will be wasted whichever way the competition goes. This team needs young talent in a lot of different places. Backup QB isn't one of them. 2 - I have said from the day Idzik was hired and all of those cuts and trades were made, and replaced with band-aid stopgaps, that for his plan to succeed he needs to successfully draft a QB, a pass-rushing OLB, and 2 or 3 starting caliber offensive linemen. If he can do that, he puts us in position to open the checkbooks to grab some proven talent at skill positions (because he doesnt have to spend it finding a pass rusher, a QB, and offensive linemen that are already not with the team or won't make it through next offseason). He got his QB and hopefully one of those OL in this draft. We also may have gotten an OLB with the drafting of Richardson depending how Coples does - but thats a big if. 3 - I understand the motive behind signing the stopgap players as a way to fill the positions without using up salary cap. My point (as outlined above) is that if he has to spend a lot of $$ in FA to replace guys like Moore, Pace, etc. Then all that money is still tied up in the same positions - therefore making all that salary reduction a moot point.