1) Draft Quarterback Marcus Mariota
This is obviously assuming the Buccaneers, Titans, Raiders, Jaguars, and Redskins don't draft him first, nor does a team trade up with those five teams and draft him. The Buccaneers are most likely going to draft quarterback Jameis Winston. The Titans need a quarterback, but coach Ken Wisenhunt prefers veteran QB's. The Raiders and Jaguars drafted QB's last year and played them for the majority of the season, so either of those team's drafting a QB in the first round is extremely unlikely. The Redskins are a dark horse team to draft quarterback Marcus Mariota, although they invested so much in QB Robert Griffin III. He has been bit by the injury bug and he hasn't progressed during his time with the Redskins. If the Jets draft Marcus Mariota it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be starting week 1. Geno would most likely be given a chance to prove himself one last time, but Mariota would be the quarterback of the future. Mariota would be an upgrade at QB but with a veteran Jets roster I don't know if this is the best option for the Jets. Is Geno the answer? Only time will tell.
2) Draft a Pass Rusher
Randy Gregory (Nebraska), Alvin Dupree (Kentucky), and Vic Beasley (Clemson), are all OLB options that the Jets have to consider. All three options should excite Jet fans in a defense that already has some studs. Coach Todd Bowles would love to add a pass rusher, the question is would he rather have a OLB or a DE. The defensive ends that could be options with the 6th pick are; Leonard Williams (USC), Dante Fowler Jr. (Florida), and Shane Ray (Missouri). Williams most likely won't be available and Fowler Jr. could also be gone by the 6th pick. Ray and Fowler Jr. would fit well in this defense especially with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammed Wilkerson showing them the ropes. If I had to pick on of these six guys I just listed I would draft Fowler Jr. Because Bowles is the new head coach I think adding a pass rusher would be a great idea. I chose a DE instead of an OLB because of the other defensive linemen we have. If you add Fowler Jr. with Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison, I think the Jets pass-rush would be near the top of the league. Fowler would be an outside linebacker in the Jets scheme.
3) Draft either WR Amari Cooper (Alabama) or Kevin White(West Virginia)
Amari Cooper could landiin Oakland, as Oakland wants to draft a weapon for second year quarterback Derek Carr. Kevin White is quick and he played better each game during his final season at West Virginia. Kevin White would give the Jets long ball opportunities up the middle and he'll be a great decoy on plays designed for Decker, Marshall, and Kerley. New offensive coordinator Chan Gailey would love to add one more weapon to an already upgraded offense and White would give the Jets their best weapons since the early 2000's. If the Jets decide to go offense, I think White would give the fans something to cheer for. If we ended up with Cooper, Jet fans should be thankful. He is so pro-ready and is a very safe pick.
A lot of people don't understand how the Cowboys got so good right away, and how DeMarco Murray was so good last year. It was because the Cowboys had the best offensive line the NFL has seen in years. The Cowboys have drafted an offensive linemen in three of the last four 1st rounds. Those guys all killed it this past season and some teams may be looking to go the same route. Hall of Fame GM Bill Polian agrees as his model for a good team is to: 1) Get a franchise QB, 2) Protect him, and 3) Get a pass rush. The rest will all fall together. If the Jets decide to go down this route the guy they would get with the sixth pick would be either OT Brandon Scherff (Iowa) or La'el Collins (LSU). I prefer Collins as you can line him across from D'Brick and Geno will be protected. It's not an exciting pick but it's huge for the development of the quarterback and an offense as a whole.
5) The Last Option for the Jets is to Trade Down
There is no one to trade up for, so trading down with a team that wants Kevin White or Scherff, or even Marcus Mariota could bode well for us. The Browns own two 1st round picks this year and could trade both to get Winston or Mariota. This could happen even though they used a 1st round pick on Johnny Manziel last year. The Eagles are another team rumored to trade up to get Mariota and if they do that they'll have five QB's that could start week 1. If the Jets decide to do this, they will most likely receive not only a 1st round pick in this years draft but a first in next years draft too. They would also receive an additional bunch of picks but that could be different for each trade offer. This would give the Jets a chance to move back and see who's best available with their new pick. They would have two firsts next year, something most GM's would kill for,. More picks can't hurt with a draft guy like Mike Maccagnan.