The Jets cornerback unit may be the best overall in the NFL. The unit was awful last year, but the Jets signed Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and Buster Skrine. Add Dee Milliner, Marcus Williams, Darrin Walls, and you have a ton of depth. Todd Bowles needs quality corners to run his defense and that is exactly what he will have.
2) Defensive Line
The defensive line could of been at the top of this list as well. Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson are two All-Pro caliber guys who are just entering their primes. Damon Harrison is such a solid run-stuffing nose tackle. The team also has signed depth guys like Kevin Vickerson and Ronald Talley, to go along with TJ Barnes and IK Enkempali.
3) Wide Receiver
This is a unit that lacks quality depth, but right now the top is so talented. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall on the outside gives the quarterback two big consistent play-makers. Jeremy Kerley is a major X-factor in the slot. Beyond that, roster spots are a toss up with the current guys. Receivers like Chris Owusu, Shaq Evans, Salim Hakim, and TJ Graham, should fight for spots.
Nick Mangold has been a staple at center for the Jets for almost a decade now and has shown no signs of slowing up. The center had a Pro-Bowl season this past year. Besides Mangold the team has a young backup who has shown some potential in Dalton Freeman. This is the one spot the Jets should feel great about on their offensive line.
5) Running Backs
Many expected the Jets to go hard after a guy like CJ Spiller in free-agency, but the team opted instead to resign Bilal Powell. Powell is a solid blocker and receiving back. Chris Ivory will be the main guy at this position, and he has shown he can handle it. I expect the Jets to use one of their top draft picks on a running back. Jay Ajayi, Melvin Gordon, Duke Johnson, and David Cobb are all names to be aware of.
If Calvin Pryor develops like I believe he will, this safety unit could be great. Pryor will be one of the starters along with newly signed Marcus Gilchrist. The Jets also have Jaiquawn Jarrett, who has shown some flashes and has experience with Todd Bowles. Rontez Miles and Antonio Allen give you great depth.
It was so important for the Jets to bring back David Harris, and although they over-paid, it will be worth it. Harris is a major leader and still a tackling machine in the middle of the defense. DeMario Davis has been pretty good the past couple of seasons as a starter. The depth is shaky, but these two starting makes up for it.
Quarterback was a tough position to rank. We still don't know who will be the starter, but the position has some promise. Geno Smith is going into his third year in the NFL and will be a good fit for Chan Gailey's offense. I would be willing to give Geno year three to show what he can do. Ryan Fitzpatrick has a ton of experience with Chan Gailey and is smart veteran quarterback. I hope the Jets pass on Marcus Mariota and see if one of these guys can step up and play well.
9) Tight End
The Jets invested a second round pick in tight end Jace Amaro in last year's draft, and he showed a ton of promise his rookie season. This unit has good depth as Jeff Cumberland and Zach Sudfeld are on the roster. I would like to see the Jets find a blocking tight end in the draft or the lower-tiers of free agency.
10) Offensive Tackle
The offensive line is a need in general for the Jets, and their offensive tackles are a reason why. They have two starting offensive tackles in D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Breno Giacomini, but both are mediocre. The team also has no true backups at this position, they just have guys who can play both tackle and guard. If La'el Collins is on the board at six, you shouldn't be mad if he is the pick.
The guard spot is such an unknown right now for the Jets. James Carpenter was their big free-agent signing at the position, and he probably has one of the starting spots locked up. At the other spot it will be an open competition. Willie Colon, Oday Aboushi, Dakota Dozier, Brian Winters , and Corey Brewer, will all be part of it.
12) Outside Linebacker
The worst position on the Jets right now is outside linebacker. Most people assume the Jets will pick a guy like Vic Beasley or Dante Fowler in the first round. If they do, this position moves up on this list. But as of now, the starters are Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace. Coples has shown potential but has never broken out. Pace and Jason Babin are very, very old. Coples and a rookie would be more ideal than one of them (Pace and Babin) starting.