The anemic Jets offense can bear much of the blame for a 2011 season that ended without a trip to the playoffs. Mark Sanchez will enter his 4th NFL season in what many deem to be a make or break year (especially with Tim Almighty breathing down his neck).  In 2011, Sanchez finished with an impressive 26:18 TD:INT ratio but his 217 YPG average was mediocre at best.

The Jets passing game ranked 21st last season and the need for an infusion of talent in the WR corps was beyond obvious. Plaxico Burress will be shooting himself in the leg in another city as the Jets opted not to resign him. Santonio Holmes has gone 25 games without topping 100 yards but has apparently made nice with his QB after calling him out last season. On the plus side, Holmes has 14 TDs over his 2 seasons with the Jets.

The Jets traded up with Seattle to secure Georgia Tech speedster Stephen Hill with pick #43. Hill was considered by some to be the best downfield threat in this draft class despite his limited production in Ga Tech’s run heavy offense.  The 6’4 receiver is still a bit raw but his 29 YPC average led Division 1 and his explosiveness will be a welcomed addition for a Jets passing game that needs playmakers. Checkout some of Hill’s highlights here.

Shonn Greene has yet to emerge as a legitimate starting caliber RB after three seasons in the league. In 2011 (his first season as the starter), Greene amassed 253 carries for 1,054 yards (averaged just 65 YPG) with six TDs. New OC Tony Sparano is expected to lean heavily on the ground game but we have our concerns that Greene is the answer in the backfield. The Jets added Baylor product Terrance Ganaway in the 6th round but he’s no real threat to Greene’s job. Ganaway had a breakout senior season at Baylor, but his limited speed (4.65 forty) limits his upside. His size (240 pounds) and versatility (could play fullback) will likely keep him on the week 1 roster.  

NY Jets 2012 Draft Selections:

116Quinton CoplesDENorth Carolina
243Stephen HillWRGeorgia Tech
377Demario DavisLBArkansas State
6187Josh BushDBWake Forest
6202Terrance GanawayRBBaylor
6203Robert T. GriffinGBaylor
7242Antonio AllenSSSouth Carolina
7244Jordan WhiteWRWestern Michigan

Here is how we see the NY Jets 2012 Depth Chart entering training camp.

QBMark SanchezTim TebowGreg McElroy
RBShonn GreeneJoe McKnightBilal PowellTerrance Ganaway
WR1Santonio HolmesJeremy KerleyPatrick Turner
WR2Stephen HillChaz SchilensJordan White
TEDustin KellerJeff CumberlandHayden Smith

WINNERS: WR Santonio Holmes (ADP: 100 Overall / WR38) / WR Mark Sanchez (ADP: 227 Overall / QB28)

The addition of run oriented offensive coordinator Tony Sparano might have some discounting the mediocre at best Jets passing game heading into 2012. However, the addition of Stephen Hill should be an upgrade over the plodding Plaxico Burress would should open up lanes for Santonio to reward owners that land him in the 7th/8th round based on his current ADP.

He can be viewed as a solid WR3 but don’t expect anything close to his career 2009 season (final year in Pittsburgh) when he hauled in 79 catches for 1,248 and 5 TDs – his only season over 1,000 yards.

We are not big fans of Mark “Dirty” Sanchez as a Super Bowl caliber QB but he did have a productive 2011 season where he finished 10th in fantasy pts scored among the signal callers (slightly ahead of Big Ben, Mike Vick and Ryan Fitzpatrick). The addition of Tim Tebow is concerning as Rex Ryan has been quoted as saying that Tebow will get 15-20 plays (likely rotate between QB and RB). However, Sanchez might be worth a late round flier (he’s going undrafted in some leagues) as the addition of deep threat Stephen Hill provides him with two legitimate weapons at WR. The Jets gave Sanchez a  three-year contract extension for $40.5 million in March so they will likely be sticking with the USC alum for the forseeable future provided he doesn’t get knocked out by Santonio Holmes in yet another locker room hissy fit. It’s worth noting that Sanchez will face AFC East pass defenses (6 games per season) that were sub par in fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs - New England (31st), Buffalo (26th), and Miami (18th).  

LOSER: WR Jeremy Kerley

The Jets #3 WR had a solid season finale (with Santonio Holmes suspended) as he hauled in 4 catches for 71 yards. The 2011 5th round pick from TCU caught 29 passes for 314 yards and a score in his rookie season. He’s expected to get the start as the Jets slot WR but could be pressed by Chaz Schillens. The addition of rookie WR Stephen Hill should make targets difficult to come by for Kerley keeping him off the fantasy radar except in deeper PPR leagues.

Check out the entire Post Draft Winners/Losers series HERE.

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