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“New York’s State Of Mind”

The NFL draft is just 24 hours away and two of New York’s Favorite teams are on the clock. Yes ladies and Gentlemen I am speaking of none other than the New York Football Giants and New York Jets. Both teams endured seasons to forget last year with a combined 10 wins and 22 losses shared between them. The Jets won only 4 games and the Giants were just two games better. Now the draft is here and the road to redemption is quickly upon us. With both teams picking in the top 10 New Yorkers are anxious as to what the Giants and Jets are thinking. Strategy in sports may at times be difficult but with both teams failing miserably last season it does not take a rocket science to make things better.

There’s an old adage “When you’re down, the only way to go is up.” And that’s exactly what the Jets and Giants should be thinking. Let’s start with Gang green. The Jets pick 6th in Thursday’s draft.  Since the departure of the brash and boisterous Rex Ryan the Jets have been more active then Bee’s in the middle of spring searching for flowers. Owner Woody Johnson has installed a regime in the hiring of Mike Maccagnan as the General Manager who then went on to hire top defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The Jets have made a flurry of moves to show their fan base things are changing. Trading for Temperamental pro bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, bringing back everyone’s favorite cornerback in Darelle Revis pairing him up with a familiar face in Antonio Cromartie, Resigning David Harris. Releasing Percy Harvin and Chris Johnson, signing former patriot’s running back in Steven Ridley (Great another thing we need to anger the Defending Super Bowl Champions).

This is just a sample sizing as to how the jets have stayed busy. The fun is not over yet, The Jets pick 6th. As to what they do with that pick will be very interesting. It’s no secret Geno Smith is no Aaron Rodgers and Broadway Joe Namath does not have what Brad Pitt had in the curious case of Benjamin button. Ideally we should be thinking Marcus Mariota, but the Heisman Trophy winner most likely won’t last till 6th. Is he worth trading up for? If and when Mariota does not fall to us at 6th in what direction do we go? Is it linebacker, offensive lineman so Geno can stay off his back or dare I say it do we go Wide Receiver and Draft Kevin White and trade Eric Decker. Believe it or not anyway we go any player we draft will quickly be a contributor to the Jets and with the New regime in place the Jets will be much better then 4-12.

The New Football Giants pick 9th and face division winner and arch rival Dallas Cowboys in primetime on Sunday night football for the first game of the season. (No pressure at all). You see the Jets everyone kind of expected to be bad last season; the giants who have more favorable recent history on their side caught everyone by surprise with how poorly they played. Eli was very much inconsistent, due to a lack luster offensive line, loss of a key weapon in Victor Cruz, marginal running game and non-existent pass defense. The Giants looked like anything but contenders. But there were a few bright spots in the season starting with Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr, Larry Donnell and a Tom Coughlin staying to maintain continuity. What can the Giants do with the 9th pick? Honestly the Giants should only go 2 ways here with this pick and that’s Offensive lineman and or Wide Receiver. Just think about it, a healthy Victor Cruz, Odell Beckman Jr and dare I say it cocky but determined Kevin White that’s very seductive for General Manager Jerry Reese to fantasize about. If we pick an Offensive lineman we will be aiding Eli staying upright. Either way for both teams there’s no complicated situation here, just the use of common sense. In the final hours leading up to the NFL Draft the G-men and Gang green better have a New York State of Mind.

 

By: Jason Aubin

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