This is the eighth installment in a nine-part series that will analyze the Jets' needs, position by position, in the upcoming draft.
Depth Chart: Darrelle Revis (CB), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Jim Leonhard (S), Brodney Pool (S), Eric Smith (S), Drew Coleman (CB), James Ihedigbo (S), Dwight Lowery (CB/S), Kyle Wilson (CB), Marquice Cole (CB), Emanuel Cook (S), Will Billingsley (S), Ellis Lankster (CB), Richard Taylor (S).
Not Under Contract: Cromartie, Pool, Smith, Coleman, Ihedigbo.
Scouting Report: The only certainty here is Revis, the best CB in the NFL. The Jets are flying blind as they head into the draft, not knowing which players will leave via free agency. That could affect their decision making, especially at CB. They'd like to retain Cromartie, but they're not going to break the bank. Thing is, it would be foolish to let Cromartie walk, not replace him with a veteran and hand the job to the unproven Wilson. Not having a normal offseason could really retard Wilson's development, muddying the waters. It's a long shot, but the Jets haven't completely ruled out Nnamdi Asomugha. At safety, they need an athletic playmaker opposite Leonhard, assuming Leonhard recovers from a surgically repaired broken leg. The best bet is to re-sign Pool, who improved once he learned the system.
The Last Time: The Jets selected Wilson at the bottom of the first round (29th overall) in last year's draft.
Potential Targets: S Rahim Moore (UCLA) has been linked to the Jets in some mock drafts, but he'd be a reach at No. 30. He'd be a consideration in the third round (the Jets don't have a second-rounder) if he slips that far. S Jaiquawn Jarrett (Temple) is a third-round talent, but he's more of a "box" safety than the "centerfield" type. What to do at corner? Even though Rex Ryan says he can never have too many, it would be an upset if they take a corner in Round 1 for the second straight year -- although you can bet there would be some spirited debate in the war room if the talented, but troubled Jimmy Smith (Colorado) slips to 30. They could take a corner in the third round and beyond, with Chykie Brown (Texas) a late-round possibility. Brown has been drawing interest from the Jets.
Need Factor (scale of 1 to 10): Safety -- 8, cornerback 5.
Thursday: Special teams.