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Arkansas running back Darren McFadden is considered by many, the alpha-male amongst this year’s crop of prospects in April’s upcoming draft. McFadden’s dominance at the collegiate level, along with his awe-inspiring performance at last month’s scouting combine, have left scouts and executive with visions of Adrian Peterson, last season’s NFL Rookie of the Year. Nonetheless, personnel needs of the top five teams selecting, could drop the former Razorback down few slots to the Jets at number six. If such scenario is played out, the fate of head coach Eric Mangini and GM Mike Tannenbaum could be determined. 

gholston.jpgDespite displaying their opulence this off-season, Gang Green enters the draft with many questions still unanswered; and while McFadden indeed is a once in a life-time talent, the Jets might be best served not selecting him at number six.

To draft a running back within the first ten selections is a tremendous risk; as the Jets should be well aware of. For every Peterson there is a Blair Thomas or a Ki-Jana Carter to account for. Jets fans should be intimately acquainted with said risks, as the team selected Thomas second overall in 1990’s NFL Draft. To say he was a bust is an understatement.  

Nevertheless, Jets brass might want to consider selecting Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston with the sixth pick to sure up a fledgling pass rush that was ranked 29th last season.  The 6-3, 266 lbs Gholston would most assuredly provide Gang Green with a book-end pass rush; joining newly acquired linebacker Calvin Pace. The athleticism of the two would create havoc for opposing offensive lines and create turnovers, something that last season’s defensive unit struggled to do.

The Jets also have a competent backfield of Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, and free-agent signee Jesse Chatman. If needed, Gang Green could also scan the waiver wire or select a running back in the later rounds. It’s becoming frequently common for teams to find a diamond-in-the-rough during the later rounds. Players such as Ryan Grant or Marion Barber are frequently discovered in later rounds. With a rebuilt offensive line the Jets can be explosive without a running back the caliber of a McFadden. Hopefully Mangini and Tannenbaum realize that before its too late.

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