Jets likely to get defensive again early in draft



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have 10 picks in this year’s NFL draft, starting with No. 16 overall. That’s a whole lot for general manager Mike Tannenbaum to deal with, especially considering that New York has had a total of 13 picks in the last three years.

New York certainly has plenty of roster holes after a quiet run through free agency so far. Oh, there was also that headline-grabbing deal for Tim Tebow last month, but the Jets insist his presence will have little effect on their draft-day approach.

The Jets are likely to focus on defense early in the draft, with Alabama safety Mark Barron and linebacker Courtney Upshaw, and defensive ends Melvin Ingram of South Carolina and Quinton Coples of North Carolina at the top of their list.