Grading John Idzik's first Jets draft

Dee Milliner (27) returns his first career interception Dee Milliner (27) returns his first career interception during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns. (Dec. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

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John Idzik had a decent draft in 2013, but Jets fans are hoping the second-year GM hits the jackpot in the early rounds this year. The 2013 recap:

FIRST ROUND

Dee Milliner

Cornerback, ninth overall

Grade: C-

Milliner showed flashes down the stretch, finishing the season as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month. Offseason surgery and a contract impasse slowed his progress out of the gate, and he often looked lost on the field. Milliner has the potential to be good, but the jury's still out on the former Alabama standout.

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Sheldon Richardson

Defensive end, 13th overall

Grade: A+

Luckily for the Missouri product, his play matches his outspokenness. Richardson made an immediate impact and quickly emerged as a star on Rex Ryan's line, earning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

 

SECOND ROUND

Geno Smith

Quarterback, 39th overall

Grade: B-

Smith's seesaw season was to be expected, considering the team's lack of offensive weapons. But despite a roller-coaster first year, Smith seems to have earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff. Even free-agent acquisition Michael Vick seems to know that, as of now, this is Smith's offense.

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THIRD ROUND

Brian Winters

Guard, 72nd overall

Grade: C

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Winters supplanted Vladimir Ducasse as the starter early in the season, but he struggled at times. Having another training camp under his belt should help, but it's still unclear if Winters is the long-term answer at left guard.

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