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Kiper: Jets have LOTS of issues

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, left,

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, left, and GM Mike Tannenbaum, right, smile as they hold on to a jersey as they introduce their first round draft pick Muhammad Wilkerson at the team's training facility, Friday, April 29, 2011, in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets selected the Temple defensive lineman with the 30th overall pick in the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

If the Jets expect to be a playoff team come January, they'll need to sure up their roster. Fast.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. broke down the Jets draft needs and the issues with it's current roster.

“I think in terms of the Jets they have probably as many holes as any team that’s considered a playoff team in the NFL right now,” he said.

Kiper said the Jets' main area of concern is the pass rush, but it's likely those big edge rushers won't be available when they pick 16th. He called Alabama safety Mark Barron "a great pick," but cautioned the Jets likely would have to move up to get him because of the Cowboys and Eagles are interested as well. 

Kiper also highlighted the need at right tackle, the spot held by Wayne Hunter. 

“If they want a right tackle, you’ve got to move down a little bit and look at Bobby Massie from Ole Miss,” the analyst said. “I don’t know if they’ll go that route but that could be another option. When you think about the rounds after the first I would have to think right tackle would be heavily in the discussion and Bobby Massie would be perfect. He could be an immediate hole filler at that spot and a heck of a player coming out of Ole Miss.”

As for what the Jets have currently -- it isn't pretty, said Kiper.

“If you look through that roster, you see areas that they need help," he said. "They need another defensive end in the mix. You have (Mike) DeVito opposite (Muhammad) Wilkerson. They could upgrade the right defensive tackle spot. They could certainly upgrade the outside linebacker positions. They lack a pass rusher that can close and finish.

“You think about the secondary, LaRon Landry. LaRon Landry has had two straight years with Achilles injuries and he’s only had four career interceptions – not a ballhawk back there. You think about the offense, the right tackle position. They also have a situation at wide receiver. You would expect Santonio Holmes to bounce back and play better, but we’ll see. Then the running game. I know (Shonn) Greene got better as the year went along, but he’s not a great back.

“You have a lot of issues there.”

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