New York Jets 2012 Offseason: Rex Ryan Says Jets Will Draft Best Player Available

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan says that his team will be more focused on picking the best player available over addressing a team need during next week's NFL Draft (via New York Post). The Jets pick 16th in the draft.

Ryan said about his draft approach:

"If you just try to reach for need and all that kind of stuff, sometimes that's not the best thing to do," Ryan said Wednesday. "Taking the best player, that generally works out the best for you. When we traded up to get Shonn Greene, we already had three running backs, but Shonn Greene was a great player. That was a great move for us."

Recently, ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. said that the Jets have a good number of holes to fill for next season, as many as any team that could make the playoffs. Many mock drafts have New York selecting a defender with the 16th pick, such as Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw or his teammate, safety Mark Barron.

For more coverage on the Jets, be sure to check out Gang Green Nation.

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