When the New York Jets decided to sign Mike Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million contract, many people praised the move. Despite only having a little over 200 touches in his career, he was one of the most sought after running backs in free agency. The question is, will this signing change the draft strategy for the New York Jets?
Shonn Greene was the main workhorse for the Jets a season ago, and a hero for any fantasy football owners, but he is now gone after signing with Tennessee. That leaves Goodson as their best option right now, even though he is known mostly for his big plays rather than his ability to be a workhorse.
The Jets hold onto the #9 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. They are looking at a variety of players, but right now the consensus seems to be Barkevious Mingo from LSU (assuming that he is available). Part of that is due to there not really being a running back that should be taken that high. There is also the idea that the Jets need help at multiple positions.
With Goodson being more of a speed running back who can create a ton of plays, look for the Jets to now eye a workhorse for a running back at some point in the draft. Look for them to take a running back somewhere in the middle rounds if they can. Montee Ball, Le’veon Bell and Andre Ellington are both considered to be third round talents in a pretty weak draft class for running backs.
It definitely will be an interesting few days in April for Jets fans. They are going to be able to save quite a bit of money with the departure of Shonn Greene, but they will also have to find a way to replace his production. Whichever running back they do end up taking will get a chance to showcase his ability early and often.