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On The Clock: Jets

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No team in the NFL needs to upgrade its skill positions more than the Jets, who might target USC receiver Marqise Lee with their first round pick. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images.
No team in the NFL needs to upgrade its skill positions more than the Jets, who might target USC receiver Marqise Lee with their first round pick. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images.

As we count down to the 2014 NFL Draft, we will put all 32 teams On The Clock and identify the three biggest questions each one faces going into the draft. Next up: Cowboys, April 5th

Nobody does the offseason like the New York Jets.

Coaching drama? There was plenty of that in the few weeks between the end of the regular season and their extending Rex Ryan in mid-January.

Quarterback controversy? Plenty of that. For the second time in three offseasons, the Jets made a huge splash by signing a backup quarterback (Mike Vick 2014, Tim Tebow 2012) and potentially undermining a young incumbent (Geno Smith 2014, Mark Sanchez 2012).

The Jets get more attention for not signing someone like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie than the Giants got for actually signing him.

Now comes the draft, where, again, the Jets have no shortage of subplots. On one hand, they are building John Idzik's vision of the future of the franchise. On the other hand, Ryan knows he needs to make the playoffs this season or he's gone, extension or not.

With 12 picks, the Jets will be spending signficant time on the clock and in the conversation. It's no exaggeration that this is a pivotal draft for the decision makers of Florham Park.