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Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John O

New York Jets

2012 Record: 6-10; 3rd Place

2013 Prediction: 3-13

Confidence in Pick: 50%

Losses: Tim Tebow, Darelle Revis, Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Jason Smith, Eric Smith, Mike Tannenbaum, Marty Mornhinweg

Pickups: Geno Smith, Dee Milliner, Dawan Landry, Willie Colon, Mike Godson, Kellen Winslow

Reasons for Optimism:

Defensive line – The Jets’ defensive line is filled with first-round picks, highlighted by rookie Sheldon Richardson. The Jets’ scouts were so high on Richardson (No. 13 overall pick) that they rated him fourth on their draft board. He’s an athletic lineman with a terrific motor, and he’s expected to play a key role on the revamped line.

This is the most talented defensive line of the Rex Ryan era. They’ve picked first-round linemen in the past three drafts in Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples.

They Have Cool Uniforms – Really, that is it.