My surprise here: No TEs drafted, but you cannot get everything you need in one draft. I see the Jets drafting 4 starters (Dennard, Benjamin, Smith and Brooks)
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Yes another CB. Good athlete capable of playing man-man (Rex’s recipe). He is also very long and would fit nicely opposite Milliner. This is BPA/Need pick at 18. Jet Nation at Radio City will boo this pick for sure, but it will be the smart choice.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Benjamin is a true high-risk, high-reward pick. He tends to drop the ball too often, but his size and speed is very attractive. Decker’s presence will allow him to become the #1 WR without the pressure in year 1. The jets and this young man keeping coming up mentioned in the same sentence; if he is here, he will be a Jet.
Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
Chris Smith has everything you want in a pass-rusher: good burst, lateral agility and strength that makes him a versatile rusher off the edge. Strong tackler with good closing speed; at 266 pounds, he should be able to make a seamless transition to the 3-4 outside linebacker position. This will be the best pick the Jets make in this year’s draft. Nobody is talking up this young man, but he is made to be in Rex’s system.
Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State
Very athletic, good speed, he is physical enough to cover TEs, would probably start at FS game 1 and be there for a long time. He was a leader on the field for the National Champs, this is a need; Jets have not had a true FS since Rhodes.
Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
6’3″ with good hands, perfect red-zone lacks speed, but very athletic. Smooth clean route runner, good foot quickness, creates space and works the middle of the field. Very tough before and after the catch, fights for every yard after the catch; usually catches everything thrown his way.
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Very big man, who will be a project and good PS candidate; he needs guidance to grow. Jets would love to add this young man to their stable of young OL players.
James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
Lacks size, but is strongly built with the natural burst and quickness to explode off the edge. He is with flexible with plenty of raw power. Ability in getting through blockers, can rush from the three-point and two-point stance. Locates the ball quickly and shows good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit. Has some experience dropping back into coverage. Jets would use him as LB.
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Has only played Center for one season, but his height makes him a liability at any other position. He plays very low, giving him and edge against taller DL. Someone the Jets can groom as a backup to Jeff Lagemann.
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Thomas is the most electricfying player in the 2014 draft. Very elusive, great acceleration and speed to pull away from defenders to make him a legitimate threat to score each time he touches the ball. Good vision, locating holes and slithering through them to get into the open field. Has soft, natural hands for the reception, easily snagging passes and securing them quickly. Very tough young man, Jets would be smart to add this kind of future player and possible kick returner
Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
Yes, another DE/LB type. Former first-team Freshman All American at Notre Dame in 2011 before being forced to sit out 2012 after transferring to USF. Lynch showed that he has the ability to disrupt plays both against the run and the pass while at Notre Dame.He is big, strong and physical. Lynch has enough speed off the line to get past opposing linemen but also has the power and drive to bull rush. He is strong at the point of attack in the run game as well.
Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska
Excellent prospect, he was injured in October, and lost for the season, thus dropping his stock a little. A good leader at Nebraska, good project to draft this late.