By Luciano Rapa
Featured writer for Sideline Report covering the Jets
Draft Day Part 1-2 (rounds 1-3)
The Jets priority will be skill position players (WR, TE) in the early rounds. However, you never know how Idzik/Rex feel, and a defensive player wouldn’t surprise me.
I have put together the players they more than likely are targeting in each round
Jets have a clear need at TE,. Cumberland is not a huge catching threat, making North Carolina product Eric Ebron a great fit. However, historically the Jets and TE in the first RD are not a good mix.
2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
There are a many excellent wide receiver prospects in this class; USC’s Marqise Lee may be the most underrated. He was injured for most of 2013. He is fast, but I’m not sure he is what the Jets want, His size is not Idzik like, I don’t see the Jets drafting this guy
3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Jets have a huge need for FS. We have not had a real one since Rhodes, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can be that guy, but in the first? Clinton-Dix can do it all and is a ball hawk, yet plays the run well. A rare combination that would eventually allow Allen to move to his natural SS position
4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Tremendous athlete, body great hands, very underrated in this draft; if available, he maybe the pick
5. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
My concern is his one-dimensional game (see Hill), doesn’t separate well or get yards after the catch. But he makes a ton of plays in tight spots, and with all the man-to-man coverage, he may be valuable. It remains to be seen if he can win battles against much better NFL CBs
6. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
If he slips to 18, the Jets might draft him. Yes another CB. Good athlete capable of playing man-man (Rex’s recipe). He is also very long and would fit nicely opposite Milliner
1. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
I doubt that Jordan Matthews will be available when the Jets pick in the second round. If he is, there is nothing to think about. Great size, athleticism and good hands
2. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Excellent cover abilities with real good instincts against the run. Not yet a good pass rusher, and the Jets need an edge pass rusher
3. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
If the Jets do not take a CB in round 1, I can see them taking this athletic CB, with huge size. He may become the best CB taken in this draft.
4. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
I have seen many mock draft that say the Jets like this guy, however he is another Landry/Allen/Bush type, and the Jets don’t need a SS
5. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
I know Archer would not agree, but he may slip this far down. Benjamin is a true high-risk, high-reward pick. He tends to drop the ball too often, his size and speed is very attractive. In my opinion, Benjamin may become what they had expected Hill to become
1. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Perfect selection in this round if a receiver was not yet drafted,. He has the potential to be a starter on the receiver-needy Jets. Good hands, a step below his teammate Beckham.
2. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Do you see the pattern here? The Jets would be happy to get a starting-caliber receiver, and Davante Adams is capable of becoming one. Lacks speed, good size (6’2″). But he is too much like Decker.
3. Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech
He is very lean at 252 lbs, will not be a DE at the next level, more of an OLB. His run stopping abilities were not great in college. The kid has to prove to be a good edge rusher, or he will not make it in the NFL.
4. Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
This kid can be a steal at this spot. 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.
5. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
This a Landry clone, Jets would add him, but not in round 3. Antonio Allen is the next SS.