The 2013 Senior Bowl is upon us and like always the Senior Bowl can be a Gold Mine in locating underrated talent…..The Jets are certainly looking to turn the roster upside down in hopes of becoming competitive again and Mobile this Saturday would be a great place to start. Here are a few players I believe the Jets should be looking at to add to their roster….
Stephan Taylor – RB, Stanford –
Stanford’s All-time leading rusher has a lot of doubters and nay-sayers. They’ve seen tape of him getting bottled up occasionally this past year at Stanford and suddenly forget how talented he is. He averaged 110 yards per game and rushed for 1,442 yards this past season, was second on the team in receptions with 38 catches and is a great pass blocker which some offensive coordinators are now coveting more than anything now since the league has now transition to more of a passing league. At 5’11 208 pounds, Taylor is a big, quick running back who has a good combination of speed, quickness, and power, but his greatest asset could be his vision and ability to pick up yards after contact. When I see him I think of Tampa’s RB Doug Martin who had a lot of doubters himself going into the draft last April. Jets will certainly be looking for a RB to add to the mix and Taylor should certainly be on their radar.
Eric Fisher – OT, Central Michigan –
The 6’8 305 Tackle out of Central Michigan excels as a pass blocker with an excellent frame. One thing that stands out about Fisher is his long arms which can be used to extend defenders away from his body and push them away from the quarterback. As a run blocker, he shows great discipline with consistently active feet and hands. Fisher is actively looking to move guys off the line and push them around. His athletic feet helps him drive and not lose ground into the backfield and he seems to show fantastic awareness in blitz pickup on stunts, twists and with guys coming off the edge. With the Jets, everything should start with the line this offseason considering they have questions about OG and OT so it’s no surprise that the Jets will be looking to add or upgrade the Right Tackle position and Fisher is someone that should be on the Jets radar this weekend at the Senior Bowl. Fisher will have to protect QBs that will be mentioned later on this list and must protect them from Pass Rushers that will ALSO be on this list.
Tyler Wilson – QB, Arkansas
The 6’2 218 pound Arkansas QB will have a lot to prove between now and April and the Senior Bowl is as good a time to start as any. Wilson is a QB that can make all the throws at the next level and possesses above average arm strength but had an inconsistent season at Arkansas in 2012 which undoubtedly caused his draft stock to plummet. Wilson’s mechanics from the waist to the arm are great. He has a tight, quick delivery and gets good elbow extension allowing for a tight, catchable ball. Wilson played from the shotgun for most of his time at Arkansas but has the foot skills to excel under center in an NFL system. 2011 game tape is probably something Wilson wished he use primarily on his resume as he took a step back in 2012 but what he did show in 2011 was the fact that he has all the tools necessary to succeed in the NFL but still has his doubters. A solid outing this Saturday at the Senior Bowl will go a long way in silencing the doubters and improving his draft stock. Look for the Jets to be interested in his play this week as I see no reason for them to NOT go after a QB in the draft.