Nico Johnson – LB, Alabama
The National Champions didn’t have many dominate players on defense this season outside of CB Dee Milliner but LB Nico Johnson wasn’t that far behind. The 6’3 245 pound linebacker wasn’t really a stand out LB, he just epitomizes what it means to be disciplined and hardworking. He has GREAT sideline to sideline speed and doesn’t miss tackles. He has experience in dropping back in coverage and has an insanely high motor. The Jets are facing their own issues at ILB this off-season and Nico Johnson is a guaranteed FIRST day starting ILB in the NFL no doubts about it. He should certainly be on the Jets radar this weekend.
Robert Lester – SS, Alabama
Alabama Safety Robert Lester roamed the ‘Bama defensive secondary and made it look easy. He utilizes quickness and awareness to make plays on the ball. He finished his career with 15 INTs and is known to be somewhat of a ball hawk. He has his issues with taking inconsistent angles and needs to show scouts that he can be a complete Safety. Coming out of Nick Saban’s defense, Lester is immensely disciplined, would have no problems being coached up and has tremendous upside. Lester’s draft slide this past season is due solely to big plays that the Bama secondary has given up and he needs to show scouts that he’s more than capable of handling full time safety responsibilities on the next level. Jets have questions in the safety department with Laron Landry likely leaving and most have suggested that Yeremiah Bell be moved to Laron’s spot and a more athletic player that is tapped to player the FS position would compliment him and the secondary just fine. Something that isn’t a bad idea at all and Lester certainly fits the mold of a prototypical FS.