3. Mike Gillislee- If there is one player in this year’s draft who I would say has been not talked about enough, Gillislee is Number 1 on that list. Although former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy is a very good running back, and is being projected to be the first running back off the board, I believe that Gillislee is the most complete back in the draft. His speed, quickness, field vision and pass catching are not going to blow anyone away, but he is very solid in all of those areas. At 6’1 207 pounds, he may be considered a tad bit undersized, but you would not think that by watching him run. Arguably the most impressive part of Gillislee’s skill set is his field vision. He is very good at reading his blocks and waiting for the play to develop. With Nick Mangold, D’ Brickashaw Ferguson and Austin Howard being solid in run blocking, Gillislee would be very effective running behind these guys. He would give the Jets a very solid 1-2 punch with Bilal Powell and himself. As you can tell, I am very high on Gillislee. Given the opportunity in the 2nd or 3rd round, I think it would be wise for the Jets to take a good hard look at the former Florida Gator.
4. Onterio Mccalebb- While Bernard, Barner, and Gillislee are all pretty well known prospects; Mccalebb is one back who is barely being talked about. What Mccalebb would bring to any team is a little bit of everything you would want in a running back. This past college football season at Auburn, he had 570 yards on 94 carries with 6 TD’s, to go along with with 200 yards receiving. He also returned a kick for a touchdown. This just shows how versatile Mccalebb is. His best asset is his speed. He is clocked at running a 40 yard dash in 4.28 seconds, which is incredibly fast. While Mccalebb is not quite the back the other three mentioned are, if used properly I think he ill succeed in the NFL. His speed could be a perfect fit for Mornhinweg’s type of offense. He projects to go in the 6th-7th round. He could be a very good late round pick up for the Jets.
As we all know, this draft is a very important one for Gang Green, not only for the 2013 season but for the future of the franchise. The Jets cannot afford to miss on any of their picks this year. Selecting the right running back will be very important in determining the teams overall success. In my opinion, the 4 backs that I mentioned would be a good fit in the Green and White.