2013 NFL Draft: Mid/Late Round WRs for the New York Jets

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1.)   I Love Mornhinweg?

Jets new Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg certainly has his hands full as he has been given the keys to the Jets 30th ranked passing offense and 28th ranked scoring offense and has been instructed to guide this “vehicle” onto smoother roads.  Of course it won’t be a simple task but if any offensive mind is up for the challenge, I believe its Mornhinweg.

Mornhinweg is expected to bring a more wide-open passing approach to the Jets, who have pretty much relied on a run-first “Ground-and-Pound” philosophy that consistently kept the Jets offense grounded since being implemented.

Once implemented, the West Coast passing offense will be pass-heavy, and those passes will generally be short, quick throws designed to exploit a defense’s soft targets and generate big gains of yardage.  Under Mornhinweg’s direction, the system usually works: Over his 11 seasons as an offensive coordinator, (4 seasons with the 49ers, 7 with the Eagles) his teams have ranked in the top 10 in total offense eight times. That’s not half bad and that’s speaks volumes of his offensive philosophy.  The Jets who have utilized the Ground and Pound philosophy the past 4 seasons, hasn’t ranked any better than 20th in total offense in 3 of those 4 seasons, and in 2009, the Jets ran the ball 609 times—77 more times than any other team.  By contrast, the Eagles attempted at least 104 more passes than running plays in every season Mornhinweg was in charge of their offense.  Simply put; it really can’t be overstated how different Mornhinweg’s philosophy is to the one the Jets have utilized the past 4 seasons.

Mornhinweg’s offensive scheme makes it simpler for the QB and WRs alike.  In his system, the routes are predetermined, and it’s up to the quarterback to know which receiver should be open, based on the defense’s coverage.  It shouldn’t take Mornhinweg long at all to determine which QB is the best QB suited to run his offensive system.


2.)   A Mock Draft Jets fans will love?

Another week and another Mock Draft.  This Mock Draft however is a Jets mock draft that is not only feasible but it’s one that I feel would instantly make the Jets a better all around team.  A few of the prospects in this draft I’ve discussed before so course its a mock I like and endorse.

The analysis provided in this mock is spot on so no need to go into any analysis of my own, just wanted to share with Jets fans and get their thoughts on it.



Illinois DE Michael Buchanan should definitely be on the Jets draft day boards.

3.)  Michael Buchanan anyone?

It’s probably safe to assume that the Jets realize they have issues at pass rusher, more specifically OLB/edge rusher so it’s probably safe to assume that the Jets will address pass rusher in this April’s draft.  It is NOT safe to assume that the Jets will address this issue on day one of the draft.  The Jets have proven before that they are unconventional at times and this year’s draft will be no different no matter who is calling the shots now.  I for one would love for the Jets to address OLB/pass rusher on the first day of the draft but if they decide not to do that there are plenty of options out there for them.  I’ve noted in the recent past just how high I am on FSU’s Brandon Jenkins and Western Kentucky’s Quanterus Smith who are both beastly pass rushers but are both coming off season ending injuries but I’m equally as high on another unknown pass rusher that happens to be 100% healthy and that’s Illinois DE Michael Buchanan.  Buchanan was considered a first-round pick going into this past season but he went from 7.5 sacks and 131 tackles (2 for loss) in 2011  to 41 tackles (2 for loss) and 7 sacks in 2012.  His production dropped this past season but the talent is there without a doubt.

At 6’5 250 Buchanan has elite frame and good length through his upper body, he’s relentless in pursuit of the quarterback and closes very well.
Buchanan has a good first step, gets off the snap quickly, he’s an excellent open field tackler and knows how to explode through contact to make powerful tackles.  Buchanan is a prospect the Jets can snatch anywhere between the 3rd and 5th rounds.  He would need some developing of course but the kid was a leader at Illinois and is smart enough to take on everything Jets defensive coaches throw at him.

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