4.) WANTED: Mid/Late Round WRs that are IDEAL for the WEST COAST OFFENSE
The current Jets WR corp if and when healthy is one of the most talented corps in the league and its not even a question. Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill when on the field together should cause matchup problems if the offensive coordinator knows what he’s doing and the QB isn’t throwing the ball like he’s POINT SHAVING! Having said that, the Jets do have question marks with a few of the WRs in this corp. Every WR not named Jeremy Kerley in this corp has legitimate/valid long term questions that surround them especially with the Jets hiring a new offensive coordinator that will undoubtedly implement a new offensive scheme.
– Braylon Edwards is on the bubble and the Jets may or may not commit to him long term. (I believe they should)
– Santonio Holmes has rubbed this team the wrong way and may be looking at a cut next offseason. Though with John Idzik now here, Holmes now has a chance to redeem himself and start over for the most part but I’m not holding my breath as Holmes IS who we think he is and aint changing.
– Stephen Hill though he’s a rookie and I’m in no way giving up on him in ANY way, he did lead the league in drop rate and as it stands right now, isn’t an ideal fit for the West Coast Offense.
So say the Jets are thinking the way I am and realize that maybe just maybe, it may behoove them to at least look at some WRs in this April’s draft to potentially replace one of the aforementioned WRs if NEED be if it comes to that for whatever reason. Which WRs should they be looking at? Well, you’re in luck because I have all the answers : )
For the sake of this argument, let’s assume the Jets haven’t traded Darrelle Revis and will not be looking to take a WR in the first rounds. Lets also assume that Marty Mornhinweg will have a say so in the skill position players that the Jets will look to draft this April and that size and weight isn’t something that he’ll concentrate heavy on considering he personally witness 5’10 175 lb DeSean Jackson and 6’0 198 lb Jeremy Maclin stretch defenses on a consistent basis and give secondaries hell since their respective arrivals in Philly. With that being assumed, let’s look at 3 WR prospects that the Jets/Mornhinweg should be looking at to add to this Jets WR corp:
– Stedman Bailey – at 5’ 10, 190 pounds, Bailey already has the “size” knock against him but again, Mornhinweg probably is already looking past that and onto other important intangibles and Bailey has those intangibles in my opinion. When watching tape of Bailey, the immediate attribute that jumps out at you is how he always gets open. He doesn’t have the elite speed and agility of his team mate Tavon Austin but his polished route-running means he’s able to get separation with consummate ease. 106 catches and 23 TDs
The real reason to love Stedman Bailey is his reliability. He possesses the surest pair of hands in the draft and has the rare trait of being able to make difficult catches look easy due to his soft hands and excellent body control. He can make diving catches over the middle, haul in balls whilst heading for the sidelines and is strong enough to secure grabs in traffic or when taking a subsequent hit.
- Tavarres King – at 6’0 192 pounds, King is only slightly “bigger” than Bailey but only by one peanut M&M. King participated in the Senior Bowl and was drawing great reviews from scouts and coaches as he showed great quickness and the ability to get off press coverage, something the Jets WRs had trouble with last season after the starting WRs went down with injuries. This past season at Georgia, King finished the year with 846 yards and 8 TDs and has been a consistent deep threat for Georgia throughout his career there.
– Kenny Stills – 6’1 189 plays much bigger than his actual size. He is very quick but doesn’t have elite speed but quick is very good for West Coast Offense WRs. Stills has great hands and is very good at tracking deep passes. He explodes off the line and knows how to get behind defenders in the secondary. Stills would indeed make a prototypical West Coast Offense WR.
5.) Jadeveon Clowney
The Uber-studly University of South Carolina DE has a serious conundrum of sorts as he tries to piece together his future as a Gamecock and a top NFL prospect. After witnessing his teammate RB Marcus Lattimore suffer a catastrophic knee injury that ended his season and his career at South Carolina, Clowney is taking a keen interest in his interests. Some suggest that he’s already a top 3 pick next season and needs to sit out next season, others are suggesting that he challenge the age restriction ruling put in place by the NFL that states a prospect has to be out of high school 3 years before being draft eligible. Reports also state that he is pursuing an insurance policy that is reportedly worth $5 mill that protects against catastrophic career threatening injuries kind of like the one suffered by team mate Marcus Lattimore this past season. Insurance policies like this are not uncommon for high profile athletes but this is more typical for QBs to do than defensive ends. Clowney is certainly an elite prospect and has every right to protect himself as such but I would love to see him give it his all this season and show without a doubt that he’s the best player in the country and possibly help SC get a national title. Having said that, any bowl short of a BCS Title Game Bowl that the Gamecocks reach and I DO believe he should sit said bowl out.