Just as I do every week, I will be looking at three college athletes who I believe the Jets should be looking at during the 2014 NFL Draft process. With the Jets currently sitting at 3-2, it is impossible to know where the team will finish the season, and ultimately what pick they will have in the draft. All the players mentioned are just players who would help the Jets in some way.
Dion Bailey- Free Safety USC Trojans - As I mentioned last week, the Jets have some young talent at the safety spot in Antonio Allen, Josh Bush, and Jaiquawn Jarrett. All three are quality players, but I do have my doubts that any of them are the long-term solution for the Jets. A guy like Dion Bailey would be a very nice addition to the Jets secondary, and he may be able to make an impact in his first year. Bailey’s strength is his ability to defend against the pass. While Bailey needs to work on stopping the run, his ability to defend against the pass would make him a nice ball hawking safety for the Jets.
WR Brandon Coleman Rutgers Scarlet Knights ( Thursday 7:30 PM vs Louisville) – Coleman is the type of receiver the Jets have not had in years. A massive, tough, receiver who would be a huge boost to the Jets redzone offense. Coleman has above average hands, and is a consistent route runner. While in a running offense at Rutgers, Coleman still has found success. Coleman may be better suited as a tight end at the next level due to his lack of speed, but no matter where he plays, Coleman will make one team very happy in the redzone. Look for him to be in the late 1st- to mid second round target in the draft in 2014.
WR/RB Dri Archer Kent State ( Saturday vs Ball State 3:00 PM) . – Archer is an underrated player who is not talked about much since he does not go to a big, well-known school. If he did though, it is safe to say many people would know Archer based on his ability. At only 5’8″ and 175 pounds, Archer will be best suited in the slot in the NFL . Archer relies heavily on his plus speed to succeed, and will certainly make an offense more explosive at the next level. Archer can play wide receiver, running back, and is an option at kick returner and punt returner. His versatility and his speed make him a solid option for a team looking to add explosiveness to its offense.
Through the first few weeks, I Am sure you can tell that I believe the Jets would be wise to look at offensive talent in the early rounds of the draft, especially at the wide receiver and tight end position. The Jets defense is solid, and even though there are some holes to fill, I think they are better suited worrying about the offense, at least in the first few rounds.