Coming off a thrilling overtime victory against the Jets division rival New England Patriots, the last thing on the Jets and their fans minds is the 2014 NFL Draft that will take place in NYC a few months after the season is over. The Jets have exceeded many people’s expectations at this point, and it is obviously still unknown where they will pick. While they have had a successful year so far, there are still some areas on the roster that need to be addressed in the 2014 Draft. Just as I do every week, here are three players who I feel would help the Jets the most.
WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt ( Saturday vs Texas A&M) - The first thing I noticed about Matthews is how similar his game is to All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has had a great career for the Arizona Cardinals. Matthews does not have blazing speed or anything close to it. But, Matthews is a strong athlete with great hands, and is a strong route runner. Matthews is not afraid of contact and has the ability to make the tough catch. With the status of Santonio Holmes up in the air for next season, adding a guy like Matthews would be a good move for the Jets.
TE Nick O’Leary Florida State ( Saturday vs North Carolina State) - If I am Jets General Manager John Idzik, I am drafting offense in at least the first two, maybe even first three rounds of the 2014 draft. It seems as though the Jets have found their starting QB for the future in last year’s second round pick Geno Smith. With that already in place, it is time to start to add some weapons around him on the offensive side of the ball, and O’Leary would be a good starting point. O’Leary is a solid pass catching tight end who has been a huge weapon for young Florida State QB Jameis Winston. He is very reliable and seems to have a knack for making the clutch play. He will need to work on his blocking to become an all around great prospect. With some proper coaching, O’Leary would be a nice pick for the weapon needy New York Jets.
G Zack Martin Notre Dame ( Sat vs Air Force) - So far this year, the Jets offensive line has been pretty solid. Newcomer Willie Colon has done a nice job at right guard, and rookie Brian Winters has been fine over at left guard. It would be wise for Idzik to look to add a guard in the draft simply because Colon is getting up in age, and a young guard is needed for the future. A guy like Martin would be a nice mid-round selection for the Jets. Martin has had a great year so far for the Irish, and has really excelled in pass protection. Having him learn from a hard-nosed run blocker like Colon would only further improve Martins play.
These are three guys I feel would be good fits for the New York Jets. What do you think?