At this point in the season, the Jets are sitting at a very respectable 5-4, and with seven games remaining in the season, the Jets have a great shot to make the playoffs. I am sure that the last thing on John Idzik and Rex Ryan’s mind in the 2014 draft since the 2013 season is still going on. But just as I do every week, I will examine three college football players who I believe would be a good fit on the New York Jets. It is impossible to know where the Jets will be picking in the draft, so these are players I feel would be a good fit simply based off of their talents.
DT Bruce Gaston Purdue Boilermakers- I know what you are thinking. “A defensive lineman?? That is a strength of the Jets”, and with that statement you are absolutely correct. I am not saying the Jets should be picking a lineman in the first round, or even the top 3-4 rounds actually, but I think adding depth to the already solid line later in the draft is a good idea. This is why I think Gaston is a solid pick. Gaston would be a very good backup to Damon Harrison, and would be a nice addition when stopping the run. Gaston has had a very nice season thus far for Purdue, and even has two sacks. For a guy his size to be able to get to the QB is rare. Gaston would be a nice late round selection for the Jets.
OLB Carl Bradford Arizona State Sun Devils- For years Rex Ryan has been looking for that pass rusher that can cause havoc for a QB and the opposing teams offensive line. While Antwan Barnes looked like a guy who could do that earlier in the year, he unfortunately went down with a season ending injury. When Barnes is healthy next year, having a guy like Bradford on the other side would be a dangerous duo. Bradford is solid against the run, and also has the speed and power to get pressure on the QB. While Calvin Pace has done well this year registering 5 sacks, Bradford could come in as the OLB of the future for the Green and White.
WR T.J. Jones Notre Dame Fighting Irish- It is no secret that the Jets need help at the wide receiver position. In my opinion, I believe the Jets should be looking to add at least two receivers in the draft. A guy early on, and a guy in the later rounds. Jones is a player who the Jets should target in the later rounds. Despite a rough year for the Irish QB, Jones has had some success. He has good speed and good routes, he just needs to find consistency, which will come. He would be a good pick late in the draft for the Jets.
These are three players I feel would help the Jets. Any players you have in mind?