2014 NFL Draft Preview for the New York Jets: Florida Gators Edition

John Idzik has a huge opportunity to improve the Jets this offseason

John Idzik has a huge opportunity to improve the Jets this offseason

Every week for the past few weeks I have studied three players who will be entering the 2014 NFL Draft, and studied how in my opinion they would be good fits for the New York Jets. Last week, I decided to change it up a bit. I decided to study three players from each school, and show how they would be a good New York Jet. Last week I studied the Alabama Crimson Tide, and this week I studied the Florida Gators. The Gators had a rough year, but they have many talented players heading to the NFL.

CB Loucheiz Purifoy- After being able to watch many Gators games this season, it was obvious that they were a very talented team, but injuries hurt them, and it just seemed that they could not play together on the field. While the Jets should not be taking a corner in the first round, taking a guy like Purifoy in the second round may not be such a bad pick, especially if they decide to cut ties with Antonio Cromartie. Purifoy’s game reminds me a bit of Cromartie, since Purifoy is a tall, lanky corner who uses his height to his advantage. Purifoy is a talented player, whose footwork and ball skills need work, but he certainly has the talent to succeed at the next level.

WR Trey Burton- I have wrote about Burton before, and I am a big fan of his game. For the Gators this year, the QB position was a mess. By the end of the year they were starting their third string freshman quarterback, In the midst of all this, Burton had a pretty decent season for himself. The senior is a very versatile player, who can play QB, WR, and some PR/KR. Burton does not have great speed, but Burton runs strong routes, and has very reliable hands, which you need in a receiver. Burton can also run the wildcat, so think of him as a fill in for Josh Cribbs. Burton would be a great late round grab for the Jets.

WR Solomon Patton- Before this season, Patton had not done much in his Florida Gators career. But the senior made sure to have a strong senior season before taking his talents to the NFL. Patton is a small receiver, coming in at only 5’9″, but Patton does many things that would make him valuable to the Jets. Next year, I expect the Jets to address the WR and TE spots in the first few rounds, while adding another WR through free agency. Adding a guy like Patton, who has great speed, reliable hands, and has the ability to play in the slot. He would be a nice addition to the offense for the Jets.

These are three former Florida Gators who I feel would be good fits for the Jets. Be on the look out for next weeks article, as I study three Florida State Seminoles who I believe would make good Jets.

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