Weekly NFL Mock Draft - "With The First Pick" - The New York Jets

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Nov 16, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats safety Glenn Faulkner (18) shoves Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) out of bounds during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Vanderbilt won 22-6. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Round 2 – 44. New York Jets – Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt
After snagging Ebron in the first round, the Jets are fortunate to find Geno Smith another weapon in Matthews.  Smith now has a talented option on the inside and one on the outside, both which bring size and athleticism.  They would also make it so the presently injured but physically impressive Stephen Hill would be a nice third option that can stretch the field and hopefully develop into the player they thought he was when they drafted him.”
Analysis
Well this one is a bit more complex. Seeing as though Watkins would be my choice here in the 1st round, I would be reluctant to go WR again in the round but you wouldn’t have to pull my leg to get me aboard the “Matthews” Train.  Again, it was very painful watching the Jets on the offensive side of the ball this season primarily because of Geno’s targets or lack thereof.  Jets’ WRs struggled all season to get open for Geno and that’s an issue that is no good for a rookie QB.  At 6’3 205 Matthews is a very solid target that possesses skills to be a very effective WR in the NFL.  He isn’t a speedster like Watkins but has deceptive speed to leave defenders behind when grabbing passes in space.  Matthews doesn’t shy away from contact over the middle and has very good concentration when it comes to bringing catches in.  He has surprisingly good route running abilities that should translate excellently to the next level and that could be an asset for a QB like Geno Smith who will be looking to prove himself starting this summer. The more targets the better for Geno considering Stephen Hill is one dropped Snickers bar away from being cut, Holmes’ status is really up in the air as he has been vastly ineffective and the rest of the WR corp is made up of players that aren’t really game changers and play makers outside of Jermey Kerley.  Having said that, there are a few players that I wouldn’t mind taking before Matthews here in this particular mock.

Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
David Fales – San Jose State
There are three players still on the board in this mock that I would be compelled to take a look at before Matthews but not by much.
Bottom line – I like the pick, I like Matthews and wouldn’t cry at all if he’s the Jets selection here.
Now feast on some Matthews highlights…..enjoy.

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