With a game left in the regular season and nothing to look forward to but College Bowl Games, a Senior Bowl, and combine in February, this is the draft I want to see for the Jets. (Highlights are below each player’s entry.)
Round 1 Pick 14
Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech – There are only 2 starting quality tight ends, Amaro and Eric Ebron. Amaro gets my vote because he is 6’6 while Ebron goes 6’4. Also Amaro has two years of solid statistics that exceed Ebron’s. He also stepped his game up against top 25 college teams, and didn’t put up big stats in only garbage games. They both run about a 4.6, I’d be good with either over Sammy Watkins, but Amaro gets the nod. The receiver class is deeper, and they can get a starter in round two.
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt – Everyone thinks the Jets need a big “playmaker”. The Jets need four receivers, not one. They need all four receivers to be good or excellent route runners that can catch passes away from their body. When you try to get playmakers and develop them, you wind up with Stephen Hills that are not natural receivers. Matthews is a 1st-2nd round fringe player. He will be pushed down to the 2nd round for two reasons. The first is that everyone will jump on the workout warriors which he will not be tops in the combine, and the other reason is he is a senior, and again that “potential” or “ceiling” label will get him. I have a feeling he will be a 2nd rounder. If he does the Jets need to grab him. He is 6’3, can high point grab any pass, runs great routes, has good hands, and great instincts. The last two seasons alone he has 200+ catches, 2600 yards, and is setting SEC records. That is the type of receiver the Jets need, one that makes continuous catches rather than one or two big plays a game.
Round 3 (from Tampa Bay)
Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss – I’m tabbing offense early, and this completes the trifecta. Moncrief is a better receiving prospect than 1st round guys like Marquise Lee or Watkins. He runs great routes, and he has a solid 6’3 220 pound body, and he looks the part. Go and Youtube Moncriefs games against top 25 teams like LSU(7) or Texas(14) from 2012 when they had 1st round defensive backs like Eric Reid (LSU) or Kenny Vacarro (Texas). Moncrief repeatedly torched those secondaries. He does everything well, and I expect him to be a 1st or 2nd rounder by the time the evaluation process is done, rather than the 3rd round grade he has now. I watched him beat press coverage with ease, and abuse defenders giving him even a five yard cushion. He is the closest thing to Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns in this draft. He makes a lot of acrobatic catches, and shields defensive backs from the ball to make great hand catches routinely. The best thing he excels at is double moves and hitch routes.
Round 3 pick 2
Jeremiah Attaochu LB Georgia Tech – This is a 6’2 240 pound beast that is super aggressive. He posted 10 sacks in November alone this past season. For the year he had 13 sacks for 2013 and another 10 sacks in 2012. He’s not a one year wonder. He’s aggressive, he’s a hard hitter, and he’s violent. He reminds me of James Harrison, if Harrison was younger and had 4.6 type speed. Attaochu was used as both a DE and an OLB in 3-4 situations. If the Coples experiment continues, I can see him being the other bookend OLB, with Calvin Pace handing over the reigns to him after one season.