Marqueston Huff DB Wyoming – Huff is a 5’11 200 pound tackling machine. He plays FS, but all he does is make tackles. He has 4.4 speed in the secondary, years of experience, and recorded 127 tackles this past season, including a 20 tackle performance. His speed and tackling ability will make he and Antonio Allen interchangeable in both safety positions. He has the type of speed that makes cover 1 or cover 2 looks great for aggressive cornerbacks, because he can cover the field behind them, and enable them to make plays and not worry about getting beaten deep.
Alternate: Stanley Jean-Baptiste DB Nebraska 6’2 220 pound CB/FS
Antonio Andrews RB Western Kentucky – More offense is the way to attack this draft. Check out 2013’s most total yards from scrimmage. Adrews is 1st in the nation with 1700 yards rushing and another 500 receiving. Check out 2012. Andrews was 4th in the NCAA in yards with another 1733 yards rushing and 432 yards receiving. He took over for Bobby Rainey who is starting for Tampa Bay right now, and he produced more yardage than Rainey in his WKU days. He is a 6’ 220 pound back that can run and catch passes like no one else. This guy will be a dream come true for Marty Mornhinweg in this type of screen and trap west coast offense. They have a hammer in Ivory, a graceful back in Powell, and Andrews will provide a do it all three down back to groom and can be put in any situation. Screen passes, blocking, running up the middle, he can do everything, and do it well.
Jonathan Dowling DB Western Kentucky – Dowling is a 6’3 200 pound playmaker. He intercepted six passes in 2012 and another three passes in 2013 with another 14 passes broken up, a blocked punt, and two touchdowns in that time. Another playmaking defensive back with some size in the 6th round is a bargain. With the new additions the Jets can play some three safety looks as they did the previous seasons, and try to force some more turnovers in the secondary.
Jonathan Newsome OLB/DE Ball State – Newsome is a transfer from Ohio State. He’s 6’3 and around 240 pounds. He had 57 tackles to go with eight sacks this year. 2012 he had 51 tackles and another 8.5 sacks. He is playing an undersized DE in college, but is best suited for 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. For a 7th round pick, he is a solid choice to fill out the special teams and sub packages. As it stands Garrett McEntyre needs someone to push him off the roster.
That’s my early prediction for 2014’s draft. It is more hopeful than realistic, but I do know that’s a great draft class. The current receiving corps only has two legitimate players in Kerley and Nelson. Hill and Cumberland are sporadic, and Winslow Jr. and Homes won’t be here next year. I put a premium on route running, hands, and body control, and these two receivers are tops at that. They also don’t have to make all the catches because a three wide-set will allow Jace Amaro and Jeremy Kerley to eat up the majority of the catches with Matthews and Moncrief making plays on the outside. I realize playing a season with this many rookies starting is unrealistic; however they can compete with a re-signed David Nelson and Hill for a starting job. Let the best player’s play.
Other than that, a little more help at defensive back, and some more depth at linebacker, and this is a more offensively talented team, and a team with more speed in the secondary and pass rushing ability at linebacker. I leave the line alone, and hope that Austin Howard, Aboushi, and William Campbell continue to develop at guard and tackle.