There is no denying it, the 2014 NFL Draft is huge for the New York Jets. The Jets will likely have 12 picks in the draft once the compensatory picks are awarded to teams. The Jets have filled some needs in free agency, but many of the holes on the roster will be fixed with the draft. Expect there to be many scenarios in which people try to predict the picks second year General Manager John Idzik will make for the Jets. This is my early prediction for who John Idzik may pick in all seven rounds, barring any trades.
Round 1 Pick 18- WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State- Don’t believe the notion that the Jets cannot draft Cooks because they already have a slot guy in Jeremy Kerley and signed Eric Decker. Simply put, the Jets need all the offensive weapons they can get. Cooks would be a tremendous addition to the Jets offense. A trio of Cooks, Kerley, and Decker suddenly gives the Jets a very respectable group of wide receivers.
Round 2 Pick 49- CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech- Fuller has flown under the radar throughout the combine process. But in my opinion, Fuller is easily a top 5 cornerback in this draft. With the Jets having a big hole to fill at cornerback, Fuller has the potential to step right in and start opposite Dee Milliner if needed.
Round 3 Pick 80- TE CJ Fiedorowicz Iowa- The Jets will also need to address the tight end position, even after bringing back Jeff Cumberland. Adding Fiedorowicz will give Geno Smith another receiving threat, and will also help the running game due to his ability to block. The former Iowa tight end would be a solid pick for the Jets in the third round.
Round 4 Pick 100- OG/OT Billy Turner North Dakota State- The Jets still have a hole at the right guard spot, and even though they brought back Willie Colon, the Jets could still use some depth on the line. Adding Turner would give the Jets some much needed depth on the offensive line.
Round 4 Pick 111- OLB Adrian Hubbard Alabama- The Jets bringing back Calvin Pace should not stop them from getting younger at the OLB position. Hubbard would be a nice complementary player who can come in and rush the pass rusher on the outside. Hubbard needs to improve in stopping the run, but he would be a solid 4th round pick.
Round 5 Pick 142- De’Anthony Thomas- The Jets have been needing to give a boost to the punt returner and kick returner spots. Adding the speedster Thomas would fill those holes right away. Thomas would also provide good depth at RB, and can also be used as a slot receiver due to his speed, even though he is undersized.
Round 6 Pick 189- S Vinnie Sunseri Alabama- Sunseri is coming off a rough leg injury that kept him out of action for majority of the 2013 season at Alabama. Sunseri was one of the leaders of the Crimson Tide defense, and would be a quality 6th round pick for the Jets who could use the depth at the safety position.
Round 7- QB Logan Thomas Virgina Tech- I fully expect the Jets to add a QB in free agency, whether it is Mike Vick, who is reportedly visiting the Jets this weekend or another veteran. But I fully expect them to draft one as well. Taking a chance on Logan Thomas this late in the draft would not be a bad idea for the Jets.