Mock New York Jets Draft Wrap Up

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130418-john-idzik-650-nfl_thumb_130_95If Radio City Music Hall, the Commissioner and the owners had the foresight to see that Draft weekend shouldn’t have been changed, then this would have been the wrap up column from the Draft and we would have an idea of what the 2014 New York Jets finished product will look like. So since there are mock drafts all around I might as well do a mock Draft wrap up article.

So the Draft has come and past with the Jets using their 12 picks to flex their muscles. They were able to move up and down as the situations presented themselves and the result is an improved roster on paper. Now these rookies need to come in a prove that they belong.

In Round 1 came to pick 18 the buzz in the crowd was reaching a crescendo. Off the board went Ebron, Watkins & Evans. The Jets faithful were chanting “ODB, ODB” for Odell Beckham Jr. but the Jets stayed at 18 and drafted Darqueze Dennard, the cornerback out of Michigan State. Dennard is physical and smart which are two qualities Rex Ryan looks for in a corner. He has the ability to play press man coverage and as he adjusts to the pro game he should be able to move across the formation to follow top receivers. The crowd booed the pick but most of them will be wearing Dennard jerseys in next few years.

As the Jets saw the end of the 1st round play out, then the early part of the 2nd they saw that Jace Amaro was still on the board. Do they wait and see if he drops? Is he rated that much higher than Niklas, Sefarian-Jenkins and Fiedorowicz? As Minnesota went on the clock at 40 the crowd noticed the logo changed from the Vikings to the Jets. The crowd erupted as the Deputy Commissioner announced the Jets chose Amaro. Amaro is one of the new breed of tight ends that exploit match ups and can stretch the field. Although his strength does not lie in his blocking he has the core strength and has shown he is a willing blocker. The trade was pick 40 for the Jets pick 49 and pick 104 in the 4th round.

In Round 3 at pick 80 the Jets finally went linebacker and took Stanford’s Trent Murphy. A well-rounded linebacker who played well enough in coverage to not be a liability but his strength is his pass rush ability. He is a very physical player who never stops working. He had 15 sacks in 2013 which led the nation. Also a team leader who leads by example and holds others accountable.

In the 4th round, pick 115 came along and those worried about addressing the wide receiver were appeased as the Jets selected Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin. Abbrederis is a good route-runner that knows how to beat press coverage and get open quickly. He stepped up in a big, nationally televised game against Ohio State by torching highly rated Bradley Roby to the rune of 10 catches for 212 yards. That doesn’t even count the penalties he drew. Abbrederis is the guy that you hate on other teams because he always makes the big catch. He also has extensive punt return experience which is another need for the Jets.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    The myth that Rex needs top CBs to have a good defense is being perpetuated by the clown media and Mevis lovers. The fact of the matter is that he has built great defenses that included great corners and ones
    that included average corners. The fact of the matter is that he had average corners in Baltimore and had years when the injury bug hit his corners so hard that he was playing people out of position. Despite this
    his defenses have always been stellar. You’re not going to have 11 stars playing on defense, you need a coach that can get them to play as aunit and mask any deficiencies as best as possible. I have complete
    faith that the Jets will have at least a top 10 defense in 2014 and probably top 5. Our concerns should be around how they will manufacture some offense rather than who plays corner.

    P.S. If corner is the best rated player on the Jets board then by all means take a corner but not because of the myth that Rex needs corners.

    • Paul Newbold

      Rex can get the most out of his corners without a doubt. That being said I’m sure he’d love to add Gilbert or Dennard’s athleticism to his arsenal. Either one of these guys would look great opposite Milliner! Top Corner? Top Receiver? We’ll all know pretty soon! Let’s just hope whomever they draft in the first brings with them a big impact!

    • RONBO19

      Frank, excellent post! If the pass rush is as good as many Jet fans anticipate the corner play will be less of an issue. On the other hand, there has to be some degree of competency at that position or opponents will attack with quick short passes that expose the defense to long drives that eat the clock and wear out the big boys up front. Your point about manufacturing offense is also critical as one of the best ways to help the defense is for the offense to pull its own weight as well. Last years super bowl was the perfect example of this as as good as Seattle looked defensively,especially in the first half where the game was basically decided, things would have been a lot tougher if Russell Wilson did not make play after play with his arm and his legs keeping drives going that not only scored points, but ate up hugh chunks of the clock that kept the defense fresh and not over exposed as our offense frequently did last year as a result of frequent three & outs our worse yet,turnovers.

      • Paul Newbold

        Ronbo, are we to gamble that the pass rush improves and that they are so good they can cover up a weak secondary? As stout as our defensive front was last year, they still lacked consistent pressure, over all they failed to sack the QB on a regular basis. The Jets were tied for 13th in the league last year in sacks, producing 41 sacks. Our secondary last year was dismal as well. They were tied for 22nd in interceptions in the league, only producing 13 for the season.As you said, a level of competency is needed at the position, I don’t see us having an adequate talent level on the roster at this point! Do we need play makers on offense? They added Decker and Ford in free agency, they will undoubtedly add talent at WR and TE during the draft, plus whomever they can grab when cuts begin. Just my opinion but the need at corner outweighs the need for a WR in the first. An infusion of young talent at OLB, CB and S through the draft will bring up the defensive rankings and set the Jets up for years to come! I’d love Dennard at #18, and wouldn’t complain at all if they chose to move up and grab Gilbert in the first! Just my take…I can understand the frustration fans have been feeling towards our offensive woes….but it will be better regardless this season, with or without a first round receiver. Finish the defensive rebuild and improve the offensive talent level,With 6 picks in the top 150 and 12 overall picks, the Jets should have no problem achieving those goals!

        • RONBO19

          Paul, you must have misunderstood my post.I agree we need corner first because Izzy flopped miserably in free agency. My only concern is the price to move up can be exorbitant and I’m not in favor of over paying as neither Dennard or or Gilbert are without flaws in their game.There is no Darrell Revis or Asante Samuel in this group so if it were to come down to Beckham,Cooks vs a Varrett or any of the second tier guys I would prefer the better player over the bigger need. I’m not convinced any of the corners in this class are better than Beckham or Cooks.
          But as usual, i get your point and for the most part agree!

          • Paul Newbold

            yeah, I guess I did misunderstand your post I guess. NYJETS>COM has an interesting video interview with Idzik and his scouting team. Of course, he commits to nothing, and says little as usual, but he does touch on his approach to trading up or down. I’m reading between the lines a bit, but it may signal they are considering a move of some sort. You might want to watch it if you haven’t already. I’d love to hear your take. Your posts are informative and you tend to keep a level head concerning issues, unlike some others around the net. Keep them coming, I enjoy the reads, and the debate!

          • Craig Hoffman

            I think you are right Paul. While I don’t think they will move up, or down for that matter in round 1, I can see them leveraging their 4th to get back up into the 2nd round. I think that all the impact tight ends will be gone by then and they do need to protect themselves for the run on wide receivers that is an eventuality.

    • Craig Hoffman

      I am aware that Rex can have good defenses without top flight corners. Dennard is one of the highest rated players in my opinion and could be a star for years to come. Another argument for taking a corner is a position scarcity one. There are less potential star corners than wide receivers in this draft.

      • Frank Antonelli

        I don’t have a problem with them taking a corner as long as they are the highest rated player on Idzik’s board. If not let’s do what we did last year with Richardson and stick with best player available.

  • Paul Newbold

    I’d be happy with that draft. A stout young defensive line, two #1 draft picks on the outside at corner, and infusion of youth in the LB corps, the defense should be set for years to come. Offensively they get some young receivers to develop, two potentially deadly tight ends, and a developmental guard, offense is improved. Next season they finish the offensive rebuild after re-evaluating Smith. They would be competitive this year, and in a good position to be considered contenders the following.