Final Thoughts on NFL Draft Day One for the New York Jets


Calvin Pryor (Louisville) poses for a photo after being selected as the number eighteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the New York Jets at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports” src=”http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/30/files/2014/05/calvin-pryor-nfl-2014-nfl-draft-300×600.jpg” width=”300″ height=”218″ /> May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Calvin Pryor (Louisville) poses for a photo after being selected as the number eighteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the New York Jets at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everybody. It’s great to be back in the swing of things with football isn’t it? The draft is always the unofficial start to the new year in my opinion, even more so than the Hall of Fame Game. The draft is where all the teams get together to kick off the new year in style.

So how did the Jets do?

It’s only one round, so there is no fair way to say that the Jets got destroyed or anything like that. It’s one pick. For anyone who reads me frequently, you know my personal opinion. I wanted an impact receiver in the first round, and one of their guys, Brandin Cooks, was available when the Jets stepped up to the mic. But they didn’t take him.

That was probably the most shocking part of the first pick the Jets to me, was that Cooks was still in play, and the Jets had been very interested there.

To me, the rest of the weekend will determine the value of this one. Did the Jets need help back there? Sure they did. But they also needed big play offensive players. Honestly, you could say they kept things a bit safe by choosing a defensive player, something they are all too used to doing over the last several years.

Calvin Pryor should be a solid player. We took a look at Pryor early in the speculation season, and were quite high on the kid.  Like we said last night, the kid can hit like a Pro, although he doesn’t turn the other team over much, which is what the Jets were sorely lacking in 2013.

My question today will be, how do they double back to picking up offensive playmakers today, and the rest of the way?  If choosing Pryor becomes the defining moment of the draft, I don’t think that Jets’ fans or anyone else will be happy with the draft class when they look back.  However, if Pryor is part of a group that included mid to late round playmakers, then the class might just not be so bad.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Great to see the media eat dirt again. No-one knows what Idzik will do since he picks the BPA and does not reach for need like the media wants him to. Great pick, he’s our Bob Sanders.

  • AC

    We won’t know anything about this pick or the rest of the draft until 2016 at the earliest. I’m not in love with the pick, I don’t think he was necessarily even the best safety available, but there are 11 picks to go, and half of these guys won’t even start, others won’t even make the team. 18 is kind of a crappy place to pick, lets just hope in a year or two this kid is laying people out and forcing fumbles. Our offense still stinks as of today.