NFL Draft Preview: Handicapping The New York Jets' Options In The 2nd & 3rd Rounds

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Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks with the media following training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks with the media following training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, the Jets filled a position of need by drafting Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. But that was yesterday, today rounds 2 & 3 take place and the Jets need to select at least two more players that will be part of the foundation of this team for the next 5-7 years. What are their remaining options? Here is a link to yesterday’s preview which has write ups on some of the names that are still available today. Statistics and scouting information from CBSSports.com were analyzed and used to get a better grasp of the players. Opinions are my own.

Round 2

The Favorites

1) Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech – A pass catching tight end at 6’5″ and 265 lbs. that is a matchup nightmare, as I said yesterday. He was in the conversation for pick 18 before falling after the combine. If he lasts until 49 he is an amazing value.

2) Marquise Lee, WR, USC – Lee was the top WR in the country in 2012 and would have been a top 10 pick if he was eligible to come out. However, injuries, poor quarterback play and drops have affected his stock in the eyes of some teams. He is a deep threat, a player that also thrives on yards after the catch and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. After all is said and done he could be the best wide receiver in this draft and a real steal at 18 then he fell out of the 1st round and would even be a better value in round 2.

3) Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt – All-time SEC leader in receptions with 262 and receiving yards with 3,759. Matthews has the size at 6’3″ to get jump balls and the speed at 4.46 to get loose in the secondary. He has good strength which helps him get off of jams well. Not as much hype around him because his measurables weren’t terrific and he dropped some passes at the Combine but his tape, especially playing against SEC defenses is very good. Also, he is Jerry Rice’s cousin.

4) Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU – Landry has the best hands in the draft with a drop rate of only 2% and he is an excellent route-runner that knows how to get open. He ran a 4.7 forty yard dash at the Combine which dropped him to the mid second round but 4.7 is not the way he plays on the football field. Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey will be able to give an excellent evaluation of Landry due to their time together at LSU.

5) Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss – A 6’2″ man that weighs 221 lbs. that runs a 4.34 forty yard dash is an amazing athlete. You pair that with excellent production in a power conference and Donte Moncrief is a steal in the 2nd round. Moncrief gets out of his breaks so quickly he separates from man coverage and when he sets the corner up he beats him with a double move. He has the strength and quickness to get a good release even when being pressed. I see no downside to taking him if the Jets pass on a WR in round 1.

6) Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State – Another big, strong receiver (6’3″ and 220 lbs.) that doesn’t have any trouble getting off of press coverage, Robinson meets the standards that Mornhinweg laid out for his wide receivers. He has been extremely productive at Penn State with 97 catches and 1,432 yards in 2013. Robinson may not have terrific top end speed but he is deceptively fast and his acceleration in and out of breaks are also above average. He is a smart player that knows the entire route tree from the pro style offense at Penn State. Robinson is very physical and has a 39″ vertical which lets him excel at jump balls and improves his ability as a red zone target.

The Others

1) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska – Jean-Baptiste has had a meteoric rise in the last few days to where he is mocked by plenty to go in the 1st round when he was originally considered a 4th round prospect. This is a classic case of monkey see, monkey do as Jean-Baptiste’s best asset is his size and big corners are what Seattle has used so successfully. Jean-Baptiste is 6’3″ with 4.45 speed and long arms. He uses those arms well playing press man to redirect receivers. He has good ball skills but isn’t physical enough and isn’t a good or willing tackler.

2) Pierre Desir, CB, Longwood – With 25 career interceptions, Desir is a ball magnet. He dominated the low level of competition he played against but still has work to do to make it work at the professional level. Needs technique refinement and hasn’t really played true press coverage. He has a lot of athletic gifts, including good acceleration and closing speed, fluid enough to change direction well, and has great height at 6’1′. Desir would not be an immediate starter but someone who could grow into the role in time.

3) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington – Seferian-Jenkins is an interesting prospect. While he has good size  (6’6″ tall and 262 lbs.) that he uses to grab jump balls and tough throws, strength to get off of jams, soft hands, good initial burst off of the line, experience lining up in-line, split out wide and in the slot and improved blocking ability, Seferian-Jenkins also had a DUI and some issues with his attitude. He seems to have overcome the attitude concerns and is rising in recent mock drafts, some have him in the 1st round. He has passed Niklas for 3rd best tight end in the draft and some like him better than Amaro.

4) Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame – Niklas is an interesting prospect. He is 6’7″ tall and 270 lbs and nicknamed Hercules by his teammates at Notre Dame. Last season he had 32 receptions for 498 yards and 5 touchdowns. Mainly used as a blocker Niklas is just scratching the surface as a receiver. He would be an immediate help as a red zone target with the ability to challenge a defense down the seam.

5) Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State – 6’1″ receiver that has a 39 1/2″ vertical leap, Adams is an extremely athletic player who can go get jump balls or bad throws and is a great red zone player. He also has good hands. His speed and strength are a question mark as he ran a 4.56 forty yard dash and has trouble getting off of jams. Adams is young and has room to add muscle to his frame which will improve his strength.

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