New York Jets Post Draft Depth Chart: Offense

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse


Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Draft has come and gone which puts us at a point at the offseason where it is fair to take a look at what improvements have been made and how the team is coming together. Today we’ll look at the offense and Monday we will look at the defense and special teams.

Quarterback – 2013 1) Geno Smith 2) Mark Sanchez 3) Matt Simms 4) David Garrard

2014 1) Geno Smith 2) Michael Vick 3) Tajh Boyd 4) Matt Simms - The Jets signed the best quarterback available in free agency in Michael Vick. Vick still flashes the ability to be a starter but injuries and turnovers have hurt him. Still, Vick has had many more touchdowns to interceptions in his career and is a good benchmark for Smith. If Smith cannot outplay Vick then he does not deserve to start. Tajh Boyd has had success at a major program and has a great arm to go along with the ability to make plays with his legs. He is a better developmental prospect than Simms.

Advantage: 2014

Running Back – 2013 1) Chris Ivory 2) Bilal Powell 3) Alex Green 4) Mike Goodson for a few plays

2014 1) Chris Ivory 2) Chris Johnson 3) Bilal Powell 4) Alex Green - You take last year’s group that was strong and you add a back that has never had less than 1,000 yards rushing but also brings the added dimension of consistently having around 45-50 receptions out of the backfield. Johnson may be in the twilight of his career but with a reduced workload he should be able to showcase his speed and explosion that make him one of the most dynamic playmakers in the league. The Jets will get him in space as much as possible and leave the heavy inside work to Chris Ivory, who will continue to wear down defenses between the tackles and showcase his deceptive speed. Bilal Powell will backup both positions and bring his pass blocking ability to 3rd down situations. Powell was just 31 yards short of 1,000 yards from scrimmage last year and is only 25 so Powell still has plenty to contribute.

Advantage: 2014

Wide Receiver – 2013 1) Santonio Holmes 2) Stephen Hill 3) Jeremy Kerley 4) David Nelson 5) Clyde Gates 6) Ryan Spadola

2014 1) Eric Decker 2) Jeremy Kerley 3) Jalen Saunders 4) Shaq Evans 5) Stephen Hill 6) Jacoby Ford  - To say that this is a revamped unit would be an understatement. Last year’s group had very few players that could consistently get open and the ones who could missed significant time due to injury resulting in players like Greg Salas, Saalim Hakim, and Michael Campbell seeing the field. If it weren’t for David Nelson coming in mid-season this group would have been even worse. In free agency the team signed the number 1 available wide receiver in Eric Decker. Decker is a touchdown machine with 32 in the last 3 years including 8 when Tim Tebow was the quarterback so he is not a creation of Peyton Manning. Decker was helped by Manning but 44 receptions for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns in his 1st year starting and being in a super run heavy offense ran by Tebow shows that Decker has talent of his own. The Jets were 8-2 when Jeremy Kerley played and 0-6 without him which spells out his importance to the team. He was the go to guy for tough 3rd down receptions and big plays, making them despite having most of the defense’s attention on him. Kerley will have more room to work and more weapons around him to get him more favorable match ups. Jacoby Ford was added. He has world-class speed but his injury history has hindered his progress. If Ford can’t put it together there are plenty of others to take his spot, including David Nelson who was a solid contributor last year. In the draft the Jets brought in Shaq Evans, a 6’1″ 213 lbs receiver with 4.4 speed, Evans is able to both get deep and work the middle. They also acquired Jaylen Saunders a slot receiver who, although he is small, is extremely quick and sudden in his routes and had 3,000 yards and 26 receiving touchdowns for Oklahoma. Saunders also averages 15 yards per punt return with 3 return touchdowns filling a desperate need for the Jets. This is Stephen Hill’s last chance. He has had knee trouble and trouble with drops. He has not lived up to the lofty expectations he came here with but this is an opportunity for him to not be a top receiver and have the spotlight off him. The defenses should not be keying on him which will allow him to take advantages of match ups and holes in the defense to make big plays. Much more speed in this 2014 group of receivers and with different kinds of receivers who can work short in space, the middle or get deep, this group fits together much better and is much deeper allowing for real competition.

Advantage: 2014

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Tags: 2014 Roster Geno Smith New York Jets

  • Paul Newbold

    Very optimistic view of this roster Craig. It’s the rosiest of pictures. I have to wonder though how much of it is a mirage. Let’s face it, Free Agency was a bit of a disappointment. we signed some players, but they were mainly second tier guys and most were coming off injuries that added to their career of injuries. The draft started out solid, after the third round, we’ll have to wait and see what we have. The Jets are an improved unit, the addition of Decker and Amaro almost guarantee that. Beyond that its questionable….a lot of “IF’s” and “maybe’s”,. Camp promises to be interesting with some good competitions and the next period of free agency and possible trades, offers more room for improvement. Here’s hoping all those moves pay off big time, everyone stays healthy and the Jets can make it to the play offs!!

    • AC

      The Jets are an improved unit yes, but as it stands now on paper at least, their schedule is much more difficult than last year, they are facing a barrage of top quality QBs. I still think our defense is decent enough but the GLARING lack of a top tier corner could very well prove to be an Achilles heel. We are not going to average scoring 30 points a game. That being said, everything is a ? in the NFL and we won’t really know how strong some of these teams are until the year begins. We still can be fairly sure the Broncos and 2 Pats games are going to be very difficult. I think relying on the current secondary, including Pryor, whose NFL coverage skills will be a coin flip is a formula for losing games this year. I think Pryor will be as described, mean safety in the box, mean blitzer, but he will need to adjust to NFL speed in coverage.

      • Paul Newbold

        Pryor’s coverage skills are average, the knock on him on the back end was a bit exaggerated, with pro coaching his shortcomings should be able to be corrected easily I agree the secondary is still a huge problem, even looking at today’s roster I can’t find a corner that can be depended on to start opposite Milliner. Milliner himself isn’t even proven! That truly concerns me, and I have to wonder how “The Plan” addresses the issue. Two new draftees, a third rounder coming off surgery, projected more as a nickel corner, and slightly on the small side. The other a six rounder who will probably not make the first cuts of camp. I dread to think “The Plan” figures to start Milliner/Wilson/ Patterson opening day! Patterson plays well, but has never been able to stay healthy, which makes him more suited for a back up role. Wilson has proven to be unreliable on the outside, and is much better in the nickel. The rest of the bunch have shown little but flashes in their tenure. I’ve been saying all along the secondary needed to be the priority…..”The Plan” may have missed the mark on this one!

        • AC

          Its a huge hole in the “Plan”. The Jets aren’t going to average 30 points a game. So when we make guys like Marvin Jones look like Jerry Rice and Megatron put together, we are toast. Its very frustrating to finally have a good front 7 and then watch the secondary go to the toilet (the previous strength). No team is perfect, but if Milliner doesn’t come through, the Jets are in BIG trouble with this schedule.

          • Paul Newbold

            Without a doubt! I liked the Pryor pick, don’t get me wrong, I think he’s going to be a a pro bowler someday someday. That being said I still think corner was their greatest need going into the draft, and as far as I can see, they came up empty again! They missed the chance in free agency as well. McDougal will need time to develop, but he’s also small for a NFL corner, his durability is a question mark as well as his ability to play man press. I;m still trying to figure that pick out, as there was bigger more physical corners still available! Frustrating is a mild word, I’m enraged by the lack of a top corner to replace Holmes. If Patterson can stay healthy, maybe he’s the guy, but that is a big IF!!

          • AC

            McDougal picked in the 3rd round was by far their worst of the draft. And the only reason they give in interviews about him are “He plays like a Jet”. Whatever that means.

          • Paul Newbold

            Ask Rex? LOL

          • RONBO19

            AC, Love your great conversation with my favorite Jet poster Paul. It’s great to see two guys who can separate the truth from fanatical loyalty to our team. Obviously as jet fans we all want the team to improve and would love to spew out a bunch of positive comments in anticipation of the coming season. but at some point realism has to come into play and when you have a stellar front seven backed up by a very questionable deep crew you gotta second guess the guys in charge. reading these blogs and seeing all this blind loyalty to Izzy is becoming nauseating to say the least. if you look at his body of work it’s really not so great. He implemented former G.M. Mike Tannenbaum exact off season plan following the 2012 season;letting the older,injury prone, underachievers walk and replaced them with cheaper “hold the fort” types like Colon
            Winslow,and Barnes, which also opened playing time for the young def.lineman to play.
            His first draft a C+ at best as only Richardson has established himself at this point.Geno& Milliner may pan out as “good” starters but I have a lot of doubt about Winters and I can pretty much guarantee you Oboushi and Campbell plus FB T.Bohanon will never be starters on a contending team. Like Paul says, this years draft has only two of 12 that will likely contribute this year and the other 10 are big time question marks. And the biggest failure was our failure to properly address the CB siuation in free agency.How do you let the Giants who had a fraction of the cap space we had steal Walter Thurmond and DRC away from us?

          • AC

            Yeah, its kind of ridiculous. There seems to be a blind following of Idzik because he was part of the Seahawks organizations or something. He wasn’t the general manager. He’s made some decent moves, but he really whiffed on the CB position. And honestly, I am not so sure Pryor would have been our first pick had that issue been addressed. Let me remind you Idzik also released two good safeties, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. Granted, Bell is up there in age I think but they were one of the bright spots on a bad team that year. Safety was and is a need, but it wasn’t glaring. Antonio Allen improved, and if worst had come to worse, they could have signed Ed Reed for another year, he wasn’t terrible back there (althought iffy at this point in coverage), and he supposedly was the guy who mentored Milliner into looking like an NFL corner in his last two games. I just think the jury is still out. You can’t evaluate a GM after 1 year, and you can’t say the Jets had a great draft when we haven’t seen any of these guys play yet. We were lucky to get Amaro, I think he has a lot of promise, as does Pryor. On paper, if all goes well and as planned, the Jets may be a lot better. But their schedule seems to be a lot tougher at least right now, so its hard to say.

          • RONBO19

            Yeah, Paul & I had that very conversation as all the safety’s and corners got gobbled up as Izzy sat back and low-balled guys? You are right that we can’t definitively judge Izzy yet as the pre-season games are still a couple months away and it’s still too early to fully evaluate the 2013 draft much less the draft we just had. On an earlier post Paul did a really good job explaining why most of this years pick’s were highly questionable as there appeared to be better players available like McDougle in the 3rd, the two receivers in the 4th who were projected by most sources as 6th or 7th round guys. In addition we picked two LB’s that weren’t even listed on any of the pre-draft publication top 350 player lists. George at 5-10 230 and running a 5.2 40 and Empalli who’s 6-0 270 and ran a 5.4 at his pro day have about as much chance of making the roster as I have to be the next NFL commissioner. Even the kid from Oklahoma Enua went unlisted on most site’s? I just didn’t get those picks

          • AC

            Yeah, I didn’t get the McDougle pick at all. I really don’t know much about the LBs, but a 5’10 230 lb. LB is not going to be the next Ray Lewis thats for sure. I don’t really get it. Idzik is almost reaching, maybe to try to look smart, by drafting these guys that he sees “fit the Jet profile”. Well thats fine and dandy until the realization comes that these guys are not worth a roster spot. Then those picks are wasted. In the later rounds, you should at least try to get someone who is either freakishly tall, or fast, someone who has potential to be a monster athlete but has been looked over by the masses. I also think we should have taken either Cooks or traded down and taken Benjamin in the first round. Pryor might have still been on the board. Who knows what went on in the war room, but overall there just seems to be things that didn’t add up in this draft, and we won’t really know for at least a year if not more. Unless only 4 of the 12 picks make the roster or something, then it will be pretty clear.

          • RONBO19

            I would even grant him the Pryor and Amaro picks as i do think they will both turn out very well. But the “reach” word you used is exactly what I’m talking about! It’s like this guy is trying to re-invent the wheel by showing every one what a genius he is picking players most teams didn’t even have on their draft boards. Other than the Guard he picked with the last of the three picks we had in the 4th round, every player he picked was a reach. The highest I saw McDougal on any site was the 5th round. Most had him in the 6th. Wr’s Saubders and Evans were 6th round projections and pretty much everyone had WR Quency Eneua, the two LB’s and the corner we took in the 6th round as un-drafted free agents? Hey, time will tell and as I always say I hope I am wrong about these picks because frankly, I just want to win a super bowl before I join my ancestors in the happy hunting ground.

          • AC

            LOL. Me too and I’m only 32. See, that makes me even more mad. Because I know you follow college football and the draft more than I do. It seems like after the draft pretty much ever team gets a rosy outlook, because obviously its a complete roll of the dice whether or not players will be good. But to take guys in the 4th round that are not even projected to go until 7 is wasting picks that could be traded. Didn’t we trade away a 4th rounder for Chris Ivory?? That was a good move. Might have been a 3rd I don’t remember but still. The real problem lies with Woody Johnson as he knows nothing about football, and just hired Idzik because he was within the circle of people who can actually get into an NFL office. Why is our former GM the head scout now? Why pick another salary cap guy to be the GM when that didn’t work last time?? Blind faith in Idzik comes from something we call confirmation bias in finance. Because he is the new guy, we automatically assume he will be better than the old. Like you have said before, he didn’t even do so well in the draft last year. I’m sure Richardson was really scouted by someone else. And the jury is out on all the other players. Winters is a big hole, I doubt he is going to be any good, Geno faced the most pressure through his gap last season. That should have been addressed in the 3rd or 4th round. Or free agency preferably.

  • AC

    Defenses won’t be “keying” on Stephen Hill because there is a good chance he will be cut in my opinion. Especially if these rookies look good in camp. Why keep him around and take up a roster spot? He’s been injured, couldn’t catch a volleyball, and can’t get open. His drop against the Pats cost the Jets the game in 2012. If you have Decker, Kerley, Ford,David Nelson, Amaro (who can play split out), Cumberland, plus all the rookies, one of which should hopefully pan out, where does that leave Hill? I’d rather have David Nelson out there any day over Hill. Even if he makes the team, he will need to make a significant impact to be on the field for more than 5 plays a game. If that.

    • philip

      cant wait for this asshole to get booted… he is such a waste… i swear tannenbaum has no idea how to draft… besides Mo Wilkerson, our 1st and 2nd round draft picks aren’t even on the team anymore, or soon to be out the door… (Sanchez, Hill, Duccase, Kyle Wilson, Coples).. dont kid urself coples sucks ass, he was not 1st round pick worthy