2014 NY Jets Draft Preview- Clemson Tigers Edition
It was another rough year for the young receiver. is he going to be fighting for a roster spot next season?
If you watched the college football bowl games, you know that the Clemson Tigers have loads of talent that are taking the next step and heading to the NFL. Clemson has loads of talent on both sides of the ball. While it may have no impact at all, it should be noted that Jets coach Rex Ryan has a son who attends Clemson, and is a member of the football team. Rex was spotted a few times this season at games, so is it possible he has his eye on a few Clemson Tigers? Only time will tell. Here are three players who I believe would be good fits for the Jets.
WR Sammy Watkins– I will start off by saying this. If Watkins is somehow still available at pick 18, the Jets should get the card to Roger Goodell with their pick in record time. The only way the Jets may have a shot for Watkins is if they trade up in the draft, which is always a risky move. But, the Jets have traded up before to grab a player they loved ( Mark Sanchez) . Watkins had a tremendous season, and put on a show in the bowl game against Ohio State. Watkins has natural ability, to go along with great hands, exceptional speed for a guy his size, and is a great route runner. Watkins would be the game changer the Jets have desperately needed for years.
OLB Vic Beasley– The best comparison to Beasley would have to be Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin. Beasley is a very disruptive outside linebacker who has great speed off the edge. The Jets will have pass rush specialist Antwan Barnes back next season, and having Beasley on the other side would make the Jets pass rush instantly improved. Calvin Pace had double-digit sacks this past season, but the Jets know that he is getting up in age, and need to find his replacement. Beasley would make a lot of sense for the Jets at 18, and with a little work, Beasley could be a huge part of the Jets linebacker core for years to come.
QB Tajh Boyd– Going into next season, I fully expect Geno Smith to be the starting quarterback. With that being said, the Jets still need to address the QB position. If I was GM, I would bring in a veteran QB, and draft one in the mid-late rounds of the draft. I would move on from Matt Simms and David Garrard, and have a much stronger group of QB’s on the roster. Boyd is a perfect player to bring in to be a great backup, and maybe even put a little pressure on Smith. Boyd needs to work on his deep ball, and his accuracy is inconsistent at times. Boyd needs a lot of work, but he does have the ability to be a nice player in the NFL. Boyd would be a nice pick for the Jets in the later rounds, and has the potential to be a nice backup for the team.