2015 NFL Draft: Who The Jets Should Be Scouting – Updated
Last week I named a few notable college football players that I feel the Jets should be scouting. This week I feel as though no new prospect has emerged from the pack and joined the list, but there are a few that I won’t name just yet that could be joining the list within the next few weeks. For now we will just touch on the week the aforementioned prospects had and if it affected their stock in any way.
Nov 15, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiverAmari Cooper
(9) catches a touchdown pass defended by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive backJay Hughes
(3) in the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Amari Cooper –Bama was matched up last week against the #1 team in the country in Mississippi State and Cooper was undoubtedly a big part of it. He ended the game with eight receptions, 88 yards and 1 TD. 50 of those 88 yards came on one reception in which he beasted the pass away from two defenders. Yeah – you want him don’t you? I do. The kid continues to toy with secondaries and just runs routes like a seasoned NFL vet. Man….what else needs to be said? Bama plays a cupcake team this week so there’s a good chance Cooper matched Melvin Gordon rushing numbers with a monster receiving game, and that’s not a hyperbole. Like I said last week; hopefully Bama keeps this up so we can continue to see Cooper against top competition throughout the season and into the playoffs.
Nov 8, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterbackMarcus Mariota
(8) runs with the ball during the second half against the Utah Utes atRice
-Eccles Stadium. Oregon won 51-27. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Marcus Mariota – Marcus and the Ducks were off last week, but they play a 2-8 cupcake in Colorado this week so I expect to be discussing monster numbers from Marcus this time next week. He has ideal size and speed to play the position on the next level. Some compare him to 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick but I like him better considering I think he’s a better passer than Kaepernick.
Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterbackJameis Winston
(5) runs out of the pocket against the Miami Hurricanes in the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Jameis Winston –The Florida State signal caller had a marquee matchup vs their instate rivals in the Miami Hurricanes and the game truly lived up to the hype. Winston and the Seminoles once again found themselves down and in trouble, but once again Winston proved (at least to me) just how good he is in coming up big in crucial moments. FSU ended up beating the Canes 30-26 but not before being down 16-0 and 23-7 before finally outscoring the Hurricanes 23-3 in the final 2 1/2 quarters. Winston ended with 304 yards, one TD and one INT, but it was his pocket poise, cool composure on a bad ankle no less, and accuracy down the stretch that impressed me the most.
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I’m noticing Winston is leading his WRs more and has a great anticipation touch that his own WRs aren’t even up to speed with. I feel Winston is already throwing NFL touch and anticipatory passes and it was evident in this Miami game. Winston and the Seminoles play Boston College this week so like the previous prospects, expect a big day out of him and the FSU offense.
Sep 20, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive linesmanBrandon Scherff
(68) exits the field after the Hawkeyes defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Iowa won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Scherff – He’s still big, he still reminds of The Mountain from the Game of Thrones. He’s still a beast and still the top OT in the draft. What else needs to be said here? Well for one, I would NOT be made at all if the Jets are picking in the top 10 and select him. He’s a game changer.
Nov 15, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cornerbackPeniel Jean
(21) celebrates an interception with defensive endRandy Gregory
(4) during the third quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 59-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Randy Gregory –
Gregory’s stats don’t jump out at you, but trust me, he’s really good. He’s causes disruptions and havoc off the edges like an animal and I love it. He has 4 sacks on the year thus far and Nebraska lost to Wisconsin 59-24.
He and his defense were on the receiving end of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon one billion yard rushing day, but we won’t hold that against him, we just need him to go get the QB and this week he remained healthy and still one of my faves. That’s all that matter from the Jets stand point.