2015 NFL Draft: Potential New York Jets Prospects Update


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We come to another week and another look at the top prospects the New York Jets should be considering with their first round. Each week, I’ll look at essentially the same prospects with a prospect here and there being added or removed.  Let’s get a look at how our prospects fared this past week.

Jameis Winston

Another week and another win for the Seminoles that included clutch throws from QB Jameis Winston.  Winston ended the game with 281 yards, one TD and one INT.  But once again, Winston found himself making several plays including a few in a final 66 yard drive that ended with a field goal to win the game for the Seminoles, which is nothing new for Jameis.  He was still as composed and poised as he’s been the entire season.  His numbers aren’t as eye-popping as Mariota’s simply because this Florida State team is a surprisingly efficient offensive team.  I still believe, however, that the further down the stretch the Seminoles find themselves, including the playoffs, Winston will have to win games with his passing abilities, his arm.  I look for his stock to rise as this FSU teams makes it way through the playoffs.

Nov 15, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) catches a pass ahead of Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Kendrick Market (26) and Justin Cox (9) in the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper – Amari posted three catches for 30 yards, but was injured on his last catch near the goal line.  Head coach Nick Saban admitted that Cooper’s knee injury wasn’t serious enough to keep him out of the game, but decided to keep him out anyway considering the cupcake they were playing.  Cooper will have bigger and better challenges during the upcoming weeks, like the Iron Bowl, the SEC Championship game and potential playoffs looming ahead for the Crimson Tide.

Nov 22, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) walks to the locker room after the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Mariota – Marcus posted 323 passing yards and three TDs, and he rushed for 73 yards with another TD.  It was a clinic for Mariota against a cupcake, but a clinic nonetheless.  He looked good in all facets of the game vs Colorado.  We should get a better understanding (as if after two years we don’t already know who he is) of the hype when he goes up against top competition down the stretch and into the playoffs. Stay tuned for that.

Sep 27, 2014; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Mark Weisman (45) and offensive linesman Brandon Scherff (68) celebrate a touchdown during the second half of the game at Ross Ade Stadium. The Iowa Hawkeyes beat the Purdue Boilermakers 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Scherff  – Iowa played Wisconsin this week and lost 26-24. Scherff looked about as dominant as he has the entire season. Branon is a very fluid and smooth tackle that seems very athletic for someone his size. His arm length is tremendous and should make the transition to the pro level that much easier for the man I’ve nicknamed “The Mountain.”

Nov 22, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Randy Gregory (4) sacks Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Randy Gregory – This week, Gregory had a sack and a couple of tackles in the loss to Minnesota. Like Scherff, he’s a prospect that we won’t get to see much out of down the stretch because of the team play, but as off-season workouts and the combine near, he should begin to stand out more with his athleticism.  He has ideal size and speed to play the 3-4 pass rushing OLB that the Jets have coveted for a long time now.

Nov 1, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Stanley Williams (18) is tackled by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Shane Ray (56) during the second half at Faurot Field. Missouri won 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

A few other notable prospects I think are legitimate options for the Jets in the 1st round:

Missouri DE Shane Ray

– A fast, off the edges pass rusher that can win one on one matchups on the next level.

West Virginia WR Kevin White

– Kevin plays and looks similar to former Clemson WR and current Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins.  I love the mismatches he presents and his speed and athleticism is day one NFL ready.

Lousiville WR DeVante Parker

– Parker is probably my second favorite WR in this class.  He reminds me of a mixture of Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. His route running is excellent and has breakaway speed.