2015 NFL Draft: Three Options for the New York Jets at Number Six
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After finishing the 2014 season with a disappointing record of 4-12, the New York Jets now have to focus on the 2015 NFL Draft. The team will hold the sixth pick in the draft, and there are many directions they can go with this pick. Do they pick a QB if one is on the board? Do they address the issues on the offensive line? Do they select a defensive back, an area that hurt the Jets all season long? The Jets have many question marks heading into the 2015 season. At this point, we do not even know who the head coach and general manager will be after the team decided to part ways with John Idzik and Rex Ryan. Let’s take a look at three players who may be on the Jets draft board come April.
Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiverAmari Cooper
(9) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Missouri Tigers of the 2014 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
WR Amari Cooper Alabama Crimson Tide- While wide receiver may not be considered a glaring need for the New York Jets, adding a guy like Amari Cooper would instantly be a huge boost for the offense, who struggled for majority of the 2014 season. Cooper is viewed as the best wide receiver in this draft, and one of the best players in the entire draft. If the Jets decide to take Cooper, they would have a top four wide receiver group consisting of Eric Decker, Percy Harvin ( if resigned) , Amari Cooper, and Jeremy Kerley. That is a very impressive group. Even though Cooper is not the tallest of receivers ( 6’1″) , he is a very strong route runner who has great speed and exceptional hands. I bet the Jets consider Cooper if he is on the board when they pick come April.
OL La’el Collins LSU Tigers- While the Jets are set at center, right tackle, and left tackle for at least next season, the Jets could definitely use an upgrade on the offensive line at the guard positions. While it would not be a ” sexy” pick, picking LSU lineman La’el Collins would be a very safe pick that would fill a need. In all likelihood, RG Willie Colon has played his last game as a member of the Jets. Also, after filling in for Brian Winters, LG Oday Aboushi may have secured himself a spot on the offensive line for next season. With those guys in place, and a guy like Collins at right guard, the Jets offensive line would be improved from 2014.
Nov 22, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive linemanDante Fowler Jr.
(6) against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
DE/OLB Dante Fowler Florida Gators– This is another pick that may not be popular among fans, but it would be a pick that would instantly upgrade the defense. While the Jets front seven is already strong, adding a guy like Fowler may truly make it dominant. Setting the edge at OLB for the Jets the last few years was veteran Calvin Pace, who was a formidable stopgap, but the Jets definitely need to get younger and faster at the position. Fowler is one of the best pass rushers in the entire draft, and would allow the defense to take attention away from Sheldon Richardson, Quinton Coples, and Muhammad Wilkerson. Fowler is someone who the Jets may have some interest in to replace Calvin Pace at the OLB position.