NFL Draft 2015: New York Jets’ Prospect Watch: Day Two


Feb 18, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Williams was the pick of the New York Jets last night, after he surprisingly fell out of the top three, and was there for the taking at number six. Mike Maccagnan said last night that you can never have too many defensive linemen with talent, and Leonard Williams is a talented football player.

So, what is going to happen tonight? The Jets still have their fair share of holes to fill. We have talked about it at length, they could still go offense or defense tonight. Here are some prospects that I believe that the Jets will be interested in tonight, and that we should keep an eye on.

Next: A.J. Cann

Oct 18, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard

A.J. Cann

(50) on the sideline against the Furman Paladins in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit:

Jeff Blake


A.J. Cann has been connected with the Jets in some circles as a potential here, and it makes sense. The Jets offensive line has been deteriorating over the years, especially on the inside. Willie Colon is a penalty machine, and nobody on the current roster has done much to distinguish themselves.

A.J. Cann has been durable and consistent, starting all but one game during his career at South Carolina. At 6’2″, 313 pounds, he is a good size for an NFL guard. Dane Brugler, in his draft guide, describes Cann as a guy with “no glaring flaws”. He would bring an immediate upgrade to the New York Jets offensive line.

Next: Dorial Green-Beckham

Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver

Dorial Green-Beckham

catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This one is an immensely talented football player, but has boom or bust potential. Dorial Green-Beckham has been compared by some to a young Randy Moss. At 6’5″, he is a huge red zone threat, and with his long strides, he can get up the field for the deep ball. Woody Johnson did drop the hint that the Jets were going to find more weapons for Geno Smith, and a weapon like this guy could stretch the field in ways we haven’t seen on the team in a generation.

But, there are concerns. For some, Green-Beckham reminds of Moss due to his laziness, and lack of a motor. Randy Moss had his bouts with less than 100% effort, and there is concern of the same with this guy. Take that, along with his legal problems. You can guarantee that at least some teams will be scared off, with visions of Josh Gordon dancing in their heads.

If the Jets can look past the risks, they may go ahead and select this high ceiling wide receiver.

Next: Brett Hundley

Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback

Brett Hundley

throws a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If the Jets are going to look quarterback, I believe it will be tonight in the third round. Brett Hundley is a name I have heard a lot. Keep an eye on Hundley, as some grade him as the third best quarterback after Winston and Mariota.

Personally, I prefer Sean Mannion. He is tall, prototypical height for a QB, and has been productive in a pro-style offense. Not many feel the same way, however, so I am not getting my hopes up. Hundley has a large skill set, both with his arm and with his legs. The Jets may be interested…

Next: Randy Gregory

Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end

Randy Gregory

(4) looks on before the game against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

A top pass rusher may be available, if the Jets are willing. Randy Gregory was projected at one point to be a first round selection. Gregory posted 17.5 sacks and 25.5 TFL’s over two seasons at Nebraska. There has been question about his size, but there is no question about his ability.

The biggest questions are about his character. We know he was not clean at the NFL combine, which to me, questions Gregory’s intelligence. But if the Jets are willing to take the risk, he could be a great value in day two.

There are others to be aware of.  The Jets may look to a running back like Jay Ajayi or Duke Johnson.  The wide receiver class is deep.  Stay tuned.

Next: Profile: Leonard Williams

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