2014 Draft, who could be on the Jets radar.
I know, season hasn't even started and I'm thinking 2014 draft. There is ample reason for doing so as we may start either a rookie QB or a below average QB in Sanchez. I think the Jets as bad as we could be on offense this year are in a weird position in that we won't be the worst team in the league. I think the Raiders or the Jaguars will hold that distinction. I think we end up with a 5-6 win season with the beginning portion of the year being brutal. But lets be honest, no one expects the Jets to be in the playoff hunt. The real goal for the Jets should be finding out what we have in Geno Smith before the season ends. Why? Well the 2014 draft may have at least 3 and up to 5 1st round grades for QB's. And if Geno doesn't proof that he has the it that can make him a franchise QB, then the Jets will be in a QB draft mode. The worst case scenario would be going into the 2014 draft season without understanding what Geno can do, so I'm glad he's starting at least the first game, and perhaps the rest down the road this year.
Now IF he plays well enough that bears out that he is in fact a Franchise type QB, then who should the Jets go after? I don't believe we would be in the position to draft a Clowney picking in the 4-6 draft position. I'm sure there will be tons of teams willing to give up whatever to get him, us being one of them. Bridgewater will probably command the #2 overall pick in that I think he's a can't miss prospect. We probably said the same about Ryan Leaf for what it's worth.
So if Geno pans out, big IF. But if he does, do we trade the farm Our 1st and 2nd overall draft picks and maybe a 5th rounder for the rights to Clowney? And what if another team with a higher draft position offers something better and we get out bidded. Who do we look to? Do we add a WR like Lee who while really fast and solid hands lacks size and height to be a true #1. Do we go after another defensive player outside of Clowney like Barr?
7 Months isn't a long time and something tells me that we will be on the clock within the next 60 days or so. Your the GM, what do you do>?
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1 Jadeveon Clowney*DE6-6274
Analysis: Clowney would have been the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, and he's the clear favorite to be the top pick in 2014. He possesses a rare blend of size, athleticism, upper-body power and playmaking instincts. I'd like to see him improve his lower-body strength and play with more consistent leverage, but Clowney was unblockable when playing at full strength last season. His tape from the Georgia game is one of the most dominant individual defensive performances I've seen in recent years.
2 Teddy Bridgewater*QB6-3196
Analysis: Bridgewater has a quick release, above-average accuracy and is a good athlete who can buy time and pick up the occasional first down with his feet. He's at his best in the pocket, though, from where he can pick apart defenses with his brain and arm. He sees the entire field and does not get stuck on his primary target. Bridgewater is also tough -- he played through a wrist injury in 2012 -- and has the right temperament for the position.
3 Louis Nix IIINT6-3357
Analysis: Nix is a massive nose tackle with the size and strength to be a two-gap plugger in the NFL. He was one of the only Notre Dame defenders who consistently held his own against Alabama in the national title game, and the Fighting Irish were not nearly as effective against the run when he was out of the lineup. Nix also shows surprising quickness and agility for his size.
4 Marqise Lee*WR6-0195
Analysis: Lee is a burner with big-play ability both as a vertical route runner and after the catch. He showed the ability in 2012 to consistently separate from double coverage, and, while you'd like to see him get a little stronger, there's no doubting his competitiveness. Lee is the top draft-eligible wide receiver prospect entering the 2013 season and projects as a top-10 pick.
5 Cyrus Kouandjio*OT6-6310
Analysis: Kouandjio developed into a complete left tackle last season and still has room for improvement. He has the frame and feet to excel in the NFL and is ready to follow in the footsteps of former teammates Chance Warmack (Tennessee Titans) and D.J. Fluker (San Diego Chargers), who were selected 10th and 11th overall, respectively, in the 2013 draft.
Analysis: Barr exploded on the scene last season and the arrow is pointing way north. He's straight out of central casting with his long, athletic frame, and with his long arms and thick trunk, he has even more size potential. Barr holds his ground well for his size, has a good first step and shows impressive closing burst. He also has quick feet and does a decent job when asked to drop into underneath coverage. His versatility only makes him more attractive.
Analysis: Judging by Twitter responses, Hundley as the No. 2 quarterback in preseason rankings comes as a bit of a surprise. Admittedly, he's still a work in progress, but Hundley's first-year tape shows a young, confident QB with a complete set of tools. He is a big, mobile, strong-armed quarterback with a good natural presence in the pocket. He can take the next step in 2013 by improving the consistency of his footwork and speeding up his mental clock. There's no question that Hundley also has passion, work ethic and football intelligence required.
Analysis: Purifoy has experience at wide receiver, but his NFL value is at cornerback and possibly as a punt-return specialist. He was burned at times against Louisville and needs to improve his eye discipline, but he is a fantastic natural athlete with length and top-end speed.
Analysis: Matthews would have been a first-round pick in this year's draft, but his decision to return to school makes sense for a few reasons. Expectations are extremely high for the Aggies this season, his brother Mike is the starting center and the departure of No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville Jaguars) will allow Matthews to show NFL scouts he can move to the left side and thrive there.
Analysis: Lynch transferred from Notre Dame, where he led the Irish with 5.5 sacks as a true freshman in 2011. He needs to return to form in 2013 after redshirting last season. Scouts Inc.'s own Steve Muench had a recent take on Lynch.
Analysis: Jernigan is a classic 3-technique with his quick first step and ability to consistently penetrate and disrupt. He shows the ability to change directions and pursue plays outside the tackle box, and he recorded eight tackles for loss last season.
Analysis: Mosley emerged as the top playmaker on Alabama's stout 2012 defense and likely would have been a first-round pick had he left school early. He's athletic, naturally instinctive and will push to be one of the top linebackers selected in 2014 if his take-on skills continue to improve.
Analysis: Tuitt has top-10 potential, but we want to see him play with more consistent leverage and effort in 2013. His bulk is well-proportioned, and he is athletic for his size, but can he take it to the next level? He can play the 3-technique in a four-man front or the 5-technique in a three-man line.
Analysis: One NFL scout I spoke to said Watkins would have been a first-round pick after his freshman season, but he failed to build on that momentum and had a disappointing 2012 season. He needs to stay out of trouble off the field and take better care of his body, because he has all the talent in the world.
Analysis: Johnson is a talented interior lineman who showed big-time flashes as a true freshman, though he was inconsistent in 2012. He needs to play with better leverage, improve his lower-body strength and must also improve counter moves as a pass-rusher, but Johnson has a high ceiling because of his size and natural movement skills.
Analysis: Richardson is a massive left tackle who forced 2012 third-round pick Dallas Thomas (Miami Dolphins) inside to guard last season. Richardson is still developing his footwork and hand placement but has the size, natural mobility and strength potential to emerge as a first-round pick in 2014.
Analysis: Lewan elected to return to school after a strong junior season and battled admirably in a one-on-one matchup versus Clowney in the Capital One Bowl. Lewan has good feet and technique, and he can improve his stock if he continues to get stronger.
Analysis: Crichton is a hard-working, durable tone-setter. His production speaks for itself: 32 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and seven forced fumbles the past two seasons. His ideal fit is as a 4-3 left defensive end in the NFL but he's also capable of reducing inside on obvious passing downs. Crichton's not an elite athlete but has adequate-to-good initial burst and lateral agility. His violent hands and his leverage are Crichton's greatest assets.
Analysis: Ekpre-Olomu had some trouble versus bigger receivers in 2012, and he can improve his strength. Still, he has very good speed and agility to go with loose hips. He led the Pac-12 with 20 passes defended.
Analysis: His off-the-field issues will be heavily examined by NFL teams. There are also some underwhelming effort moments on tape. However, if teams are comfortable with his intangibles and football character, there's a lot to like about this supremely talented tight end. He has good separation skills and excellent ball skills. What sets him apart from most TEs is that Seferian-Jenkins is already a dominant blocker for the position. There aren't many tight ends with Seferian-Jenkins' size and blocking skills that double as legit weapons in the passing game (110 catches, including 13 TDs in his first two seasons).
Analysis: Thomas is a less-accomplished/less-developed version of 2013 first-round pick Tavon Austin (St. Louis Rams). He's the fastest player in the nation with the ball in his hands, but he needs to make a more consistent impact in 2013.
Analysis: Ebron is flying a bit under the radar right now but might emerge as the premier tight end prospect in the 2014 class by next April. Somewhat lean, Ebron projects as an "F" tight end in the NFL but he's a decent blocker in space and he has room on his frame to continue to add muscle mass. He's a playmaker in the passing game. Ebron also has enough speed to work the seam and the ball skills to track the ball over his shoulder, in addition to making tough catches in traffic. He has averaged 17 yards per catch in first two seasons at UNC.
Analysis: Clinton-Dix is a talented youngster who finished strong last season and has the range, instincts and ball skills to emerge as a first-round pick. He recorded an interception in each of the team's final three games last season.
Analysis: Hubbard emerged as a highly disruptive defensive standout for the Crimson Tide in 2012. He shows the ability to convert speed to power and can bend the edge as a pass-rusher. He could be a top-15 pick if he continues to improve in 2013.
Analysis: He's the top-rated guard. He also has excellent experience (39 career starts to date) and has faced elite competition in SEC. Jackson has good short-area quickness for his size. He also has a powerful punch and is tough to get around in pass protection. Jackson is a physical tone-setter. He's not an elite athlete but an efficient run-blocker who knows the angles and consistently reaches defenders on the second level.
Analysis: Sutton is an undersized 3-technique with outstanding get-off speed, who consistently penetrates and disrupts and will fit best in a Tampa 2 type of defensive scheme. His durability could be a concern and he was academically ineligible for the entire 2010 season, but reportedly he is maturing and taking care of business on and off the field. You don't find many guys with his quickness, motor and production: 30 tackles for loss, including 17 sacks in three seasons to date -- and production spiked in 2012.
Analysis: Roby has shutdown man-to-man cover skills and led the nation in passes defended per game (1.73) in 2012. His size is just average, but Roby has very good top-end speed and is a quick-twitch athlete with fluid hips. His instincts also continue to improve with more game experience.
Analysis: At 6-5 and 246 pounds with estimated 4.55-speed, Lyerla has the measurables NFL teams look for in an early draft pick. His big-play production is intriguing as well. Lyerla has averaged 17 yards per catch during two seasons in Eugene and 11 of his 32 receptions have been for touchdowns. In 2012, he really emerged as a go-to-target for the Ducks and I expect even more from Lyerla this fall.
Analysis: Carey is a quick and versatile back who led the nation in rushing with an average of 148.2 yards per game in 2012.
Analysis: Morris' size is adequate but not ideal. He does have good mobility and toughness. Morris can extend plays but also is willing to hang in the pocket and stare down the rush if necessary. He gets the ball out quickly and has above-average arm strength. Morris can work to improve his touch but overall accuracy is above average. He also has an impressive work ethic and football intelligence. Morris has a solid second-round grade based off his 2012 tape and he can lock down a spot in the top five quarterbacks drafted in 2014 if he continues to improve.
Analysis: He will be a four-year starter at left tackle for the Irish, but lacks ideal length (both in his height and his arms) as an NFL tackle prospect. His best NFL fit might be as a guard. Martin has above-average lateral agility and can mirror-and-slide versus double moves. He's an efficient run-blocker in all aspects, and his technique, awareness and tenacity really jump out when studying his tape.
Analysis: McCullers is a monster of a man. He is unpolished in terms of technique and must keep his weight in check, but you just don't find many 6-8, 350-pounders. He played nose tackle last season but will transition to defensive tackle in the Vols' new 4-3 scheme this season.