The Jets have a busy day today with nine total picks on the day. They started off with three fourth round picks where they finally drafted a receiver and chased that pick down with a second receiver and a guard to close out the round for them.
The first receiver they took was Jalen Saunders from Oklahoma. Saunders is short (5’8 7/8″ 165 lbs), but is a very strong, physical and aggressive receiver with excellent speed (4.44 40). Saunders could occasionally line up on the outside and win, but he’s mostly a slot receiver with great burst/acceleration.
Has the toughness, speed and quickness to win underneath, has excellent range for his height and will get after the ball and snatch it out of the air with quick hands. Very dangerous in space and has great stop-and-start speed. As a receiver he is very similar to Jeremy Kerley, but don’t mistake that as a bad thing.
Kerley was the Jets only reliable receiving option when healthy last year, now they have two Kerley’s to line up with new additions Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and the other rookie, Shaq Evans, and that’s only troubling for opposing secondaries.
Saunders can also step in and contribute in the return game on day one, he has excellent vision and return skills. If you want to fall in love with the kid before training camp, find his tape from this year’s bowl game against Alabama.
Saunders told Jets beat-writers he sees himself as a cross, “between a gorilla and a terrier. They’re real small and people don’t expect too much.” Saunders also referred to himself as a, “savage” on the field.
With their second fourth round pick the Jets added another receiver who is a nice compliment to Saunders and the rest of the receiving core, Shaq Evans from UCLA.
Evans is 6’1 1/4″ 213 lbs and ran a 4.51 40. Has very strong hands and the toughness to go over the middle and hang on to the ball in traffic, the straight-line speed to be a deep threat, but needs to clean up his route running underneath.
Evans uses his body well to shield defenders, very competitive and according to reports is a quiet, hard-working kid. Doesn’t have the quickness or burst to kill defenses with yards-after-the-catch, but has the ability to develop into a solid possession receiver.
With their third, fourth round pick the Jets selected Dakota Dozier, offensive tackle from Furman. The Jets will likely move Dozier inside to guard. I didn’t watch any Furman games or do any tape study on the offensive line this year so I’ll just give you the scouting report from NFL.com on him. Link found here, https://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/dakota-dozier?id=2543805.
Outstanding overall body mass and thickness, especially in the lower body. Strong power base with a very stout anchor. Locks down and dominates lesser competition in pass protection (pancake machine). Plays with vinegar and finishes blocks. Rose to the occasion vs. better competition (see LSU). Plays with good knee bend and generates movement off the ball. Experienced, four-year starter.
Raw technician. Footwork is not clean. Shuffles instead of kicksliding and can get overextended attacking defenders. Carries his hands low and does not replace them. Oversets and gives up inside counters. Rolls slowly to the second level under control and can be beaten to the block point by speed. Can get complacent and play down to the competition level.
Small-school college left tackle best suited to kick inside in the pros. Has the girth and enough athletic ability to compete as a guard or center and ornery football disposition desired in the trenches. A tough, gritty, road grader capable of paving the way in the run game, Dozier will require some technique refinement in pass protection, yet possesses clear starter potential with continued development. Draft status could ascend if he proves he can play center.”
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