Draft Grades – 2012

Draft Grades: New York Jets

The New York Jets are making some bold moves this offseason, and it carried over to the draft. The rolled the dice early and often with this draft class, and it could pay of big way… or it could cost Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan their jobs.

Quinton Coples was a bold choice in the 1st round, especially considering some of the impact players still on the board. While Coples has a ton of potential, he’s had trouble staying motivated on the field which raises some big red flags. And when players have effort issues in college, it doesn’t usually improve once they’re collecting an NFL paycheck.

I like the selection of Stephen Hill in the 2nd round, but he’s not going to provide much help early on. He’ll serve as a deep threat early in his career, and could develop into a No. 1 receiver down the road, but will Tannenbaum and Ryan be around to reap those benefits?

Demario Davis was a reach in the 3rd round and didn’t fill a position of need. He’ll backup David Harris and Bart Scott at inside linebacker and play on special teams.

Josh Bush will compete for the the right to back up LaRon Landry at strong safety and provide some help in special teams coverage.

Terrance Ganaway will compete for a backup job at running back, but I don’t like his chance of winning a job. Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight should be solidly ahead of him on the depth chart.

Robert Griffin is a massive interior lineman who will compete for a backup job. He needs to stay in better shape, but he has the potential to develop into late-round steal.

I love the selection of Antonio Allen. He may never develop into a starter, but he’ll be an immediate impact player on special teams. I actually like Allen significantly more than Josh Bush.

Jordan White has some injury issues which led to his fall in the draft, but he has the potential to be a steal if he can stay on the field. He was extremely productive at Western Michigan and could develop into a decent slot receiver at the next level.

The Jets clearly gambled early in this class and were thinking about the future more than 2012. It’s a risky strategy, but there’s no denying the fact that they added two of the most talented players in the draft in the 1st and 2nd round. However, they didn’t add anyone who projects as a future starter in the 3rd round or later. The lack of depth from this class, coupled with the early-round risks makes it tough to give them a high grade.

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New York Jets select Stephen Hill, Grade A

The New York Jets needed to upgrade their receiving corps, and they got a guy who can make an impact immediately and who also has a ton of upside.

Stephen Hill has the potential to be an immediate deep threat, and should play a role very similar to the one Torrey Smith played in Balitmore as a rookie last year. Like Smith, Hill has a long way to go before he’s a polished product, but his raw skills will allow him to be a difference maker in certain situations even as a rookie.

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New York Jets select Quinton Coples, Grade B

I really though the New York Jets would take Melvin Ingram there, but Quinton Coples is a decent choice.

Personally, I would not have taken Coples in the 1st round due to concerns about his work ethic and overall effort. However, I can see Rex Ryan being exactly the type of coach Coples will respond to. It’s a risky move, but it fits the Jets strategy in recent years. They’re not afraid to gamble on high upside guys, and Coples can be an elite defensive end if he wants to be.

The one thing I don’t like about the pick,  however, is the fact that he won’t solve their need for a pass rusher. He lacks the explosiveness to consistently get to the quarterback in the Jets defensive scheme. I like him much more as a 4-3 end, or even as a three-technique tackle.

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Jets prepared to trade up, possibly into top 10

It  has been widely reported that the New York Jets have Trent Richardson at the top of their draft board. It has also been reported that the top pass rusher on their board in Melvin Ingram.

Neither player is going to be on the board at No.16, which means the Jets will need to trade up to land one of their primary targets, and they’re prepared to do just that.

The Jaguars, who own the 7th pick, are a likely trade partner. If they move up to No. 7, the Jets would target Ingram with that selection.

In order to move up into the top 10, the Jets will need to part with their 1st and 2nd round picks this year, and likely another mid-round pick (3rd or 4th round) in 2013.

At this point it sounds as though it’s only a matter of “when” rather than “if” the Jets move up.

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Draft Needs: New York Jets

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the New York Jets [full archive here].

Season Recap: The New York Jets failed to live up to the expectations of Super Bowl Champions, as proclaimed by Head Coach Rex Ryan at the start of the season. The public rift between Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes affected the entire locker room and numerous reports stated many players gave up on the season. Who knows, with the acquisition of “the winner” Tim Tebow, there is a real chance the Jets are right back in the thick of things for the upcoming season.

Team Needs:
1. Wide Receiver: Even if Santonio Holmes returns to old form, the Jets still need another option for Sanchez and Tebow. Chaz Schilens was signed as a free agent, but has had durability issues the past. The Jets should be in solid position to select a receiver in round one. Stephen Hill and Reuben Randle are two prospects that should be available.

2. Right Tackle: The Jets have had a weakness at the position since Damien Woody retired after the 2010 season. Riley Rieff would be the best option if available. Mike Adams and Jonathon Martin are also good fits.

3. Outside Linebacker: Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace are on the downside of the careers. New York needs a pass rushing threat on the outside. Courtney Upshaw is a hard-nosed player and would fit perfectly in Ryan’s 3-4 defense.

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Jets interested in trading up for Melvin Ingram

According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, the New York Jets are interested in trading up in the 1st round for Melvin Ingram.

To land Ingram the Jets may need to move into the top 10 (Pauline suggests the Jaguars as a potential trade partner). It would be a bold move, but one that makes sense if the Jets feel as though they are a pass rusher away from contending for the Super Bowl.

Taking Ingram in the top 10 may be a slight reach, but I can’t fault the Jets for moving up to land their guy. This is a fairly weak class of pass rushers, and a team on the verge of contention can always justify moving up to fill their most glaring hole.

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Jets targeting RB in draft?

The New York Jets have scheduled a pre-draft visit with Utah State running back Robert Turbin, a projected Day Two pick.

Running back is definitely not a glaring hole on the Jets roster, but with LaDainian Tomlinson hitting the free agent market and without another proven running back on the roster, the Jets may be willing to spend a high pick on Shonn Green’s new backup.

If the Jets are looking to bring someone in to share the load with Green, Turbin would make sense. Like Green, he’s a short but stocky power runner with just enough athleticism to break off some big runs. The combination of Green and Turbin, with Joe McKnight as the third option, would give the Jets a formidable backfield.

It could be worth keeping an eye on the Jets visits this offseason to gauge their interest in adding a running back. Bernard Pierce and Chris Polk could be some other options in the 3rd or 4th-round range that may fit the mold for which they’re looking to fill.

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2011 Draft Grade: Jets

This draft was all about filling holes in an effort to make another deep run the playoffs in 2011 and the Jets did a solid job addressing those needs as well as getting good value at each slot.

It’s tough to find anything negative to say about the selection of Muhammad Wilkerson. Personally, I liked Cameron Heyward more, but Wilkerson was just a notch behind him in my book. He will likely be plugged into Shaun Ellis’ spot at defensive end and start from day one.

I absolutely love the selection of Kenrick Ellis in the late 3rd round. The only reason he fell that far was due to concerns about his character and the level of competition he faced in college. He was dismissed from South Carolina after failing drug tests, but had he stayed out of trouble and remained in the SEC I strongly believe he would have been viewed on the same level as Phil Taylor. The difference between the two in terms of raw talent really isn’t that great.

Bilal Powell had decent value in the 4th round, but I’m not sure if he’s a great fit for the Jets. I would have liked to see them draft a more versatile running back (a better version of Joe McKnight). Powell is similar runner to Shonn Green, and will probably struggle to see significant playing time early in his career.

The selection of Jeremy Kerley has brought some to assume that it signaled the end of the Brad Smith era in New York. I don’t know that I buy that. Kerley is 5’9″ and well under 200 pounds. Smith is 6’2″ and 210 pounds. They both return kicks, but as receivers they fill different roles. Don’t make the mistake of thinking Kerley can step right into Smith’s place in the offense.

Greg McElroy is well worth a 7th round pick. He has very little upside, but I would love to have him as a backup on my team. He’s a hard worker and an intelligent player. I wouldn’t want him as my starter, but if he had to step in off the bench, I’m confident that he can hold his own.

I have a hard time taking the selection of Scotty McKnight seriously. He’s Mark Sanchez’s childhood friend and that connection is the only reason he gained any recognition this offseason. He wasn’t even ranked among my top 50 receivers.

Aside from throwing a bone to Sanchez in the 7th round, the Jets did a nice job in this draft. Wilkerson will start immediately and Ellis will see some playing time as Sione Pouha’s backup. Powell and Kerley will play minor roles early on, but both have the potential to develop into more prominently featured players. The only strong criticism I have is the lack of an outside linebacker. The depth behind Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas, who are both over the age of 30, is severely lacking. Adding a young pass rusher, even in the 4th or 5th round, would have been a welcomed addition.

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Draft Needs: New York Jets

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the New York Jets [full archive here].

Season Recap – The Jets had their second consecutive successful season under Rex Ryan. Ryan’s gang wasn’t afraid to voice their opinion throughout the season, as guaranteed wins and opposing team trash talks dominated media headlines on a weekly basis. Ryan’s recent Super Bowl promise doesn’t come as a surprise, but the Jets will have many close scrutinizers and will have some high expectations to live up for the 2011 season.

1. Outside Linebacker
– Calvin Pace turns 31 and Jason Taylor was recently released. The Jets had the 3rd ranked defense, but could use a dominant pass rusher. Brooks Reed or Akeem Ayers would be nice selections in the first round. Read more

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Will Rackley drawing interest from nine teams

Rackley is one of the top small-school prospects

According to Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley is lining up a number of visits and private workouts.

He’ll be one of the busiest prospects over the next month, as he meets with the Browns, Cowboys, Rams, Chiefs, Dolphins, Lions, Jaguars, Patriots and Jets.

Rackley played left tackle in college but is probably best suited for guard at the next level. That said, his potential versatility certainly gives his stock an extra boost.

Based on the amount of interest in Rackley he is starting to look like a pretty safe bet to go in the first three rounds. A team like the Cleveland Browns, who could use help at both right guard and right tackle would be a good fit. The St. Louis Rams, who desperately need to upgrade their interior line would also make sense.

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