May 14, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: New York Jets

#25 Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

New York Jets
Division: AFC East | Last Season Record: 8-8

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: Adding weapons to help Geno Smith. Wide receiver, tight end. Heck, maybe two of both. The tight end position should be addressed early, but the receiver class is deep enough to where they could wait until the mid-rounds. The offensive line needs a new starter at the guard position as well.

Defensively, they should have targeted a corner and a safety fairly early, and finding a pass rushing linebacker would have made sense. They needed depth at inside linebacker as well.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

18. (18) Calvin Pryor*, SS
Experience: Junior | School: Louisville
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 211 lbs.

Round 2

17. (49) Jace Amaro*, TE
Experience: Junior | School: Texas Tech
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 266 lbs.

Round 3

16. (80) Dexter McDougle, CB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Maryland
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 196 lbs.

Round 4

4. (104) Jalen Saunders, WR
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Oklahoma
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 172 lbs.

15. (115) Shaq Evans, WR
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: UCLA
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 214 lbs.

37. (137) Dakota Dozier, OG
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Furman
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 313 lbs.

Round 5

14. (154) Jeremiah George, ILB
Experience: Senior | School: Iowa State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 234 lbs.

Round 6

19. (195) Brandon Dixon, CB
Experience: Senior | School: Northwest Missouri State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 200 lbs.

33. (209) Quincy Enunwa, WR
Experience: Senior | School: Nebraska
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 226 lbs.

34. (210) IK Enemkpali, OLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Louisiana Tech
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 260 lbs.

37. (213) Tajh Boyd, QB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Clemson
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 221 lbs.

Round 7

18. (233) Trevor Reilly, OLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Utah
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 244 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Jace Amaro*, TE (Round 2, Pick 17)
Experience: Junior | School: Texas Tech
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 266 lbs.

Analysis: Amaro should have been the first tight end drafted. The Jets were considering him in the first round, so they got excellent value in the second. He's going to be a big time weapon for Geno Smith.

Most Questionable Pick:

Dexter McDougle, CB (Round 3, Pick 16)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Maryland
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 196 lbs.

Analysis: McDougle is an athletic corner with developmental upside, but there were more talented, pro ready corners on the board. McDougle suffered a season-ending injury three games into the season, so he'll try to bounce back. I had him as a 7th rounder.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Kerry Hyder, DT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Texas Tech
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 280 lbs.

Analysis: Not sure Hyder is a perfect fit in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense, but he could make the roster as a rotational 5-technique defensive end.

Other Free Agent Signings

Tevon Conrad, OT, Saginaw Valley State
Nick Dimarco, LB, William Penn
Steele Devitto, LB, Boston College
Terrence Miller, WR, Arizona
Anthony Grady, DL, Missouri State
Jermaine Jones, WR, Saint Augustine
Michael Palardy, K, Tennessee
Chad Young, FB, San Diego State
Brent Qvale, OT, Nebraska
DeMario Bennett, WR, Coastal Carolina

Draft Review:

Analysis: I like the fact that the Jets chose not to reach for a receiver in the first round. They passed on "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix, but took the physical, play making safety Calvin Pryor, who will be a great addition to the secondary.

In the second round, they grabbed the best tight end in the draft in Jace Amaro. As I mentioned above, I think he'll be a big time weapon for Geno Smith, and ultimately help him take the next step as a quarterback.

Their next three picks were pretty big reaches in my opinion. McDougle (3rd round) and Shaq Evans (4th round) were both 7th round guys in my opinion, but I believe the latter will become a solid player. Jalen Saunders (4th round) is an undersized receiver who may excel in the slot.

Arguably their best pick was Furman guard Dakota Dozier, who should have been chosen on the draft's second day. I think he's a plug and play starter, which is something the Jets needed to find in this draft.

5th round pick Jeremiah George is very undersized, but was productive at Iowa State. Brandon Dixon (6th round) is another developmental prospect at corner. Quincy Enunwa (6th round) has good size and could end up higher on the depth chart than both Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans.

They finally took a pass rusher in the 6th round, but I'm not sure how IK Enemkpali fits in a 3-4 defense, as he is a tweener. I gave him an UDFA grade. Tajh Boyd was a very good value pick in the 6th round. He'll get to develop for a few years.

They got excellent value with Trevor Reilly in the 7th round, who was being viewed as a potential day 2 pick. He's one of the more versatile players in this class, and is a great fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

The Verdict: I loved several of their picks, but the Jets also made a few head-scratching picks. They didn't draft a receiver until the 4th round, but came away with three, and a great tight end prospect in Jace Amaro. They helped Geno Smith by surrounding him with weapons this off-season, and capped it off with a solid draft. I don't think they drafted their #2 corner, and they will probably have to spend a first round pick on a pass rusher next year.

Overall Grade: B-