We have been paying a lot of attention to whom the Jets are going to pick with their first round selection, but one guy cannot account for all of the Jets needs. Mid round picks are essential for the development of a championship team. With the Jets not having a second round pick, the need to land quality players in the later rounds is even bigger.
The first late round prospect we will look at is Chykie Brown (pronounced shock-ey) who is an athletic cornerback from the University of Texas. There is little doubt that he would be a project for Dennis Thurman, but some believe his athleticism should be enough for the Jets to take a chance on him. His long arms and athleticism make his ball skills the strongest part of his game. However, he does not have the best awareness on the field and can sometimes be thrown around a little by bigger receivers, on top of that, he does not offer much in terms of run support. Going into a draft with Rex Ryan at the helm, cornerback is always an option, especially this year with uncertainty around who is coming back and who might change positions in the Jets secondary.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets might be looking to improve their wide receivers. One guy who the Jets could take a look at is Austin Pettis. Pettis is a tough, hard-working player who the Jets could move into the slot position. He is more quick than fast as he ran a 4.56 40 at the combine but had a combine best 20 yard shuttle at 3.88. He has good hands andsome big play potential, however he seems to be a one-speed player who lacks the ability to consistently separate from NFL man coverage. Personally I think the Jets needs for a receiver is overstated, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to roll the dice on a hard working player.
Back to defense, the Jets might be wise to pick up a safety sooner than later and that guy could be, if he falls, Ahmad Black from Florida. Coming out of a program like Florida, Black has played in big games and should be able to handle the pressures of playing football in January. He was very productive in college and is able to read the QB eyes and keep the play in front of him. Black has the athletic ability to play center field in a Rex defense and is much more comfortable in that role than playing press man to man. Black has the potential to be a productive player at the next level, he is one of the better safety’s in a weak class and the Jets would have to get him in third round if he even drops that far.
The last guy we will look at is Mississippi State linemen Pernell McPhee. Rex has shown the ability to be able to get production out of average talent at the defensive line position. McPhee is best against the run; he uses good leverage at the point of attack and is able to get into the backfield. Against the pass, he isn’t quick enough to get around the edge and to consistently get to the quarterback. He does have a bull rush which was effective in college, but he will need to expand his pass rushing skills if he wants to stay on the field in the NFL. It might be tough for him to transition to the 5-technique but there is nobody questioning his motor so if picked, hopefully he will work to get better.