The talent towards the top of the NFL draft is always hyped up and discussed in-depth, however let’s take a look and shed light on a few names towards the bottom of the draft that could have value for the New York Jets.
Ray Ray Armstrong – Safety – Miami – 6-3 – 216 pounds – Armstrong surely has NFL caliber talent. The issues with him, however, are off the field problems. Armstrong was suspended for 4 games in 2011 because of the Nevin Schapiro violations, plus another game for his girlfriend taking illegal payments, ultimately making him ineligible for the 2012 season. He is a hard-hitting safety that plays with great field speed. If he stayed out of trouble Armstrong had the talent to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Since the off the field issues occurred, he will likely drop to the 6th round at the earliest. If there is a coach in the NFL that can get maximum value out of a player with some issues, it is Rex Ryan. If he is available in the 7th round, Armstrong could be taken there because he can provide depth for a depleted Safety group, he might even fight for a starting spot.
George Winn – Running back – Cincinnati – 5-10 – 218 pounds – Isaiah Pead left a huge hole in the Cincinnati run game after he got drafted in the 2nd round last year. Although Winn was only a one year starter, he showed that he has a strong lower body and enough speed to get into the open field. He also plays with a low pad level, has good balance, and is very patient in waiting for his blocks to develop. His vision as a runner is somewhat inconsistent, is an average pass blocker but is a capable option in the receiving game.
Jordan Rodgers – QB – Vanderbilt – 6-1 – 212 pounds – Like his brother Aaron, Rodgers took the JuCo route before going to Vanderbilt. In his junior year (2011-12), he got thrown into the fire because of injury and engineered near upsets against Arkansas and Florida. This past season he completed 60% of his passes with 15 TDs to just 5 interceptions. Rodgers has a quick release and the ball comes out with great velocity. Unfortunately, he only has average arm strength and needs a clear pocket to step up properly into his throws. Rodgers is willing to run and make a play with his feet when the pocket does break down.