New York Jets 7 Round NFL Mock Draft

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It is nearly impossible to know how the board will fall come May. With that being said, the Jets needs are obvious. Things will change after free agency, but lets take at some potential prospects the Jets might select.

Pre-mock notes:

-Not one single person has a clue how the board will fall. While some players may seem like a reach and some may seem unrealistic, keep in mind there is no way to have a very “realistic” mock draft.

-If I ignored a need, it is because I feel like it has the potential to be addressed in free agency.

 

Round 1, 18th overall pick: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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The 2013 Biletnikoff winner is a dynamic athlete that has the production to match his ability. In 2012 Cooks had over 1,100 receiving yards playing across from future Pittsburgh Steeler Markus Wheaton. After Wheaton left for the NFL, Cooks became the focus of the offensive game plan and never looked back.

In 2013 he reeled in 128 catches with over 1,700 receiving yards. Although he is only 5’10 and 186 pounds, he plays bigger than his frame and found his way into the end zone sixteen times.

Cooks is a nice fit for the Jets as he is the best at gaining separation in a deep wide receiver class. His underneath route running reminds me of Wes Welker, but he is extremely dangerous after the catch. Him and Jeremy Kerley could form a very nice tandem of chain movers for Geno Smith and the offense.

Round 2, 49th overall pick: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

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I’ve been an advocate of bringing back Willie Colon and also think Brian Winters will figure it out next year. With that being said, Su’a-Filo is a perfect pick to fuel the run game. He was a monster in UCLA’s “drive blocking” scheme.

The 6’4, 305 pound guard played tackle his freshman year and guard his final two seasons. He”s versatile, athletic and extremely powerful. With Willie Colon coming off a torn biceps injury (if brought back) and Winters being a question mark, adding Su’a-Filo gives the coaching staff more to work with.

Round 3, 69th overall pick (from Tampa Bay): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

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Even if the Jets sign a wide receiver in free agency, I have no problem with them selecting two in the first three rounds. Landry does not “wow” anyone on tape, but does all of the little things right.

He has really good hands and led LSU in both catches and touchdowns the past two seasons. Landry fights for the ball and has zero fear going across the middle. Although he is a hair under six feet tall, he is one of the more vicious blockers out of the wide receiver group. Adding Landry continues the trend of adding tough, fearless, team first players to the Jets roster.

Round 3, 80th overall pick: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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Murray seems to be the forgotten man in the quarterback class due to his season ending knee injury. Throughout his career at Georgia, Murray was a four year starter. He threw 121 touchdowns to only 41 interceptions.

The Jets would be wise to add young competition for Geno Smith. Murray was a late round 1, early round 2 projected pick before his injury. If he slides to the 3rd, which many reports seem to suggest, he is excellent value.

Round 4, 111th overall pick: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

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The 6’3, 215 pound former safety is a physical corner that could fit Rex Ryan’s man scheme quite nicely. While he is far from a finished product, his size and potential is perfect to develop for a year or two.

His long arms find their way to the ball often. His style of play is similar to Antonio Cromartie, who has played his best football under Rex Ryan.

Round 5, 142nd overall pick: Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC

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The 6’2, 250 pound Breslin led the Trojans with 13.5 sacks in 2012, but missed 2013 with various injuries. He is a vicious player off the edge with a great motor. His biggest question mark is if he can stay healthy enough to contribute to an NFL team. In the 5th round, he is well worth taking the risk.

Round 6, 179th overall pick: Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State

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Gilmore stand 6 feet, 6 inches and weighs over 250 pounds. He is a very average receiver who had 47 catches for over 500 yards and two touchdowns this past season. As a blocker he has a nasty edge to his game and holds up quite well against larger defenders.

He might go higher than the 6th round as he is a former defensive end that seems to be gaining momentum at the tight end position. He ran a 4.89 at the combine and seems like a solid blocker and red zone target in the NFL, rather than a complete tight end.

Round 7, 210th overall pick: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State

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One of the more mysterious players in the entire draft, Bullough had been in hiding since his pre Rose Bowl suspension until the NFL combine. At the combine he called his suspension a “personal matter” and gave very little information during his interview.

On the other side of things and more importantly on the football field, Bullough is a two year captain. He was the leader of the Spartans defense and did a ton of dirty work in the middle of the field.

I remember evaluating Vontaze Burfict two years ago. Much like Bullough, he had some off the field problems and ended up going undrafted. Bullough has a nasty edge to his game but lacks top end speed for a linebacker, much like Burfict. If he could sit behind David Harris and learn the Jets scheme, he seems like a worthy gamble in the seventh round.

 

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43 thoughts on “New York Jets 7 Round NFL Mock Draft

  1. I’ve liked Cook for a long time. A big thing people don’t really focus on is his ability to catch in traffic. Outside of Mike Evans I’m not sure if anyone else does a better ripping down 50/50 balls, even with his small frame.

  2. LOVE the brandin cooks pick. I’ve been high on him for a while as I’ve expressed on this site before. I would be ecstatic if we selected him.

  3. First 4 picks are all offensive players? Did you forget that Rex Ryan is the coach? I think it will be pretty evenly split offense/defense. Expect a WR/TE in the first or second round, a safety or OLB in the second or third round, and maybe an OL or defensive player in the third round. My guess is that they go for Ebron first round, if he’s still available. Cooks is an intriguing possibility, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Evans or Amaro chosen if Ebron is gone.

  4. I love the picks. Cooks would fit our WCO offense. U don’t need big WR to move chains. Look at Seattle no real big time WR.

  5. Love that you went OL early. If we can develop a great OL our O will follow suit. That’s especially true with the influx of new offensive talent I anticipate via the draft and FA. Like the group you’ve selected. Wouldn’t be unhappy if it went this way.

  6. I love the Breslin pick, especially in the fifth round. He played in something like four games this year and totaled 4.5 sacks and 8 TFLs. If he can stay healthy, he could become a great steal in the draft.

    I am much less ecstatic about Cooks. He is athletic, but not much else. With his athleticism, he has not developed the smarts to exploit zone coverages across the middle. He has speed and runs the full route tree, but he tips off his routes, especially once a corner jams him, nullifying the benefits from both. He is shifty, but slows his progress to make his cuts. If he tips off routes, he will be bad at playing on the outside. If he cannot adjust to coverages, he will be bad at playing the slot. If he slows down when he cuts, he will be bad at returning punts and kicks. I just do not see Cooks as a natural receiver or as bringing much benefit.

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  8. His 3.81 shuttle was the best of any receiver at the combine. I don’t think he’s slowing his progress that much to be worried about it. As for getting jammed I simply think it’s lack of technique and strength at the line of scrimmage. With time he’ll get stronger ( he’s gained 14lbs since his sophomore year and is still only 20 yrs old) and learn better release techniques.

  9. I was a big fan of Wheaton and haven’t seen that much of Cooks. I am a big fan of WR, who’ve dominated at the college level at the younger ages.

    I hate the Murray pick. Sorry, to many other needs to take a chance on a QB in round 3. Grabbing ‘value’ from round 3 on, is, IMO, one of the biggest mistakes you can make. What good does ‘value’ do you if it winds up never taking a snap. The NYJ have ‘NEEDS’, and filling those trumps an ‘excellent value’ pick in round 3.

  10. Cooks is going to have a great combine. I know that already. For all his small guy/underdog charm, Cooks combine numbers do not support the player that appears on tape. I would not take him even in the third round.

  11. Good mock draft except for the Murray pick. First of all he can be had in the 4th round and not to be harsh but that drops the mock from a B+ to a C. The Jets could add a safety running back or pretty much anything other than QB (even DL depth!). Anyway, I like cooks but I wouldn’t take him at 18, I would trade back.

  12. His game tape shows the nations leading receiver and belitnikoff award winner I think his combine domination translates pretty closely to his game tape. On field production like that is extremely impressive especially when he’s an underclassman like Lidman said. IMO cooks combine showing today solidified his first round status.

  13. Brandin Cooks really? 2nd round maybe, not in the first.. Give me Allen Robinson or Jordan Matthews over Cooks, we don’t need a slot reciever. We already have Kerley in that role and hes great at it. Love the Breslin pick and almost everything else except the Cooks one, also if we were to take. QB id prefer Garappollo in the 3rd.. You could probably get Murray in round 5.

  14. Donte Moncrief running a 4.4, at 6’2″ and 221 is nice…also had top broad jump and 2nd highest vertical…kid had a stud sophomore year, and simply doesn’t get the hype other guys do because he went to Ole Miss…if the choice in round 3 is between he and Murray, it would be an easy one.

  15. I too like the idea of trading back from 18 – into mid 20′s … Grab the best WR , TE, LB, CB available. WRs that could be there Beckham,Mathews,Adams, Benjamin, cooks. TEs – Amaro, Seferin-Jenkins. Might get lucky and Snag Dee Ford at LB. I love the idea of getting a WR in the 3rd like Moncrief and M.Bryant , to go with a wr nabbed in rounds 1or 2. Like a Landry,Adams,Mathews,cooks,Beckham. And a stud TE

  16. I like Lee in the first. He was a beast last year when he had a QB. Cooks in the 2nd would be okay. If you want a 3rd round QB give me Mettenberger. I like Archer if he can be had in the 5th.

  17. Have to agree I really like Montcrief for those of you who pointed him out.

    But @KAsh:

    Judging by your assessment of Cooks, it really sounds like you did not watch much of him.

    Wouldn’t take him in the 3rd round? He is probably the best in this draft at finding the soft spot in zone and one of the best natural pass catchers.

    I’m not sure a guy is “tipping off his routes” too often when he had 195 catches in the past two seasons.

    @Steve

    Lee will definitely be given serious consideration at 18.

    @Bill

    I think many GM’s prefer to trade back as well, the hardest thing is finding a partner looking to move up.

  18. Don’t understand why we’d draft a QB in R3. Just too many different pos needs to fill talent/depth to go for a potential backup that early.

  19. Connor I’m curious, what WR did you project as already off the board by the time we picked at #18? I assume Watkins and Evans were gone…do you have Cooks as your #3? Was Ebron still there?

  20. Re: Bullough..I don’t know a thing about him. However, when comparing him to Burfict, I think what hurt VB most was he simply didn’t have the same impact, as a JR, he did, as a SOPH and then he came to the combine out of shape, which simply gave the ‘charater concerns’ legs.

    In Burfict’s case, I think you needed to look at entire situation: Erickson ran a terrible program and held nobody accountable. Burfict has thrived because Lewis makes him accountable. If Bullough’s off field issues/character questions relate to his coaching, then I think you look at the tape, interview him and find out if he can be reined it. If he’s a complete knucklehead, let him be. Much rather take a guy there, who is committed to football. Unlike college, there are no time constraints in the NFL. A guy who is willing to committ to putting the time in, to improve, seems like a much better use of a draft pick, to me.

  21. @Connor

    I went back and watched Cooks because of this article. From the Combine, I now have a number – 40 yards in 4.3 seconds, close to the limits of the humanly possible – to assign to Cooks’s speed. So I have a question: why is Cooks never free running into the endzone? You see Watkings do it. You see Evans do it. You see Lee do it. You see Jordan Matthews, OBJ, Robinson, and even unathletic Abbrederis several times last year run into the endzone with the closest guy leagues behind him. So, when Cooks gets forty yards past the LoS, why are secondary players from places like Hawaii State either right on his heels or able to chase him down?

    The passes are not that underthrown and Cooks does not have to slow down that much. Against Utah, Keith McGill might match up with Cooks, and against Oregon, Ekpre-Olomu kept Cooks contained, but is everybody sleeping on the secondary from Hawaii State?

    Is Hawaii State the breeding ground for the next Legion of Boom? Or does Brandin Cooks just make it easy for average college corners and safeties to keep up with his blinding speed?

  22. @KAsh

    You’re comparing him to receivers that play an entirely different game than his. Many of the receivers you just listed are in the 6’2-6’5 range (outside of ODB, who I like a lot).

    He’s an underneath style receiver in the mold of Tavon Austin/Wes Welker. He won’t take the top off a defense, but that does not make him a bad player. Geno needs a guy to work underneath, wether that is Cooks, Amaro, a free agent. etc.

    You don’t have to like him, but do not misevaluate him.

    @Sean

    I have Watkins, Evans, and Ebron off the board here. I really like Beckham Jr., Cooks, and Amaro. Every mock has Beckham Jr. to the Jets, I gave a different perspective here.

  23. @Connor

    Lee, Beckham, and Abbrederis are all one inch off Cooks’s height. The difference between them is that the first three are known for their route-running and, while Cooks can run the routes, he needs his speed and explosiveness to gain separation.

    Take almost any route Cooks ran last year where he had to make a sharp cut. Slow down the tape and run it several times. Try to note just when you know from the film that he is making the cut. Cooks starts the motions for his cuts somewhere between one and two seconds before making the cut and accelerating away. When Cooks makes a cut, the corner is already on him and Cooks then needs his edge in speed and acceleration to get open again.

    You compare Cooks to Tavon Austin. The only thing the two share is their height. Austin was smooth and could make a cut wherever and whenever he wanted. Austin’s highlight reel was composed of clips of him running into the endzone when all the defenders could do was watch. Cooks is stiff. It does not affect his speed or explosiveness – he does not slow down for his cuts – but it clues off the entire secondary as to where he is going next. The difference in how they make cuts is why Austin had entire defenses struggle to catch him and Cooks struggles to run away from single defenders.

  24. @KAsh

    Actually no, they’re not. Cooks is 5’10. Abbrederis is 6’2. Lee is 6’0. Beckham is slightly over 5’11.

    The comparison between Cooks and Austin is that they are both explosive underneath route runners. Cooks has a bigger frame and Austin has more speed.

    I have no idea where Cooks comes off as “stiff” to you – he’s one of the most elusive guys in the wide receiver group. His routes look fluid to me, apparently not to you.

  25. Kash..

    As I said earlier, I’m neither pro or anti Cooks. I was a Wheaton believer last year, and I think his getting drafted in round 3, brought attention to Cooks (similar to my cries of Moncrief having similar numbers and attributes to first round WR).

    However, stop comparing Abbrederis to Cooks, because there is no comparison. Cooks is a 20yr old Junior. Last year, as a 19yr old Sophomore he had better receiving numbers, with Markus Wheaton on the team, than Abbrederis did this year, as a 23yr old 5yr Sr. It makes a difference. This year, the numbers aren’t even close.
    Now, as far as ‘free running into the end zone’, I don’t know what that means (Kashism), but I do know that Cooks has 18 total TDs this year (16 rec/2 rushing) and 26, in 38 career games, while Abbrederis has 26, total, in 4 full years and 53 total games. Now, we can talk about scheme all we want but production doesn’t lie. Abbrederis has the upside of David Nelson, while Cooks is more likely like an Antonio Brown-type.

    Did you even bother to look at their production numbers?

  26. @Lidman

    Are those the same production numbers that were supposed to prove Jarvis Jones to be more valuable than Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo?

    Abbrederis and Cooks were both the main receiving threat on their offense, responsible for going against the top corners and running the full route tree. The difference is that Abbrederis played for Wisconsin and Cooks for Oregon State. Wisconsin has a run-first offense, and featured both James White, an all-around back in the mold of Powell, and Melvin Gordon III, their lead back that returned for his senior season in a foolish quest for the Heisman. Between the two, they had 427 carries, with MG3 averaging 7.8 YPC and White averaging 6.53 YPC. Beyond that, Abbrederis has not worked with an outstanding QB since Russell Wilson in 2011. (2011 was also Abbrederis’s first year as a starter, as he was a quarterback in high school and converted to receiver only in college.) So, bad quarterbacking, a run-oriented offense, and two beastly running backs that rarely allow the team to need to pass is the lens through which to see Abbrederis’s production. Cooks may not have had any other outstanding players on his offense, but it was pass-oriented with many four and five receiver sets. Now that we have established, once again, that talking about production is pointless without context, do you have any opinions about how these two receivers play the game?

    @Connor

    Abbrederis is 6’0″ when he was measured at both the Combine and the Senior Bowl. He just plays taller.

  27. Kash…

    Really? You’re going to ‘cherry pick’ Jones v Mingo/Jorday..after 1 year? Heck, Miami traded up to get a guy who didn’t play 40% of their defensive snaps???

    Cooks played with Markus Wheaton, in 2012, who was 3rd round draft pick and still had better production, than Abberderis did in his best year.

    Remember, scheme or no scheme, Cooks, as a 19yr old, Sophomore, performed in a top 3 conference, at a better level than Abbrederis did as a 23yr old, 5th year, Senior. In my eyes that can’t be explained away. He’s simply the better player. This doesn’t mean Abbrederis can’t be a pro.

    I liken it to this: I coach basketball, right now. Icoach a competitive 8th AAU basketball team, largely made up of 13/14 yr olds. These kids are all likely to be HS starters, and some will go on to D2/3 schools and play. Now, they still have all of HS to do, so there is certainly a large variable there to what their upside is. During tryouts we begin by mixing 12-15yr olds, blindly (basically that represents 4 divisions), and then group them by skill-because we don’t want to be influenced by age-if a kid has the skills, and drive, we want him to play at the highest level he can.
    The majority of them ‘shake out’ by age, as you’d expect. My starting PG this year is likely going to be a kid who won’t turn 12, until June, and my son-a good player-will be backing him up and he’ll be 14 in September. Again, at this age still a ton of variables, but when a player, at any sport, has a peer group that is anywhere between 2 and 3yrs older than he is, it means something.

    There is a reason Abbrederis is a 5th year Sr. He’s a good player, but not a dominant one. Thinking he’ll be able to dominate on the next level, no matter how well he runs routes, or studies, is a low probability. Cooks on the other hand was an impact player at 19. Ok, you want to say he was in 4/5 WR sets..fine..I say, he’s the guy who starred in those sets. Why is that? If Abbrederis were as talented, Wisconsin would have made more of an effort to get him the ball. They didn’t because they had better options. If Wisconsin had better options, any team he plays for, in the NFL, will have at least 3 better options (and probably more). I can’t tell you Cooks will be an All-Pro. I can say his production and ability to make an impact, at young age, against top competition, increase the probability of him doing the same in the NFL.

  28. We can argue all day, but mock drafts are irrelevant until after FA. Let the Jets sign let’s say Maclin and Sanders in FA at WR and it is likely the Jets don’t even consider a WR in round 1 of the NFL Draft.

    Right now, pre-FA, yes WR/TE looks like logical choices for the 1st round. Let the Jets sign a couple at those positions in FA, and we may end up seeing a defensive player drafted in round 1 again.

  29. Using 3rd on Murray is way too early!!! A better TE can be had there. Perhaps the big kid from Iowa or Niklas from ND.

  30. @Lidman

    I still do not see any arguments about Cooks as a player. In college, he was a player that was always getting caught by DBs even though he runs at the speed of human limits. (This is not the only flaw I see in his game – it is only a symptom of the larger flaws I see – but it is the one we have been discussing.) Do you think NFL corners will be more of a challenge for him or less?

    I do not know one corner that gave Abbrederis problems this year. Aside from their bowl game, the tougher the opponent and the closer the game, the more receptions he had and the bigger his average yards per catch were. Although unmentioned, his highlight reel is him torching corners like Bradley Roby and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (in their 2011 bowl game). People look at wide receiver as a position that demands extreme athleticism, so Abbrederis has been overlooked for many years and there was never a great outcry for him to go to the pros. But he has been one of the very best receivers at getting open and losing his coverage, which is all he needs to do to catch balls and gain yards.

  31. You’re right, Cooks got completely owned by Boise State. I mean it was his worst game of the year: 8 catches for 60 yards. I guess the remaining 120 catches for 1670 yards were sheer luck. It had nothing to do with him ‘getting open and losing his coverage’. I guess all those routes were screens and results of the opposing defense just deciding “ok guys, let’s cover everyone but this guy Cooks…let’s see if he can beat us”.

    As far as your boy Abbrederis, 5 for 30 against So Carolina, where I’m sure he saw a fair amount of Victor Hampton, a physical CB, who likely will have to move to Safety, doesn’t look that great. That’s my point here: you pick out 1 offs, I’m looking at the entire body of work. Abbrederis MUST run precise routes, because he’s not an explosive athlete. He’s a 3rd WR, at best, in the NFL. Cooks has the physical skills and the production…again..forest, trees…

  32. Boise State was not Cooks’s worst game of the year. By everyone who analyzed it, Cooks’s worst game of the year was against Oregon. The box score will tell you that he had something like 110 yards on 10 completions, but Cooks got manhandled by Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who did not allow him a single yard after the catch, as well as revealing flaws in Cooks’s blocking, route-running, and struggles against press coverage. Even Oregon’s second corner, against whom Cooks had a bit more success, Cooks was fighting for the ball and pushing off the coverage to secure it (a penalty that was uncalled). Cooks showed fundamental flaws in all manner of aspects, flaws that show up in the rest of his tape, though he gets away with them.

    As for Abbrederis vs the Gamecocks, I did not watch it, but let’s box score it like you like to do. The Badgers, a run-first offense, ran the ball 43 times vs 26 pass attempts. They averaged 6.8 yards per carry. They were facing Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles, one of the best pass-rushing duos in college. Their main quarterback left in the third quarter with an injury. Besides their TE who had three receptions for fifty yards, only one other player had a reception longer than six yards, and that player had one reception for seven yards. Just from a brief overlook, I can tell that the gameplan for the Badgers was to run the ball down the Gamecocks throat, especially since South Carolina was not known to be effective against the run. To limit their subpar QB’s mistakes (and keep Clowney from killing him), the passing game included only quick passes and short routes 1-5 yards beyond the LoS. This was either prophetic or short-sighted, as the Badgers were intercepted three times anyway.

    The fascinating thing I noticed on ESPN’s short highlight replay of the game is the cushion the corner gives Abbrederis, which increases from five yards at the beginning of the game to over ten yards towards the end of the game. On running downs to the other side when Abbrederis could run whatever route he wanted, he was beating him on (before the corner noticed the play being run away from him) and this forced the corner to increase his cushion more and more to try to keep Abbrederis in front.

  33. You’re right Abbrederis is great. You should get a job in the NFL. You’re seeing things that no other talent evaluator is. Maybe, v So Carolina, they only threw the ball 26 times because their WR couldn’t get open. Maybe you give a guy like that 5yds because this basically takes any chance of him going deep on your, and allows the CB to drive on the ball. Or maybe they were consistently in longer down/distance situations so didn’t need to ‘press’. Calvin Johnson got ‘owned’ by Joe Haden this year, so I guess he’s not that good either? Tell me, how good a route runner All Pro WR, Josh Gordon is?

    Instead of explaining away this guy’s production, you should embrace that this kid lead the nation in receiving yards, was 2nd in the nation in receiving TDs, was second in the nation in receptions and then demonstrated superior athleticism at the Combine.

    Blocking??? I’m not saying it’s not helpful, or needed at the position. However, if you’re drafting this guy, it’s not because he’s a great blocker…that’s a bonus and something he can improve on with added strength in coaching. On the flip side, a 23yr old NFL rookie is likely never going to gain athleticism as he ages.

    Your ‘man love’ for this guy is bordering on obsession. Your disdain for Cooks is out and out silly…just as your disregard earlier for Evans was. How can you be that productive and look as bad as you make this guy out to be?

  34. I’ve liked cooks in the first round for the last month or so. I think he’s a great addition he’s a guy who can create match up problems. I love Kerley as much as the next guy, and adding Cooks doesn’t mean I want to get rid of Kerley it means I want to have 4 Wrs who can come out and get open and make plays. Geno needs weapons and not just 1 or 2, I’d love to grab a guy like nicks if he came cheap or even Sidney rice plug them in as a 1 opposite hill and have Kerley and cooks year open the middle. Having two good Wrs who can make plays across the middle is huge, it would open up everything on offense. I’ve never seen a problem with cooks, he catches everything I don’t see a damn thing wrong with his cuts and routes, and the little things that our WR coaches see can teach him. His upside is tremendous, coming from a passing attack isn’t a bad thing at all for a WR I mean look at Stephen hill, he came from a predominately run offense but has the size and speed. This will be his third year and were still hoping he develops. Cooks wouldn’t be a project he’s a guy you plug in day 1 and makes a difference, he’s a guy the defense has to be aware of which helps out everyone else.

  35. Dom I agree with you on the WR’s; the Jets need able people who can make plays, get separation, and yards after the catch.

  36. I like Max as a 7th round pick. Rex Ryan will get the best out of him. He is a good run stuffer.

    If Cook is the best WR left on the board at 18 – I think the Jets should trade back into the mid 20s and pick up and additional 3rd rd pick.

  37. @Lidman

    The type of issues I am describing are not “once in a while” things. These are everyday habits that Cooks has accumulated probably since the day he has become a receiver. Therefore, they show up on that very same highlight tape. Mute the video and look at what Cooks does in the big scheme of things (which, according to you, I guess I am unable to do) and you will see Cooks as I do.

    The video shows very little of Cooks’s longer routes and only his short routes are really given the limelight. As we would expect of a highlight tape, he gains lots of yards on every play. But two things occur to me when watching:

    1) Cooks is a phenomenal athlete; why is every long pass a jump ball that he has to fight for? (He wins every time, hence, it is a highlight tape.) At 3:07, Cooks runs a vertical route and he beats his coverage by ten yards for the touchdown. Why is that the only instance of him beating coverage deep in a six-and-a-half minutes of highlight footage? (There is another instance at 1:58, but the pass goes an intermediate and the video is cut to not show the most glaring issue. The play does not stand out on tape because of it.)
    2) If Cooks is so great at separation, why does he not have twice as many TDs? How many times in that video does he catch the ball and get taken down before reaching the endzone? I repeat: he is a superb athlete, but then running away from people should be easy for him.

    The answer to the first question is route-running. Cooks telegraphs routes. It is why he rarely loses his coverage and why one or two people are always on him, even though he should be able to outrun and outmaneuver them all. Cooks does the equivalent of a boxer that swings his fists in a circle. For example, there is the play at 1:47 – a rare instance you see Cooks full route. Cooks runs a quick hitch where he turns to the QB after going just two yards downfield. Cooks starts signalling the turn as soon as the ball is snapped. He runs a parabola instead of a straight line with sharp turns, his body is turning back to the QB before he even gets to the top of the route (a mere 2 yards away!), and he takes about five steps to make the turn (again, only travels 2 yards!). Cooks gets lucky – the corner is just watching him. Every NFL corner would get a spot in the doghouse for not having jumped on Cooks as soon as he saw this route. Or take the route at 1:58. Had the clip started two seconds earlier, it would be evident how lethergically Cooks made the cut inside. It is still evident that Cooks never sells the fake inside and always meant to go outside, but the corner (one of those world-class Hawaii State corners) is in too much of a rush to keep up with Cooks to look at Cooks’s movements and see that he just needs to turn around to the QB and catch the interception.

    Cooks’s other problem is running with the ball in his hands. In Cooks, I see a guy that has all the physical tools, but his brain just cannot keep up. At 0:31, Cooks returns a punt. The video is editted to not show that after catching the punt, Cooks takes his sweet time deciding which way to run. The clip begins when the Hawaii State defenders have already gotten to Cooks. Cooks then has to use all of his athleticism to gain fifteen yards on what should have been an easy twenty yard return. The most frustrating thing is how Cooks dodges tacklers. Cooks always stops when he sees someone in front. If he is surrounded, he dodges towards green grass (even if it is behind him) and turns on the afterburners to try and escape the mess. You see this in the clip: Cooks tries to go backwards to get some running room (which he lost by standing pat) and then finds a crease on the other side of the field. When Cooks is not surrounded, he shuffles his feet, while he fakes left and right. It looks like he is about to do something, but it reminds me of Kevin Hart’s advice on how to look like a singer. You want to scream “OMG HE’S SINGING!!!” while, in reality, Cooks is just standing in one spot as he gets surrounded and we return to the first point. I have never seen a returner stand around as much as Cooks does.

    Cooks is a phenomenal athlete. Good at adjusting to the ball. Good at securing the ball in tight coverage. Good at slipping tackles. But (besides the athleticism) these are skills he developed because of his ingrained bad habits in route-running and running with the ball. Cooks’s problem is not that he did not produce, it is that he did not produce anything close to how he should have, were he a great receiver.

  38. Kash..go back and watch the video and watch how many times the ball is out in front of him versus how many times he reaches back. I don’t care how fast you are, if you have to slow down, to adjust to a throw-which these highlights display a lot of-you’re not going to be able to outrun someone who has been running full speed to catch you..even if you run a 4.3 and the guy chasing runs a 4.6 (have you ever played football?).

    I love your last paragraph.

    The kid had 16 TD catches (2nd in the nation) and 18 total TDs (12th in the nation). He lead the NATION in receiving yardage and was 2nd in total receptions. Yet, according to you ‘he did not produce anything close to how he should have, were he a great receiver’.

    Just imagine how good Megatron would be if he were a superior route runner!!! I love your passion, but what you fail to grasp is football, or any sport, is played in real time, real speed where players have to make adjustments, in a split second. I’ll refer back to my AAU hoops coaching. When I film watch with my kids, I have them watch a lot of women’s college basketball, because of how much more fundamentally sound it is. Watching even Men’s D1 isn’t as helpful because of the ‘freakish’ athletic ability they have. Look at any top athlete and it’s likely his athletic gifts often mask the fundamental mistakes he makes. If you watch that video, what you see is Cooks getting open, he’s running solid routes. In the NFL he’ll get coached up. You can’t teach his athletic ablility.

    Forest…trees…Cooks 1st/2nd rd…Abbrederis 4th round, maybe lower…even if Cooks is a bust, and Abbrederis has a 10yr career, you’ll never convince anyone evaluating talent that the prior isn’t the better prospect than the latter….it’s a probabilities game.

    Last I’ll say on this.

  39. Lidman, you are funny. So now Cooks’s problems is that he is bad at adjusting to passes? Or is it Cooks’s QB that does not know his receiver and always underthrows him? Compare Cooks’s highlight tape with the tape of any other receiver in this draft: receivers make catches away from corners and coverage, except for Cooks. For the record, Megatron’s routes may not be picture-perfect, but his body language does not betray what he will do as soon as he starts running (this is by and large the difference between what is called bad route running and good route running). Cooks has so many tells that it is a problem beyond coaching; at the next level, he projects as a 5’11″ possession receiver or, at best, a guy that only runs go routes. He will be overdrafted by a team that does not dive deep enough into its analysis – nothing to do with his promise. Hill was raw, but you can coach raw; Cooks is polished, but in the worst of ways. Cooks is one of those cases where he will play in the NFL, but I pray it is not for my team.

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  41. If Ebron is on the board @ #18 HE’S THE PICK. You don’t see many TE’s coming out of college with his size/speed/hands combo. Pairing him with Jeff Cumberland would be nice for our offense. 2nd round I could see us possibly going WR (Jordan Matthews perhaps?) in the third round, I think is where the draft will be made. I could see us going with a RB with out first pick in that round and maybe CB or S with the second pick in the third. Kyle Fuller/Tony Exum could be dynamite for our secondary if available. They’re both big and fast enough to play either safety position but Fuller would probably be best suited to take Cromartie’s CB spot if we don’t resign him to at least a one year deal. In the 4th you may find some O-line help or a rush OLB-(the Jeremiah kid out of Ga. Tech sounds like a possibility there) 5 th round maybe a Dri Archer as a PR/KR or 3rd down back. 6th and 7th are full of options if we get compensatory picks as some have predicted.

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