The New York Jets added tight end Jace Amaro and cornerback Dexter McDougle on day two of the NFL Draft. Here are a few quick thoughts on the selections and what to look for today as the Jets attack day three of the 2014 NFL Draft
- Considering that Amaro was a player some thought the Jets would consider at 18, it was an exciting moment to sit tight and grab him with the 49th pick. Amaro is tremendous value at that spot and fills a major area of need for the Jets. He will add a long missing dimension to their offense in the middle of the field. The addition of him along with Eric Decker and Chris Johnson has added a credibility and explosiveness to the Jets offense that has been lacking for years.
Amaro is an oversized slot receiver, who is a deceptively good route runner with strong hands. He will be a needed red-zone threat and will allow the Jets to attack down the seam. He needs to polish his blocking to be a consistent three down player but he immediately becomes the team’s best option at tight end. The Jets could use an in-line blocker to compliment him and Jeff Cumberland, so it will be curious to see if that remains a consideration today in the draft.
In my opinion, this is just as an exciting addition as Calvin Pryor in the first round and gives the feeling that the Jets added two genuine first round talents at positions of need.
- Like many, I will confess a lack of overall knowledge about McDougle. Initial research and reaction seems to indicate the Jets slightly reached for a high potential player with injury concerns. We will dig deeper into McDougle’s tape in the coming months but as a 3rd rounder, he should have a chance to compete with Darrin Walls and Dmitri Patterson on the outside for reps, along with push Kyle Wilson in the slot.
The measurables and ball hawking ability on McDougle are eye opening when he is on the field but his recovery from shoulder surgery bears watching. We all remember Dee Milliner’s struggles coming back from offseason surgery during his rookie year. I won’t put blind trust into any Rex pick at cornerback, as Kyle Wilson has been a disappointment (I don’t care what PFF stats you throw at me) and the jury remains out on Milliner (although I do think he is going to be a very, very good player this season). McDougle is an intriguing talent but let’s see if the Jets overreached on him.
- As for today? I do think the Jets are going to add a quarterback at some point. Keep your eyes on Aaron Murray, Tahj Boyd and Logan Thomas.
In the 4th round, linebacker Telvin Smith would be an absolute steal, as a versatile, athletic addition to the Jets defense. Many remain clamoring for a receiver and names like Martavis Bryant, Jared Abbrederis and Brandon Coleman are still out there. It also isn’t out of the question for the Jets to swing a trade for a veteran (Denarius Moore?).
I would also expect the Jets to add a developmental offensive lineman, if not two today and as I mentioned earlier, a blocking tight end isn’t off the table either. Finally,. a trade for a veteran cornerback could be considered with names like Brandon Flowers and Jonathan Joseph floating around.
Stay with us for all the action today!