With the 104th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the New York Jets selected Jalen Saunders, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma.
The Jets finally take the wide receiver fans have been clamoring for. Saunders, at a paltry 5’9″, 165 lbs, does not exactly look the part. However, he is a game breaker and plays much tougher and bigger than his size.
- Arm Length: 30″
- Hands: 8 7/8″
- 40: 4.44 seconds
- Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
- Broad Jump: 122.0 inches
Saunders is already a highly developed route runner and should make a smooth transition to the pros. He has soft hands and is aggressive enough to come down with contested passes. He is quick and elusive lending to his stelar YAC capabilities. His toughness helps him regularly beat press coverage and be an effective downfield blocker. The Sooners utilized his speed to take the top off a defense and, despite his size, became a valid deep threat.
Despite his durability, his small frame is concerning. While he has the potential to play outside he projects as a slot player. Saunders will have the occasional concentration drop and tends to run before seeing the catch through.
Saunders should contribute right away both in the return game and on offense. He has game breaking ability and could alternate playing the outside and in the slot with Jeremy Kerley. Avoid pigeonholing him because of his size, Saunders is a legitimate weapon from anywhere on the field.