New York Jets Select – Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma

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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.

Combine Numbers

  • Arm Length: 30″
  • Hands: 8 7/8″
  • 40: 4.44 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
  • Broad Jump: 122.0 inches

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

  • Freddie Mac

    This is quickly becoming a disaster on the 3rd day. 2nd day wasn’t much better with McDougle in the 3rd. A tremendous reach for a 5’9 CB. Now we got a 5’9 slot WR added to a mediocre Shaq Evans. Hopefully these guys turn out well but on the surface, it’s hard to be impressed.

  • Joe Caporoso

    All I said was a trade could be considered, I never said a trade was needed.

    I have a tough time thinking anybody could watch the tape of Saunders last year, particularly against Alabama, and walking away saying he doesn’t bring a few things the Jets badly need on offense and special teams.

    With Saunders and Evans pick, both Ford and Hill are on notice heading into the summer

  • joeydefiant

    Where is the disaster? They upgraded every position of need. I know they didn’t draft a bunch of over-hyped media favorites who have good agents pushing their names out there.

  • Freddie Mac

    Where’s the #1 CB? Where’s the #1 WR? Upgrade at slot WR? Wow. Shaq is a #2 in time but didn’t we get an expensive one in FA (Decker)?
    Obviously, this has become a 2-year build.

  • Ryan Spencer

    Freddie you can’t judge players until they are on the field. I am loving what Idzik is doing and I believe this will be a young hungry Jets team that is already way better than last year. Can’t wait for this season and what looks like a bright future

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  • Freddie Mac

    Good for you, Ryan. I was simply mentioning positions not being addressed.

  • Freddie Mac

    Joe, who are you addressing regarding a trade? Just curious.
    For the record, IMO this was the worst pick of Idzik’s GM career with the Jets.
    When will he see the field with Kerley on the roster?

    Joeydefiant,

    Where is the upgrade at #1 WR? #2 CB? Backup 3-4 DE? OLB? Safety depth? These are the positions I am referring to.

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