New York Jets Select – Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma

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.

Author: Cole Patterson

Cole has attended American University in Washington DC and is currently completing a double major in history and global communications at Ramapo College in Northern NJ. He has served as an NFL Analyst for a local DC radio show, Fanatic Radio. He lives and dies with the New York Jets. Cole will help lead Jets coverage and analysis.