The first round has come and gone. The rumors and educated guesses about the New York Jets interests in the first round fell flat. Learn about the Jets first round selection, Calvin Pryor, here and here. We will also be producing tons of content on the team’s shiny new ballhawk/wreckingball in the coming weeks. For now, we move on to rounds two and three of the NFL Draft with tons of talent still on the board.
Most hoped for an offensive weapon in the first round of the draft. Most are justifiably disappointed. Four of the top five receivers flew off the board in round one, as did Kelvin Benjamin. But remember, this draft is particularly deep at the receiver position and there are still a lot of potential game changers on the board.
- Marqise Lee (USC)
- Allen Robinson (Penn Sate)
- Cody Latimer (Indiana)
- Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)
- Dante Moncrief (Ole Miss)
- Davante Adams (Fresno)
- Jarvis Landry (LSU)
- Martavis Bryant (Clemson)
Luckily for the New York Jets, only one tight end (another major position of need) came off the board in round one. There is a wealth of potential in the next two rounds and at least a few should be available at both picks 49 and 80.
- Jace Amaro (Texas Tech)
- Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington)
- CJ Fiedorowicz (Iowa)
- Crockett Gilmore (Colorado State)
- Arthur Lynch (Georgia)
Perhaps the Jets brass feels comfortable with Ras-I Dowling, Darrin Walls, and Dimitri Patterson duking it out for the second cornerback spot. Or, maybe they have their eye on some of the cornerback talent still on the board.
- Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)
- Phillip Gaines (Rice)
- Keith McGill (Utah)
- Jaylen Watkins (Florida)
- Pierre Desir (Lindenwood)
Though most of the focus tends to land on the Jets offensive needs, the outside linebacker position is pretty thin. Calvin Pace cannot be relied on as a full time starter and the depth behind him and Coples is limited. The second round looks to be a treasure trove of edge talent that the Jets may take advantage of.
- Kyle Van Noy (Brigham Young)
- Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech)
- Carl Bradford (Arizona State)
- Chris Smith (Arkansas)
- Telvin Smith (Florida State)
Willie Colon and Brian Winters are the penciled in starters at the moment. However, Winters still has some growing to do and Colon is aging and injury prone. The Jets could bolster the position on Day 2 of the draft with any of the following options.
- Xavier Su’a Filo (UCLA)
- Joel Bitonio (Nevada)
- Trai Turner (LSU)
- Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State)
- Cyril Richardson (Baylor)
Selecting a quarterback in the second or third round may irritate some but there is still value to be had at a position that lacks a truly entrenched starter. Look for the Jets to start thinking about quarterback from Round 3 on.
- Derek Carr (Fresno State)
- Tom Savage (Pittsburgh)
- Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois)
- AJ McCarron (Alabama)
- Aaron Murray (Georgia)
- Zach Mettenberger (LSU)
The best values in the second and third rounds are are at the receiver, tight end, and outside linebacker positions. These options line up perfectly with the New York Jets needs and provides (at least) two opportunities to add impact starters to the team. Unless the top five at all three positions are picked clean before the Jets pick, at least one talented player at a position of need should be available. Accounting for a possible run on quarterbacks and the running backs getting into the mix, the Jets should have a good variety of options to chose from at 49.
The Jets have eleven picks left and a ton of ammo to move up the board. You can inspect the trade value chart for yourself but here are some possibilities:
- The team could trade all the way up to 33 in exchange for their second and two fourths. This could ensure them Amaro, Lee, or another player they covet
- They could trade up to 43 for their second and one fourth in order to pass other receiver needy teams like: St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Baltimore
- They could trade back in to the second (starting at 59) for their third rounder and two fourths
- Its also important to keep in mind that the Jets could package players (rather than picks) to move around the board. Keep an eye on names like: Stephen Hill, Kenrick Ellis, Kyle Wilson, and Dawan Landry.
Five Best Available
There are many first round talents still hanging around for the Jets. Jace Amaro is the first name that comes to mind. A dominant receiving threat at Texas Tech, Amaro would immediately start at tight end and, with some refinement in the run game, has pro bowl potential. Kyle Van Noy and Jeremiah Attaochu could come in and immediately upgrade the pass rush. They would likely platoon with Pace and Antwan Barnes at first but should eventually become starters. Marqise Lee and Austin Seferian-Jenkins both had transcendent 2012 seasons but took a step back in 2013. They have all the talent in the world and, if put in a good position, could be game changers at the next level. These five players represent outstanding value. Any would be worth trading up for and to select one at 49 would be an absolute steal.
Happy draft weekend Jet fans!