Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – NFL Draft! Almost There Edition…

Joe Caporoso with the final Turn On The Jets 12 pack before the NFL Draft

We just about made it! The NFL Draft is a few short days away. It is a more exciting year than usual for the New York Jets who are stocked up with 12 picks. We hope to see as many of you as possible at our Draft Party/Live Podcast/NYC Sports Bar Super Casual Hang. Let’s hop right into the GUN HILL BREWERY 12 PACK

1. Eric Ebron and Darqueze Dennard would be the best match of value, talent and need for the New York Jets with the 18th overall pick. However, it seems highly unlikely that either is going to be available, particularly Ebron. Trading up doesn’t seem likely but it will be interesting to see if the Jets covet a particular player enough to make an aggressive move like that. Reportedly, they loved Tavon Austin last year and watched the St. Louis Rams leapfrog them via trade to land him one pick before they selected. Could that make the Jets have a quicker, more aggressive trigger finger in the first round this year?

2. Bill Barnwell discussed a scenario that had the Jets moving up to 5 to target Mike Evans. It would seem somewhat illogical to trade up for a receiver with how deep this year’s class is. It really depends how big of a drop off you believe there is from Evans to Odell Beckham Jr, Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee. Personally, I don’t think it is that substantial and I don’t think the Jets will that aggressively pursue a wide receiver in the top 10.

3. Despite a few different rumors floating around, I think it would be nothing short of stunning if the Jets added a quarterback in the first or second round.

4. I try to avoid reading too much into press conference quotes but it sure doesn’t sound like Mike Goodson is going to be a factor for the Jets this season.

5. Interested to see if the Jets would consider Kyle Fuller with the 18th pick, depending on how the board breaks in front of them.

6. It is worth keeping an eye on any developments in this story, as the Jets begin work on an eventual monster contract for Muhammad Wilkerson.

7. I think Joe Klecko overstated his criticism of Quinton Coples, who he said “looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane.” I’m not sure I see a player who lacks effort or physicality. I see more of a guy who struggled to stay healthy last season and still is adjusting his game to fit all the different ways Rex Ryan uses him on defense.

8. Random Draft Prediction #1 – Jace Amaro and Odell Beckham Jr will go higher than most people anticipate.

9. Random Draft Prediction #2 – A team is going to trade in the top 12 to draft Johnny Manziel, if the Browns don’t select him with the 4th overall pick.

10. Random Draft Prediction #3 – The Houston Texans are going to take Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick,

11. During our NFL Draft party we will have Chris Lopresti, Dom Cosentino, Erik Manassy and a few other Jets writers call in.

12. If you haven’t yet, check out our NFL DRAFT BUZZWORD TRANSLATOR! Featured today in Hot Clicks!


Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • KAsh

    The Jets official website had a series of articles on all the top draft prospects at all the positions and those articles included each player’s average ranking according to an aggregate of fifteen big boards taken from across the internet. When I took all the prospects at every position and put them in order by that average ranking, Dennard was the 18th player in that list. So while I do not think that Dennard would be a bad addition, the aggregate view seems to be that his value at that point would be par for the course. To make things even funnier, the 49th player was Jordan Matthews, who many of the participants of your roundtable thought would be good value in the second round.

    Here are the top 20 players, with their average ranking, for one way to look at players’ relative value:

    1. Clowney – 1.2
    2. Greg Robinson – 3.4
    3. Mack – 3.8
    4. Watkins – 4.1
    5. Jake Matthews – 4.6
    6. Bridgewater – 6.1
    7. Evans – 9.5
    8. Lewan – 11.6
    9. Donald – 11.6
    10. Mosley – 11.8
    11. Barr – 12.6
    12. Ebron – 13.2
    13. Manziel – 13.8
    14. Bortles – 14.1
    15. Gilbert – 16.5
    16. Clinton-Dix – 16.9
    17. Zack Martin – 18.4
    18. Dennard – 18.7
    19. Calvin Pryor – 20.9
    20. Beckham, Jr. – 21.8

    And #40-50, to give an idea of who should be there with the 49th pick:

    40. Benjamin – 44.5
    41. Van Noy – 44.8
    42. Attaochu – 46.9
    43. Crichton – 47.4
    44. Adams – 48.1
    45. Hyde – 50.6
    46. Seferian-Jenkins – 51.6
    47. Allen Robinson – 52.1
    48. Niklas – 53.9
    49. Jordan Matthews – 57.4
    50. Jarvis Landry – 58.3

    (This is by no means an objective or accurate portrayal of value, nor does it reflect the Jets’s board. It is just a compilation of different big boards into one picture to have one view of players’ values.)

  • Steve Windeler

    So in other words from 12 on there is no consensus until about 50.

  • Frank Antonelli

    It’s amazing how last year all the “experts” called this year’s draft loaded with QB talent! Well Phil Simms who should know something about playing the position believes that Geno is better than all the QBs in this year’s draft. There are serious questions about ALL the QBs in this draft. Just goes to show you that it’s hard enough to predict how the draft will play out a week out much less over a year out. Of course these same “experts” thought the Jets would be lucky to win one or two games and would have the top pick in the draft!

  • Dan in RI

    Interesting question about Fuller at 18. It all comes down to how sold the Jets’ scouts are on him (or any of the CBs available at 18). My guess is that if Dennard is gone, the Jets will go WR (Cooks or Beckham). But nobody knows how they have these players ranked, so it’s anybody’s guess. My personal preference would be Cooks–he looks like Tavon Austin, only slightly bigger, faster, and more polished. I think he’d be a perfect match with Geno Smith and Eric Decker.

  • Dan in RI

    The idea of the Jets moving up to #5 is about as far-fetched as anything I’ve heard. Forget about it. With Idzik’s philosophy of building through the draft, the 2nd & 3rd round picks the Jets would have to give up to move that high are worth their weight in gold. And as good as Evans is, I think a package of Cooks (or OBJ), Fuller (or whichever CB is available in the 2nd), and Troy Niklas (or whatever TE is available in the 3rd) is worth way more than Evans.