With the NFL Draft a week away and much of the focus on which quarterback the New York Jets will end up taking, there are still five other picks they have. With the 72nd pick the Jets have an opportunity to fill another hole they currently have at TE. Since Dustin Keller, they have backfilled the position with converted WRs (Jeff Cumberland), scrapheap signings like Kellen Davis and Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Quincy Enunwa at H-Back…
This draft is full of tight ends with potential who could be a good fit for the team. Here is what they would offer and how I rank the fit…
Mike Gesicki – Penn State
Full disclosure, Gesicki is one of my favorite players in this draft. The former volleyball player and viral dunk video star is supremely athletic and can high point the ball like no other—he had a 41.5 inch vertical jump. The NJ native is 6’5 and ses his body to shield defenders. Unfortunately for the Jets he put on a clinic at the combine by running a 4.54 40 at 247 pounds and doing 22 reps on the bench, it could be tough for him to last in the third round. If there was one player I would like the Jets to trade back up for in the second round for it would be him as a red zone offense of Gesicki, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor is essentially a basketball team that would be very tough for any defense to stop.
Hayden Hurst- South Carolina
Hayden Hurst has one of the coolest backstories I can remember. He was drafted as a baseball player and touted as a star pitcher who could throw in the mid 90’s before the ‘yips’ took away his ability to locate his pitches. After getting released he ended up walking on to USC to resume his football career. He eventually became a captain as a sophomore.
Because of his baseball career, Hurst is an older prospect at 25 but is very polished as he only had one drop in his entire career. He is athletic and a versatile piece who would compliment the other pass catchers on the Jets well. He is as sure handed as they come and I can see him falling to the Jets at 72 because of age concerns for teams as well as the amount of talented tight ends in this draft.
Dallas Goedert- South Dakota State
Goedert has been touted as the best Tight End of the group as he constantly dominated against competition in his conference. He is big at 6’5-255 and as a former basketball player in high school he showed a ton of athletic ability with some ridiculous catches. He certainly could prove to be the best tight end of this class but Mike Maccagnan has shown an aversion to drafting small school players in the early rounds. I for one would rather get a player at 72 who has played and excelled against strong competition but Goedert certainly shows promise.
Mark Andrews- Oklahoma
Like most Jets fans I’ve poured over hours of Baker Mayfield’s highlight tapes trying to get a better idea of how our future quarterback responds to in game situations and how accurate he really is. Mark Andrews stood out in almost every game as Mayfields’ go to target. The former WR has put on weight to become a tight end but his hands are tremendous. His catching radius is the best in this class and he is very dependable. However he does lack speed which could be attributed to the weight gain from becoming a tight end and definitely isn’t as athletic as the three tight ends listed above. However if we drafted Baker, I would be fine with using our third round pick on Andrews as they clearly have chemistry and it would only help Mayfield acclimate quicker.
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