NFL Draft: New York Jets Day Two Preview

The TOJ staff breaks down what to look for from the New York Jets in day two of the NFL Draft

The New York Jets have the 47th (2nd round) and 77th (3rd round) pick in tonight’s draft. Myself and staff writer Chris Gross tell you what to look for. Stay tuned throughout the night as we will be updating after each selection –

The best news coming out of last night is how much talent remains on the draft board, particularly in areas of need for the New York Jets. I am going to run down a few positions and who they could target –

Running Back – I don’t anticipate them taking a running back in round two. Maybe they would consider Lamar Miller or LaMichael James if they slipped near them in round three. However, I think it is more likely they will consider Robert Turbin with one of their late round picks.

Wide Receiver – I have a tough time seeing the Jets passing on Stephen Hill or Alshon Jeffery if they are at available at 47. The team is high on both players and both have the ability to be day one starters opposite Santonio Holmes.

Outside Linebacker – Apparently the Jets are not high enough on Courtney Upshaw to make any move to trade up for him. However, would they pass on him at 47? Upshaw, Vinny Curry, and Andre Branch could all be in play at 47 as the Jets look to continue building their front seven.

Safety – It would be frustrating to see the Jets pass on Trumaine Johnson is he somehow falls to 47 but apparently they love LSU’s Brandon Taylor who they could get after the 47th pick. The Jets are leaving this draft with a safety and I think it ends up being Taylor or George Iloka.

Offensive Tackle – Jonathan Martin, Cordy Glenn, and Bobbie Massie are all players talented enough to step in at right tackle to start day one. Isn’t that hard to ignore with New England adding Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower last night?

My prediction? They end up with Alshon Jeffery or Brandon Taylor…if they are feeling frisky, maybe both. Then again, who the hell would have thought they were taking Quinton Coples last night?

Here are five routes Chris could see the Jets taking –

1 – Trade up into the first five picks of round two and select Courtney Upshaw – Upshaw has slid into the second round, something that seemed impossible a few months ago. However, with a great need at OLB, the Jets could save face with the Coples pick by moving up and selecting the Alabama product. Having fallen this far already, Upshaw is going to be an absolute steal in this draft, and it is no secret as to how I think he could help the Jets.

2 – Get an OLB other than Courtney Upshaw – If the Jets opt to not select Upshaw again, there are two names that would also fill the void at OLB. Vinny Curry out of Marshall and Andre Branch out of Clemson are both still on the board. Although they are not quite as good as Upshaw, both of these players would still provide significant improvement on the edge for the Jets. Jonathon Massaquoi is another DE/OLB hybrid to keep an eye out for in round three.

3 – Select an explosive offensive player – Whether it is one of the remaining talented Running Backs in Lamar Miller or LaMichael James, or one of the Wide Receivers that can be used to stretch the field opposite Santonio Holmes in Alshon Jeffery or Rueben Randle out of LSU. Anyone of these players would add a very good dynamic to the Jets offense, while also giving them the home run threat they so desperately need.

4 – Select a Safety – Out of the remaining defensive backs, there are three appealing names that would improve the Jets depth at safety: Trumaine Johnson, Antonio Allen, and Brandon Taylor. All bring something a little different to the table, but would provide instant upgrade to the depth at the safety position. Of the three, Taylor may be the best, while Johnson may be the most intriguing due to his physical intangibles and versatility.

5 -Select a Right Tackle – There is still plenty of talent on the board here as well. Cordy Glenn, Jonathan Martin, Bobby Massie, and Mike Adams are all have first round talent, and with a need at RT, one of them must be considered if available at pick 47.

Noticeably, the top two ranked moves on this list are to select a pass rusher. Although the Jets selected Coples, he will play a 5-technique Defensive End in the Jets scheme, so they still need to get themselves someone to apply pressure off the edge. There is plenty of talent left at this position, and New York needs to do whatever it can to get their hands on one of these players. Here are some notable non-first round picks that have made a name for themselves getting after the quarterback throughout their careers: Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jared Allen, Elvis Dumervil, Mike Vrabel, Joey Porter, and Adalius Thomas, just to name a few.

New York Jets: Mid/Late Round Wide Receiver Prospects

TOJ runs down the wide receivers the New York Jets could target in the middle and late rounds of the NFL Draft

It would be a shock if the New York Jets didn’t draft at a wide receiver with one of their ten picks in the NFL Draft next week. Their current depth chart beyond Santonio Holmes is second year slot receiver Jeremy Kerley, injury prone Chaz Schilens and reserve Patrick Turner.

There has been some speculation they could end up with Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd in the first round but it is both highly unlikely he will fall to them and that they would even choose him if he was on the board at that point. They have more pressing needs at pass rusher and safety. It is more likely the Jets will spend either their 2nd, 3rd, 5th or one of their 6th or 7th round picks on a receiver. Let’s review some of the players they could target in later rounds –

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – 6’3, 216 pounds, 4.48 forty – Jeffery would be a second round target. He was highly productive in college but there are questions about his ability to separate and keep his weight down. Apparently Jeffery loves to eat and has a tough time keeping weight off. I am not sure if you want him around Rex Ryan. In all seriousness, the Jets would probably take a long look at him with their 2nd rounder if he was still available and he has the ability to compete immediately for a starting position.

Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers – 6’2, 211 pounds, 4.67 forty – There is more of a chance of him being available than Jeffery for the Jets in round two but I am not sure how high they are on him. I think they’d like a guy with a little more size and speed. Sanu is a crisp route runner with very good hands but he won’t provide many explosive plays at the next level.

Reuben Randle, LSU – 6’3, 210 pounds, 4.55 forty – Another second round target. Many are projecting Randle to be a solid possession receiver at the next level but question his ability to consistently get separation and create big plays.

Nick Toon, Wisconsin – 6’2, 215 pounds, 4.54 forty – A third round target. Toon has been a player Jets fans have been calling for since last college football season simply because of his last name. He is the son of former Jets great Al Toon. He would be a very good value pick at this point. Toon does everything well but nothing great and lacks top end speed. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he stepped right into being a productive starter.

Brian Quick, Appalachian State – 6’4, 220 pounds, 4.55 forty – A third round target who was productive throughout his college career. He projects as a very good red-zone threat. But can he consistently get separation between the 20s?

Joe Adams, Arkansas – 5’11, 179 pounds, 4.55 forty – He lacks the size the Jets are looking for but plays quicker than his forty time. He also runs well after the catch. The problem is he might best suited for the slot, where the Jets already have Jeremy Kerley ready to take over full time. Adams is generally projected as a 4th round player so the Jets may have to move up from their 5th round selection to get him.

Marvin McNutt, Iowa – 6’3, 215 pounds, 4.54 forty – A mid-round prospect who could end up producing more than many of the players selected in front of him. He has the skill set the Jets desperately need with his combination of size and speed. McNutt made his share of big plays down the field in college despite questions about his ability to gain separation against top end cornerbacks.

Gerrell Robinson, Arizona State – 6’3, 227 pounds, 4.62 forty – Great size but doesn’t have good outside speed. Many think he is a one year wonder who could be a bust at the next level. Robinson would be 6th or 7th round pick and could be worth a flier with one of the team’s compensatory picks.

T.J. Graham, North Carolina State – 5’11, 188 pounds, 4.41 forty – A burner who has the ability to return kicks. He wasn’t highly productive in college but could be a good deep threat and special teams player. Another 6th or 7th round prospect.