Apr 24, 2014

New York Jets Draft Focus: With the 18th Overall Pick

Rex Ryan knows defense and rightfully so the New York Jets have one starting position needing to be filled with a possible upgrade at the safety position... Depth in the front seven is also something the Jets need to think long term and with twelve picks this year they can start building for the future...

Everyone knows the Jets offense was sub par last year but with a few free agent moves gives the Jets flexibility heading into this years draft... Do they need to spend all the picks on offense, no but they will fill primary needs as they have fill the depth in free agency and re-signing own players to short end deals...

So with the 18th pick the Jets could go many ways but I believe if either of these two players are available expect them to grab them without thinking... Mike Evans of Texas A&M or Calvin Pryor of Louisville are those two a top the big board as long shots they will draft over everyone else in this draft...

Honestly I don't think Evans would be a successful upgrade in our offense but they feel he could be a big target for whomever is our quarterback... As for Pryor he would be a different upgrade in our secondary as currently we have two starting strong safeties, and Pryor a rangy coverage safety would replace Antonio Allen in the starting lineup... Allen has promise to eventually replace Dawan Landry as the team's starting strong safety, but Pryor would instantly upgrade the porous pass coverage in the back end...

If both are off the board as many expect them to be, the one player who is NFL ready right now and would be an instant starter in Rex Ryan's defense would be Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State... Dennard has be referenced to the next Darrelle Revis - hate comparisons... Dennard is a physical, bump n run cover corner who plays with good hand placement and knows where the ball is while keeping his receiver in check... He looks like he can convert without missing any steps transitioning to the next level and the Jets have a need for that type of prospect... Just in case Dennard has faults in his rookie season the Jets took care of that in the off season bringing in a spot starter CB in Dimitri Patterson...

For me I think Justin Gilbert would be a better prospect long term but Rex Ryan doesn't have the long term to invest, he needs to produce now or Owner Woody Johnson could scrap the Ryan plan after this season...

Apr 13, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: First Round Mock Draft with Potential Trade Scenarios

1. Houston Texans Trade top pick to Atlanta Falcons, Houston receives:
6th, 37th, 103rd, 220th & 2015 2nd & 4th Rd picks
Atlanta Falcons Select: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams Trade #2 Overall pick to Buffalo Bills, Rams receive:
9th, 73rd, 149th & 2015 2nd Rd picks
Buffalo Bills Select: DE/OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

3. Jacksonville Jaguars Trade #3 Overall pick to Detroit Lions, Jaguars receives:
10th, 76th, 111th & 2015 2nd Rd picks
Detroit Lions Select: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

4. Cleveland Browns Trade #4 Overall pick to Houston Texans, Browns receives:
6th, 101st, 103rd & 220th picks
Houston Texans Select: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida

5. Oakland Raiders Trade #5 Overall pick to St. Louis Rams, Raiders receive:
9th, 75th, 110th picks
St. Louis Rams Select: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

6. Cleveland Browns Trade #6 Overall pick to San Francisco 49ers, Browns receive:
30th, 56th, 61st picks
San Francisco 49ers Select: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade #7 Overall pick to Jacksonville Jaguars, Buccaneers receive:
10th, 105th & 111th picks
Jacksonville Jaguars Select: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

8. Minnesota Vikings Trade #8 Overall pick to Dallas Cowboys, Vikings receive:
16th, 78th, 119th picks
Dallas Cowboys Select: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

9. Oakland Raiders on the clock
Oakland Raiders Select: CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the clock
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select: DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn

11. Tennessee Titans on the clock
Tennessee Titans Select: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

12. New York Giants on the clock
New York Giants Select: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

13. St. Louis Rams Trade #13 pick to Cleveland Browns, Rams receive:
26th, 61st & 103rd picks
Cleveland Browns Select: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

14. Chicago Bears on the clock
Chicago Bears Select: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

15. Pittsburgh Steelers on the clock
Pittsburgh Steelers Select: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

16. Minnesota Vikings on the clock
Minnesota Vikings Select: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

17. Baltimore Ravens on the clock
Baltimore Ravens Select: FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville

18. New York Jets Trade #18 to Cincinnati Bengals, Jets receive:
24th, 88th, 123rd picks
Cincinnati Bengals Select: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

19. Miami Dolphins on the clock
Miami Dolphins Select: OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame

20. Arizona Cardinals on the clock
Arizona Cardinals Select: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

21. Green Bay Packers on the clock
Green Bay Packers Select: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

22. Philadelphia Eagles on the clock
Philadelphia Eagles Select: WR Marqise Lee, South California

23. Kansas City Chiefs on the clock
Kansas City Chiefs Select: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo

24. New York Jets on the clock
New York Jets Select: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

25. San Diego Chargers on the clock
San Diego Chargers Select: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

26. St. Louis Rams on the clock
St. Louis Rams Select: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

27. New Orleans Saints on the clock
New Orleans Saints Select: DT  Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

28. Carolina Panthers on the clock
Carolina Panthers Select: OL David Yankey, Stanford

29. New England Patriots Trade #29 Overall to Washington Redskins, Patriots receive:
34th, 102nd & 2015 4th Rd picks
Washington Redskins Select: OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada 

30. Cleveland Browns on the clock
Cleveland Browns Select: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

31. Denver Broncos on the clock
Denver Broncos Select: LB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

32. Seattle Seahawks on the clock
Seattle Seahawks Select: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Draft Scenario 4.0 Realistic - New York Jets All 12 Selection

The New York Jets have 12 selections this year in the 2014 NFL Draft... These picks include their seven original draft selections, one fourth round selection via the trade to Tampa Bay of one Darrelle Revis and four compensatory picks for free agents they lost last off season... In this mock draft there will be a prospect they hope to fall into their lap plus a realistic selection by needs of the team heading into the next season... So let us begin with the 18th pick in the first round:

First Round (No. 18)
Hope: Justin Gilbert Oklahoma St. or Darqueze Dennard Michigan St.
Realistic: Bradley Roby Ohio St.
The Jets would love to have either Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard fall into their laps at 18, but more than likely the next corner on the list is Bradley Roby who was fully scouted by our own general manager John Idzik...

Second Round (No. 49)
Hope: Brandin Cooks Oregon St. or Allen Robinson Penn St.
Realistic: Jarvis Landry Louisiana St.
Like the first pick the Jets would like a play making receiver to fall into their laps at the 49th pick in the second round... Jarvis Landry is slated/ranked to be drafted 55th to 65th in the second round, so with the 49th pick it isn't really a stretch to take a familiar face for our new special team coach Thomas McGaughey... Landry is a dual threat both as a receiver but is very useful as a returner and a gunner in special teams...
Third Round (No. 80)
Hope: Terence Brooks FSU or Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
Realistic: C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa
During the scouting process these past few months the Jets have people taking notice of their interest in a few prospects and possible upgrades both in the secondary and on the offensive side of the ball... A prospect like safety Brooks from Florida St. might have a few scratching their heads on why they feel they need to upgrade Antonio Allen's position, we all know there is a gaping hole at the tight end position but Jenkins probably won't fall that far out of the second round... Fiedorowicz to this point seems like a waste of a pick, but he proved in college he is probably the best all around tight end in this draft...

Fourth Round (No. 104)
Hope: Telvin Smith FSU or Pierre Desir Lindenwood
Realistic:  Victor Hampton South Carolina
The Jets could do well by continuing to address the defensive back position here, they would hop that Florida State's outside linebacker would fall in their lap but it is unlikely... Another prospect that is more of a Hope is Pierre Desir from Lindenwood whose stock continues to rise... If the Jets had to make a decision, Victor Hampton from the Gamecocks is not a bad way to go, will bolster depth at the position giving the team additional security for a few years...
Fourth Round (No. 115)
Hope: Marcus Smith Louisville or Christian Kirksey Iowa
Realistic: Arthur Lynch Georgia

One, two that got away... Taking Hampton with the 104th pick solidified the secondary, hoping that one of their two outside linebackers would fall to the 115th pick but failed to do so... So the Jets look to secure another outstanding blocking end Arthur Lynch which gives the tight end position stability for years...
Fourth Round (No. 137 - Compensatory)
Hope: Laurent Duvernay Tardif Canada or JuWuan James Tennessee
Realistic: Brandon Thomas Clemson
The Canada prospect has a few heads turning and this would be an investment pick at best... JuWuan James from Tennessee has played almost all the positions on the offensive line and would give some stability in depth... Realistically if we are using this first compensatory pick for an investment why not use it on Brandon Thomas from Clemson who tore his ACL during a visit to the New Orleans Saints a few weeks back... We draft him, we sign him and then we place him on IR...
Fifth Round (No. 154)
Hope: Ed Stinson Alabama or Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston Colleg
Realistic: De'Anthony Thomas Oregon
Again trying to bolster the defensive front seven with either versatile lineman Ed Stinson or linebacker Pierre-Louis, this pick slips away but in the end we keep getting luckier by being able to acquire an offensive weapon in De'Anthony "Black Mamba" Thomas from Oregon... A running back, returner, slot receiver, a virtual super fast athletic runner...
Sixth Round (No. 195)
Hope: Ryan Grant Tulane or Mike Davis Texas
Realistic: Chaz Sutton South Carolina
Looking to gather another prospect at receiver, the Jets strike out hoping to grab either Tulane's Ryan Grant or Texas' Mike Davis... Something that has eluded them to this point is depth on the front seven but they might have found a diamond in the rough in Chaz Sutton from South Carolina, who has rushed as a defensive end, moved inside at tackle and has played as outside linebacker and would convert nicely to Ryan's defense...
Sixth Round (No. 209 - Compensatory)
Realistic: Dezmen Southward Wisconsin
The New York Jets defensive back coach McDonald worked out personally Southward at Wisconsin's Pro Day and is said to come away from that workout very satisfied... Dezmen's high character praise from his team mates an ex coaching staff makes him a worthy pick for the Jets first compensatory pick in the 6th round...
Sixth Round (No. 210 - Compensatory)
Realistic: James Stone Tennessee
The Jets are looking to continue the competition throughout the roster, and why not bring competition for the current backup center Caleb Schlauderaff... James Stone can also lineup as guard as well as center could offer some more depth the offensive line, at worst they can sign him to the practice squad...
Sixth Round (No. 213 - Compensatory)
Realistic:  Beau Allen Wisconsin
Wisconsin got a good season out of Allen as he was a tough run-defender at the point of attack... Allen had 20 tackles with two tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks... He could be a nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense in the NFL.. What a value pick this late in the draft...
Seventh Round (No. 233)
Realistic:  James Morris Iowa
Idzik needs to get creative with the last two picks and grabbing another prospect at linebacker might do well for depth in the front seven... With only three middle linebackers being able to grab another one this late that has shown ability to be productive could be a steal of a pick... Morris of Iowa Hawkeyes shown that he is able to do the dirty work, either special teamer or role player...