INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Rahim Moore #35 of UCLA works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
I am going to take a break from looking at defensive lineman before I start to sound redundant. I am about to make some of you very angry (mostly you Brooks Reed fans) by listing my players the Jets should not take in round 1. This is not an indictment on their careers as football players, I just think these players are suited for later rounds.
Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
At the start of the draft season, Reed was considered by most to be a 3rd round pick. He has a great motor and is a high-effort guy, and has been compared to Clay Matthews for these characteristics (and his hair). He either uses a bull rush or a spin move; rarely does he ever do anything else. He is stiff and does not change direction well, and often finds himself running by the QB. He struggles against top competition. In other words, he isn't a terrible prospect, but if he is taken in the 1st, it is a huge overdraft. I would give him a 3rd round grade.
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
The top safety in a weak class, Moore fits the pure free safety mold. He has great range and had a big year in terms of interceptions in 2009. His numbers dipped a little in 2010, which raises a flag. But the biggest issue with Moore is that he is not a good tackler. Hmmmm....good-ranged FS who can't tackle...reminds me of someone else....oh well. In Rex's Cover 1-happy scheme, you need a guy who can act as the last line of defense and tackle. I would take Moore in round 2, not 1.
Any Receiver not named A.J. or Julio
If you have not heard, Santonio Holmes is buying a home in N.Y. The Jets are keeping at least one, if not both receivers. Even if a Torrey Smith is there, I hate taking a WR at this spot. It is the most overrated position that can be filled in the later rounds.