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What We Learned Last Night

I think last night was the perfect highlight for how important it is in this draft for the Jets to focus on big, athletic pass catching TEs and WRs. Watching FSU mount their comeback in the fourth quarter last night, really hammered home to me the importance of going Jace Amaro with the 18th pick and then jumping on Kelvin Benjamin with our second round pick (even though, I think he will go earlier in the second). The Jets need weapons who can not only get down the field but create windows for Geno (or whomever is QB) where the ball is only catchable for the receiver. Maybe Stephen Hill develops, maybe he doesn't. However, having guys who are 6'5" and athletic naturally create windows that the typical DB will struggle to defend. This allows QBs that extra window (see the Benjamin 2 yard touchdown catch last night) where QBs can take a shot and feel confident that the ball is in a place where only his receiver can come down with it. If we are fortunate enough to land Amaro and Benjamin in back to back picks, our offense will immediately improve next year. I think Kerley is a great slot receiver, and most likely, and underrated weapon due to the weakness of Jets QB play and the lack of viable receiving talent around him. Combining Kerley with viable targets at TE and WR will open up the field for Kerley. And if Hill can develop some semblance of reliable hands and simply be a burner who stretches the field - this offense instantly gains respectability. The advantages of tall, athletic receiving targets can not be underestimated. And last night's final drives by FSU really highlighted that. As Benjamin created windows for Winston that another WR wouldn't create, while also helping to open up the field for Greene (we could expect similar with Kerley). I think Benjamin had a largely up and down game - with a couple of easy drops mixed in with a couple of great catches. I like when a guy makes the difficult catches - as that shows he has the hands to compete at the next level - and concentration can always be coached up. That catch along the sidelines (I think it was late 3rd, early 4th) was a tremendous catch which highlights his strengths as a receiver. I'm not sure last night's performance did much to his draft stock in terms of moving him up to a sure fire first rounder or moving him down into the second - and I think if the Jets were to see him on the board at their pick in the second round it would be less an indictment of Benjamin's talent than a direct result of the talent at TE and WR at the top of this draft. This is wonderful luck for the Jets though - as it allows us to get 2 great prospects who would likely go earlier in a less loaded draft. Plus, I think there will continue to be a fascination for the burner WR (the Santonio Holmes type guys) whereas I think the style of play preferred by the Jets, the talents of Geno and the weather in the Meadowlands favor the big, athletic WR.

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