If you are anything like me, this morning you were searching for draft grades. You know it doesn't mean much, but it's natural to want to hear what others are saying about the selections you made. You may also find it a tedious task to flip through all the websites. So here at GGN, we like to make your life easier, so I've collected all the draft grades I could find and popped them into one handy post.
With 11 picks, the Jets should certainly hit on a few of these choices. That starts with Pryor and Amaro who are slam dunk choices. Pryor will set the tone on defense with his big hitting and coverage skills. Amaro is a good pass catching tight end who can attack the seam. Later in the draft, keep an eye on Dozier who will press for a starting guard spot early. Finding a few options at wide receiver was smart with an excess of picks. Reilly could factor in as a pass rusher and provided good value in the seventh round.
The Jets came into this draft committed to add playmakers to an offense that was hopelessly bereft of them in 2014. They did that, but also remembered who the head coach was and nailed a pretty good safety, a position that I considered a need coming in. Calvin Pryor should start at strong safety, and will quickly make his mark as a playmaker. They are different kinds of safeties, but I had Pryor rated ahead of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Jace Amaro is an obvious fit, and adds a reliable, big target to the passing game. Jalen Saunders offers some shiftiness and slot depth, and Shaq Evans is solid if not a burner. Dakota Dozier can become a starter, and if Dexter McDougle plays up to his potential he could be a steal at No. 80. He was down on some boards after getting hurt, but I've seen him a lot and can see why Rex likes him. Tajh Boyd is a nice little stowaway that far down on the board when you consider his arm. If you're going to take a shot at QB late, go for the ceiling. I thought the Jets did a nice job with my one question being whether they really added a player in the passing game that will scare defenses. Hopefully Amaro becomes that guy.
Maybe the Jets can trade a receiver to Cleveland for a cornerback. New York at least attempted to fix its chasm at corner, even if Dexter McDougle was a Round 3 reach and Brandon Dixon faces an uphill battle to make the squad. Though the Jets added three receivers (Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Quincy Enunwa), the biggest new threat in the passing game is TE Jace Amaro. Safety Calvin Pryor definitely fits the mold of a Rex Ryan defense, as does seventh-rounder Trevor Reilly.
Grade: GM Gets A Sticker (Think that's the equivalent of a B)
The skinny: After a great first two days, the Jets continued to add weapons for their quarterback on Day 3. Saunders is a tough kid who should also contribute a lot on special teams, and Evans is a speed player who can help in the slot. Dozier is raw, but he might be the best value of any of New York's picks. George is undersized but could be a contributor all over the place. New York found some great players toward the end, with Boyd and Reilly both adding some good depth.
It was a class that started with promise, levelled off in the middle rounds and actually seemed to get stronger by the end. Late round picks such as Shaq Evans, Dakota Dozier and Brandon Dixon could end up helping out.
Best Pick: Calvin Pryor
Worst Pick: Jalen Saunders
Calvin Pryor was my top-rated safety and I have no doubt that he's going to be Broadway hit for the Jets. He plays with the instincts and physicality to star in Rex Ryan's aggressive scheme. I not as high on the physicality factor of the Jets' skill-position additions of TE Jace Amaro and WRs Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans but they each offer speed and are mismatches that Geno Smith (or Michael Vick) can exploit. I like the upside of Day Three picks Brandon Dixon (CB) and Quincy Enunwa (WR) and feel that OLB Trevor Reilly is going to prove a steal. Reilly is an older prospect (turns 26), which is why he dropped to the 7th round, but he'll make this squad.