Some Draft picks hit the lineup sooner than others. Which of the Jets' picks will start immediately? Here are my guesses.
Day One Starters
Calvin Pryor - Safety
The safety position was not a strong point for the Jets last year. Whenever a team signs a veteran who was cut midseason by his team and plugs him into a starting role as the Jets did with Ed Reed, it is a giveaway the position could use an upgrade. When it comes to first round picks, Rex Ryan has shown little tendency to throw them into the deep end of the pool on defense. Pryor is exactly the kind of safety Rex loves, strong against the run and a punishing hitter. I see a day one starter.
Jace Amaro - Tight End
Again, we are not going out on much of a limb here. The incumbent is Jeff Cumberland, a fringe player. The Jets' passing game has needed an infusion of pass catching talent. Amaro provides that. He has all of the tools necessary to be a matchup nightmare and a top tight end in this league.
Jalen Saunders - Punt Returner
It is unclear whether Saunders will spend much time playing on offense, but one has to assume he is the strong favorite to become the next Jets punt returner given the major struggles at the spot.
Shaquelle Evans - Wide Receiver
Quincy Enunwa - Wide Receiver
Eric Decker is penciled in to line up at one receiver slot. Jeremy Kerley is at home in the slot. The second receiver spot is up for grabs, however. There is likely to be a camp competition with these two wideouts, Stephen Hill, and David Nelson likely to be in the mix. The possibility of a trade or the signing of a camp casualty remains, but this position is currently there for the taking.