Hey all, Beast here. What with Kiper and McShay, Mayock and Grantland, and even our own Scott Salmon and Dobermite (!), it can sometimes seem like you're swimming in mocks and pre-daft opinions. YoungStuna and Crackback going back and forth on Beckham and Cooks. JB and Scott weighing in. Is Mike Evans overrated? Is trading up okay with 12 picks, or a disaster waiting to happen? For non-draftniks like me, it can be a little wearing and/or disorienting and confusing. I think we can all agree that the draft, at this point, cannot come soon enough.
So that's why I've started this small little fanpost, my first here on GGN. What are your first two picks for the 2014 NFL draft for the New York Jets? Just your first two, mind. Include some reasoning if you wish. I think it would be an interesting way to get a clear, concise grip on other's opinions, which often seem to evolve (Do you still think Beckham is a bust waiting to happen, Crackback?), very swiftly. Most people have very strong opinions on Rd. 1 (such as the "Cooks Camp," if you will) so that's why I've included Rd. 2 to get a more full look at your draft.
Here are my picks:
With the 18th pick of the '14 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select...
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. Pryor is an immensely physical safety with decent range and speed. His coverage skills, in my opinion, are underrated. I would prefer Mr. HaHa Clinton-Dix of Alabama, but the odds are against his presence at #18. Pryor's physical style and brutal tackling would solidify our defense's superlative run-stopping. Additionally, this fearless player would add a "fear factor" element to our secondary that has, thus far, been lacking. A safety that makes receivers scared of the middle of the field. A safety that makes defensive coordinators game-plan a little longer when they face the Jets. I recognize our need for turnover production in the secondary, but I also think that Pryor's fearsome presence will make up for his lack of ball-hawking skills. I also think that, with training, he'll develop some turnover production.
With the 49th pick of the '14 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select...
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech. Amaro is a large TE with good hands and some good blocking ability. He would provide the Jets with an offensive weapon in the middle of the field, and still be able to contribute physically on the line. In this way, he would balance out our more receiver-oriented and less physical Jeff Cumberland. A good TE, with his central routes and large body/catch radius, is a boon to any young QB. He would aid Geno's development, present a Red Zone threat, and, perhaps most importantly, provide an offense bereft of talent with a legitimate weapon.
What do you think of my two picks? What would yours be? This article is not meant to be another mock; that's why it's so short. It's an opportunity for all of you guys, way more knowledgeable than myself, to give us the flavor of what your ideal draft would be. Go Jets.