You either love the draft or you hate it, personally I love it and the endless possibilities that come with it. We'll be linked to 100 players over the next two months and many 'experts' will guess their way to the first round selection to the Jets.
I work almost exclusively with the draft. I talk to scouts, executives, agents and even players sometimes, and I have absolutely no idea who the Jets will select. Not even 1%. I can put two and two together and make an educated guess, and I can clearly communicate who I would select, but at the end of the day, only the people present in the war room will really know.
So for a Sunday tradition, I thought I would start the day off with some links, some opinions and just general draft content. 90% of the below will probably prove irrelevant by the time the draft comes along, but what else do we have to do this Sunday morning.
Who would I select at 18?
Odell Beckham Jr or Brandin Cooks.
I want explosion and I absolutely love both of these guys, and what makes it better? they should both be there at #18. Me and Deb will have our mock draft ready to go very soon so I won't go into too much detail. However I want hands, acceleration, pace and open field ability. I want teams to fear us, I want teams to isolate this player and have to account for him on every single snap. We don't have anyone even close to that at the minute, so one of these guys would help.
Just in case you didn't see this Odell Beckham Jr highlight reel, here it is again because it is absolute FIRE:
It also just so happens we have completed scouting reports on both of these players, so check out the links below to get a better idea of what each player brings to the table:
New York Jets Out & About
It's pro day season, team executives and scouts are out and about checking in on some of the top prospects. Most teams will send at least one to most pro-days, however if teams really have an interest or they really want to do some homework they will send the position coach that relates to the player being scouted and sometimes Rex and co will be in attendance.
Yesterday I wrote about the Jets taking Bradley Roby out for dinner, steak and fried anyone? It doesn't mean we are taking him but the fact we took him out for dinner says we have an interest. Whether it is a fact-finding mission or a lets get to know you before we try and nab you mission, who knows.....I also heard that Idzik spoke with Roby's mother after his pro-day. Make of that what you will.
Wisconsin held their pro day on Thursday and the New York Jets sent secondary coach Tim McDonald along. He was likely sent to check out Dezman Southward who's workout numbers have been superb. He'll likely be a mid-to-late round prospect who could play safety or switch to corner, my feeling is he'll stick at safety and he's quite an impressive guy. So Southward is definitely a name you should watch out for.
Checking in on Jimmie Ward. I have been informed that the Jets did have a representative at the Northern Illinois pro day on Friday and he was there to specifically check out of the impressive Huskie safety. Not only that, but I believe the team met with Jimmie following the workout. I have gone on record with my admiration for Jimmie, he remains my favourite safety in the draft and you can read my scouting report on him HERE
The Jets also had scouts at Fordham, Northern Arizona, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Arkansas
Who have the Experts Got?
So you don't want to listen to who we go us taking, but what about the true experts. You know the boffs over at ESPN all all that jazz. Well take a look below at a select few and makes up your own mind.
Marqise Lee - WR - USC
Analysis: This one is a no-brainer. The Jets have invested a lot of high draft picks on the defensive side of the ball in recent years, and if second-year QB Geno Smith is going to have any chance to succeed in the NFL, they need to provide him with a better supporting cast. Lee struggled in 2013 with some drops and ran a less-than-stellar 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine, but he's a big-play weapon both after the catch and on vertical routes who would be an asset to Smith in the passing game.
Marqise Lee - WR - USC
Analysis: Before the flood of junior wide receivers entered the draft class, I would have told you that Lee, with his experience and reputation for reliability catching the ball and explosiveness after the catch, would easily be among the top two or three wide receivers taken. But I think the Jets will be considering a wide range of options here at that position, and because of the depth of this class, they could also wait and take a receiver later. Still, I like the fit here -- a team in serious need of added production at that position gets a very good pass-catcher who can make big plays with the ball in his hands.
Can we still dream?
We aint got a single chance in hell at Clowney, and to be fair we probably don't need him anyway, but that doesn't mean we can't all enjoy this hit before he lands in the NFL and naturally becomes the enemy.
Pro Day Take-Away
- Ryan Shazier has wheels, that's for damn sure. He clocked a 4.36 40 yard dash at his pro day, to go along with his 42 inch vertical at the combine.....oh and just those pesky 143 tackles last season.
- Serious interest in Garappolo. We met him at the bowl game, then at the combine and now we flew out to Northwesterns pro day to see him. (Eastern Illinois didn't have one, so he worked out at Northwestern)
- Jimmie Ward ran a 4.47 at his pro-day, a week before he has an operation on his foot. No concerns about speed and he is one tough SOB as well.
- Dee Ford is alive and kicking. After being held out of workouts in Indianapolis, he put up a strong showing at his pro-day. Lets take a closer look at that back please.