Friday, May 9, 2014
W2W4: Offense for Jets on Day 2
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The fun continues Friday night. A quick look at the New York Jets:
Picks: The Jets have two selections -- second round (49 overall) and third round (80).
Outlook: The second round could be the sweet spot of the draft in terms of the Jets addressing their needs on offense -- wide receiver and tight end. The Scouts, Inc. mock draft projects seven wide receivers and one tight end in the second round. There are some quality receivers on the board, some of whom were thought to be first-round candidates. They haven't ruled out the possibility of taking a quarterback. Things would get interesting if Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and/or Derek Carr (Fresno State) happened to fall to 49, but that appears unlikely.
Projected targets: The most intriguing possibility is Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), one of the most prolific pass-catching tight ends in the history of college football. The top receivers are Marqise Lee (USC), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), Cody Latimer (Indiana) and Davante Adams (Fresno State). It would be a nice score if Lee, regarded by some draftniks as a first-round possibility for the Jets, fell to them in the second. General manager John Idzik attended Latimer's pro day, which tells you something because Indiana isn't exactly a routine stop on the scouting trail for top executives. A couple of highly regarded pass-rushers remain on the board, namely Kyle Van Noy (BYU) and Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State), one of the few front-seven prospects invited by the Jets for a pre-draft visit.
Trades: The Jets could easily jump up in Round 2 if there's a player they really want. If they package two fourth-round picks (104 and 115), they could get all the way to 34, based on the draft value chart. That's one spot behind the Houston Texans, who own the first pick in the round. The Washington Redskins (34) probably wouldn't trade out, considering they had no first-round pick, but the Jets still have the ammo to make a splash.