Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Combine watch list: New York Jets
By Rich Cimini
Looking at the scouting combine from a New York Jets' perspective, a few players that bear watching:
Mike Evans, Texas A&M, wide receiver: He has great size (6-foot-4) and ball skills, but scouts are curious to test his speed -- if he runs the 40-yard dash. As we know, some of the top prospects wait until their pro day to run the all-important 40. Evans could be in play for the Jets with the 18th pick. If he runs in the 4.4 range, he could challenge Clemson's Sammy Watkins for top receiver, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. .
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, wide receiver: As noted on the ESPN.com watch list , scouts are starting to get excited about Beckham Jr. as they watch tape from his late-season games. A strong combine could push him into the first round. ESPN's Todd McShay thinks Beckham could clock the fastest 40.
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, quarterback: He has Colin Kaepernick size (6-5) and athleticism, but his throwing mechanics are unpolished. The Jets could be looking for a developmental quarterback in the later rounds.
Eric Ebron, North Carolina, tight end: The Jets are desperate for tight end help, and they have their eye on Ebron. Chances are, he'll light up the combine, which would be a bad thing for the Jets. He'd never last until the 18th pick.
Dee Ford, Auburn, defensive end/outside linebacker: He's an explosive edge rusher, and those are hard to find. It's not a pressing need for the Jets (it takes a back seat to their many needs on offense), but Ford would be hard to pass in the second round.
Andre Williams, Boston College, running back: It's not a huge positional need for the Jets, but we know they're not afraid to stockpile backs. Williams isn't generating any buzz, but he was one of the best players in the country last season and a Heisman finalist.