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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players New York Jets Should Target With 18th Pick

New York Jets: 5 Players They Should Target With the 18th Pick

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Coming off a somewhat surprising 8-8 season, the New York Jets will look to keep the positive momentum rolling into the 2014 season. While they've made a few key signings, the Jets have been rather quiet in free agency, which seems to indicate they're going to lean heavily on this year's draft. With the 18th pick, the Jets should have no shortage of talented prospects to choose from; click through to find out who they are.

5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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Even after their signing of Eric Decker, the Jets' offense should still be a focal point in the draft. Brandin Cooks, although diminutive, was one of the best receivers in college football and wowed scouts with an impressive 40 time at the combine. Cooks has very good hands and is capable of making plays in space, which could make him the Jets' pick at 18.

4. Ha'Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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4. Ha'Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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The safety position has been a revolving door for the Jets in past years and it'd behoove them to find a long-term solution at the spot. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has an ever so slight advantage over Calvin Pryor as the top safety in this draft, and his ability to match up with tight ends in coverage and adequately support the run could be enticing to New York at 18.

3. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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3. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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Perhaps no position has caused more angst amongst the Jets fanbase this offseason than cornerback. The Jets released top corner Antonio Cromartie and failed to sign an adequate replacement, meaning they could look to address the position in the draft. Darqueze Dennard is one of the best pure cover corners in this class, with good size and physicality, and he would be a solid pick at 18.

2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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As addressed with Cooks, the Jets are still in dire need of a solid wideout to line up across from Decker. Marqise Lee is one of the best receivers in the draft and, although he's a bit on the smaller side, is a polished route runner with the speed to make things happen when the ball is in his hands. If the other top receivers are off the board by the time the Jets pick, Lee could be the pick.

1. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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1. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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After years of watching Rob Gronkowski torch them, perhaps it's time for the Jets to employ their own multi-dimensional weapon at tight end. Eric Ebron is the consensus top tight end in the draft, a dynamic athlete capable of lining up wide or stretching the seam, making him a very difficult cover. Ebron's blocking needs a bit of work, but if the Jets are looking for an offensive weapon, he could be it.