By Greg Sulik @GregSulik on March 30, 2014
The New York Jets still have quite a few needs as we head towards the 2014 NFL Draft, but they have 12 selections to help fill those holes. John Idzik will be facing huge pressure to land some impact players this season, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. This a deep draft with plenty of talent to go around, but these are five players and positions the Jets should be wary of.
Barr’s stock has taken a bit of a hit lately, but most would agree he is the second best 3-4 OLB in the draft. The Jets certainly need pass rush help, and Barr could be there at No. 18. However, the Jets simply have too many other needs that are far more pressing to spend a high pick on Barr. He’s a good player, but not the right value.
Benjamin has the measurable scouts love, checking in at 6’5”, 240 lbs with a 4.61 40. However, he is still very raw and has unreliable hands and route running, and the team that drafts him will need to put in a lot of work to develop him. The Jets already signed Eric Decker to be a physical presence, and they have Stephen Hill as a project receiver. They should focus on faster, more NFL ready prospects in the draft.
The Jets have arguably the best defensive line in football, but Rex Ryan can’t get enough. I can already hear his arguments to draft Louis Nix III or Kony Ealy if they are available. Those are great players, but drafting a defensive lineman in the first round for a fourth straight year would be pointless. Idzik needs to put his foot down with Ryan’s love of front seven players and focus on upgrading the offense.
The Jets already have Geno Smith, Michael Vick and Matt Simms, yet they’re rumored to be interested in several other QBs. However, the Jets should pass unless they are convinced that one could be their franchise quarterback. They have too many other needs to use a pick on a QB in the first four rounds. Whether it’s Jimmy Garappolo, AJ McCarron or someone else, the Jets should just let them go.
Beckham has become a very popular name to link to the Jets as of late, and some are arguing that he is the third best receiver in the draft. Personally, I disagree with that assessment, and taking Beckham over Marqise Lee or Brandin Cooks would be a mistake. Each of those players is more polished with a better track record of production in college. Beckham is a good player, but Lee and Cooks are better and would help the Jets sooner.
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