By Greg Sulik @GregSulik on April 3, 2014
The New York Jets have largely chosen to sit out free agency with to focus on building through the draft. They own 12 draft picks, giving them the assets needed to improve their roster. There has been plenty of attention regarding what the Jets will do in the first round, but what about on Day 2? It is essential that the Jets land immediate starters with their second and third round picks, and these are five players they should target.
Amaro is the clear No. 2 tight end in the draft, and right now he is a borderline first round prospect. The Jets have Jeff Cumberland, but they could use an upgrade and they at least need to add depth. If Amaro slides, the Jets would certainly be interested in adding a player with his size and receiving skills. If he doesn’t, the Jets could still look at players like Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Troy Niklas on Day 2.
I picked Yankey for this spot, but this could just as easily apply to Xavier Su’a-Filo or Gabe Jackson. The Jets need a long term solution at right guard, and any of these players could step in as immediate starters. Yankey brings the physicality, toughness and experience the Jets are looking for in their run heavy offense, and he would be a great fit.
The Jets have a huge hole at free safety, where Antonio Allen did a respectable job playing out of position last season. Brooks is a versatile fee safety who brings the cover skills the Jets need in the back of their secondary. He should be available in the third, and the Jets would have to consider making a move for him if he’s still on the board. If they address the position earlier, expect them to target Jimmie Ward.
Despite the recent addition of Dimitri Patterson, it is essential that the Jets spend an early pick on a cornerback. Verrett is one of the best pure cover corners in the draft, but his lack of size could cause him to slide on draft day. However, the Jets’ division rivals rely heavily on small, quick receivers, and Verrett brings the skills needed to cover them. He is part of a large group of second tier corners, and any of them could help.
The Jets still need a starting receiver opposite Eric Decker, though most expect they will use the first round to fill that need. If they choose to take a corner or tight end in the first, however, look for them to target Matthews later. The Jets have been high on him for a long time, and his performance at the combine only solidified their belief. If Matthews is there in the second round, I have a hard time believing the Jets would pass on him.
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