By Greg Sulik @GregSulik on April 3, 2014
Given how many needs the New York Jets have, the draft is going to be absolutely vital to their success this season. The Jets have done a good job of landing key players in late rounds over the past few years, and they will have nine picks on Day 3 of the draft. That gives them plenty of flexibility to strengthen their roster, and they will be hoping to land a few impact players as well. These are five prospects they should be targeting.
The Jets should have addressed the receiver position long before this point, but that doesn’t mean they can’t add more playmakers. Huff was very productive as a senior at Oregon, and he could be nice fit as a slot receiver at the next level. Huff needs some polishing, but the talent is certainly there. He would give the Jets depth this season and insurance in case they lose Jeremy Kerley to free agency next year.
Colvin was a player who was discussed as a safe third round prospect before he tore his ACL at Senior Bowl practice. Given his questionable injury history, his stock has understandably dropped. However, that shouldn’t scare the Jets away. When healthy, Colvin is the total package at corner despite lacking elite physical traits. He might not make a big impact as a rookie, but he could be a steal for the Jets on Day 3.
The Jets definitely need help at outside linebacker, but they have too many other needs to address the position early in the draft. Murphy was highly productive at Stanford with 32.5 sacks in his career, and he has experience in both the 3-4 and 4-3. Murphy is the type of big, physical, hardworking linebacker Rex Ryan likes, and he could make an impact for the Jets early.
The Jets badly need a third down back with speed and receiving skills who can add an explosive element to their offense. Archer was highly productive when healthy in college, and he burned up the combine with a 4.26 40. He would immediately change the dynamic of the Jets’ backfield. Most of that can also be applied to De’Anthony Thomas, who didn’t dazzle in workouts but had a spectacular career and would have a similar impact with the Jets.
The Jets brought back Willie Colon to start at right guard out of desperation more than anything. They still need a long term solution, and Richardson could be that player. His stock has taken a hit throughout the draft process, but he is still a massive human being who can be an absolute road grader in the run game. Richardson is a perfect fit for the Jets, and they could develop him into a very good player on their offensive line.
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