2014 NFL Draft: New York Jets’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

2014 NFL Draft: New York Jets' 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

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The New York Jets are in a good position to have a strong 2014 NFL Draft provided they make a great first-round pick. The player they select could absolutely make or break the draft for them, so it's crucially important they make the right decision for their franchise. Could they shock the football world by selecting a dark horse right off the bat?

Take a look at 5 dark horse first-round targets for the Jets.

5. Marqise Lee

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5. Marqise Lee

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The Jets want to stack as much depth and quality they can at the wide receiver position. WR Marqise Lee is a player they might invest their first-round draft pick, because most don't value him as a top three wide receiver but his numbers speak otherwise. The Jets could make him a dark horse and let him run wild in New York one touchdown at a time.

4. Justin Gilbert

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4. Justin Gilbert

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The Jets have a depleted defensive secondary and are looking to draft a shutdown cornerback. CB Justin Gilbert is fast, physical and loves to create interceptions every chance he gets. He's exactly what the Jets need and most predict him to fall to their No. 18 selection.

3. Kyle Fuller

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3. Kyle Fuller

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Cornerback Kyle Fuller can jump incredibly high, loves to tackle and enjoys defending the best receivers thrown his way. The Jets could make Fuller a dark horse in the first round since most don't think he will get picked up until the later rounds of the draft. Due to his lack of big defensive stops late in football games, his stock has declined to the point where most NFL teams may pass on him which is what the Jets want.

2. Bradley Roby

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2. Bradley Roby

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Cornerback Bradley Roby isn't considered a top three player at his position, but the Jets see major potential in one of Ohio State's top defenders. Roby is quick, thrives in man-to-man coverage and has the ability to bolster the Jets' defensive secondary like no other. Head coach Rex Ryan would put him in a great position to succeed and make fans everywhere forget all about Darrelle Revis.

1. Kelvin Benjamin

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1. Kelvin Benjamin

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The No. 1 dark horse candidate the Jets may take would be wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Lacking overall speed, many NFL teams might take a pass on him, but the Jets could be thinking otherwise. He has great hands and knows how to make big plays when his team needs a first down to keep the chains moving. Look for the Jets to possibly surprise many by selecting Benjamin.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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