2014 NFL Draft: 5 Third-Round Options For the New York Jets

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Third-Round Options For the New York Jets

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The most successful NFL teams are the teams that are able to find value in their mid-to-late round picks. Let's take a look at some of the New York Jets' options in round three.

5. Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry
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5. Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry
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In another year, in any other draft, WR Jarvis Landry would likely hear his name called in the first round. But due to an incredibly deep receiver class, he might drop to Round 3. It's also been easy to overlook Landry with all the attention his LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr. has received, despite turning in more catches, yards and TDs in 2013. Landry might not have the size or eye-popping combine numbers, but Landry in Round 3 is a steal.

4. Dion Bailey

Dion Bailey
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4. Dion Bailey

Dion Bailey
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Rex Ryan is known for his team's work on defense, despite the fact his vaunted defensive unit does a surprisingly poor job creating turnovers. Enter Dion Bailey. Bailey is the prototypical ball hawk, having notched 11 INTs and three forced fumbles in his three years at USC. His nose for the ball coupled with his versatility (he has experience at both safety positions, nickel back, and even linebacker) makes Bailey tough to pass up in Round 3.

3. Gabe Jackson

Gabe Jackson
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3. Gabe Jackson

Gabe Jackson
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Very rarely does a team have an opportunity to draft a top-5 guy at his position in Round 3, but the Jets could have chance to do just that with OG Gabe Jackson. The All-American is projected to fall to the 2nd or 3rd round, and the Jets might look to add Jackson as an insurance policy on second-year man Brian Winters. As a potential long-term solution at the RG position currently occupied by Willie Colon, this could be a sleeper pick.

2. Dri Archer

Dri Archer
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2. Dri Archer

Dri Archer
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Dri Archer is tiny by NFL standards, and it is far too easy to write-off the 5-foot-8 173-pound RB/WR -- that is until you watch his highlight tape. Archer is an electric playmaker with blinding 4.26 speed in the mold of Dexter McCluster or Tavon Austin. Archer can carry the ball, catch passes and even return kicks. The offensively starved New York Jets would certainly benefit from having Archer's skill set on the roster. I love this pick.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo
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1. Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo
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QB Jimmy Garoppolo is probably the best kept secret in the 2014 NFL Draft and likely won't hear his named called until the 3rd or even 4th round. If he falls to the Jets, they'd be wise to take a chance on the Eastern Illinois product who threw 53 TDs last year. With the culture of competition the Jets have been cultivating it wouldn't be surprising to see them throw Garoppolo into the mix to compete with Geno Smith and Michael Vick in 2014.






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