2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Tight Ends the New York Jets Should Target

2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Tight Ends the New York Jets Should Target

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The Jets were expected to make some big moves at tight end this offseason, but all they have done so far is re-sign Jeff Cumberland. That means the Jets will likely be targeting a tight end in the draft, but it is really only their third or fourth most pressing need. However, a thin class of tight ends means that if the Jets want a rookie, they may have to do it early. These are five players who could be a good fit for the Jets.

5. Jace Amaro

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5. Jace Amaro

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The Jets have been interested in Amaro throughout the process, and he arguably the best pure pass catcher in this class. Amaro played mostly in the slot at Texas Tech, so he would have to make an adjustment to play as an in line tight end in the NFL. While he presents a huge receiving upgrade for the Jets, it's likely that he will come off the board in between the Jets’ first and second round picks, which is why he is at the bottom of this list.

4. Troy Niklas

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4. Troy Niklas

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Troy Niklas is a classic tight end who is equally adept as a blocker and receiver. He is big and strong, and the run first Jets would love his physicality as a complement to the athletic Cumberland. Niklas has good hands, but he needs a lot of polish as a route runner at the next level. He'd be a nice fit and the coaches would love him, but he may not offer enough as a receiver to be worth a second round pick to the Jets.

3.Eric Ebron

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3. Eric Ebron

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Eric Ebron is the clear top tight end in this draft class, and the Jets love him. He is a marginal blocker, but he is the total package as a receiver, and that is exactly what the Jets are looking for. Ebron is an elite athlete, though his route running and hands still need some polish. However, he has the potential to be a game changer at tight end. The problem for the Jets is that there is a good chance he will be long gone by No. 18.

2. C.J. Fiedorowicz

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2. C.J. Fiedorowicz

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There is nothing flashy about C.J. Fiedorowicz, but he looks like he will be a solid all-around professional. He was fairly productive at Iowa and has some solid receiving skills, and he is a very reliable blocker. Fiedorowicz is not going to blow people away, but you could do a whole lot worse at tight end. If the Jets take a receiver and corner in the first two rounds as expected, Fiedorowicz would make a lot of sense in the third.

1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a name that has been linked to the Jets quite a bit lately, and he would certainly give them receiving target they are looking for. Seferian-Jenkins is a huge and athletic, and he was a monster in the red zone at Washington. There are some character and durability concerns here, but Seferian-Jenkins has as much potential as anyone at tight end this year. Don’t be surprised if the Jets target him in the second round.


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