New York Jets Fail to Address Biggest Needs With Calvin Pryor Pick
There was plenty of suspense surrounding the New York Jets’ first round pick, especially with Johnny Manziel still on the board. Equally intriguing, three of the top players on the Jets’ board were still available, Darqueze Dennard, Brandin Cooks, and Marqise Lee. However, the Jets surprised everyone by opting to draft Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.
The Jets had a huge need at free safety, and Pryor should step in as a starter from Day 1. He is a very versatile safety, but he profiles as more of a strong safety than the true ballhawk the Jets need. Pryor is a big time hitter who will make a huge impact in the run game, and he has the coverage stills to play deep middle or man to man. The Jets also spend a lot of time in three safety looks, which adds to Pryor’s benefit.
In my opinion free safety was the Jets’ third biggest need, behind cornerback and wide receiver. Dennard, Cooks and Lee all would have been immediate starters and better picks than Pryor. Making matters worse, the Jets chose Pryor over Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, a much better coverage safety and a better fit. All in all, the decision to draft Pryor doesn’t make much sense.
To be fair to the Jets, these are many of the same criticisms that were leveled at Sheldon Richardson last season, and that worked out perfectly. That being said, the Jets clearly missed on the opportunity to add an impact player at one of the two positions they have a desperate need at. This is a deep draft for corners and receivers, and the Jets will most likely be targeting them over the next couple rounds. However, the decision to take Pryor remains a very disappointing one.
The five most awesome Twitter reactions to Tom Brady’s failed appeal
After a month of contemplating (?) -- really, why did it take so long? -- Roger Goodell has finally announced that he will not reduce Tom Brady's suspension and that the reigning Super Bowl MVP will miss the first four games of the season. While we'll have plenty of time to get into all of this in detail, this is not the time for well-constructed opinions. It's time for immediate, hate-filled reactions. Read More
LOOK: Five Baltimore Ravens paintings that are absolutely amazing
The Baltimore Ravens have been relevant the entire time that John Harbaugh has been their head coach and every year it seems the fans have something to root for in late December. With a symbolic mascot, being named after a masterpiece itself (Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven"), these five Baltimore Ravens paintings are some of the finest pieces of work you will ever see... Read More