The New York Jets pulled a major surprise on Day 1 on the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. The Pryor pick was questionable at best, and it places a ton of pressure on the Jets to have a successful Day 2. They still have gaping holes at cornerback and wide receiver, and it is absolutely vital for their success this season that the Jets land starters at those positions tonight.
Luckily for the Jets, there is still plenty of talent available at both positions. Marqise Lee is by far the best receiver on the board, and the Jets could consider giving up one of their three fourth round picks to move up and get him. After Lee, Jordan Matthews, Cody Latimer and Davante Adams headline potential second round picks at receiver. Any of those players would be an immediate starter for the Jets and give them another big receiver to pair with Eric Decker. If the Jets wait until the third, look for names like Jarvis Landry, Paul Richardson and Donte Moncrief.
At corner, the decision to pass on Darqueze Dennard, a perfect fit and the best corner in the draft, was borderline shocking. There is no way the Jets can go into next season relying on Dimitri Patterson or Kyle Wilson to start, so they have to land a corner soon. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Keith McGill, and Lamarcus Joyner are the most likely second round options, while players like Pierre Desir and Phillip Gaines could be among the options in the third.
No matter who they go with, it is essential that the Jets land starting caliber talent at receiver and corner with their next two picks. If we assume that Jeremy Kerley and Wilson stay in their respective slot roles, that means the Jets’ current starters at receiver and corner are David Nelson and Patterson, respectively. Those two players simply aren’t good enough to be starters on a team that has some mild playoff aspirations, and the Jets must use Day 2 of the draft to find upgrades.