New York Jets 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling
Rex Ryan is on the year-to-year plan as head coach of the New York Jets, so if he is going to stick around for any length of time, the Jets will need to get significant contributions from this year's draft class.
The Jets clearly wanted to find as much talent on offense as possible, adding four pass-catchers in the form of three wide receivers and a tight end.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Rex Ryan draft if the first-round pick wasn't a defensive player, and Rex will certainly be happy with the addition of a pair of potential pass-rushers to the front seven.
Let's take a look at the best and worst from the Jets' haul this weekend.
List of All 2014 Draft Selections
Calvin Pryor, S (Round 1, pick 19)
Jace Amaro, TE (Round 2, pick 49)
Dexter McDougle, CB (Round 3, pick 80)
Jalen Saunders, WR (Round 4, pick 104)
Shaquelle Evans, WR (Round 4, pick 115)
Dakota Dozier, OT (Round 4, pick 137)
Jeremiah George, ILB (Round 5, pick 154)
Brandon Dixon, CB (Round 6, pick 195)
Quincy Enunwa, WR (Round 6, pick 209)
IK Enemkpali, DE (Round 6, pick 210)
Tajh Boyd, QB (Round 6, pick 213)
Trevor Reilly, DE (Round 7, pick 233)
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville (Round 1, pick No. 19)
The Jets have had a revolving door at both safety spots, with a different primary starter at each spot in each of the past three years. Calvin Pryor is a rangy safety with the ability to cover deep, but he has an enforcer's mentality and lays heavy hits over the middle. His ability to diagnose plays and read and react, as well as his willingness to get his hands dirty in run defense means he can play either spot. The Jets have some question marks at cornerback, and Pryor could help cover up some warts in the secondary.
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (Round 2, pick No. 49)
With Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland, the Jets can now gear their offense toward a two-tight end formation that looks like the New England Patriots offense from 2010-2012. In that respect, Amaro would play the role of Aaron Hernandez. At 6'5" and 265 pounds, Amaro has the size to create matchup problems over the middle and in the red zone. He is not considered a true in-line blocking tight end, but as a mobile receiver who line up all over the formation, he will provide another security blanket for Geno Smith.
Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA (Round 4, pick No. 115)
Between Shaquelle Evans and Eric Decker, the Jets have two receivers with some size who can line up on the outside, either as an X (on the line) or Z (off the line) receiver. Evans' sure hands will be a gift for Geno Smith, who dealt with far too many drops from his receivers last year. Unless Stephen Hill takes significant steps forward, Shaq Evans could be a starter come opening day.
Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri State (Round 6, pick No. 195)
If the Jets were looking for a height-weight-speed prospect at cornerback, they looked in the right direction by selecting Brandon Dixon. He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine, and at 6'0" and 203 pounds, he has upside as a press-cover cornerback.
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (Round 6, pick No. 213)
Boyd was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football over the past four years, with the fifth-most passing yards and third-most passing touchdowns of any quarterback in the country in that time. The question, though, is whether he can make the transition to an NFL-style offense instead of the system at Clemson that was tailor-made to his skill set. He has a similar skill set to Geno Smith and Michael Vick, though, and could make a nice backup to the two.
Trevor Reilly, DE, Utah (Round 7, pick 233)
Reilly may end up being the steal of the draft. The 6'3", 245-pound defensive end from Utah will probably play outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. He will have to learn the position, and he may not have the agility to drop into coverage, but he can definitely contribute to the Jets' sub-packages. He should factor into the mix immediately at outside linebacker and could be groomed to one day take over for Calvin Pace.
Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma (Round 4, pick No. 104)
The Jets chose to make their first pick of Day 3 a backup to Jeremy Kerley, and while there have been some recent injury issues for the Jets' undersized receiver, it's fair to wonder how much playing time Saunders will get if Kerley stays healthy. Saunders has some value in the return game, though, so maybe the Jets can work him onto the field as a rookie.
Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman (Round 4, pick No. 137)
As a small-school prospect out of Furman, Dakota Dozier does not have experience against top-notch competition. There are also concerns over his ability to play tackle in the NFL, as he lacks the foot quickness to match up with agile defensive ends. He could move inside to guard, possibly providing competition for Brian Winter or a potential backup to Willie Colon, but he will need to learn the position and work on his footwork to effectively make that transition.
IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech (Round 6, pick No. 210)
The Jets are badly in need of edge talent at outside linebacker, but the 6'1", 261-pound IK Enemkpali doesn't project well to a 3-4 scheme. He is too stiff and doesn't move well laterally. He could be seen as a sub-package pass-rush specialist, but he will never develop into a full-time starter—which is to be expected from a sixth-round pick.
Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland (Round 3, pick No. 80)
The Jets needed depth at cornerback, but McDougle was graded as a potential sixth- or seventh-round pick by NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki and received a sixth-round grade by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. There are questions about the long-term future of Kyle Wilson on the roster, so it's smart to grab insurance in the event he doesn't return. But McDougle isn't considered a particularly talented man cover corner, a key tenet of the Jets defense.
Jeremiah George, ILB, Iowa State (Round 5, pick No. 154)
George is incredibly small for an NFL inside linebacker, standing 5'11" and weighing 234 pounds. He won't be filling the void that David Harris will eventually leave as a run-thumping linebacker, but he could be viewed as a backup to Demario Davis. If nothing else, he can contribute on special teams, but his ability to contribute on defense is a question mark.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska (Round 6, pick No. 209)
The Jets just continue loading up on pass-catchers, but it's beginning to look like they might have trouble fitting everyone on the roster. Quincy Enunwa has size in his favor at 6'2" and 225 pounds. He has some versatility between the X and Z receiver spots, and he could even make the transition to H-back. But he is developmental and may not even make it through training camp.