2014 Draft Sleepers Who'd Fit Perfectly with the New York Jets

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IApril 21, 2014

2014 Draft Sleepers Who'd Fit Perfectly with the New York Jets

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    Flashy players with big names are usually the ones who get all the media love and all the attention from NFL teams come draft season. 

    However, the majority of the prospects who will go on to have successful NFL careers don't receive much buzz and will likely be selected late in the draft. 

    The New York Jets are in a great position to find several diamonds in the later rounds of this year's draft, as the team holds 12 picks. 

    Click through to see which late-round sleepers would be perfect fits for Gang Green. 

Jeff Janis

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    Jeff Janis is one of the most physically gifted wide receivers in this year's draft class, and he is also one of the best values. 

    Janis is a projected fifth- or sixth-round pick by CBSSports.com, likely because he comes from the little-known institution of Saginaw Valley. 

    Janis possesses great size and strength, and his speed is underrated.

    He's also anything but a diva wide receiver, as he boasts terrific on-field toughness and off-field character.

    Despite concerns about Janis' ability to beat opposing cornerbacks off the snap, he possesses enough tools to be a solid pass-catcher at the next level. 

    John Idzik and Co. can't go wrong with Janis on Day 3 of the draft. 

Aaron Colvin

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    Coming from one of college football's biggest powerhouses and a defense that was among the game's elite last year, you'd expect Aaron Colvin to receive more attention ahead of the draft. 

    Colvin's draft stock took a huge hit when he tore his ACL in January, and he's now projected as a late Day 3 selection. 

    Despite serious concerns about his durability, Colvin's ceiling is undoubtedly one of the highest of the many talented defensive backs in this year's class. 

    The Oklahoma native boasts terrific length and is aggressive in man-to-man coverage, and his on-field smarts and work ethic are top-notch. 

    The Jets, who have a significant need at cornerback, should not hesitate to draft Colvin, as he could provide them with a starting-caliber defensive back or a solid nickel corner down the line. 

Prince Shembo

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    The Jets have a solid linebacker corps and pass-rushing situation with Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace on the outside, but they are far from stable at one of the game's most important positions. 

    Pace is 33 years old, and Coples has dealt with a series of nagging injuries over his career. 

    Prince Shembo would provide New York with depth and upside at outside linebacker. 

    Shembo is far from the most explosive pass-rusher in this year's class, but he's a tough, smart player who does a great job getting to the opposing quarterback.

    The Notre Dame product still needs to work on his pass-rushing moves and develop more physically, but he has more upside than the majority of the players who will go on Day 3.  

Isaiah Lewis

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    New York's secondary was one of the team's biggest weaknesses last season, but the team has done little to improve the unit this offseason. 

    While the Jets would be smart to pick a defensive back in the first few rounds, they should bolster up on the back end later on in the draft with little hesitation. 

    Isaiah Lewis would provide Gang Green with great value on Day 3. 

    Lewis was a critical part of Michigan State's defensive dominance this past season, and he has a terrific combination of run-stopping and coverage abilities. 

    While Lewis lacks top-end speed or size, he could still make an impact as a nickel corner or on special teams. 

A.C. Leonard

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    A.C. Leonard is one of the most polarizing prospects in recent memory. 

    Leonard is a phenomenal physical presence, as he boasts terrific speed and athleticism for his size, along with top-notch hands. 

    However, the Tennessee State product's character is very questionable. 

    Leonard was arrested in 2012 on a domestic battery charge, and he could easily serve as a locker room distraction. 

    On Day 3, though, not many players will possess as much talent and upside as Leonard. 

    If Leonard's lack of character prohibits him from being a successful NFL player, the Jets could simply cut him with no repercussions. 

    However, if Leonard can improve his antics, he could turn out to be one of the steals of the draft.