May 12th, 2014
There is no one on the clock, no one on the board, and no one sitting in Radio City Music Hall at 8:00pm tonight, but the New York Jets can finally let out a sigh of relief that one of the biggest events in NFL football is over. The Jets cashed in for one of the biggest drafts in almost twenty years. With Rex Ryan as the coach, John Idzik as the GM, and a boatload of new talent they've brought in, they look pretty dangerous. But like the Seahawks, they are hoping they can find value in their draft selections. So here are the players that look like the next generation of New York Jets stars:
Best draft picks
Calvin Pryor (Safety Louisville 1st round) - Out of the twelve draft picks the Jets owned last weekend he was by far one of the best. When Calvin Pryor's name was called for the Jets, fans probably weren't overly excited with the pick and I wasn't either. He was never the biggest name compared to Brandin Cooks and Darquezee Dennard who were still on the board. But they addressed a pressing need and what you get from Pryor is what Rex Ryan likes. He's a very physical box safety who is a big hitter. He knocked out 3 receivers, had 3 interceptions, and had 71 total tackles last season. He isn't the top-notch ball hawk that Ryan likes in his safeties, but he must love the Kam Chancleor ability and play that makes Pryor a good prospect and the new, New York Jets starting safety.
Jace Amaro (Tight end Texas Tech 2nd round) - Coming into that 2nd round everyone was hoping the Jets would go with one of the things they've struggled with the most, offense. They energized everybody by going offense and adding a playmaker in Jace Amaro. Amaro was one of the most prolific tight ends this season setting a record for the most receiving yards in a single season by a Division 1 Tight End ever. This is exactly the kind of player Marty Morningweg needed to help energize the offense. Amaro brings size, good speed, and great route running to the table. Last season he posted 106 receptions, 1,352 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. He needs to work on his blocking as he is going to play against NFL lineman and linebackers but I see him as a great pass catcher with a great future like Rob Gronkowski. For years the Jets tried to cover Gronk but now it's time for the Patriots to cover the Jets version of Gronkowski.
Dexter McDougle (Cornerback Maryland 3rd round) - All the analysts consider this a surprise and bad pick but to me it's a risk and there's a lot of upside potential. McDougle was among many cornerbacks on the board but was considered a late pick like a 6th or 7th round. The Jets obviously know something we don't because they probably won't have made a reach for him. The cornerback from Maryland had started the first 3 games of the season with an interception in each one of them when in that 3rd game against Connecticut he injured his shoulder and was out for the season. He has a good speed and coverage. He also proved himself by playing tough against the likes of Florida State and Clemson. The injury is concerning but he's healed and ready to go. To me he's one of the most underrated prospects in the draft and will be a good starter and game changing corner to replace Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, for the Jets.
Quincy Enunwa wide receiver Nebraska 6th round- Enunwa was the third receiver taken from the Jets and to me he's the best. He's the definition of a late round steal. He has good height at 6 foot 2 and speed for running the forty yard dash in the 4.4's. Last season Enunwa set career highs with 51 receptions, 753 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He has good hands and is built for the west coast offense that Morningweg runs. I believe the Jets could develop him into a game changing wide receiver they've been looking for, for years. He was also a team captain and leader for Nebraska and hopefully he brings that as well as his other abilities to New York.
While some have criticized the Jets for a few of their picks, the Jets hopefully know something the critics don't, having studied all of these players for the past year. But we'll all be waiting to see how these rookies will help the Jets on their quest for the playoffs.