The New York Jets picked up their first wide receiver of the 2014 NFL Draft after drafting star tight end Jace Amaro in the second round, as they decided to add Oklahoma Sooners 5’9″ wide receiver Jalen Saunders with their fourth-round choice. Saunders is one of the better mid-round wide receivers, and I’m a big fan of John Idzik’s decision to add him to a wide receiver corps that features deep threat Eric Decker and possession-type wideout Jeremy Kerley at the top.
Geno Smith is getting a talented receiver who will do a great job of making plays in the slot, as Saunders knows how to break down zone coverage when running routes by finding the soft spots in zone coverage. Saunders has ideal quickness, even if he had surprisingly poor times during his pro day.
The Jets have built a solid draft thus far, and Idzik has quickly asserted himself as one of the best GMs on draft day. Saunders will be able to make a big impact after the catch in the Jets offense, as he has the agility to rack up extra yardage over the middle of the field. Although I think Bruce Ellington is the better player, Saunders is a darn good player, too and probably only fell into the third day because of size concerns.