New York Jets 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-up

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans cheer as Calvin Pryor (Louisville) is being selected as the number eighteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After months upon months upon months of planning, evaluating, analyzing, doubting, confirming, re-evaluating, and speculating, the draft is finally over and done with. With all of the picks selected and most likely to be signed in the coming weeks, we (as analysts), must go out and analyze every single pick and go through where teams may or may not have gone wrong in their individual selections and list some possible solutions or corrections.

In this article I’ll be reviewing the team with the 18th overall selection in the draft: the New York Jets. Last season the Jets went a neutral 8-8, neither winning nor losing more games. They were right in the middle. However, as I start to look at the Jets’ season in 2013, I start to see some gaping holes, particularly on the offensive and defensive passing games. Last year, New York rushed for 134.9 yards and allowed only 88.3 rushing yards per game (ranked 6th and 3rd in the NFL, respectively), however they were only able to pass for 183.3 yards per game, while allowing 246.7 yards per game to other teams (ranked 31st and 22nd in the league, respectively). With numbers like that, one may question the role of the Jets’ personnel last season. While many may be quick to blame Geno Smith for the Jets’ problems, I think that they should hold off the blame. Although he did complete only 55.8% of his passes and was intercepted 21 times, Smith had hardly any receivers to throw to last season. Between Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland, the Jets had hardly any offensive talent last season. With that said, the Jets took this draft as an opportunity to replenish their secondary, while adding some offensive firepower for the former second round pick Geno Smith to work with in 2014. In this article I will be analyzing all of the Jets’ draft choices, what was stated prior to the draft and where the Jets should be commended or criticized.

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  • Adam Gomez

    Great start with these additions and possibly the infusion of some more young talents in the next few offseasons and possibly have or find our franchise QB the Jets can be perennial contenders year in and year out

  • RONBO19

    Keith, wow dude, this is by far the most positive over the top review of the Jets draft I have seen any where? My take on it is quite different as other than the two top picks almost every pick could be considered reaches. Starting with McDougal in rd.3 where most draft mavens had him no higher than a 5th round grade due to his injury which resulted in a lack of production and film to better evaluate his play? The fact that he played mostly off coverage at Md is also a concern as Rex prefers guys who play press man to man coverage.We shall see? The two WR’s taken in round 4 were also expected to be drafted lower as Saunders lack of size and Evans lack of production were concerns. CBS sports had Saunders as a 5th rounder and Evans as a 7th round grade.Hey, I get it that CBS sports is not making the picks but their rankings or grades are usually pretty accurate? The ILB George is very under sized by NFL standards and only ran a 5.1 40 at the combine, Again, he was listed as a 7th rd pick or undrafted F/A and the OLB Enemkpali who is also very undersized at 6-0 1/2 265 lbs and also a ran a slow 5.25 40 at his pro day. He is also not very athletic and was projected to go un-drafted. So really after making 12 picks it looks like the Jets got only two guys who might contribute significantly this year plus two or three more who may or may not turn into solid NFL players.The rest appear destined for the practice squad or waiver wire?