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Did Giants and Jets Make Right Selections in First Round of 2014 Draft?

by Sal Soothsayer | Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft kicked off last night with the telecast of the first round. Rounds two and three will be held tonight, with the remainder being completed on Saturday. The Houston Texans did the right thing by selecting South Carolina defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. The once-in-a-decade type athlete will be paired with JJ Watt and form a very dangerous pass rush for the Texans.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the first quarterback in this years draft, and no it was not Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. With the third overall pick, Jacksonville selected Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. Manziel in fact, slipped all the way down to No. 22 when the Cleveland Browns made a trade to nab him. Bridgewater was the final pick in the first round, by the Minnesota Vikings who obtained the spot from the Seattle Seahawks.

That’s the big news around the country, but the local teams each selected one player in the first round. Let’s take a look at how they did…

 

Evaluating the First Round:

Neither the Jets nor the Giants impressed me in Round 1.

 

The Giants selected Odell Beckham Jr with the 12th overall pick. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)

The Giants selected Odell Beckham Jr with the 12th overall pick. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)

 

Giants Pick – Round 1, Pick 12

Odell Beckham Jr, WR – LSU – 5’11” 192

Sal’s Big Board:  Rated as #5 WR

 

Strengths:

Good but not great route runner; Can play X, Z or slot; Good ability to stretch the field; Versatile player who in 2013 caught 59-1,152-8 and broke LSU’s single season record for all-purpose yards (2,315).  He will be a solid NFL starter.

Weaknesses:

Not a true burner as a deep threat;  Lack of physicality on the line of scrimmage may present a problem at the X on the NFL level;  Prone to drops.

Sal’s Grade:

C+

Beckham Jr is a solid first-round pick but not who the Giants should have taken.  Seems like a fall-back when TE Eric Ebron was taken.  This team needs help on the OL and DL and plenty of quality options were available.  If the Giants insisted on a WR USC’s Marqise Lee fits the mold and could have been picked later.  The Giants should have traded down to get more value out of the 12th pick.

I would have taken:

  1. Aaron Donald, DT – Pitt
  2. Zach Martin, OT/OG – Notre Dame
  3. Trade down

 

The Jets selected Calvin Pryor in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. (USA Today Images)

The Jets selected Calvin Pryor in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. (USA Today Images)

 

Jets Pick – Round 1, Pick 18

Calvin Pryor, FS – Louisville – 5’11” 207

Sal’s Big Board:  Rated as #3 Safety

 

Strengths:

Big hitter and solid against the run;  Strong and physical;  Good zone defender;  Playmaker -in 2012 forced five fumbles and in 2013 forced 2 fumbles.

Weaknesses:

Not a “first-round” type athlete;  Didn’t show much ability to play man coverage;  Aggression makes him prone to giving up a big play

Sal’s Grade:

C-

I had Pryor as the number three safety and none had been selected at this point.  This is a team that desperately needs offense and plenty of players were available as only one TE and three WR were off the board.  If the Jets wanted DB there were plenty of options I liked more at safety (Clinton-Dix and Ward) as well as at the CB position.

I would have taken:

  1. Brandin Cooks, WR – Oregon St
  2. Marqise Lee, WR – USC
  3. Darqueze Dennard, CB – Michigan St.

 

There you have it…do you agree with Sal’s analysis of the players that will be suiting up for Big Blue and Gang Green next year?

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