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New York Jets 2014 Draft Report Card

by Nick Ludovico | Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Every year many writers like to give out report cards of their teams’ draft results, so why not give it a go?! Let’s take a look through the New York Jets 2014 draft.

 

Jace Amaro runs away from an Iowa State defender. (USATSI)

Jace Amaro runs away from an Iowa State defender. (USATSI)

 

1st round 18th – Calvin Pryor S Louisville

Even though I had the safety position as a need that the Jets should address in this draft, I’m not going to lie I was a little bit surprised by the selection. Rex has never really put a lot of emphasis on the position. Since his time as coach of the Jets, he has never really had a game-changer at the position, but that can all change with Calvin Pryor. People think Pryor will just be an in the box safety. I will disagree with these people. Pryor cannot only play the run, and lay devastating hits on his opponents, but he has plenty of range to make plays on the ball in the air. From day one, Pryor should be the starting SS for the Jets.

Grade: B-

 

2nd Round 49th selection – Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech

Out of all the selections in the Jet draft, this is the one that I am excited about the most. In the months leading up to the draft, I believed that Amaro was a first round talent.  I really thought the Jets would of had to trade back into the late first, or early second to get him. Idzik played it cool and let the draft come to him. Lucky enough Amaro was there for the taking. Amaro is going to be a huge part of this offense, and by the end of the year many teams could be shaking their heads in displeasure as to why they passed on him.

Grade: A

 

3rd Round 80th Selection- Dexter McDougle CB Maryland

The Jets finally addressed the CB position in the 3rd round. I was upset at this pick to start off, because I felt like it was a bit of a reach. Also I didn’t know much about him or type of player he was, but after I finally watched the tape it took me a matter of minutes to see why the Jets liked him so much. McDougle has the physical traits and instincts to be a solid NFL starter.  McDougle is exceptional in covering the intermediate routes such as a curl route. I also love the fact that he doesn’t shy away from contact.  By the end of the season we could see McDougle as the number 2 corner on the roster.

Grade C

 

4th Round 104th Selection: Jalen Saunders

Like the McDougle pick, I felt like the Jets could of waited on this pick. Saunders in my opinion was a 5th or 6th round talent. The Jets already have players on the roster that have same style of play to Saunders like Jacoby Ford, who they signed this offseason.  Saunders is a tough player who isn’t afraid to block. Saunders is dangerous with the ball in his hands and will also give the Jets a much-needed boost in the return game. It’s going to be interesting to see how Morhingweg will be able to get him on the field. Also what does this mean for Jacoby Ford?

Grade C

 

4th Round 115th selection: Shaq Evans WR UCLA

I loved Shaq Evans as a prospect and when I first seen him play he reminded me of Jerricho Cotchery. Evans is a solid route, and has good hands. Hopefully Evans can become the starting receiver opposite Decker.

Grade B+

 

Round 4 Selection 137th: Dakota Dozier OG Furman

Dozier was a terrific selection this late. I had Dozier as an early 3rd round prospect.  He is a powerful and terrific run blocker that will be the perfect for this Jets offensive line. I like Dozier so much that I believe he will give Brian Winters a good run for his money for the starting Offensive Guard position.

Grade A

 

Round 5 Selection 154: Jeremiah George ILb, Iowa

Wasn’t a fan of this selection. Yawin Smallwood was still on the board and I felt like if they were going to address the linebacker position he should have been the pick; although George does have the potential to be the successor to Harris in a couple years. I just believe the Jets passed on the better player.

Grade C-

 

Round 6 selection 195th: Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State

Dixon has terrific size strength and athleticism. Add on the fact that he plays with great passions and physicality it wont be a surprise to me if we see Dixon on the 53-man roster. Dixon will most likely have the most impact on special teams as a rookie, but remember his name we might see it come up in a big way in the future.

Grade B

 

Round 6 selection 209: Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska.

Enunwa has some work to do. When I watch him on tape I see a WR with inconsistent hands and is a limited route runner, but in the 6th round. Why not? In my opinion I see Enunwa as a practice squad candidate.

Grade C

 

Round 6 selection 210 Ik Enemkpali DE, Louisana Tech

The Jets kind of have a trend going here. They are taking some small school players that have a ton of upside. I like Enemkpali, and I believe the coaching staff will as well. Enemkpali brings smarts, physicality and leadership to the Jets. Even though Enemkpali is better suited for the 4-3 I think the Jets can find a way to develop him into a decent NFL player.

Grade C+

 

Round 6 selection 213:  Tajh Boyd QB Clemson

I was never a big Boyd fan. I think at times he struggles with his accuracy, and he just isn’t that good, but getting him with their last selection in the 6th round is really good value. Boyd is a tough competitor with a strong arm, and has decent mobility. Boyd will likely be the favorite to win the 3rd string QB job going into camp.

Grade B

 

Round 7 selection 233: Trevor Reilly OLB Utah

I love this pick. I thought Reilly would go in the 4th round. He is 26 years old so that’s probably the main reason he fell to the Jets this late. Reilly has a high motor and never quits. He is a versatile that Utah used all over the field. Jets could have a steal with this pick.

Grade B+

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