Jets Draft Day 3 Preview
The final day of the NFL draft is here and rounds four through seven will take place today. The Jets have five picks total, three in round six (#187, #202, #203) and two in round seven (#242, #244). The following are some players/positions to watch as potential picks for the Jets:
Joe Long – OT (Wayne State): Was the Gene Upshaw award winner for division II offensive lineman of the year. Oddly enough the award’s runner-up, Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State), was drafted at #40 by the Carolina Panthers. His brother Jake was the number one overall pick in 2008 for the Miami Dolphins and is currently their left tackle. Long is 6’6” 308 pounds and started 49 Games at left tackle for the Warriors.
Jeff Adams – OT (Columbia): At 6’6” 308 pounds the local product was brought in for a visit by the Jets. Would need time to develop as the level of competition faced was not elite but has long arms (34 ½”) and good athleticism.
Ronald Leary – G/OT (Memphis): A versatile big linemen 6’3” 315 pounds Leary is known as a mauler and would fit the Jets man blocking schemes. He is highly regarded and paid the team a visit, hopefully he falls to the Jets at #187.
Terrance Ganaway – (Baylor): A big back 6’0” 239 pounds, Ganaway had over 1,500 yards rushing for the Bears last year. He could also be used as a lead blocker.
Vick Ballard – (Mississippi State): Rushed for almost 1,200 yards with a 6.2 per carry average last season and caught 20 balls as well. At 5’10” 220 pounds Ballard is a power runner who played against top SEC competition.
Chris Rainey – (Florida): A change of pace back Rainey is only 5’8” 180 pounds but ran a 4.37 at the NFL combine. He had over 1,400 all purpose yards last season including 31 receptions for 381 yards and 209 yards on punt and kickoff returns.
Brandon Bolden – (Ole Miss): 5’11” 222 pounds with 4.5 forty speed Bolden had over 2,600 yards rushing and 76 receptions for the Rebels over his four years.
Tommy Streeter – (Miami): Another red zone target with speed Streeter would be a great value at #187, if he last that long. He is 6’5” 219 pounds runs a 4.4 forty but is on the raw side and could use some development.
Dale Moss – (South Dakota State): A basketball player turned receiver Moss played only one season at SDSU but put up some impressive numbers, 61 receptions for 949 yards and six touchdowns. Standing 6’3’ 213 pounds Moss had a vertical jump of 41.5” and a fast “three cone” time of 6.32. He is raw but given his limited football experience Moss seems like a solid value pick.
Jordan Bernstine – Safety (Iowa): At 5’10’ 212 pounds the athletic safety ran a 4.38 forty recorded 99 tackles for the Hawkeyes last season. He is also a terrific kickoff returner averaging almost 24 yards per return last year.
Philip Thomas – Safety (Syracuse): Decided to enter the draft after he was suspended for a year just before the end of the 2011 season. Thomas still had 82 tackles and six interceptions in only 10 games for the Orangemen.
Christian Thompson – Safety (South Carolina State): The small school prospect has good size 6’1” 211 pounds and 4.5 forty speed and has worked with Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed. He needs to develop better ball skills but has a good upside, could be a 7th round pick.
Kevyn Scott – Cornerback (Syracuse): Has excellent athletic ability running a 4.3 forty at 5’10” 201 pounds with 5 career interceptions for the Orangeman. Scott has the talent but needs to be “coached up” on his technique to succeed at the next level. He is considered a late round project.
Cliff Harris – Cornerback (Oregon): Harris was an “All-American” in 2010 and was looking to be a high pick in the 2012 draft but only played 6 games in 2011 after being dismissed from the team. In the 2010 season he had 6 interceptions and 29 punt returns for over 500 yards.
Tashaun Gipson – Cornerback/Safety (Wyoming): At 5’11” 205 pounds Gipson has 4.5 speed and amassed 250 tackles and 9 interceptions over his Cowboys career. A seventh round prospect.
Brian Peters – Safety (Northwestern): A big safety with surprising athletic talent. Peters ran a 4.6 forty at 6’3” 215 pounds had 5 interceptions along with 92 tackles 4 pass defenses and 2 forced fumbles for the Wildcats in 2011. He also has 102 tackles and 4 interceptions in the 2010 season. An underrated prospect that could be a late round steal.
Josh Bush – Cornerback/Safety (Wake Forest): The Jets have shown interest in Bush having him in for a visit. Bush had 6 interceptions last season to go along with 59 tackles. He stands at 5’11” 208 pounds ran an impressive 4.5 forty and has good ball skills.
Jerron McMillian – Safety (Maine): Has been hosted by the Jets at their facilities. McMillian 5’11 203 pounds has 4.4 forty speed made 92 tackles, 11.5 for loss along with 3.5 sacks. He totaled 9 interceptions for the Black Bears in his career.
Trevor Coston – Safety (Maine): McMillian’s teammate has also drawn interest from the Jets paying them a visit. Coston is 5’10” 203 pounds and can run a 4.4 forty has good ball skills recording 6 interceptions and 21 punt returns for over 200 yards last season.
Chad Faulcon – Safety (Montclair State): A division III local prospect the Jets have had in for a visit. Faulcon has opened some eyes on his potential but will need to develop on the next level. More likely a priority free agent but could be the Jets last pick
Defensive End / Linebacker:
Adrian Hamilton – (Prairie View A&M): 6’2” 245 pounds Hamilton lead the nation 20.5 sacks. His level of competition will certainly increase on the pro level but he possesses tremendous upside.
Ryan Davis – (Bethune-Cookman): Davis had a great season with 12 sacks and 21.5 tacklers for lose. A small school prospect who moves well in space could be a good developmental late round pick-up.
Delano Johnson – (Bowie State): The small school prospect has the size you look for in a 3-4 outside linebacker 6’4” 267 pounds. He’ll need lots of work to develop the skills necessary to play in the NFL but the potential might be worth taking a 7th round flyer on.
Trevor Guyton – DE (California): at 6’3” 280 pounds Guyton can play the five technique end needed in the Jets defense. He had 13 tackles for loss and 6 sacks last season for the Golden Bears. He would be a great value at #187.
Chase Thomas – OLB (Stanford): Had 52 tackles for the Cardinal including 17.5 for loss to go with 8.5 sacks. At 6’4’ 240 pounds Thomas could develop into a situational pass rusher.
Vontaze Burfict – ILB (Arizona State): Once considered a top 15 prospect Burfict has plummeted and may not even get drafted. He was benched in his final game at ASU and has seemed defiant in interviews as well as out of shape in workouts. Even with all of this some team may take a chance on him with a late round pick because the talent is there.
Defensive Tackle / Nose Tackle:
Chigbo Anunoby – (Morehouse): A large run stuffer Anunoby stands at 6’4” 324 pounds and could add some depth to the defensive tackle position.
Ronnie Cameron – (Old Dominion): At 6’2’ 290 pounds Cameron could be a 5 technique end or move inside some to defensive tackle. He was hosted by the Jets and could add some depth at the defensive line.
Hebron Fangupo – NT (BYU): Played nose tackle at BYU last year at 6’1’ 323 pounds has the size needed to occupy space in the middle and can be very useful behind Sione Pouha.
Emil Igwenagu – (Massachusetts): We all know how General Manager Mike Tannenbaum loves players from his alma mater (U-Mass). With 38 receptions last season for the Minuteman and standing only 6’1” Igwenagu seems to be more of an h-back/fullback player in the Josh Baker mold.
James Hanna – (Oklahoma): Known as a good blocker showed some speed at the NFL combine running a 4.5 forty at 6’4” 252 pounds. Has underwhelming numbers as a receiver, 27 for 381 yards, but could have just been underutilized as he’s shown potential to become a complete tight end.
Kevin Koger – (Michigan): At 6’4’ 258 pounds Koger is known as a good blocker but only had 23 receptions last year for the Wolverines. This lack of pass catching may have been due to Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s preference to run more then throw. Like Hanna, Koger could develop into a solid tight end.