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Two of Jets Biggest Problems Could be Fixed if Draft Becomes Family Affair

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With the NFL still several months away, JetNation.com will start to preview multiple prospects that Gang Green could be looking to target in Las Vegas in April, so expect to hear plenty about offensive linemen and wide receivers.

With that being the case, an interesting possibility would present itself as the Jets could find themselves in position to significantly improve both of the aforementioned groups by drafting a direct relative of two of their current employees in Florida in Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson and Temple Center Matt Hennessy.

The son of Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, Van Jefferson is a player who has exhibited elite quickness in his ability to shake loose against opposing DB’s and has made plenty of noise at this week’s senior bowl workouts where onlookers raved about him as one of the top players in Mobile.

Jefferson didn’t put up eye-popping numbers at the collegiate level, but he was no slouch either.  Over his four seasons, two each at Ole’ Miss and Florida, Jefferson hauled in 175 balls for 2,159 yards (12.3 YPC) and 16 touchdowns.  Jefferson’s bloodlines and physical attributes say he has the skills to be an impact player at the next level.

When it comes to Hennessy, he’s the younger brother of Jets long snapper Thomas Hennessy and is regarded by many as one of the top centers in this class, one of the many spots the Jets shold be looking to upgrade.  Teams would probably like to see Hennessy get stronger, but on game day, he looks to be a technically sound and disciplined blocker.

There will be plenty of options and opportunities for the Jets to get better before training camp kicks off in August, but a rare opportunity to get better and closer could pique the interest of Joe Douglas when the Jets are on the clock.

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.