Buzz: Jets interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams?

The New York Jets, along with at least three other AFC teams have shown significant interest in Boston College running back Andre Williams, writes Aaron Wilson for National Football Post. (NFP, April 18)

Williams (5’11″ 230 lbs) won 2013′s Doak Walker Award by shattering the Boston College single-season rushing record with 2,177 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns last season.

Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at his Pro Day workout, slightly improving 4.56 showing at the Combine.

Four AFC teams have expressed interest in Andre Williams, according to Wilson.  Beyond the Jets, the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers are among the interested parties, per league sources.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Even though the Jets just added a running back this past week in the form of Chris Johnson, is the team still interested in adding another potential playmaker to the position through the draft?  The team might use one of their picks, but between Ivory and Johnson it seems like the team would have the workhorse role locked up … something that Williams could very well become in the NFL.  Wiliams has drawn second-round to third-round grades, so in the light of adding Chris Johnson he might now be a player in which the Jets forego further interest.

Should the Jets consider drafting a running back it might be more the pass-catching / big play speedster to sit in the third or fouth spot behind Ivory and Johnson.

Draft Profile: WR Donte Moncrief

Fox Sports profiles second day wide receiver prospect Donte Moncrief from Ole Miss.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Terry Bradway attended Moncrief’s Pro Day and he seems to be a good NFL receiver in the making.  While he doesn’t have elite speed, Moncrief has deceptive speed, a thick frame and is known as a smooth route runner already.

One more thing?  Rex Ryan loves WRs who are willing to block and Montcrief has demonstrated an enthusiasm and knack for doing so.

Daily Links: Ready to go

  • Mo ready to kick the new season off this coming week. [NewYorkJets]
  • Chris insists his knee is fine. [Record]
  • Will Chris Johnson be able to participate in the offseason program? [NYDN]
  • What are the Jets players saying on social media? [NewYorkJets]
  • Shrewd move to pick up the option, writes Will Brinson. [CBS Sports]
  • Is this May draft just an excuse to spread out the calendar? [Sporting News]

BGA: Scouting TJ Barnes

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Throughout April, I’ll be looking at some of the players the Jets have added to the active roster since the end of the regular season. Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I’ll be looking at NFL game footage to try and assess what they might be able to bring to the table.

Today we’re going to look at defensive lineman TJ Barnes, who the Jets signed to a futures deal at the end of the season. The 23-year old Barnes is listed at an enormous 6’7″ and 364 pounds. He was undrafted last year out of Georgia Tech and spent time with Jacksonville in preseason before signing with the Jets in October and spending the remainder of the season on the practice squad. His cousin is former Jets tight end Fred Baxter.

After the jump, a brief look at footage from his time with Jacksonville to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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Draft Profile: Darqueze Dennard

Fox Sports profiles projected first round cornerback Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

True, the Jets just drafted their third first round cornerback last year dating back to 2007, but the team does need help in the secondary and Dennard has a reputation of just the sort of physical cornerback that Rex Ryan loves coming out of school.  Dennard is known for excellent technique, hand placement and uses the boundary to his advantage.  While the Jets might have their eyes on other prizes should  some of them have gotten snapped up prior to the 18th pick in the first round, it would be hard to pass on Dennard who could give the Jets one of the best young corner tandems in the league.

Surveying the Jets skill positions

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With a lot of focus outside the walls of Florham Park on the Jets skill positions our friends over at TOTJ did an awesome job of breaking down the team’s current starters at the team’s skill positions that you should definitely read.  Here’s our boiled down version with an eye on the upcoming draft.
NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

Eric Decker was signed in March to invigorate the Jets offense

WIDE RECEIVER
Relevant Depth Chart: Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Stephen Hill
Analysis: By simply adding Decker, this group is much improved.  Decker provides a big target who is physical and can get behind a defense from time to time.  Jeremy Kerley is typecast as a slot player, but in truth he could be a competent #2 when pressed into service … he’s played better than Santonio Holmes going on three years now.  David Nelson was found money last season and provided the team a big target for Geno Smith in the middle and in the red zone.
Areas of Improvement: With three big targets (Decker, Nelson, Hill) in-house along with the shifty Jeremy Kerley, the team could consider adding any number of receivers, but their greatest need is for a “speed with hands” type.  Since bringing on Marty Mornhinweg last year as the team’s offensive coordinator, there’s been a lot of activity around small and speedy deep threats.  Tavon Austin last year along with interest in DeSean Jackson, Emmanuel Sanders and Andrew Hawkins.  In the first round this year that player is Brandin Cooks.  He’s athletic and bigger than Austin was, but maybe with slightly less speed.  Either way, he would be able to grab a few deep passes a game and soften the defense for the running and shorter passing game. To read more of this story, click here

Quote: The Hunger Game

“I’m excited. Everyone knows he’s very explosive. He’s had 1,000-yard seasons over the last I think six years, or however long it has been. Just reading his comments in the press — he’s hungry. He’s got a chip on his shoulder. I think he adds a dynamic piece to our offense.”

– Jets WR Eric Decker on the addition of Chris Johnson

Draft Profile: RB Jeremy Hill

Fox Sports profiles LSU running back prospect Jeremy Hill.  Hill is a projected second day draft pick.

Kiper updates his mock draft, Jets pick offense in first two rounds

Mel Kiper updated his mock draft this week, and in his first two rounds he picked

First round? Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks.
Analysis: No player was a tougher cover in college football last year, and we learned why once we got to see Cooks run at the combine. This is a player who is every bit the athlete last year’s top wide receiver selection Tavon Austin is, and Cooks is also a little bit bigger. He’s just the type of player the Jets need, a tough cover both underneath and running intermediate routes. The Jets need more than one pass-catcher out of this draft, but I also said that last year and they went defense with the first two picks

Second round? Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The Jets get the wide receiver they need in Round 1, and double down with pass-catchers in Round 2 in adding ASJ. He’s something of an unrealized talent (at least for me) and could allow the Jets to utilize some new looks. He’s a big target.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I’m no draft expert, but it does seem amusing to me that Kiper’s first two picks were the same as the ones that I gave to the Daily News this week in their blogger panel.

I might be a little biased based on my results, but I 100% agree with Kiper’s reasoning here.  The Jets really liked Tavon Austin coming out of college and they’ve made it plain that they like Cooks.  Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was the one to attend Cooks’ Pro Day and the team has invited him to visit the facility.

By the time the Jets pick in the second round the more polished tight end talent will be off the board, but I do think that they have a hole on their roster at the position and adding an athlete like ASJ will allow them to ease into the use of the penciled in starter at the position Jeff Cumberland but provide the personnel group upside in a talened but raw player who could be a good two-way tight end like ASJ projects to be.

For me, as we stand three weeks out from the draft, grabbing these two players would be an ideal situation.  While the draft might play out very differently than this ideal, the good news is that this draft is very talented and so even though the Jets will draft in the middle of the first and second rounds, they are primed to have someone fall in their lap at both spots.