BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Tight Ends and Fullbacks

Welcome to the ninth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered cornerbacks, but today we move on to the tight end position, which will also include fullbacks.

After the jump, I’ll be considering whether the Jets have a need at this position and recapping some of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class.

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BGA: Scouting Stephen Bowen

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Earlier this week, the Jets announced they had signed three more free agents, so we’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at tackle Corey Hilliard and before that tight end Kellen Davis, but today we bring things up to date with a look at former Dallas and Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen.

Bowen, who is listed at 6’5″ and 300 pounds, celebrates his 31st birthday today. He was an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra in 2006 but spent five years in Dallas and then another four in Washington, starting a total of 56 games and recording 12.5 sacks. He has had some knee issues over the years and had microfracture surgery in 2013, which ended his 2013 season prematurely and led to him starting the 2014 season on the PUP list. He did play eight times in the last 10 games of the season, starting the last three.

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing regular season footage of Bowen in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: Scouting Corey Hilliard

Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed three more free agents and we’ve been looking at what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at former Bears tight end Kellen Davis and over the weekend we’ll look at ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen, but today we look at former Lions offensive tackle Corey Hilliard.

The 29-year old Hilliard is 6’6″ and currently listed at 300 pounds. He was a sixth round pick for the Patriots in 2007, but failed to make their team. He was with the Colts over the next couple of seasons, but did not play much and didn’t play at all in 2009 despite spending time with the Browns and Lions. Having re-signed with the Lions for the 2010 season, he would play in 42 games, starting 12, over the next five seasons. Seven of those starts came in 2013. He missed most of the 2014 season with a foot injury though.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing regular season footage to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Kellen Davis

Over the last few days, the Jets have announced three more free agency signings – Former Lions tackle Corey Hilliard, Ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen and former Bears tight end Kellen Davis. I’ll be looking at what each of these players brings to the table over the next couple of days.

We’ll start by looking at Davis, a 29-year old former fifth round pick who is 6’7″ and 265 pounds. Davis spent his first five seasons with the Bears and was best known for his blocking but also caught 47 passes, 11 of which were touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, he’s spent time with the Browns, Seahawks, Giants and Lions, catching just three passes. The Jets almost signed him two seasons ago.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Davis’ career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Cornerbacks

Welcome to the eighth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered quarterbacks, but today we move on to the cornerback position.

After the jump, I’ll be considering whether the Jets have a need at this position and recapping some of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class.

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BGA: Scouting Kevin Vickerson

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With the offseason now well and truly underway, we’ve been looking at the new players the Jets have added to their team since free agency began. Yesterday, we looked at offensive lineman James Brewer, but today we move on to look at veteran defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson, who announced on his instagram page on Friday that he was signing with the Jets.

The 32-year-old Vickerson is listed at 6’5″ and 328 pounds having bulked up from 305 pounds over the last few years. He was a 7th round pick back in 2005 and is about to enter his 11th NFL season. The Jets are his sixth team after he spent last year as a rotational lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs. He enjoyed his best success with the Broncos between 2010 and 2013 where he amassed 41 of his 44 career starts for a team that reached the Super Bowl once. Vickerson is more of a run stopper than a pass rusher as he has never had more than two sacks in a season. However, despite his size, his main role has never been as a traditional nose tackle.

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing regular season footage of Vickerson in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: Scouting James Brewer

Now that free agency is well and truly underway, we’re taking a detailed look at the players the Jets have brought in so far. On Sunday we looked at defensive back Marcus Gilchrist and now we move on to take a look at former Giants offensive lineman James Brewer.

The 27-year old Brewer is 6’6″ and currently listed at 330 pounds. He was a fourth round pick out of Indiana in 2011 and started eight games as a Giant, all in 2013 and at three different positions. In 2014 he only played in two games and ended the season on injured reserve with concussion issues. He was an unrestricted free agent and signed a one-year deal with the Jets.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing preseason and regular season footage to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here