Wide receiver Dwayne Frampton from Arkansas State University
Minutes after I posted my first official 2012 Jets Player Interest List, I began to work on the updated version. I’ve spent hours, upon hours, working to get this list done for you guys. Really hope you enjoy it. Listed below are 101 players that the Jets have shown interest in. While it does not guarantee the team will draft these guys come draft day, there is a good chance you see these players on the team next season. So without further ado, it is my great pleasure to present to you the Final 2012 New York Jets Player Interest List!
NEW S Antonio Allen (South Carolina) 6-2, 210, 4.59 40yd dash
Projection: 4-5 Description: The Jets had a private work with Allen. He does a nice job fighting through traffic considering his modest size. He is a scrappy player who will not back down from bigger, more physical assignments. Allen has decent ball skills and will come down with the interception when he is in position. He has experience as a pass rusher off the edge. His speed makes him tough to block and he will get into the backfield fairly frequently. He is a high energy player who gives a solid effort on every play. A true sideline-to-sideline defender, Allen makes a lot of plays in purist. On the flip side, he does have some areas of improvement. His vision/awareness on the football field are very average, and he does not consistently keep his eye on the ball carrier, which in turn causes him to miss a lot of opportunities to make plays by reacting late. He has limited experience in man coverage. His tacking technique is shaky. He is not a wrap-up tackler, instead he tends to swipe low with his arms or go for the big hit. He hesitates a lot in zone coverage and will bite on pump fakes. Allen is very raw. He is going to be a strong run defender at the next level, but his coverage skills need a lot of work. That is not his fault though. South Carolina used him as a weak-side linebacker early in his career, and used him in a hybrid safety/linebacker role during his final seasons. Most of his issues stem from a lack of experience, and he should improve with time. He is a developmental prospect, but has the basic skills necessary to develop into a solid contributor. Due to his intensity on the field, Allen should also be a strong special teams performer.
NEW S George Iloka (Boise State University) 6-4, 225, 4.66 40yd dash
Projection: 2-3 Description:The Jets have shown interest in Iloka. A tall safety, Iloka absolutely shot up draft boards after a very impressive Senior Bowl. Iloka can cover big tight end targets. He has great feet and keeps his pad level low. He tracks the football well behind him and make plays on the ball. Iloka can line up in the slot and hold his own in man. Iloka uses his length well to wrap up and close on the ball-carrier. However, he needs to do a better job of bringing the man down to the ground. He doesn’t move well laterally and lacks quickness. Iloka can struggle when having to mirror in man. Iloka will take some poor angles and get side stepped in space on occasion. Iloka drops downhill quickly and closes fast. He has good leaping ability and covers a lot of ground. He has flexible hips. Iloka has intriguing movement skills, range and athletic ability. All that said, he has all the physical attributes to be a very productive player in the NFL.
NEW S Jose Gumbs (Monmouth University) 5-10, 210, 4.44 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Gumbs, a strong safety, went to the Jets training facility as part of the local visits on Friday, April 13th. A well-built safety, Gumbs is best at stopping the run. He is quick up the field and lays his shoulders into ballcarriers. A hard hitter, Gumbs shows skill as an open-field tackler. He is very effective when covering the pass between the numbers. He remains disciplined with assignments. Gumbs is hesitant reacting in coverage. He is inefficient and does not always take correct angles to the action. He lacks great lateral speed. He has been a very productive run-defending safety during his college career, and will get a look as a backup in a zone system or as a conventional strong safety. Gumbs has experience on special teams, which will make him appealing to teams. He is the definition of a team player. During his sophomore season at Monmouth, their defense defense was putrid. Thus, Gumbs shifted to linebacker and played special teams, in an effort to win games, even though it was a detriment of his growth safety.
CB Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama) 5-10, 191, 4.46 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets interviewed Jenkins at the Senior Bowl. Easily one of the most interesting prospects in the draft, Jenkins has all the talent in the world. However, he has major character flaws. In 2009 while a member of the Florida Gators, Jenkins got into a fight and was arrested. A year later, he was arrested twice in a three-month span on drug-related offenses. Then coach Urban Meyer finally had enough and kicked him off the team. Jenkins is a fantastic cover corner. He possesses elite quickness and above average speed. He is very aggressive when the ball is in the air, so much so, that he sometimes gets beat for big plays. Due to his size, Jenkins won’t have much success in press coverage, but can run with receivers on shorts routes. If Jenkins didn’t have any character issues he would likely be the first corner taken in the draft. However that is obviously not the case, so it is going to be interesting to see what team takes a chance on this talented but troubled kid.
CB D’Anton Lynn (Penn State) 6-0, 205, 4.77 40yd dash (son of coach Anthony Lynn)
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets met with Lynn at the Senior Bowl. Lynn had a disastrous combine. His 40time was the slowest time recorded by any defensive back this year. But there is an excuse for his bad performance. Lynn suffered a torn calf in Penn State’s TicketCity Bowl loss to Houston. He attempted to play through the injury, and he never fully recovered. At the Senior Bowl, Lynn’s coverage ability was suspect. He often got beat by wide receivers. However when healthy, Lynn can can play in press or zone coverage. He is a smart player, and stays within his boundaries. Lynn would likely be a special teams contributor if drafted, and work his way into the defense over time.
DB Trumaine Johnson (The University Of Montana) 6-2, 204, 4.61 40yd dash
Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets have worked out Johnson. He has great size for a corner which in turn causes problems for possession receivers. He looks comfortable in zone coverage and has great footwork. He can play both cornerback and free safety. Johnson does have some question marks though. He was arrested for obstructing police officers in October, 2011. In 2009, he was suspended for his role in a fight at a fraternity party. He missed time in 2009 and 2008 with various injuries. On the field, his tackling technique is sloppy and he does not consistently wrap-up the ball carrier. He is raw in his recognition skills, but has all the physical tools necessary to develop into a starter down the line.
DB Jeremiah Brown (Wagner College) 6-1 205
Projection: UDFA Description: An all around athlete, Brown will be apart of the local visits. A hard worker and a natural born leader, Brown was named one of Wagner’s four captains. Very raw and level of competition is a concern. However, Brown has experience playing on special teams and defense. He saw action at both cornerback and strong safety in college. He was also a wide receiver in high school. Has nice size for a corner and could prove to make an impact in camp.
DB Brandon Taylor (Louisiana State University) 5-11, 209, 4.58, 40yd dash
Projection: 3-4 Description: Taylor is scheduled to meet with the Jets before the draft. Rex Ryan flew to Louisiana to attend his pro day. Taylor sometimes struggles in run support. He takes poor angles and is over aggressive at times, meaning he often gets beat by cutbacks. Scouts suggest that he should play in a zone scheme at the next level, as he has difficulty in man to man coverage. Taylor also has poor tackling technique, leaving his feet too easily and throwing his body at the ball carrier instead of wrapping. On the bright side, Taylor is very athletic and loves to make the big hit. He’s tries to separate the receiver from the ball. He has nice speed for the free safety position, and has good ball skills. He can play center field, but also come up and play a physical game.
DB Jerron McMillian (University of Maine) 5-11, 203, 4.35 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets have a workout with McMillian. A very instinctive football player, McMillian is one of the best run stoppers from the safety position in the draft. He goes the extra mile to prepare himself every week to play well. He rarely plays out of position. He takes coaching very well. Has some off field issues, as he was arrested for on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and failure to submit to arrest. He can struggle in his transitional movements when playing the pass. He always feels comfortable against the run, so he looks to support the run first. Thus, this causing him to get beat in the passing game. Level of competition is a concern, but McMillian should be a special teams player right away and work his way to become a role player in the defense.
DB Omar Bolden (Arizona State University) 5-10, 202, 4.49 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: Bolden is visiting the Jets today, Friday, April 6. He missed eight games in 2009 with a knee injury, and the entire 2011 season with a ACL injury. When healthy, Bolden has a lot of talent. He is excellent in man to man coverage. He’s not very good in zone coverage, but he has enough speed to makes plays on the ball. He changes directions very well and has a strong upper half. Bolden never covered the slot receiver in college. If he is going to succeed at the next level, he is going to learn to do that. He has a very high football IQ, so learning a system and understanding that he needs to stop peeking into the backfield when is is off in coverage shouldn’t be a problem. A third round talent, Bolden could slip due to his medical past.
NEW DB Cashas Pollard (Northwestern State University) 5-10, 192, 4.45 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets recently had a visit with Pollard on Friday, April 13. They also attended his Pro Day on Thursday, March 29th. A versatile kid, Pollard played both safety and cornerback in college. A former track star in high school, Pollard plays very disciplined in coverage and always has eyes in the right place. He has a desire to succeed, and is not afraid to back down from a challenge. Pollard is very dangerous in the open field, and has great hands. During his senior season, Pollard racked up 46 tackles (40 solos) and three interceptions. He finished his college career with 107 tackles — including 99 solo stops. However, Pollard is a little undersized and will need to add some weight if he wants to see the field on defense in the NFL. More likely, he will need to start as a special teams player, presumably as a gunner on punts, and work his way up the depth chart. His level of competition in college is a huge concern, but if his past is any indicative of the future, Pollard will put in the hard work with the coaching staff and will be extremely dedicated in order to see himself succeed at the next level.
NEW CB Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech) 5-10, 178, 4.47 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: Hosley had a visit with the Jets. He has excellent quickness and elite speed. He sees the ball well and locates it quickly. He makes quick adjustments in the air and near the sideline. Hosley can contribute as a returner in the kicking game. He is always willing to try and make a hit. He has incredible instincts in zone and has fantastic change of direction abilities. He has excellent ball skills and very good hands. His leaping ability makes him play taller. On the down side, Hosley does not show elite recovery speed, even with his impressive 40 time. He might be limited to certain schemes, specifically Cover-2. He has a very thin fame. He gives effort in the run game, but will miss some tackles on occasion due to his size. He gets high in his backpedals. Hosley is blessed with natural fluidity but he struggles with his footwork. Hosley has the fluidity in his hips to be a solid man-to-man corner. He doesn’t have a strong jam but shows nice balance when in pass coverage. In zone coverage he will come off his man to go make a play on the ball once he reads the quarterbacks eyes. In run support, Hosley can be too passive at times and must consistently be willing to make plays against the run. Hosley is a ballhawk. He always seems to find himself in the right spot to make plays in the secondary. Hosley will likely be a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
NEW S Josh Bush (Wake Forest University) 5-11, 205, 4.51 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: Bush met with the Jets on Wednesday, April 11th. Shortly after the visit Bush told me, “I had a great time…great staff and great people working with the Jets!!” Bush is a opportunistic defensive back with a nice feel for coverage. He picks up assignments and showcases the ability to get outside the numbers and effectively tracks the ball in the air. Bush is very good at reading the quarterback’s eyes, and has very solid instincts on the football field. He has good hands and is known for his ability to shut down the opposing team’s slot receiver. Bush chases the action hard and works to defend the run. However, he does have some flaws. Bush needs to improve his backpedal. Furthermore, he overpursues the action on occasion. Bush possesses average size/speed numbers. Bush needs to do a better job breaking down in space and tackling through the ballcarrier in order to finish. Durability is unfortunately a big question. Bush was often banged up over his career (hamstring and shoulder issues). Regardless, if healthy, Bush has the chance to be an asset as a dime back/special teams player at the next level.
NEW SS Mark Barron (The University of Alabama) 6-1, 213, 4.54 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: The Jets are interested in Barron. Scouts love Barron’s size. He has decent speed as well. For a safety, Barron has excellent hands. He makes a play on a lot of passes and get himself into good position to intercept the ball. Barron has good instincts to play zone. He is not overly smooth in changing direction. Barron is inexperienced in straight man coverage, but he has the skills to play it. Barron is a much better player when he can work straight ahead, Barron should be able to cover tight ends well underneath. However, if they run long routes, Barron may have a hard time keeping up. In Alabama’s complex defense, Barron made a lot of the coverage calls and adjustments. Barron is quick to diagnose in run support. He was used a lot in the box and looks to be comfortable playing near the line. Barron does not look to have the on-field speed to chase down fast runner from behind. Furthermore, Barron is not a consistent reliable tackler. He prefers to go for the bit hit to change up the defense. Barron is by far the best safety in the 2012 NFL Draft, and should be a top-2o pick.
NEW CB Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina University) 6-0, 197, 4.57 40yd dash
Projection: 4-5 Description: The Jets set up a visit with Norman. He has outstanding instincts. He jumps routes with ease and efficiency and has a lot of athletic ability, which helps him close quickly. He has very loose hips which means he stays with receivers out of their breaks. Norman is physical in press coverage and shows great technique in his hand placement. On the flip side, Norman is not as polished with his footwork as some of the other corners in this draft. He can take a misstep in coverage and lose balance which will cause him to slow and and give up separation. Norman is a bit wild in his tackling technique and will need to shore up his fundamentals if he wants to be a successful tackler at the next level. Norman also has a tendency to get overly aggressive in his attempts to make plays and will bite on play-action and double moves.
NEW S Jeremy Lane (Northwestern State University) 6-0, 183, 4.48 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets worked out Lane at his pro day. Lane possesses a naturally long set of arms. He has a solid frame. While he only weighs 183-pounds, he has the ability to continue to fill out down the line. Lane flashes an explosive first step and obvious change of pace to his game. Throughout his college career, Lane showcased a quick/balanced drop, and was able to stay low out of his breaks. Very often, he routinely created a burst when asked to close. Lane is a lean bodied, explosive athlete that can jam with success against any type of receiver. He turns and runs off the jam with sticky man coverage, and aggressively attacks the ball in air. While Lane is not the most natural of players, he is a talented kid with some growth potential to his game. Lane at time has a tough time feeling/recognizing routes/tells off the line. He has the size and talent to be drafted. That being said, he needs to get a bit stronger, but he has the skill set to play both inside and out in the NFL.
NEW FS Trenton Robinson (Michigan State University) 5-10, 195 4.46 40yd dash
Projection: 3-4 Description: Jets sent defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman to Robinson’s Pro Day. Robinson plays the centerfield position very well. He excels at reading the quarterback in zone coverage and he has proven that he is capable of staying with tight ends in man coverage. Robinson can deliver some big hits and has a reputation for being a hard worker off the field. Robinson has experience in man coverage vs. receivers, but is at his best when playing in zone. He is willing to help out against the run, and he has decent tackling fundamentals. Robinson is slightly undersized, in terms of height and bulk. He has below average tackling skills. While he is willing to step up vs. the run, he does not have the size to wrap up the ball carrier. Running backs will bounce off his tackle attempts, even when his technique is fairly solid. Robinson plays off in man coverage, and lacks the speed to play up, risking getting beat deep. Robinson lacks the burst to close quickly to prevent quick underneath routes. He has the potential to start at the next level. However, his lack of size and average speed/quickness limits his upside. Robinson is at his best when playing the deep safety role, primarily in zone coverage. If teams are willing to overlook his inability to stop the run, Robinson will likely be a third to fourth round draft pick.
NEW S Trevor Coston (University of Maine) 5-10, 210, 4.42 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets brought Coston in for a visit during the local visits day. A three-year starter at the University of Maine, Coston was awarded All-American and all-conference honors last season. Coston is small, but had a very productive college career. Coston effectively reads and diagnoses the action, and takes very good angles to the play. He shows off great quickness and possesses a good head for the ball. Coston voluntarily defends the run and has an explosive burst to the action. He displays very good ball skills and has good hands for interceptions. He is an amazing punt returner who sets up blocks and follows them everywhere on the field. However, Coston is not overly aggressive and gathers into tackles. He has a tendency to do more hitting rather than wrap-up tackling. Coston is a underrated draft prospect, with the ability to make an NFL roster as an eighth defensive back/special teams player.
NEW S Chad Faulcon (Montclair State University) 5-11, 200, 4.60 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets brought in Faulcon for a visit during the local workouts. Faulcon, a very hard hitting safety, dominated his opponents. His play during the 2011 season resulted in achieving the Division 3, East Region Defensive Player of the Year, New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and being named to the d3Football.com All American Team. Scouts are impressed with his ability to break up passes and his relentless motor. Faulcon is very impressive as a run stopper as well. He has nice leverage and gets up the field quickly to make the tackle. He will likely need to add some weight if he wants to be successful at the next level. Due to his level of competition in college, Faulcon projects as a special teams player early in his career. He has had success playing on special teams in college, even managing to block a punt in 2010. With proper coaching and hard work, he has a chance to be a very nice contributor on defense for years to come.
NEW S Matt Daniels (Duke University) 6-0, 212, 4.43 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Daniels met with representatives from the Jets at his Pro Day on Thursday, March 22nd. Daniels is a thick safety prospect who has good girth through his lower half. He is best at attacking downhill and playing inside the box. Daniels generates an explosive burst to his game when closing in on the ball carrier. He takes good angles in pursuit, and has showed the ability to create turnovers. Daniels is a good tackler and has a natural pop in his game. On the downside, he lacks to size to be a real effective in-the-box safety. He plays slow in the deep half because of his inability to quickly recover. He struggles in the pass game when asked to cover a large amount of ground. He has a tendency to pop upright and he lacks the initial burst to make a play on the ball. He struggles with balance when tracking the football. He is not good at changing directions and tends to drift significantly away from the football when trying to set his feet and to make a play. Daniels will likely get a shot to play safety and show that he can be a special teams contributor during training camp.
NEW S Harrison Smith (University of Notre Dame) 6-2, 213, 4.57 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: Smith visited the Jets on Thursday, April 12. He has ideal size for a safety prospect. He is smart, and has great instincts. He takes great angels to the ball. He is not fooled often. He has good ball sills and breaks up a lot of passes. He also has shown the ability to come up and assist in run support. Smith is not as fast or athletic as other defensive backs in the draft. He is not going to be able to turn and run with faster wide receivers. It takes him a long time to get going. Smith has a tendency to duck his head on tackles and is not a reliable tackler in the open field. He did not have an interception has a senior. He will play a bit stiff at times, and his footwork and technique need work. That being said Smith is very coachable. He is one of the better safeties in the draft class, and will likely be selected in the second round.
Analysis: We all know Rex loves corners. However, I just can’t see them taking a cornerback early this year. It is not an area of need. With Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson the Jets are pretty much set at the cornerback position. However, if they draft a corner in the later rounds, I can see that player possibly coming in during dime and nickel packages, much like Marquice Cole did the past few seasons. They also need to replace Cole on special teams. While Ellis Lanskter will likely take that role, competition always brings out the best in people. In regards to the safety position, obviously LaRon Landry is going to be the starter at strong safety, and as it stands right now Eric Smith will be the starter at free safety. The Jets are using the excuse that Eric Smith played the last month and a half of the season with a through torn meniscus. While I respect that, it doesn’t make up for the fact that he struggled from the beginning of the season. Thus, I can definitely see the Jets trying to replace him in the draft. While we didn’t include Mark Barron in this post, because the Jets haven’t shown a lot of interest in him, that doesn’t mean the will necessarily pass up on the Alabama safety when the pick at number 16. The Jets will likely look to add Jim Leonhard back in June, but he will be a backup. Moral of the story, Eric Smith should be very nervous come draft day, as it appears his job will be in jeopardy.
DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN
DT Michael Brockers (LSU) 6-6, 306, 5.36 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: The Jets are bringing Brockers in for a visit. Rex Ryan attended his pro day. A likely first round draft pick, there is a lot to like about Brockers. He has elite size, and scouts love the fact that he’s versatile. He can play both the three and five techniques. Brockers exhibits overwhelming power at the point of attack. He’s a smart player. He anticipates plays and makes good reads on screens. Brockers could have benefited from returning to school for one more year. He only started one season at LSU and is not yet polished as a pass rusher. When rushing the passer, his pad level rises especially outside. Brockers is a talented player, who has all the upside in the world.
DE Jack Crawford (Penn State) 6-5, 268, 4.79 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets interviewed Crawford at the Senior Bowl. He is the definition of a raw prospect. He has only been playing football for 5 years, and has only played left defensive end. He was never asked to step back in coverage at Penn State. Thus, he lacks positional versatility. Crawford does have great form and has a long body type. He is also great at knocking down passes. Because he doesn’t have a ton of strength in his lower half he generates very little push. He will likely never be a starter in the NFL, but he can be part of a rotation for years to come.
DT Mike Martin (Michigan) 6-1, 307, 4.98 40yd dash
Projection: 2-3 Description: Martin met with the Jets at the Senior Bowl. He is a relentless player, who is not known for his pass rushing abilities. He only knows who to bull-rush, and he doesn’t have variety of moves while struggling to get off blocks. Where Martin has major success though, is in the run game. He’s great at dragging runners to the ground by using his strength. He isn’t afraid to chase plays down from the backside. He’s a versatile guy, having played in both 4 and 3 man fronts in college.
DT Kendall Reyes (University of Connecticut) 6-4, 299, 4.95 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar worked Reyes out at his Pro Day. Reyes is known by scouts as more of a run stopper than a pass rusher. Due to the fact that he lacks closing speed and is inconsistent quickness off the snap, Reyes won’t be getting a ton of sacks at the next level. However, in the run game, Reyes has the strength to stack and shed, and chase running backs in either direction from inside. Thus, he will likely be a late first early second round pick due to his ability to shed one-on-one blocks and double-teams with powerful leg action and violent hands.
DL/OLB Justin Francis (Rutgers University) 6-2, 268, 4.80, 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Francis is meeting with the Jets before the draft. Scouts have been questioning him regarding his past. In 2008, Francis pulled out a fake gun so he can steal a cell-phone from a man. He was arrested, charged robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and possession of a weapon on university property. He was consequently suspended for the entire 2008 season. However, a grand jury dropped the charges due to insufficient evidence. On the field, Francis has a very high motor. He is very explosive and has long arms and a good first step off the line. He’s not a great edge rusher and is limited against the run. While he played defensive tackle in college, he is projected as an outside linebacker at the next level.
DL Josue Ortiz (Harvard University) 6-4, 257, 4.73 40yd dash
Projection: 7 Description: Ortiz is meeting with the Jets on April 13th. He was easily the best defensive tackle in the Ivy League for the past few seasons, causing havoc for the other teams that played him. He has a impressive first step and is advanced in using his hands to shed blocks and split gaps. Level of competition is always a concern, but he will be eager and willing to work and learn a defense.
DT Ronnie Cameron (Old Dominion University) 6-2, 304, 5.38 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets have shown interest in Cameron per Kristian Dyer. While very raw, Cameron is a relentless player, who has a very quick first step. Scouts praise his ability to maintain his balance when asked to shed blocks. Likely a late round draft pick, Cameron has the ability to add quality depth for years to come. Cameron would be the first ever player to be drafted from Old Dominion.
DE Quinton Coples (University of North Carolina) 6-6, 284, 4.78 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: Rex Ryan flew to North Carolina’s Pro Day to personally work out Coples. Coples has very long arms and is very athletic and strong at the point of attack. He can get around the edge and is amazing against the run. Coples does have some off field issues, as he was apart of the UNC Agent scandal. Scouts also knock his motor, saying he sometimes becomes lazy during games, especially when facing double teams. He will disappear for a while during games, which makes scouts nervous. He is a very rare athlete. For his size, he has great speed and strength which allows him to get his way in to he backfield and destroy offensive lineman. If he is willing to put in the effort, he has all the tools to be one of the best players in the game.
DE Jake Bequette (University of Arkansas) 6-5, 274, 4.82 40yd dash
Projection: 5 Description: The Jets have a visit lined up with Bequette. A quick defensive end, he is fundamentally sound at finishing the job when he sacks the quarterback. Not an amazing athlete, Bequette struggles to overpower offensive lineman. One of the most experienced players in this draft, he has been a starter at the University of Arkansas for four seasons. He is solid against the run and does a great job at anticipating the snap count. While he lacks ideal straight line speed, he takes full advantage of his upper body strength. Expect him to be selected in the 5th round.
DE/OLB Andre Branch (Clemson University) 6-4, 259, 4.70 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan both personally attended Branch’s pro day. A great all around athlete, Branch is a very good two-way defender and has a solid array of pass rushing moves. He has great hands and gets to the corner well. He is disciplined and has experience both playing with his hand in the dirt and standing up. While he is constantly improving in run support, he can be blown off the ball. At times he can play high, which in turn causes him to lose leverage. He is somewhat raw as a passrusher and will need to add some weight. The good news is, all of that is coachable and fixable, so Branch is a very intriguing prospect to say the least.
DE/OLB Ronnell Lewis (University of Oklahoma) 6-2, 253, 4.65 40yd dash
Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets have a visit lined up with Lewis.One of the hardest hitting linebackers in the draft, he plays with an intensity that is unmatched. He has good speed and is extremely instinctive in open space. Meaning, he is great a tracking a ball carrier or adjusting to the quarterback in the pocket. He is great at causing turnovers as well. The downside on Lewis is that sometimes his intensity can get the best of him. He needs to learn to play better with the system. He’s never been a great pass rusher, and he isn’t great at getting away from blockers. Furthermore his bull-rush can use some work. The good news is, all of that is coachable, so Lewis has sky-high potential.
DE/OLB Bruce Irvin (West Virginia University) 6-3, 245, 4.50 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: The Jets are flying Irvin in for a private workout. Irvin is one of the most interesting stories in the draft. A very talented but extremely raw player, Irvin did not graduate from high school. However, after spending some time at a juvenile detention center, he earned his GED, walked on at a JUCO and eventually enrolled at WVU. Scouts don’t see him as an every down player to start his career. They envision him as a situational pass rusher. A physcial player, Irvin has great explosion off the snap, and is a dangerous edge rusher. While he was a defensive end in college, he doesn’t have the size to stay there in the NFL. Irvin has difficulty playing against the run. In fact, West Virginia often took him off the field in obvious rushing situations. He’s very aggressive and has a tendency to jump offsides. Only played two years at West Virginia so his level of competition is a question, but if he adds some weight, with time and coaching Irvin can blossom into a very nice pass rusher.
DE/OLB Melvin Ingram (University of South Carolina) 6-2, 264, 4.79 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: Rex Ryan personally flew to South Carolina to attend Ingram’s Pro Day. An all-around great athlete, Ingram is quick and agile. He has a relentless motor and is versatile. He can line up at defensive end, outside linebacker, or defensive tackle. Ingram has great leverage and good upper and lower body strength. However, he is undersized and inconsistent in run support. He has very short arms. Injuries are also a concern. Ingram missed the entire 2008 season with a broken foot.
DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw (The University of Alabama) 6-2, 272, 4.76 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: The Jets haven’t met with Upshaw, but I included him on this list because Rex Ryan publicly came out and said “Everybody knows we like Courtney Upshaw.” Upshaw struggles to shed blocks when playing against the run. When he is going up against a more physically imposing offensive tackle, he gets tossed around easily. There is a ton to love about him though. He’s a disciplined player. He stays in his zone and is always aware. He is great a changing directions and is very active with his hands. He has the speed to succeed when rushing off the edge. He has some off the field issues however, as he was arrested for domestic assault in 2009. Charges were later dropped, however.
NEW DE/OLB Shea McClellin (Boise State University) 6-3, 260, 4.63 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets have showed interest in McClellin. While McClellin’s strengths lie in pass rushing, he has the ability to play solid man-to-man coverage when asked to drop back. McClellin is a natural athlete who closed on the ball very well in pass defense. McClellin has great instincts both rushing the passer and in the running game. He is patent in the running game and recognizes plays very well. McClellin is a very good push rusher. He plays with a high motor and never gives up on play. He has a solid repertoire of pass rushing moves. He has a good burst off the line of scrimmage and shows good lean around the edge when getting after the passer. McClellin lacks prototypical size and does not have the frame to carry any additional weight without impacting his speed. He is overly reliant on athleticism and too often looks to avoid blocks by running around them. He is an inconsistent run stopper. He had some good games stopping the run, and others where he was a non-factor. McClellin can be engulfed by larger blocker at the point of attack. He runs the arc a little wide at times but has enough athletic ability to recover and generally hold his ground well. McClellin suffered three concussions in college. That being said, due to his athletic talent and his ability to rush the passer, McClellin might slip into the late first round.
NEW OLB Tahir Whitehead (Temple University) 6-2, 237, 4.68 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets brought in Whitehead for a visit during the local workouts day. He possesses an athletic looking frame. He does not have a ton of size and nature girth through his lower half. Whitehead is not a guy who can routinely anchor vs. the run game. He plays with a good motor and finds the ball quickly. He has some violence in the hands, but far too often is too slow to shed at the point. Whitehead showcases average instincts and coverage and has a tendency to pop upright in zone and lacks ideal balance when trying to get a pres on his man. If Whitehead played lower it would give him more of a chance to make a roster. He does a nice job extending his arms and trying to fend off blocks. Whitehead lacks ideal awareness when picking his way through contract. He has a tough time keeping himself clean. Whitehead is an average tackler. He gets a bit upright into contact which in turn causes him to lose power. However, he will wrap and drag ball carriers down. Whitehead showcases some natural initial quickness when trying to blitz and can gain a step either off the edge or inside. Whitehead will likely be a backup linebacker or specials teams player on Sundays.
NEW LB Zach Brown (University of North Carolina) 6-1, 244, 4.48 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: Brown recently visited the Jets. Brown has a ton of experience having played sparingly as a freshman before starting six games at weakside linebacker in 2009. Brown’s physical assets are not particularly impressive, but he makes up for any size deficiencies with speed. A member of the track team, Brown has been clocked as fast as 4.40 in the 40-yd dash. That is almost unheard of quickness for a linebacker. Brown stays blocked far too often when caught inside. Brown is very strong despite his relative lack of build and is a sound tackler. Brown reacts very quickly to the play developing and closes on the ball very quickly. He should be able to run with and cover most tight ends. He has some good zone coverage skills as well. Brown gets a bit overextended when trying to re-direct at the line of scrimmage and will sometime lose balance. Brown has unbelievable potential, and will be able to contribute immediately on special teams. Brown will likely be a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
NEW OLB/DT Elliott Henigan (UAB) 6-6, 310, 5.60 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets attended Henigan’s Pro Day. Henigan is likely going to be picked up as an undrafted free agent. He had surgery last summer to surgery to correct a sports hernia injury. He missed most of preseason practice and the first game of the season because of it. He returned September 17, against Tulane University. While he excels at getting off the line with explosion, he needs to learn how to disengage off of blocks and take his frame through blockers. Henigan relies too much on using his upper body strength, rather than using leverage and driving through his legs and back into blockers. He needs to learn to sink his hips, and play with his pads low. He is great at using his hands to initiate contact and punch. Many scouts project him to be an outside linebacker at the next level. Regardless, Henigan is a huge work in progress, but somebody that could have success a few years down the road, with proper coaching.
NEW DE/OLB Chandler Jones (Syracuse University) 6-5, 266, 4.87 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets had a visit with Jones. The younger brother of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones and Baltimore Ravens 2010 fifth round pick Arthur Jones, he clearly comes from a very athletic family. Jones has long arms and a good build. He is great off the snap which allows him to get around the offensive tackle. He is an unquestioned leader and shows true grit and passion on the field. He shows some nice power off his bull rush. On the downside, Jones is extremely raw in terms of his fundamentals. He has a good first step but isn’t explosive as an edge rusher. He plays very high with stiff hips. He doesn’t work well laterally down the line in space. Questions will linger about the fact that Jones missed five games last season with a knee injury. In all, Jones has a ton of potential thanks to the ability to grow into his frame and use his size.
NEW DE/OLB Ryan Davis (Bethune-Cookman University) 6-3, 261, 4.84 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets attended Davis’ pro day, and have shown interest in him. A pass rush specialist, Davis uses good snap anticipation and burst off the ball to beat the offensive tackle. He portrays a nice bull rush. Davis needs to continue to work on getting stronger and using proper technique if he hopes to maintain its effectiveness at the next level. Davis is very strong at the point of attack. He gets off the line fast, is very versatile, coachable and supports the pass and run very well. Davis has the suddenness/coordination to work a counter and cleanly slip tackles on the edge. He has a good motor, and his feet never stop moving. Davis is still a little undersized and lacks ideal power needed at the next level. At times he will get engulfed vs. bigger tackles. His athleticism could allow him to play 3-4 outside linebacker or line up at the defensive end position.
NEW DE Vinny Curry (Marshall University) 6-3, 266, 4.69 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets are showing interest in Curry. He has nice size. A sudden pass-rusher, Curry uses a good bull rush, conversion rush, and a decent swim move to beat offensive lineman. He also uses his hands very well. Curry recognizes blocking schemes quickly. He had a very productive collegiate career, and always applied consistent pressure on the quarterback. Curry closes quickly when he gets a run at the quarterback. He has a good motor and never quits on plays. He purses well. Curry is adept at getting to the ball. He plays 4-3 defensive end, but certainly has the skill-set to transition to rush outside linebacker. He is a very hard worker. On the downside, Curry has not played a ton of great competition, but he has produced against good teams. He disappears at times against double-team. He is not the most stout, and has trouble holding the point of attack against top offensive lineman. He will need to add to his repertoire of rush moves as well. Curry can be overly aggressive in his pass rush and tends to lose balance as he turns the corner or directs his rush inside. He also must improve in space. Curry also tends to wear down late in games. Curry is a very intriguing draft prospect, and should be a late-first, early second round pick.
DE/OLB Delano Johnson (Bowie State University) 6-4, 270, 5.04 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets have shown a ton of interest in Johnson. A tremendous athlete, Johnson can play both outside linebacker and defensive end at the next level. Johnson has impressed scouts with his explosive upper-body strength. While he is extremely raw and scouts are questioning his level of competition, Johnson has a chance to catch on as a special teams player. In fact, Johnson is an esteemed special teams player. In 2009, he tied the Bulldogs all-time record for blocks in a season and became BSU’s all-time career blocked punts/kicks leader in 2010.
DE Whitney Mercilus (University of Illinois) 6-4, 265, 4.63 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: Rex Ryan attended Mercilus’ pro day. He is extremely athletic and is constantly looking to force fumbles. He is active with his hands and has raw speed to turn the edge. He is very strong and is great at shedding blocks when rushing the passer. On the flip side, Mercilus is a one-year wonder and his pad level after contact gets high. He will likely need to add weight if he wants to be successful at the next level. He doesn’t have the fluid hips or the footwork necessary to play in coverage. He needs to learn to be more explosive off the line and stay in his lane.
OLB Julian Stanford (Wagner College) 6-2, 225, 4.51 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets worked out Stanford at his Pro Day and are bringing him in for a visit during the local players group. An premier pass rusher with an explosive first step, Stanford is one of the most underrated pass rushers in the draft. Usually blitzing off the edge, he goes 110% every play. Stanford has great speed and technique. As I said with his teammate Jeremiah Brown above, level of competition is a concern, but Stanford is an intriguing prospect to say the least.
OLB Cameron Collins (Oregon State University) 6-2, 230, 4.69, 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: Collins is meeting with the Jets on April 13th. A former safety, Collins is an athletic player who will likely be a key special teams player at the next level. He has a quick first step and gets up the field fast. Unfortunately, Collins is a reactive player and struggles to feel routes develop around him. He doesn’t read and react quickly to the quarterback. He has a tendency to overrun the play, and takes a lot of false steps. However, he goes 110% every play, and effort is certainly not the problem.
LB Lavonte David (Nebraska) 6-1, 225, 4.62 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: The Jets interviewed David at the Senior Bowl. An impressive athlete, David is great in coverage and has quick footwork. He has experience lining up against slot receivers and does a nice job tracking the quarterback’s eyes. David has the speed to stay with tight ends and receivers. On the flip side, David is undersized and doesn’t have ideal height. He struggles to shed blocks and rarely ever blitzed in college. He is easily one of the best coverage linebackers in the draft, but his inability to blitz and stop the run is a cause for concern. In a 3-4 scheme, scouts see David as an inside linebacker.
Analysis: If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the Jets drafting either Upshaw, Ingram or Coples with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Don’t discount them possibly trading down to select a guy like Branch in the late first/early second. It is no secret that the Jets need a pass rusher. Aaron Maybin was great for the team last year, but it would be nice to select a guy who can be a great pass rusher for three downs, not just a guy like Maybin who is a situational pass rusher. A legit pass rusher who can stop the run would be ideal. At linebacker, aside from David Harris, the guys are getting old. Bart Scott and Calvin Pace likely won’t be back next season, and who knows what’s going on with Bryan Thomas. The Jets can use some nice, young, fresh blood. The Jets defensive line doesn’t have any openings right now. If a guy above, like Jack Crawford, were to be drafted, he would be apart of the defensive line depth, along with guys like Marcus Dixon, Kenrick Ellis, Martin Tevaseu and Ropati Pitoitua. It is obvious that the Jets are looking for a versatile player..one who can play defensive end but also step back and be an outside linebacker.
OG Cordy Glenn (University of Georgia) 6-2, 345, 31 reps at 225
Projection: 1 Description: The Jets brought in Glenn for a private workout. Glenn has left scouts impressed with his versatility. While starting most of his college career at left guard, Glenn has also seen time at right guard and left tackle. Extremely athletic and agile for his size, Glenn is great at getting down the field. He gets to the second level quickly and can adjust to the moving target. Glenn can get a bit lazy, which in turn causes him to play either too high and/or get beat late off the snap. A potential first round pick, Glenn can step in right away at either tackle or guard.
OG Andrew Tiller (Syracuse University) 6-4, 324, 16 reps at 225
Projection: 5-6 Description: Tiller has a workout coming up with the Jets. A kid with excellent body length, Tiller is hard working who is very good in the run game. A functional short-area pass protector, Tiller works hard to finish blocks. Tiller has a tendency to play too upright and has pretty poor footwork. His weight is also something to keep an eye on. When he first arrived at Syracuse, Tiller weighed almost 400 pounds. If he can keep his weight down and learn proper technique, Tiller has the has all the tools necessary to be a nice player at the next level.
OG/OT Ronald Leary (University of Memphis) 6-3, 315, 30 reps at 225
Projection: 5-6 Description: Leary worked out for the Jets. While most teams see him as a guard, scouts love his versatility. He started the last three seasons at Memphis, playing as a left tackle in 2009 and 2010 before moving to the interior in 2011. Scouts praise his ability to change directions well. But, Leary does struggles in pass blocking situations. He also does not have very good footwork, which is scary to some teams. They question his ability to move from side to side. With time, Leary has the chance to be a serviceable player in this league.
OT Jeff Adams (Columbia University) 6-6, 306, 19 reps at 225
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: To say the Jets love Adams is an understatement. They worked him out at his Pro Day. But as if that wasn’t enough, they are bringing him in for a private workout. Adams has long arms and big hands, while impressing scouts with his footwork. Furthermore, Adams is intelligent and hardworking. On the other hand, Adams needs to bulk up and learn to play with more leverage. Due to the fact that Adams hasn’t played against top competition and that he has a lot to work on, he will likely be a 7th round pick.
C Ben Jones (University of Georgia) 6-2, 303 5.44, 29 reps at 225
Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets brought Jones in for a private workout. A natural born leader, he makes great line calls before the play. He gets good leverage, is a solid cut blocker and moves well on pull blocks. On the contrast, Jones doesn’t always hit his defender straight on while pulling and he really doesn’t overpower defenders. Jones also loses technique when he gets to the second level. Scouts praise his toughness and work ethic.
OT/OG James Brown (Troy) 6-4, 307, 19 reps at 225
Projection: 3 Description: The Jets showed interest in Brown at the Senior Bowl. While Brown mostly played left tackle during his college career, most scouts project him as a guard in the NFL. A better run blocker than pass blocker, Brown isn’t very athletic and scouts are not impressed by his footwork. With proper coaching and hard work, Brown can be a serviceable player down the line. However, he’s not ready to be a starter just yet.
NEW OG/OT Robert T. Griffin (Baylor University) 6-6, 336, 14 reps at 225
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets recently had a visit with Griffin. A tall, heavy legged tackle, Griffin has played both right tackle and guard in college. Most scouts see him as a right tackle at the next level. Griffin is not very athletic in space and he struggles with balance. It will always be hard for him to be able to gain leverage inside. Griffin does not have ideal initial quickness off the snap and can be overwhelmed at the point. Griffin does a good job in pass protection because of his size and length. He holds up decently vs. the bull rush. Griffin is strong at the point of attack. He stays square, keeps his feet moving, and easily turns defenders off the line. Griffin displays good blocking vision and works well with his linemates. Griffin is large enough to engulf his opponents at the point of attack and easily controls them once engaged in a block. He plays with a nasty attitude. Griffin has dropped more than 15 pounds since the college football season ended. Coaches praise his work ethic and passion for the game. While Griffin has a ton to work on, he has the build to succeed at the next level. If he gets sufficient coaching to teach him the proper techniques, there is no reason to believe he cannot be a serviceable player in the NFL.
NEW OT Matt McCants (UAB) 6-6, 308, 17 reps at 225
Projection: 4 Description: The Jets went to McCants’ pro day. He is one of the best mid-major prospects in this draft. A three-year starter at left tackle for the Blazers, he earned All-Conference USA first-team last year. He has an elite form for an offensive tackle. He has very long arms and above average footwork. He is not entirety filled out, and still a few years away from reaching his full potential. McCants his great hand-eye coordination that gives him a great punch while sliding into pass protection. He has great range in establishing an edge or if asked to block on the second level. McCants moves very well for a kid his size. He sometimes gets caught out of position, and he needs to learn to stay disciplined through his techniques and keep his natural bend. While he was only able to do 17 bench press reps, he is a kid with a big ceiling. Some team will take a chance on him come draft day.
NEW OT Jonathan Martin (Stanford University) 6-5, 312, 20 reps at 225
Projection: 1 Description: The Jets scheduled a workout with Martin. A very smart kid with a high football IQ, Martin has the quickness and ability to move very well in open space. He showcases an elite talent for run blocking. Martin uses low pad level and moves defenders to create running room. He gets to the second level with ease, and has sufficient speed to pull. Martin does a very good job coming down the line for a crack back block. Where Martin has some difficulty, however, is as a pass protector. He has a tendency to rely too much on quickness to get him into position. He has poor footwork an. At times, bull rushers can catch him off-balance. Martin has seen his draft stock take a hit due to concerns regarding his size and bulk. He also needs to work on extending his arms once engaged and maintaining control. He is not very physical and would likely be defined as a finesse blocker. If he can prove he is a physical and not afraid to get nasty in the trenches, Martin will hear his name selected early in the 2012 NFL Draft.
NEW OG/OT Brandon Brooks (Miami University) 6-5, 346, 4.99 40yd dash
Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets brought in Brooks for a private workout. Brooks played left tackle and both guard spots during his college career. However, due to his body type, scouts project him to be a guard only in the NFL. Brooks has long arms. He is a big, strong kid who has some lateral quickness for his size, but he needs some work on his technique. He possesses a physical make-up and carries his weight well. Brooks struggles in space when asked to get out and pull. He looks a little top heavy at times, and does not possess “plus” range when asked to get into the second level. He does take very good angels. On the plus side, is a naturally strong kid in the run game as an in-line guy. He showcases good bend when asked to coil up into his stance. He really improved and worked hard to get his pad level down and run his legs through contact while staying engaged. He showcases quick hands off the snap. Brooks does a good job sitting into his stance in the pass game. His length allows him to gain leverage into contact and he has really improved his punch during his senior season. While in pass protection, he wants to be aggressive and get his hands on lineman, and will sometimes get caught lunging into contact. Brooks was not invited to the NFL combine, but will likely be the first player selected that was not in Indianapolis.
NEW OT/OG Lucas Nix (University of Pittsburgh) 6-5, 317, 5.43 40yd dash
Projection: 5 Description: The Jets are interested in Nix. He started three years in college. One at right tackle and two at right guard. Scouts project Nix to be a tackle at the next level. Nix is a solid prospect, but has a lot of small technique issues that compound together to cause problems for him. Nix has a good frame, but is going to need to bulk up in his lower half to fill the trenches. He needs to learn how to use his body positioning and leverage more to his advantage. Nix has a tendency to lean into his blocks, which in turn causes him to get pushed off his spot and unable to drive defenders out of running and passing lanes. Nix has stiff hips, which limits his ability to pull outside, since he cannot quickly gather himself and hit the corner of the line. Nix gets off the ball well and stays balanced and compact off the ball while keeping his pad level down. He is a natural blender who looks coordinated when asked to mirror in pass protection. Nix exhibits the recovery quickness to make up for a false step, and takes good angels. HeF can keep the inside of the pocket clean. He is athletic, and can hold his own in space. Nix has some upside as a power play moving lineman off the ball and looks like a capable starter in the NFL.
NEW OT Mike Adams (Ohio State University) 6-7, 323, 19 reps at 225
Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets worked out Adams out at the Senior Bowl. Once projected to be a first round pick, his draft stock took at hit recently with news that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Adams has already completed counseling, and is looking to move past this embarrassing situation. But, he has also been suspended for seven games in his collegiate career. On the field, Adams is a raw prospect. Given his elite height and size, he is the prototypical left tackle prospect who really excels with his footwork and has the talent to improve his technique. Adams will need to improve as a run blocker. He does not have that killer instinct that offensive line coaches love. He will need to correct his techniques as a zone blocker as he sometimes loses his assignment and gets lost out in open space. Adams may need an extra year to develop or grow into the position as a rookie, but almost every team in the NFL is willing to be patient with a guy his size. Adams is an interesting prospect. Some scouts believe he may never amount to anything more than a solid backup, while other list his as a first round pick. Regardless, he is a guy to keep an eye on come draft day.
NEW OT Bobby Massie (The University of Mississippi) 6-6, 316, 22 reps at 225
Projection: 2 Description: Massie was a starter at right tackle for three seasons at Mississippi. Massie creates big holes for running backs. Massie has great size. He is an impressive athlete for a man of his size, and might have the ability to move to left tackle at the next level. Massie has long arms and quick feet, which allows him to be dominant in pass-blocking. Massie needs to learn how to stay low when firing off the ball and gaining leverage while run-blocking. Massie needs to improve his pass blocking techniques. He struggled at times with speed rushers, especially ones who can counter move. He needs to continue to work on positioning his feet in the right spot. Massie is durable, as he did not have any major injuries in college. Massie has good hip movement, and does not have a problem getting to the second level. When pulling, he does it with urgency, bend and coordination. Massie is a very impressive offensive lineman, the will hear his name early on draft day.
NEW OT Joe Long (Wayne State University) 6-5, 308, 21 reps at 225
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets brought Long in for a visit. When new offensive coordinator was in his first season as the Miami Dolphins head coach, he chose Long’s older brother, Jake, with the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. A four-year starter for Wayne Statre, Long helped lead the team to the Division 2 Championship Game this year. He possesses a nice sized frame with solid length. He isn’t very athletic and is not a real natural bender. Long has a tendency to get upright in pass protection and struggles with his footwork, often sliding his feet laterally. Long does take solid angles into contact. He has a tough time gaining leverage and creating a push off the line as an in-line blocker. Long has a ton to work on, and will need to be coached up tremendously at the next level.
Analysis: I’ve been told time and time again that the Jets won’t tackle an offensive lineman early. By checking out Glenn, the Jets are likely implementing their “leave no stone unturned” policy. Whether Jets fans want to hear it or not, Wayne Hunter and Vladimir Ducasse will likely compete for the starting right tackle job. The Jets love their backups: Austin Howard and Caleb Schlauderaff. If the Jets draft any of the players above, they wouldn’t start in 2012. Rather, they would stay on the roster, learn the playbook from new offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and try to compete for a job next season. Speaking of offesnive lineman, keep an eye on one guy as camp approaches: Offensive guard Trevor Canfield, Canfield was with the Jets during camp last summer, and although was injured for most of camp, the Jets saw something they liked and kept him around for a while, even keeping him on the practice squad for a little bit. While they eventually released him on September 19, Canfield is back with the Jets and healthy. They obviously shows they like his potential.
QB Dan Di Lella (University at Albany) 6-5, 232, 4.80 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets are bringing DiLella in for a private workout. Currently training with former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and former NY Giants quarterback Scott Brunner, Di Lella is known for his arm strength and great frame. Di Lella can make all the throws at the next level. His throwing technique has come into question, so much so, that he has made adjustments to it during the pre-draft process. He is working on learning to read NFL defenses. His level of competition is a question.
NEW QB Patrick Witt (Yale University) 6-4, 225, 4.87 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets worked out Witt at his pro day. A former Nebraska transfer who left following the 2009 season, Witt is a very bright kid. He is known for turned down a chance at a Rhodes scholarship to play against his final college football game against Harvard. However, according to reports, Witt’s candidacy was suspended due to a sexual assault claim raised by a fellow student. On the field, Witt is a tall kid with a strong looking frame. He possesses a lower side arm style release. He gets the ball out quickly be does not have a real big arm. His release point will get inconsistent at timed, especially when asked to move in the pocket. His ball tends to come out ugly at time and does not routinely spin a real clean football. Witt is a sneaky athlete in the pocket and has the ability to side step pressure and keep his eyes down the field. His release and arm are both concerns. He also has very poor footwork. Witt will be an undrafted free agent that will need time to develop.
NEW QB Case Keenum (University of Houston) 6-1, 208, 4.82 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets attended Keenum’s Pro Day. While he had a lot of success in college, Keenum will likely be an undrafted free agent who will need to earn a roster spot. He is undersized for the qurterback position. He throws a very catchable ball in the pocket. Kennum completes a high percentage of his passes and puts his receivers in a position to get yards after the catch. He often improvises and finds a way to make the play. He can make throws inside or out of the pocket. He also has the ability to extend the play by picking up first downs with his feet. However, there are some concerns regarding Keenum mechanics. His poor mechanics negatively affects his accuracy. Keenum has a long delivery and his footwork is all over the place. He has below-average arm strength, does not have a cannon and lacks zip on his throws. Keenum has never played in a pro-style offense in college, rather it was a shotgun spread attack. Thus, he doesn’t have any experience working under center, three-step and five-step drops and handing the ball off to the running back. Keenum is a competitive kid, but there is not a whole lot of upside in his game.
RB Robert Turbin (Utah State University) 5-10, 222, 4.50 40yd dash
Projection: 3 Description: The Jets are bringing Turbin in for a private workout April 9th. A power running back, Turbin is very athletic and has quick feet. He uses good balance and runs behind pads, often showing good leverage. On the flip side, there are some concerns regarding Turbin’s game. He missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury. Turbin also has a tendency to fumble, especially when getting into open space. Scouts often mention that he doesn’t have great vision. While he has good hands out of the backfield, he doesn’t have very good burst after the catch to immediately get up the field.
RB Terrance Ganaway (Baylor) 6-0, 241, 4.62 40yd dash
Projection: 5 Description: Ganaway met with Jets officials during the Senior Bowl. A true power-back, Ganaway lacks elite speed. He likely won’t be a homerun threat in the NFL. Furthermore, Ganaway doesn’t have very good hands at all. In fact he only had six catches throughout the entire 2011 campaign. There’s a lot to like about him though. He is tremendous at holding onto the the ball. He has great technique, barley ever fumbling. He is also a very patient runner. He has the awareness to wait for holes to open up, and knows how to set up his blocks. It usually takes multiple defenders to take him down. While he might never be a starter in the NFL, he has the ability to become a prominent third down back, if he can learn how to catch.
RB Doug Martin (Boise State) 5-9, 219, 4.48 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets met with Martin in Mobile, Alabama during the Senior Bowl. A thick back that runs low to the ground, he accelerates into the line of scrimmage very well. He is able to move in crowded spaces very successfully and is agile and has great balance. Martin doesn’t have top-end speed that will allow him to become a big-play threat. He is not a very good pass protector and his ceiling is somewhat limited at the next level. That being said, he will likely be the second running back taken in this draft, either in the late first round or early second.
RB Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati) 5-10, 193, 4.42 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: An elusive back, the Jets met with Pead at the Senior Bowl. In addition to being a very good runner, Pead has also shown the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He has great acceleration when getting into the open field, and has shown the ability to make the first man miss. Pead needs to learn how to drive his body with his hips and thighs. He needs to improve his vision and his footwork. Pead also has experience lining up in the slot, where he showed good hands and was impressive getting upfield fast.
RB/FB Cody Johnson (University of Texas) 5-11, 252, 4.72 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Johnson has received interest from the Jets. While Johnson played running back in college, scouts project him to be a fullback at the next level. Johnson has the bulk to absorb an oncoming rusher and has great hands coming out of the backfield. Unfortunately, Johnson has never played on special teams, so that will take some time for him to learn. Secondly, Johnson is not very quick out of his stance. With time, he has the potential to be a solid player in the NFL, but it will take a lot of work from Johnson and the coaching staff.
FB/HB Evan Rodriguez (Temple University) 6-1, 239, 4.58 40yd dash
Projection: 5 Description: Muhammad Wilkerson’s friend and former teammate, Rodriguez has a private workout coming up with the Jets. Scouts see him as an H-back at in the NFL. He doesn’t have great speed and isn’t a traditional fullback. Rodriguez can seal and block the edge, line up out wide or go in motion. He also has the ability to play special teams. He has proved to be an upright runner. If he learns to play with a better bend, Rodriguez has all the tools to succeed. A great kid with a high football IQ, look for him to be chosen on the in round 5 of the 2012 NFL Draft.
NEW RB Adonis Thomas (The University of Toledo) 5-9, 185, 4.45 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets brought Thomas in for a visit during the local workouts. Thomas is an incredibly shifty runner. He does an amazing job making himself small to slip through holes at the line of scrimmage. Thomas has proven very tough to bring down in the open field. He possesses quick feet and exceptional stop-and-start ability. He is a patient runner with great vision. Thomas has great body control. Thomas anticipates holes opening and hits them with an impressive bursts. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He has great hands and is explosive after the snap. Thomas has experience taking direct snaps. While he did not return kicks/punts in college, he has the skill set to handle those duties in the NFL. Thomas is undersized, and will likely need to add 5-10 pounds of muscle. He missed time with a broken arm in 2011. Thomas will occasionally dance too much in the backfield in an effort to break big runs instead of settling for a modest gain. He lacks the strength to offer much as a blocker. He does not have a lot of experience going up against top competition. He has obvious NFL talent, and is easily one of the most underrated backs in the draft.
NEW RB Stephfon Green (Penn State University) 5-9, 204, 4.43 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets brought in Green for a workout during the local visits day on Friday, April 13th. Green has elite speed. While scouts note that he is a great teammate and tremendous leader, he was kicked off the team in August after being charged with buying alcohol for two minors in July. His fellow seniors fought for him to be reinstated, and he eventually was brought back to the team. He has tremendous upside, as he runs with great balance. He has good power for a man his size. Green is good at picking up blitzes while in pass protection. He has a ton of special teams experience and has great shiftiness. He makes a lot of defenders miss. For some reason, Green spent a lot of time in Joe Paterno’s Doghouse. His production was limited in college. Part of the reason he could have been in JoePa’s Doghouse could have been due to the fact that he has poor vision, suspect hands and had fumble-itis early in his career. Green is undersized and will still need to add weight if he wants to be successful in the NFL.
NEW RB Michael Smith (Utah State University) 5-9, 207, 4.33 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets brought in Smith for a workout. Smith is short and a compactly built runner with a low center of gravity. He secures the football well and does not expose the ball when he is running. Smith was a former track and field star in high school. He is a strong blocker and has great hands out of the backfield. He is a threat to take it the distance any time he touches the ball. He has very little tread on his tires due to splitting the Utah State backfield with Robert Turbin. On the downside, he has a rather thin lower body and can get stood upright. Smith sometimes struggles to push the pile forward, as he holds most of his strength in his upper body. Smith will extend plays too far to the outside and can get caught for negative yardage at times. He doe not have many ankle breaking moves. Instead, he prefers to lower his head and run straight ahead. Smtih gets upright after he gets through the holes and takes some big hits. Smith will likely be a late round pick that has some potential moving forward.
NEW FB Joe Martinek (Rutgers University) 5-11, 221, 4.50 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Martinek visited the Jets on Friday, April 13th. He was a part of the local visits. Martinek is one of the most interesting prospects in this draft. Martinek began his Rutgers career being looked at as a possible defensive player. Due to injures on the team, he was given a shot to play running back as a freshman. He impressed, and ultimately became the main workload running back for the team and the leading rusher for Rutgers as a sophomore. While an ankle injury derailed his 2010 junior season, he came back in 2011 as a quiet pass-catching fullback. His consistency is an issue. Martinek absolutely killed his Pro Day workout. He is a selfless player who blocks well and catches the ball nicely out of the backfield. Martinek is a between-the-tackles pounder, who can soften up defenses. While he has seen time at the running back position, most scouts see him lining up as a fullback at the next level.
WR DeVier Posey (Ohio State) 6-2, 209, 4.54 40yd dash (brother of CB Julian Posey)
Projection: 5-6 Description: The Jets met with Posey at the Senior Bowl. However, all 32 NFL teams, except for the Chicago Bears and the Jets, attended Ohio State’s Pro Day on Friday, March 9th. Thus, it makes me question if the Jets were not very impressed with Posey when they first met with him. Posey leaves many scouts frustrated. A fast receiver that can easily stretch defenses, Posey possesses very nice body control while in the air. However, Posey is extremely inconsistent and doesn’t show enough fight or determination to fight through press coverages. He is not very disciplined and doesn’t show proper concentration needed to succeed in the NFL.
WR Joe Adams (Arkansas) 5-11, 174, 4.38 40yd dash
Projection: 4 Description: The Jets also met with Adams in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl. While not the biggest receiver in the draft, Adams is one of the fastest players available. A duel-threat talent, he can return punts as well. Scouts see him lining up in the slot at the next level. Adams does have a fumbling problem, and isn’t a great route runner. However, he catches the ball well in traffic, and despite his height, is surprisingly good at breaking tackles. Due to his speed, he gets good separation and can outrun almost any cornerback in the game. Adams is a very talented wide receiver, that has potential to be very successful in this league.
WR Marvin McNutt (Iowa) 6-3, 216, 4.52 40yd dash
Projection: 4-5 Description: The Jets brass met with also met with McNutt at the Senior Bowl. Scouts enjoy the fact that he has fantastic body control along the sidelines and going over the middle. He’s very strong after the catch and often drags defenders or runs away from them. McNutt does have a tendency to drops passes and he struggles to gain separation against physical corners. While he doesn’t have great acceleration, he is a willing blocker and is known for his ability to make the acrobatic catches.
WR T.J. Graham (N.C. State) 5-11, 182, 4.41 40yd dash
Projection: 6 Description: The Jets worked out Graham at the Senior Bowl. Graham, who also is on the NC State Wolfpack track and field team, is a duel-threat player. A kick returner and wide receiver, Graham is usually the fastest man on the field and is great at running vertical routes. But, that is also his weakness. Due to the fact that NC State often had him run vertical routes, Graham is not a very good route runner and he’s not physical and lacks ideal strength for a wide receiver. Graham also doesn’t change directions well.
WR Gerell Robinson (Arizona State) 6-4, 220, 4.58 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets showed a lot of interest in Robinson at the Senior Bowl. A big target, Robinson is a big play threat who has a strong upper body and destroys smaller cornerbacks. He is very difficult to get down after the catch, often dragging receivers with him as he runs. Unfortunately, he has stiff hips and has trouble getting separation in man coverage on short routes. He has pretty short arms for a big guy, so he isn’t able to high point the ball. Robinson isn’t the most athletic receiver in the draft, and it takes him some to to get to full speed. He will be a nice developmental prospect for some team.
WR Alshon Jeffery (University of South Carolina) 6-3, 216, 4.56 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: The Jets brought Jeffery in for an official visit on April 5th. Rex Ryan also attended his Pro day. A physical freak of nature, he has very strong hands and excellent body control. He tracks the wall well over both shoulder and is as tremendous red zone threat. Jeffery doesn’t have great footwork, and scouts are scared he is going to be a bust at the next level. He doesn’t have a great work ethic and drops a lot of passes. He didn’t run very complex routes in college and is not a very experienced blocker. Jeffery has insane potential and is very hard to tackle in the open field. With time, he can develop into a top receiver in this league.
NEW WR Tony Logan (University of Maryland) 5-10, 193, 4.51 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets had a visit with Logan, who happens to be Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson’s cousin (and best friend). In addition to being a reserve receiver, Logan served as the primary punt returner for Maryland his last three seasons. One of the better punt returners in the nation, Logan is easily one of the most polished return specialists in this draft. Scouts praise his ability to make defenders miss. An incredible athletic talent, Logan is a little undersized, but is very elusive, especially in the open field. Logan has good vision, and understands he needs to follow his blockers. He takes coaching very well. He was mainly a reserve receiver for the Terrapins, which means he does not have a lot of experience and is still extremely raw. Logan had various injuries in college, including a knee injury and a hamstring injury. Due to his limited playing time at receiver, it is hard to see Logan having success as a receiver in the NFL right away, but it is not impossible to imagine him coming in and helping a team on special teams from day one. Logan will likely be an undrafted free agent.
NEW WR Chris Givens (Wake Forest University) 5-11, 198, 4.41 40yd dash
Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets had a private workout with Givens. He has outstanding body control down the field and elevates for balls extremely well. He does a very nice job to high point passes and has a physical build which allows him to mix it up with defensive backs and fight for position. Givens has strong hands which allows him to make tough catches in traffic. On the flip side, Givens does not compare athletically to some of the top tier receivers in this draft class. He is not great at getting into his routes early and scouts are nervous that he might struggle against consistent press coverage on the outside. Givens takes a few strides to get to top speed and he looks very stiff in his hips. It is unclear at this point if he will be a guy who can get separation in the NFL, but he has a ton of talent, which will likely mean he will hear his name called in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
NEW WR Joseph (Joe) Anderson (Texas Southern University) 6-1, 195, 4.43 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets have shown interest in Anderson. A big-play receiver, Anderson has great speed and knows how to get down the field very quickly. While level of competition is a huge question, Anderson is a very consistent performer. He runs solid routes. Furthermore, Anderson has very good hands. He moves the chains successfully. Anderson is not afraid to go across the middle of the field. He is great in the red zone. A willing blocker, Anderson is also very hard to bring down the open field. He also really excels in yards after the catch. Anderson will likely be picked up as an undrafted free agent and have a shot to compete for a roster spot in camp.
NEW WR Willie Carter (Howard University) 6-2, 204, 4.55 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets are interested in Carter. One of the top receivers in the MEAC over the last four years, Carter was a very dependable college receiver. He has average athleticism for the next level. He extends to make the reception away from his frame and is good at adjusting to the errant throw. Carter displays strength running after the catch. He picks up big yardage from he line of scrimmage. Carter is not aggressive and does not fight for the ball. He has a quick release off the line. He has a tendency to drop a lot of catchable balls. Carter has shown flashes of ability the past three seasons. He has a nose for the big play, but he attention to detail is questionable. If he wants to succeed at the next level, he needs to get that corrected. Level of competition is an obvious concern. He is very developed in running routes. He has the polish that is not very common to see from a receiver at his level. He runs clean routes and shows good hip fluidity and has solid deep speed. Carter is definitely a guy to keep an eye on in the later rounds and possibly as an undrafted free agent.
NEW WR Jeremy Ebert (Northwestern University) 5-11, 200, 4.38 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: Ebert visited the Jets. He is very competitive, and has had a lot of success working the middle of the field. Scouts describe him as quicker rather than fast. He will likely be a short-to-intermediate slot receiver in the NFL. He is a nifty route runner. Ebert possesses dependable hands and has good field awareness. Ebert has some injury concerns, as he struggled with a hip injury. It required off-season between his freshman and sophomore seasons. A small-framed receiver, Ebert is still somewhat raw, but with time can become a very nice slot receiver in the NFL.
TE Orson Charles (University of Georgia) 6-3, 251, 4.75 40yd dash
Projection: 3-4 Description: The Jets also had a private workout with Charles. He was projected be a possible late-first early second round pick. That was until he arrested on charges of DUI Alcohol and driving minimum speed in Mid-March. Now slated to be a third-fourth round pick, Charles will be a steal for whatever team selects his. Charles has soft natural hand and is versatile. He played both on the line and split out into the slot and is effective running crossing routes as well as running vertical routes. While known as more of a pass catching tight end, he’s working hard to become a better blocker. He does have a tendency to drops easy passes and has difficulty running curl routes. He also frustrated fans at Georgia by disappearing for long stretches of a game. Charles can be a very special player, he just needs to stay focused on and off the field.
NEW WR Michael Floyd (University of Notre Dame) 6-3, 220, 4.47 40yd dash
Projection: 1 Description: The Jets are showing a lot of interest in Floyd, and even brought him in for a private workout. He has great hands, height and size. Floyd has the potential to be a very good possession receiver in the NFL. Floyd is a very reliable receiver who can work defenses anywhere on the field. He is very good at the point of attack and showcases a great knack at beating press coverage. Whether it is using his hands to disengage or simply shielding defenders away from the ball, Floyd can separate from his man in short spaces. Floyd is gifted with long arms and the ability to climb the ladder. He can make plays on deep balls. However, it is worth noting that Floyd had only one play over 35 yards last season — and that was a busted coverage. While he is not blessed with elite speed, he can adequately challenge corners down the field. Durability and character concerns might end up hurting his draft stock a little bit. He was arrested for a DUI in 2010, and was charged with underage drinking the year before. Notre Dame suspended hi during their summer practices. At the next level, Floyd will likely be an above average number 2 wide receiver. He lacks the necessary explosion off the line and suddenness in his route running to be a true top flight receiver. He will need to get stronger in his lower body since is an average blocker at best. That being said, given his size and frame, Floyd has the potential for have a very good NFL career.
NEW WR Rueben Randle (LSU) 6-3, 210, 4.43 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: The Jets brought Randle in for a workout. He has great hands and routinely catches the ball out away from his body and never struggles with drops. He does a great job tracking the deep ball over his shoulder and has great size for the wide receiver position. He shows great balance vs. the press and has the ability to get off the bump very quickly. On the flip side, he has a very undeveloped route tree specifically on the 1, 2, 3, and 4 routes. He is such a great deep threat, that he doesn’t have a lot of experience working in the underneath or intermediate zone. Scouts are not sure if he will be able to gain separation in the NFL and whether he has legit NFL speed. Randle doesn’t accelerate very well and needs to become more precise in his break in order to separate. He needs to work on his yards after the catch and he does not posses the quick area burst that will make the defenders miss. He is not physically imposing despite his size. There is a lot to like about Randle’s game, but he is certainly not perfect.
NEW WR Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) 6-4, 215, 4.36 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets had a visit with Hill. While he did not see a ton of action at wide receiver in his three seasons at Georgia Tech because they played in a triple-option offense, he certainly made the most of his opportunities. Hill also had a few carriers out of the backfield due to his speed, and he even found the endzone once during his freshman campaign. Hull has outstanding size. He is an incredible athlete and leaper. He displays excellent body control and can high point the ball as well or better than any receiver in this draft class. However, Hill has inconsistent hands. He will make incredible catches and drop the easy ones. Hill has the frame, length, and power to push corners back off press coverage. Hill is an inexperienced route runner. Hill is probably the best blocking receiver in this draft. He shows good technique and can engage and move defenders. Hill has all the tolls to be a great receiver in the NFL. Hill is an exceptional athlete. Scouts are worried that Hill has a tendency to not attack the ball down-field on jump balls. Hill is tough to bring down due to his size and speed. He is great off the snap and does have suddenness to his game. Hill has a chance to be a first round pick and should develop into a very productive and solid receiver at the next level.
NEW WR Kendall Wright (Baylor University) 5-10, 196, 4.42 40yd dash
Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets brought in Wright for a private workout. Wright has impressive body control and exhibits the ability to make tough plays in traffic. He is good at simply adjusting on the fly to an inaccurately thrown ball. He seems to do everything at full speed. Wright is extremely fast and has good acceleration. Plain and simple. If Wright sees daylight, he is gone. Wright moves laterally very well and has a natural ability to make make people miss. Though he was rarely challenged by press coverage during his collegiate career, there were times where defenders were able to get their hands on him and knock him off his route. Wright can get sloppy with his cuts, likely due in part to the fact that he is always going at full speed. If he can find the happy medium where his cuts are sharp but he is still moving with good speed, he could be lethal for opposing defenses defensed. Wright is not a red zone threat given his size. Wright will likely be a first round draft pick, and has a chance to contribute for a team from day one.
NEW WR Toney Clemons (University of Colorado) 6-2, 210, 4.36 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets like Clemons. They have been in contact with him, and they attended his pro day. Clemons started his college Michigan, but transferred after his sophomore year, and ultimately wound up at Colorado. While was forced to sit out a year due to NCAA rules, he showcased his potential during his time at Colorado (two seasons). Clemons is versatile, having lined up as a receiver and a returner. He has proven over his college career that he has is a deep threat, and has playmaking ability. Clemons has great leaping ability and body control. Furthermore, Clemons shows amazing aggressiveness on the football field. Scouts praise his combination of size and all-around athleticism. Clemons routinely extends to pluck the ball out of the air and shows very natural body control. He has great balance and burst in and out of his breaks as a route-runner. He shows the ability to win in his release off the line-of scrimmage. He really struggled during his time at Michigan, and never really fit into Rich Rodriguez’s system. Clemons unnecessarily body catches at times. He loses out in battles when he should not. Scouts note that Clemons will have to get a little stronger to be a factor at the next level. Clemons is a nice-sized receiver who has flashed skills the past two years. A solid route runner, he is very good at running after the pass. He has all the tools that make him a very interesting late round prospect to say the least.
NEW WR Marcus Rivers (University at Buffalo) 6-3, 218, 4.60 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets attended Rivers’ Pro Day. A big kid, Rivers is a long, angular receiver that has the rare combination of size, speed, and strength. He has a smooth element about his game as a vertical wide receiver. While not the best athlete, he can pluck the football off his frame. He makes the difficult catch with regularity. Furthermore, Rivers is a terrific red zone threat. Rivers does get inconsistent on occasion and struggles when trying to find the ball quickly out of breaks. Rivers is good at tracking the football down the field and initially keeps himself clean vs. pressman. He is an effective downfield blocker. Rivers needs a couple of steps to reach top end speed and has looked limited in the routes he will be able to run in the NFL. Rivers will likely be an undrafted free agent that will get a shot in camp. Scouts are afraid that he is not going to be able to separate from man coverage vs. NFL corners at the next level, which will hurt his chances of making a team.
NEW WR Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers University) 6-2, 211, 4.67 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: Sanu has worked out for the Jets. When asked if he wanted to play for the Jets or Giants, Sanu responded by saying “I’d rather play for the Jets. I like their offensive system, they showed a lot of interest in me.” Sanu is a three-year starter for Rutgers. He has good, above average size, height and speed. Although he has a tendency to get a bit sloppy in his technique while making catches, Sanu has shown the ability to snag the ball at its highest point. Sanu can also catch the ball with his hands effortlessly. He needs to improve his release off press coverage. Furthermore, Sanu has to work to become better at exploding off the line with more efficiency. Sanu is not afraid to make plays once the ball is in his hands. He can work the middle of the field as well as the edges. He is quick for his size and flows to open spaces very well. Sanu need to get tougher as a blocker and show more willingness to get physical when up in the air during 50-50 balls. Sanu does not have elite separation skills or aerial ability. When it is all said and done, Sanu might be the most intelligent and pro ready pass-catching option in this draft. He has seen his draft stock rise in recent weeks, and could push his way into the late first-early second round.
NEW WR Dwayne Frampton (Arkansas State University) 5-9, 182, 4.49 40yd dash
Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets attended Frampton’s Pro Day and are showing a lot of interest in him. A junior college transfer, Frampton suffered an MCL tear late in the season for Arkansas State but managed to perform at ASU’s pro day. Frampton is a well grounded kid with solid hands and the quickness to work the slot in the NFL. While some scouts will say he is undersized, Frampton was an incredibly productive slot receiver in college. He stays low exiting routes and positions himself to make the reception. He has a very good sense of timing, great hand/eye coordination and gets vertical to pull the ball from the air. Frampton showcases tremendous quickness in his overall game, and he effectively reaches backwards to grab the errant throw, and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Frampton turns it on in a single step. Frampton is small and tends to lose out in battles at some points. Frampton’s body control is not elite, and he occasionally struggled with ball security when taking big hits. Frampton was the receiver defenses struggled to stop in college. An elusive skill player, he consistently finds the open spot in the defense then works to pick up yardage after the catch. He also has a lot of experience returning punts. His pass catching ability coupled with his return skills, make Frampton a very intriguing prospect come draft day.
TE Michael Egnew (Missouri) 6-5, 251, 4.60 40yd dash
Projection: 3-4 Description: The Jets met with Egnew at the Senior Bowl. A big prospect, Egnew is athletic and works well in space. He can create after the catch and has great body control. He is not used to lining up in the three point stance, and he will need to likely add some weight. He’s purely a pass catching tight end. Very limited in his ability to block, Egnew will need to be coached up at the next level. Scouts also love his ability to box out defenders.
NEW TE Dwayne Allen (Clemson University) 6-3, 289, 4.89 40yd dash
Projection: 2 Description: Allen met Rex Ryan at the combine. Furthermore, Ryan, General manger Mike Tannenbaum and director of college scouting Joey Clinkskales attended his pro day. Allen may be the purest pass catcher of any tight end in this draft. He does a good job snatching the ball out away from his body and shows off athleticism when he has to go up after a pass. He has more than enough speed to give linebackers trouble in coverage. Allen explodes well off the line and really works hard to get through traffic and into his route. Allen is able to line up wide in the slot or even on the outside. He likes to utilize a head fake in his routes to try and get the linebacker and defensive back leaning one way before going to the other. He is the best combination of a blocker and pass catcher of any tight end in this class. Allen has some weaknesses though. Scouts main concern about Allen revolves around his inability to use his dominant size too physically over power opponents. Allen does not run the crispest of routes and seems to float too much on his crossing routes which allows defenders to under cut him. Allen will not give quarterback’s a ton of separation on his routes. He offers very little yard after catch ability in terms of making somebody miss or breaking a tackle despite his size. He is still somewhat of a raw prospect who is still learning how to properly utilize his size and skills in conjunction to be a dominant player. Allen will likely be the first tight end taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, likely in the mid-second round.
Analysis: The Jets taking a look at only one quarterback is not a big surprise. With Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy all under contract, I can’t see the Jets going into the season with four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Thus, Di Lella will likely be an extra arm in camp (think Chris Pizzotti, Drew Willy) who can be stashed on the practice squad if they really like him. As far as running backs are concerned, the Jets have Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell and John Griffin under contract. Of that group Greene is the only proven back. We haven’t seen a lot of Bilal Powell to judge him, but it seems as if the Jets are interested in taking a running back again. I do see a trend in the Jets scouting power running backs. It is no secret that the Jets need a #2 wide receiver next to Santonio Holmes. Of the guys mentioned above, Alshon Jeffery has a shot to be a number two at the next level right away. The rest of the guys will need work and some time before they are starters. Thus, that makes me believe that Jets will go after a veteran receiver in free agency after the draft concludes. As far as tight ends go Dedrick Epps, Josh Baker and Jeff Cumberland, along with newly signed Hayden Smith and of course, Dustin Keller round out the Jets tight end crew. The Jets need a guy to replace Matt Mulligan as the blocking tight end. Could that be Hayden Smith? Possibly..but if not the Jets should draft a blocking tight end.
K Michael Barbour (East Carolina University) 5-10, 185
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Barbour flew to New York to meet with Mike Westhoff and the Jets brass. After transferring from Maryland in 2009, he played two seasons at ECU: 2009 and 2010. Barbour was 28/35 in his two year career, while having a long of 58. While he didn’t handle the kickoff duties for East Carolina, he does have a big leg and his impressive season in 2010 left him on the official watch list for the prestigious Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award in 2011.
P Brian Stahovich (San Diego State) 6-0, 211 4.78, 40yd dash
Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets had a private workout with Stahovich. Stahovich, an All-Mountain West Conference selection, averaged 43.4 yards per punt last season. He had 61 punts in 2011, just 15 of which were returned. Over a quarter of his attempts were 50 yards or greater.
LS Travis Tripucka (University of Massachusetts) 6-2, 240
Projection: UDFA Description: The grandson of NFL player Frank Tripucka and the son of NBA standout Kelly Tripucka, Travis has a workout coming up with the Jets. An all around athlete, Tripucka originally came to UMass on a scholarship to play lacrosse, but ultimately made it as a long snapper on the football team, and the rest is history.
LS Ray Wegrzynek (Kean University) 6-2, 290
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets have been in contact with Wegrzynek according to Kristian Dyer. Considered one of the best long snappers in the draft, Wegrzynek Started off at Rutgers, but transferred after the 2007 season. Played both defensive tackle and defensive end in college.
NEW LS Danny Enright (Oberlin College) 6-7, 250, 4.99 40yd dash
Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets have shown interest in Enright. While he played tight end in college, the Jets view him as as a long snapper in the NFL. He is a tremendous athlete with great size. Enright was also the center on the Oberlin basketball team. At the next level, Enright wants to be viewed as a tight end prospect as well. He noted that he can play a little back-up tight end for a team, and work with coaches to develop him into a better player. Enright started his senior season with a nasty bout of mono that caused him to drop 20 pounds. Ultimately, he recovered and gained the weight back. He went on to earn First-Team All-NCAC honors as a tight end. Enright has been working vigorously since the college football season ended to become stronger and get faster. Enright is a guy that will likely be picked up as an undrafted free agent, with the potential to help on special teams and possibly as a back-up tight end down the line.
Analysis: Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff announced that this is the best group of special teamers he has ever seen (he’s been in the league since 1981). While they gave Nick Folk a new contract at the start of free agency, that doesn’t mean he will 100% make the 53-man roster. Folk struggled on kickoffs last season. And regarding the punting situation, TJ Conley just was not good enough. With 10 drafts picks, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take either a kicker or punter in the the 6th or 7th round to try and give Folk and Conley competition in camp. The two long snappers are interesting. Tanner Purdum is still under contract, but it’s possible they are looking for a replacement. Or, it could just be for an extra body in camp. Last year, the Jets signed Barbour’s college teammate, East Carolina LS Wilson Raynor as a extra guy in camp. Regardless, this is something we will keep an eye on as camp approaches.