Draft Watch: Senior Bowl Wednesday Notes
Brian Bassett , TheJetsBlog.com
Yesterday, Rex Ryan, John Idzik and Woody Johnson all watched Senior Bowl practice before heading for home for today’s 11AM press conference to announce the team’s new GM. Here’s some of what we saw yesterday written about players at the Senior Bowl and how it might apply to the Jets.
On the Way Up? — Oklahoma QB Landry Jones must have impressed some folks yesterday. Aside from his solid college stats that would support his being a decent starter in the NFL, he apparently had a good day at Senior Bowl practice yesterday showing some improvement in improvising plays and might have helped his stock to improve.
Deeper Sleepers – Fifth Down has a great post on their site right now that has a lot of lesser known draft prospects and one to keep an eye on is Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton. Patton played at a smaller school in terms of the competition but over 100 receptions in 2012 and had one game against Texas A&M where he could 21 passes for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns. Matt Waldman writes that he likes the refinement he’s seen evidenced in Patton’s game this week. Keep an eye on him …
A Good Target? — With the slot locked down and a burner that the team drafted last year , the Jets are probably going to be looking at a more physical receiver to play the possession role for the Jets in years to come. Could a guy like K-State’s Chris Harper be that type of player for the Jets? Russ Lande wrote that Harper reminds him of Anquan Boldin in his physical play and ability to adjust to badly thrown passes.
End Run — The Jets have just drafted two 3-4 DE type linemen in the first round over the last two years, so you’d expect that they’ll look elsewhere in the draft this year, but it bears mentioning that ends Datone Jones is being called ”the most disruptive” defensive lineman in the game and Alex Okafor are is turning lots of heads himself this week in Mobile.
Versatility Among Safeties — One of the interesting things we’ve heard is that after a few years of very few safeties in the draft and in free agency who can play both the run and the pass well, this year’s class might have more depth in that regard. While the Jets picked up two safeties last year, see if they don’t make a play in the middle rounds at a versatile safety to help bolster their back-end coverage.
Changing the Pace — Right now the Jets have more power backs than change of pace guys on their roster and Mike Gillislee is a name that seems to be emerging as one of this year’s best players in that regard.
Bookend Cavaliers? — Oday Aboushi the Right Tackle out of Virginia has looked good this week in Senior Bowl practice and while the Jets might have found a competent tackle on the right side last year, they might still consider moving some pieces around since they have two pending free agents at the Guard spot.