Here is your winner…

…and NEEEWWWWW TJB Annual Draft Picks Projection Contest Champion…

Congratulations to Kyle Suta who wins with a record breaking FOUR correct picks.

Special mention must also go to Jenkins for being the only person to call the Jalen Saunders pick and our old friend R in CT for being the only person to call the Quincy Enunwa pick. For the record, 52 of you called the Tajh Boyd pick and 32 called the Jace Amaro pick. 13 called the Calvin Pryor pick, 12 called the Dexter McDougle pick and 10 called the Dakota Dozier pick.

As for Jeremiah George, Brandon Dixon, Shaq Evans, IK Inemkpali and Trevor Reilly … Nobody saw those picks coming.

Although the tie-breaker wasn’t needed, Dri Archer went with the 97th pick. Well done to Brian Lomasky and Rock316nyj who nailed it. However, our champion re-asserted his dominance by being only one away.

Give Kyle your congratulations in the comments.




72 comments
Brian Lomasky
Brian Lomasky

I love that I didn't pick a single player correctly in the contest, but I get recognized in the post for correctly predicting Dri Archer's landing spot :-)

borisjets
borisjets

Please post Kyle's picks in the main article. I'm curious to know who he picked, as is everyone who reads the article. Thanks!

OmenSports
OmenSports

Wow four correct...good Job Kyle.

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Great job man! And I guess nobody is complaining about the Boyd pick, we all must love him! 

ukjetsfan
ukjetsfan

Congrats Kyle - good effort!

BenNevis
BenNevis

Kyle—

You don't happen to go to school with Seth Ryan, do you?

jk. Congrats, Kyle. You doubled my total, and my two (Dozier & Amaro) were just dumb luck.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Hey guys Im tickets for the Jets-Pats game in Dec and I was wondering what is a good but not too expensive area to look into to?

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

Well done, Kyle.   I'm in awe.    I was only four right picks behind ya'!

BDarc23
BDarc23

4 is amazing. I'm totally impressed Kyle. From now on i agree with all of Kyle's comments.

jenkins
jenkins

Congratulations, Kyle.  4 correct is amazing.

Hoz
Hoz

Congrats to Kyle, Second, 12 of us had Dexter McDougle where you guys had us picking him at?

juunit
juunit

I didn't expect us to draft Enunwa, but I'm glad we did. Well done R. 


Hopefully this can become a tradition, where the guy who only one of us predicted would be drafted ends up winning the ROY. Last year Richardson, this year Enunwa? It could happen.

dgdg
dgdg

Congrats to Kyle and to all with the time, knowledge and judgement to put together one of these mocks to begin with.  I was just happy to predict the positions that would be drafted!

Brendan
Brendan

Well done, sir. 


I think I only got one, but that one was the BULLDOZIER and that's all that matters. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

Congratulations and well done...........it's fun trying to guess what the Jets might do each year.

Pat d
Pat d

Congrats Kyle, I thought I had this when I nailed Pryor, but then went on to go 0 for 11.

ramble914
ramble914

Here's what SI had to say about the Jets selection of Calvin Pryor:


The New York Jets have huge needs at the cornerback position, but with the 18th overall pick, they followed a wise notion and went instead with the best defensive back left on the board in the person of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Pryor is a perfect Rex Ryan defender — mercilessly tough, unafraid to take risks, and technically proficient.


Strengths: Pryor has tremendous field speed, and he’s able to use it to great effect in all areas of his game. There are times when you simply wonder how he got from here to there so quickly. When he breaks out of coverage to run support, he flies to the ball and is a willing and violent tackler. Sifts through trash pretty well and doesn’t give up on plays — even if he misses the tackle the first time around, he’s a good bet to help pick it up later. Understands angles and leverage as a tackler. When he is asked to cover half-field, he does so with ease — his sideline-to-sideline speed is as good as anyone’s in this draft class at any position. Will move seamlessly from the line to linebacker depth to the back half, which allows him to keep his eyes on his assignments and avoid over-correcting. For such a fast player, Pryor doesn’t get fooled often.

In coverage, Pryor can mirror everything from short angle routes to comebacks to deep vertical concepts, and he has an excellent sense of when to break for the ball. Plays slot receivers very well because of his tenaciousness and agility, and he can break outside to cornerback positioning in a pinch. Has the vertical length and timing to stick with receivers bigger than him, even on jump balls. Sneaks in and breaks on routes as you would expect a better cornerback to do. Legitimate center-field defender on deep posts and other vertical concepts. Comes off the line like a scalded dog on blitzes and can bring a lot of pressure when put in that position. Gives full effort on every play — you just don’t see dropoffs on his tape.


Weaknesses: There are times when Pryor’s size works against him — he will get blocked out of plays, and as aggressive as he is, he may want to peel back a bit and understand that he’ll make even more plays if he avoids contact at times as opposed to putting himself in disadvantageous situations. And he’ll have to watch his physical style of tackling when he hits the NFL, because officials are conditioned to overreact at the best of times.

Grade: A.


“I’m just going to be myself and stay aggressive and play like my hair is on fire.”

That’s what Pryor said at the scouting combine when asked how he’d go about things in the NFL, and it’s hard to imagine him doing anything else. He has few obvious flaws, and the little things that show up are eminently correctable. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of his play is that he strikes a perfect and rare balance between new-school coverage artist and old-school kamikaze. The Jets scored big with this pick. 



1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@Brian Lomasky  Congrats Brian; I also went 0-12, but was only 3 away from the Dri Archer landing spot. Not sure what that says about either of us.

borisjets
borisjets

Here's Kyle's picks

 Brandin Cooks

Darqueze Dennard

Jace Amaro

Bradley Roby

Deone Bucannon

CJ Fiedorowicz

Jarvis Landry

Austin Seferian Jenkins

Tahj Boyd

Calvin Pryor

Dexter McDougle

Kevin Pierre Louis

Dri Archer pick #98

Bent
Bent moderator

@Paul Samuels  From the previous thread:


theeditor1 hour ago

Let's see, Conor Shaw outplayed Boyd in all 4 years with SC beating Clemson 5 straight years. So we draft a guy who can't read defenses and can't win big games because Rex's son is a walk on? But we can't draft the Wr Bryant from Clemson.

This is what is screwed up with this team. Their evaluation of talent sucks!

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit  Steal DeVito?  Isn't that what the Chiefs did last year?

Bent
Bent moderator

@Kyle Ely  Even the cheapest seats have a great view unless you're short sighted.  "Not too expensive" depends entirely on your own definition, but I hope you have a great time.

bob
bob

Congratulations . Kyle Suta   good job!




harold
harold

@jake100


We will be good this year Joey...I can feel it in me bones!!

harold
harold

@jake100


That makes it feel as though it is right around the corner.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jenkins  Especially when all of you put together only managed seven (and two of them just one each!)


Well done on the Saunders pick.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hoz  Obviously I didn't ask anyone to specify a round, but admittedly most people had him near the bottom of their list, suggesting he was an afterthought or assumed late rounder.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

@juunit Yeah, me an Q are tight ... you know, aside from him never having heard of me! [LOL, as the kids say]


I'm more stunned that I got anyone, only because I went completely outside the box and tried to include guys who apparently had no connection to the Jets, given how close to the vest Idzik likes to play things.

More importantly, I didn't completely embarrass myself!

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit  Two people called Sheldon last year.


(And two people called Winters).

BenNevis
BenNevis

SI: "Comes off the line like a scalded dog on blitzes..."

Love it.

juunit
juunit

@ramble914  

I imagine he's gonna get some penalties at least early on. Even if it's a clean hit, I doubt the officials will be accepting of some hard hitting rookie. They'll wanna lay down the law pretty early with him. 

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Thanks bent. I also got 6 right out of 32 in the nfl.com challenge. I think Mayock got 4.

Bent
Bent moderator

@r_in_ct @juunit  You still only tied with me though! 


Until next year, my friend!

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit They still don't allow those to get reviewed, right? 


I really hope the refs aren't that lazy, Pryor is an excellent hitter and does so with incredible accuracy for where he actually initiates contact. 


I think one of the big things that triggers the flags is guys leaving their feet, something Pryor doesn't do very often even during his big hits. 


I'm fully expecting some early ones because the refs are the refs and they can't help themselves, but hopefully they start getting ripped in the media and get egg on their face with dropped fines, etc. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo @Bent @juunit  I think he's compensated fairly, but it doesn't really matter, even if he got $12m per year he was still ours and they stole him!  Luckily our DL is awesome anyway.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold  Rex compared him to Zach Thomas.

harold
harold

@jake100 @harold


Watched the little tape I found on George and he reminds me of London Fletcher.

harold
harold

@jake100 @harold


We certainly will.  Hopefully George can get a little bigger 5 or 6 lbs. and pair up with Davis in 2015.  If he is not ready we can draft a guy in the first 2 rounds who can take over inside in 2015 after Harris is gone.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Kyle Suta  Do you happen to know what the lottery numbers will be this week?

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit That just means Enunwa is going to win MVP instead. Less picks = greater accolades. 

harold
harold

@Bent @WW85


Exactly, I watch parts of every game each week and I am surprised at how poorly we are officiated at times vs. other games I watch.

Bent
Bent moderator

@WW85  That's what you get for watching the Jets every week, where bad calls are made against us and rules are broken by our opponents with no punishment.

WW85
WW85

I have seen the defenseless receiver rule enforced. I have also seen QBs over protected. But no I haven't seen completely clean shots in the numbers against receivers who have well secured the ball get called. The question arises when the receiver has not fully secured the ball.

juunit
juunit

@WW85  

You haven't heard the announcers talking about "erring on the side of player safety" and haven't noticed some totally clean hits going as personal fouls? 

WW85
WW85

Well I never heard that. But they may enforce the defenseless rule a lot more strictly in future

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

In college they can review to see if the guy should be ejected. Don't think the NFL has any kind of review system for that. And in the past few years they've talked about leaning towards "protecting" the players. Which means if a guy gets hit hard, it's a penalty, no matter how clean it was. 

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85  As someone pointed out, a lot of Pryor's big hits are in run support, he's great at lining up big hits seconds in advance. His instincts are top-notch. 

WW85
WW85

I have no doubt he can adjust but it's not about clean hits. In the NFL the defenseless receiver has to have time to secure the ball or be in position to defend himself. In college it's only a headshot rule. I'm sure the Jets will be all over him teaching the rule. But he has to control the aggression at time

bklyndude
bklyndude

@WW85  

Agree it might be an issue,  but his timing on most hits is really good.  

I'm just seeing a lot of really good hard hits.  I haven't seen any that would make me think it's some kind of problem as much as just a concern.

WW85
WW85

The defenseless receiver rule is the issue I would think. That rule is very different in the NCAA. It's stricter in the NFL and he will have to adjust.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @bklyndude  

Laron Landry I thought did it on purpose and to intimidate and didn't have the range this kid does.

It's hard not to get excited at the prospect of what Pryor can bring to this defense.

Brendan
Brendan

@bklyndude No idea, but literally every article about it just says "he could" because he hits people hard, no one cites actual penalties in college he's gotten (where I'm pretty sure they eject you for head hunting). 


The guy hits hard, he doesn't hit dirty. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @juunit  

Does anybody know how many times he was penalized in college ?

I didn't see to many head shots on receivers so much as guys running the ball getting whacked every which way.