Jets 2014 Draft Class: How will it impact the offense?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Last weekend, the Jets drafted six players on offense and six on defense.  Will they all make the team?  What might their role for the Jets be in 2014?  What about in future years? Here’s our thoughts on the Jets 2014 class on offense.

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech, 6-5, 265 (2nd Round No. 49 overall)

amaroHis 2014 Role: Amaro was compared by the likes of NFL Films Greg Cosell to Jason Witten – one of the league’s best classic tight ends.  While there are questions about Amaro’s lack of technique as a blocker and the gaudy stats he was able to amass in a spread system, Amaro is a massive target with a huge catch radius who can use his quickness and good route-running on underneath routes.  With Eric Decker and the receivers working the outside, Amaro could see a major impact on the Jets passing game in the middle of the field and in the red zone.

… And Beyond: The fact that the Jets drafted Amaro in the second round is a good indication that they see him as their starting tight end for years to come.  John Idzik wanted to add a tight end last year in the draft and the right situation finally came along.  Amaro has already shown skill in college as a downfield blocker and the more he can refine that part of his game the sooner he will become a three down tight end for the Jets.  While there are concerns about his abilities after the catch, Marty Mornhinweg will be able to scheme plays for him in that regard, but is much less a concern with an excellent slot receiver like Jeremy Kerley also on the roster.

Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma, 5-9, 165 (4th Round No. 104 overall)

His 2014 Role: Saunders is the most unique receiver on the roster. Mike Mayock called him one of his favorite receivers due to his toughness.  While he’ll be a mainstay on the special teams return unit, don’t be might surprised to see him pick up a package in the offense for the purpose of utilizing him downfield.  Remember that Geno is one of the league’s best deep passing quarterbacks already … Saunders could be primed to help out in that regard.

… And Beyond: Since OC Marty Mornhinweg arrived the Jets have tried to create an offense with which he can work; one piece is the DeSean Jackson role.  Last year it was Tavon Austin in the draft, then it was 2014 free agent feelers on Andrew Hawkins and then DeSean Jackson once he was on the trade block.  Jackson was Mornhinweg’s deep threat in Philly, but Jackson was never credited for the aggression and physicality he could bring to the role.  Saunders has both the burst and the grit to fill a similar role, though to a lesser extent.

Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA, 6-1, 213 (4th Round No. 115)

His 2014 Role: Underrated speed, great ball skills and physical? Sounds like a solid possession-type receiver with some added elusiveness.  Don’t be surprised if Evans can make a case for playing the second receiver spot, but expect him to wind up around fourth or fifth on the depth chart.  There’s no question that his game might be the most NFL ready of the receivers the Jets picked up, but his contributions might get lost in the shuffle with Amaro, Decker, Kerley and the rest.

… And Beyond: Evans will need to practice his explosiveness, but he could become an offensive contributor for the Jets for years to come.

Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman, 6-4, 313 (6th Round No. 137 overall)

His 2014 Role: Dozier played against lower level competition but has the athleticism to play in the NFL.  That said, he’ll need time to adjust to the NFL.  Dozier will be moving from tackle to guard and will need to get used to the level of competition he’ll be up against in the NFL.

… And Beyond: Many draftniks foresee Dozier becoming one of the league’s better offensive linemen if given the time.  Expect him to push for a starting role at guard if not in 2014 then by 2015.

Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska, 6-2, 225 (6th Round No. 209 overall)

His 2014 Role: Enunwa has a good size and speed, but might be challenged by the total number of receivers the Jets will have competing for spots in training camp.  Enunwa had a breakout season as a senior but his main competition for a roster spot might be Evans.

… And Beyond: I could see Enunwa becoming more comfortable with the Jets in time, but getting onto the 2014 roster must be his first priority.

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson, 6-1, 222, (6th Round No. 213 overall)

His 2014 Role: Once touted as a top prospect, it became clear that it was Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant that helped make the Clemson offense go.  Picking Boyd might have been largely due to Rex Ryan’s influence; Ryan had told Boyd he would do what he could to get him drafted.  That said, Boyd might be a compelling option for the Jets to consider as a backup.  Matt Simms had a shot at playing in 2013 and while he carved up bad training camp secondaries, couldn’t do the same against regular season competition.  Look for Boyd to battle with Simms for the third spot.

… And Beyond: Let’s assume Geno Smith wins the starting job and plays well all year.  If Boyd can demonstrate his ability to pick up the Jets offense he could get a shot at becoming the number two quarterback in a year’s time.




80 comments
marcus81
marcus81

a lot of these picks will go on the practice squad except 1-4 drafted rounds players mostly, it's still a risk to put a player on the practice and lose them to another team that signs them to a contract

kniff
kniff

I'm going to be comparing who ends up being a better NFL TE over the long haul, last years (kniff favorite) Tyler Eifert, or (and I'm thrilled we got em') new Jet Jace Amaro...


Richardson btw was by far and away a better pick for us than Eifert would have been last year...glad I'm not the shot caller!!

juunit
juunit

Couple issues here. 


Is Geno Smith really a great deep passing QB? I seem to remember him having one good game against the Bills with the deep ball, but otherwise threw lots of picks when throwing deep. 


I don't see how Shaq Evans is the most ready. Unless by ready you mean being completely nonexistent in way too many games, ala Stephen Hill or Dustin Keller. 


And if it was Watkins and Bryant who made the Clemson offense go, how do you explain the times Boyd played well when neither Watkins or Bryant were doing squat? If 2012 was the year that made Boyd a top prospect, how did those guys help? Both Watkins and Bryant were awful and practically nonexistent in the offense that year. 


Otherwise, yeah. Amaro really wasn't the kind of guy I wanted, but hopefully he'll make some catches and either Evans or Enunwa can be that redzone and 3rd down threat.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

Other then Amaro and maybe Saunders, I don't see any of these rookies making a big contribution this year on offense.  Defense is a different animal all together, because the core foundation is built, you can plug these rookies and have them contribute for you right away, offensive foundation isn't established yet, hopefully they can find their identity this year, last year I saw, them going back and forth between a conventional west coast offense to a ground and pound one, so which one will it be?

marcus81
marcus81

if Vick struggles would rather keep Simms, Simms will be a decent backup and Jets should keep him

goat7
goat7

A lateral point made that leads back to Amaro is the Bills gave up 2 1st round picks to move up 5 spots to get Watkins. That was the same cost for Jimmy Graham, a proven commodity in the NFL. We may have found our Jimmy Graham in the 2nd Round!

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

how much of a shot was Simms really given during the regular season? A half a game? If that... Simms performed remarkably in our last preseason game last year. That performance alone should not rule him out of this roster unless someone duplicates it this year, or plays better.


Our WR corps is looking like Decker, Kerely, Nelson, Hill, Saunders, Evans... and pending Enunwa's performance he'll be on our practice squad when the regular season starts. I also think the Jets should bring in Arrelious Benn who just got cut by the Eagles. Hes a young (25), tall (6"2), quick (4.40) receiver who can also push some of the younger receivers and compete for a role. Although he tore his ACL last year, it still wouldn't hurt to bring him into camp to beef up the competition.


As for Daryl Richardson. I love that pick up too. I was excited to see we grabbed him as soon as he was cut loose. I don't know exactly why he was cut by St. Louis... I thought they made good use of him there. I think for sure he'll be taking Goodsons spot, or Greens.

Hoz
Hoz

If Justin Blackmon dosent get suspended (weed) for the whole season i would love for Idzik to take a flyer on the kid he has #1 receiver potential just need a change of scenary.

levi
levi

What are the "concerns of abilities after the catch"? 

Marvel
Marvel

The offense will be improved. IT'S not just about finding pro bowl players, it's about adding solid depth, which is something Idzik is constantly attempting to do.....at every level, be it the #1 #2 or #3 spot on the depth chart. Next man up comes into play often in the NFL, and we are or strive to be prepared for and situation.



IMO, Hill is safe, he's young and isn't a complete bust, there were plays left on the field by both him AND Geno, but people tend to forget the whole story, Gates on the other hand is trash...... and will eventually be cut.


Evans will work his way up to WR2, Saunders will work his way up to primary KR/PR, but also make plays on offense, Amaro will be a welcomed addition to our offense.


tsjc68
tsjc68

Q: How will this draft class impact the offense?

A: Quite well, thank you.

lucas
lucas

Gates is toast! Hill needs to step up ASAP or he will be goner also because the rooks are going to bring it in training camp. He's a one dimensional player who has problems catching the ball. We will see - but it looks to be an interesting camp this year!

bradysucks
bradysucks

Gonna be a lot of tension in the WR meeting room once camp starts. Guys like Hill and Gates etc who went into last years camp knowing they had roster spots set aside for them won't be promised anything.

I love it

tsjc68
tsjc68

@marcus81  I actually think all six of these offensive guys will make the 53-man roster, and the only draftees who end up on the PS will be some of the late-round defensive guys, like probably Brandon Dixon or Ikemefuna Enemkpali.


Just my hunch.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@kniff  I like Amaro too but i believe Eifert will turn out to be the better pro.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit  Well, when Watkins and Bryant were non-factors, DeAndre Hopkins was pretty beastly during that timeframe.  Yes, though, your main point that Tajh Boyd isn't just a product of his WRs is true; Boyd had help but he also made a lot of good plays and has talent.


(That also applies to Geno not being just a product of Austin and Bailey, btw.)


I'd also agree that Evans isn't any more NFL-ready than Saunders and Enunwa.  


I'd say Saunders is probably most NFL ready in that it's easy to plug-and-play a package of routes for him to run (slants, flat-curls, digs, drags, jet-sweeps, etc) to get him the ball in space and let him wreak havoc while he learns the full nuances of the pro game along the way.  Enunwa and Evans will both need more time to develop a legit route-tree and learn the proper depth and spacing to operate successfully as NFL wideouts.

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit  His deep throwing numbers were great at first, but largely because teams weren't expecting it.  He stopped going deep at all for much of the middle part of the season, so his numbers ended up okay.  You're right though, he wasn't very impressive at it.

juunit
juunit

@goat7  

The Bills apparently tried to move up to #1 overall for Watkins. 

marcus81
marcus81

@goat7 Amaro is not a game breaker speed wise, I am expecting him to get 5-7 yards per catch to net first downs and get away for a big gainer here and there, not as good as Graham but if he helps keep drives alive it's all I care about, good end zone target too  

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

@Mike Milea  Everyone agrees that Simms improved greatly last year, and played little.  Maybe he will make another great stride forward this year, but even so, do you think he is an NFL QB?

williamg1
williamg1

@Hoz  The fact any player faces a year-long suspension for friggin weed is just awful. Weed is off limits, but pumping the players full of opiates is just fine 

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

@Hoz How exactly could Idzik take a flyer on him. Isnt he still under contract with Jax?

borisjets
borisjets

@Marvel  Gates' hands were awful, I hope he gets cut very soon.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@Marvel '" IMO, Hill is safe, he's young and isn't a complete bust,....."


Their are only a handful of members of the Jets offense  that could be considered "safe"; and Hill is certainly not one of them. IMO....if he doesn't show something really tangible in  camp or the pre-season games, he is a goner

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@bradysucks  

To me, Gates doesn't fit the "Play like a Jet" perspective.  I don't consider him tough or tough minded.  Now that we have Saunders, we don't need his special team talents either.  I'd rather have Greg Little over Gates, because even tho he (allegedly) has hands like Justin McBrickhands, he is a tough SOB that might produce with a better QB and scheme throwing to him...


tsjc68
tsjc68

@Ron Alexander @kniff  Even if Eifert does end up slightly better than Amaro, getting Amaro in the second (and thus still getting Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pryor) is a much better idea than getting Eifert in the first.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit 

Right. It does seem that Boyd always had good receivers, whether it was Watkins, Hopkins or even Allen. But, with that many good receivers going through Boyd's Clemson, at some point people need to admit that Boyd himself was a big factor. 

Agreed on Saunders, assuming Amaro isn't part of the discussion since he's technically a TE. Although I can't say I'm looking forward to all the people who will say "PLAY SAUNDERS MORE" when he undoubtedly has a big play or two but then doesn't get on the field on offense much outside of those plays, ala Goodson last year. The fact that his relative lack of use will play a big part in his effectiveness is just an irrelevant detail, I'm sure. 

I could see Enunwa getting some chances at fades in the endzone early on. That's an easy enough go out there and catch the ball kind of responsibility. 

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Most of those deep passes were against the Bills and Justin Rogers (Think that was his name) who was only in there due to injury and was subsequently benched.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Rex going overboard on a rookie on the second day of rookie mini-camp........CHECK!

Same old Rex.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@tsjc68 @Ron Alexander @kniff  It's way too early for any of us to really know who will have the better over all career but i did watch a lot of both of them as collegians and strictly from what I recall  Eifert just seemed to be the better more complete player.We all know Amaro wasn't asked to do much blocking at T.Tech so if he turns out be even a average blocker any gap between them will me minimized. I like your point about how things worked out over all over the last two drafts (at least the early parts of each) as yes, those 4 guys should be a big part of our future moving forward. Glad your back with us as its always fun going back & forth with you.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @tsjc68  And Enunwa already does a fairly good job of turning back for the ball and boxing out.  He's a pretty useful red-zone option not just on fades but on quick curls and slants too.  Very Boldinesque.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  


229 in that game.  (Don't know if it was all against him, but I believe it was).


830 overall (or if you prefer, 601 against the rest of the league).


That's yards.  Completions is 5 out of 26.


Note: "Deep" = over 20 yards beyond the LOS.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

How many yards and completions did Geno get vs. him and the rest of the league on deep passes?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  True, but he had played a lot during the first month and wasn't punished at all in his other four starts despite facing Brady, Newton and Flacco.

mrblint
mrblint

@a57se @Bentsame old rex - try living in new England where fans get NOTHING rrom the hooded troll. BOOORRRRRINNNGGG! Rex raved a bout Sheldon last year, Demario the year before, Wilk the year before - they are all turning out quite good so maybe its a good thing that Rex lets the fans know which players they can get excited about. Relax and enjoy getting the coach's perspective. The fans in NE last year only had the beat writers to predict who looked good (Sudfeld was going to be the next Gronk) .

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples @Bent  


I'm not equating the two, I'm contrasting the two.


One is great but didn't get recognition (well, he did from the all-pro voters).


The other is not great but did get recognition.


So, I'm saying they're opposites, not the same.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples  Yes, I don't believe he deserved the pro bowl, although he played a lot better after a rough September.  I'd characterize his play as above average, maybe even good, but there were certainly several safeties who deserved it more.


He did get to the Pro Bowl though and if you can't give credit to a guy like Wilkerson for not going to the Pro Bowl when he did deserve to, then you can't be dismissive of Landry going there when he didn't deserve to.


That, my friend, would be having your cake and eating it and we can't have that.

Bytor
Bytor

Decker IS the #1.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@bradysucks  That is the best analysis or description of Hill I have seen here on any place else to date! Well done.

levi
levi

@jsnooka  i think Idzik holds the safety position higher than most people here on TJB do. He saw first hand how a couple of good Safeties can change the secondary in Seattle.


Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples  But when healthy he HAS been a perennial pro bowl safety.  Whether or not he deserved it is another issue.

ramble914
ramble914

You're a broken record, and not a very good one at that.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jsnooka  Landry's contributions here were pretty overrated, but at the end of the day, he did go to the pro bowl and the cornerbacks did play better than they did last year (until the very end).


You'll be surprised to learn that he only had one penalty after week two, but admittedly was over-aggressive at times and made mistakes as a result.  That doesn't mean Pryor has to make mistakes too though.  You can be aggressive AND good.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

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jsnooka
jsnooka

For those that don't remember we had a safety just like Pryor only 2 seasons ago and all it led to was messy penalties. A hard hitting safety has almost been made obsolete by the league . Cover corners however are a dime a dozen and I think the jets missed the boat with this one

bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @bradysucks  


You can go to youtube and watch plenty of game film on Saunders....


The guy makes some of the fastest cuts of any WR I've seen and he also gets off the line very quickly and is at full speed in just a few steps.....


While Saunders won't be catching any jump balls he is a threat to catch a 5 or 6 yard pass and take it to the house every time he touches the ball

levi
levi

@bradysucks  I was just curious because I dont know much about him but from what most say he will probably only be a ST's player this year with a few chances on O.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @bradysucks  


No.....but I think Saunders is a mismatch for many NFL cornerbacks.......His speed changing directions is elite....and he reaches full speed in a hurry.......



People underestimate how difficult it is for a tall CB who is long to get his hands on a very small ultra fast WR who is shifty


It is VERY hard to get underneath a very small fast WR and gain leverage when you are a tall CB.......Just ask Cromartie....who could never cover Woodhead or Welker

levi
levi

@Hanknaples @levi  Im looking forward to seeing Pryor get a couple big hits so WR's take notice and fear it.


bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @Hanknaples  


Jets defense gave Brady a very hard time last year.....and the defense is better this year....


Jets can beat the Pats....


Amaro and Cumby give the Jets a chance......also Chris Johnson 


Revis will make Decker invisible but now the Jets have other weapons.....


I don't think Browner can cover Jalen Saunders.......He's too fast for a big guy like Browner


The key for the Jets is the QB who CAN'T turnover the football and expect  to beat the Pats

levi
levi

@Hanknaples  I dont see us winning the division this year. NE is stacked.

levi
levi

@Hanknaples @bradysucks @williamg1   A true #1 could still emerge but even if one doesnt two 2's  and a TE threat is pretty good. I never considered Holmes a #1 either.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@williamg1 @bradysucks  


This is a scouts analysis from 3 years ago on Hill becoming an NFL receiver


Stephen Hill made himself some money at the Combine, that's for sure. He'll be moving up our board coming next week because his size-speed combo and potential is just too exciting to pass up at some point in the draft.

But he is NOT worth a first round pick. Not a second either. If a team really feels they can develop his routes, hide his lack of great short area change of direction and balance, and utilize him in jump ball situations on the outside, then sure, he can really develop into an outside receiver in a consistent 3-wide set where he's not asked to have a developed route tree and is used more to open up room for a slot receiver.

Stephen Hill likely will crack our Top 20 wide receiver rankings, and in a rare, elite class like this year's, that's saying a lot about Hill's workout. But as far as outside receiver's go, I'll take Blackmon, Floyd, Wright, Jones, Jeffery, Sanu, Quick, Randle, Criner, and Marvin Jones EASILY over Hill, and I think most level-headed teams will believe the sam

bradysucks
bradysucks

@williamg1 @bradysucks  


Nauseates me that the Jets passed on Marvin Jones, Alshon Jeffrey, Mohammed Sanu etc to draft Hill instead......and Tannenbaum traded AWAY PICKS  to get Hill

bradysucks
bradysucks

@williamg1 @bradysucks  




Decker can run the go route and do it with 4.4 speed......The Jets don't need Hill.......who can't run any of the other routes that make a WR well rounded and unpredictable to a defense

williamg1
williamg1

@bradysucks  Hill can run the go route, but he can't catch the ball on the go route. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hanknaples @bradysucks  


Amaro


The Jets don't have a true #1 Wr.....but at least now they have some guys who are solid in terms of route running and ball skills

bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @bradysucks  


Randy Moss could run the entire route tree and had a higher football IQ than Stephen Hill....


It would be very interesting to compare Moss's results at the combine to Hill's in the 20 yard and 60 yard shuttle......areas where Hill was terrible at the combine

levi
levi

@bradysucks  So was Randy Moss (one trick pony). No, Im not comparing them.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bubby Brister @bradysucks @Hoz @Marvel  



Yes Hill can run the go route.......


However he isn't good at running other routes necessary to be a starting NFL wide receiver. 


The combine tells us a lot about Hill as does his first 2 seasons in the NFL....


People are infatuated with the straight ahead speed and the jumping ability but forget that he was among the worst performers at the combine compared to many of his peers in many of the other WR drills.....


In the NFL you have to be able to do everything well.......It's better to have a player who is good at everything than a guy who is good at one thing and bad at a lot of other things. Hill is inconsistent and defenders seem to find him highly perdicatable

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hoz @Bubby Brister @Marvel  


I think Gates is better than Hill......a lot better


Here is some great information about Hill


At the combine Hill had a fast forty time showing  the deep straight-line speed. The nearly 40 inch vertical and 11' broad jump is impressive in showing his explosion both in air and straight ahead, obviously crucial for a receiver fighting for jump balls and getting through traffic in air for explosiveness.

But if we're going to use numbers to describe Hill's performance, let's use ALL of them.

Hill also posted the LOWEST 20 yard shuttle time of any receiver who participated, as well as the only receiver to have a SLOWER 20 yard shuttle time than forty yard dash time. He also had the 5th slowest 60 yard shuttle, that likely only being saved due to his straight line speed. So what does that mean? It means that his change of direction and explosion his quick, short areas is lackluster and likely a major deterant for a player at a position where stop-start, change of direction, and keeping balance through cuts is crucial.


Translation - Hill is a one trick pony 

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@Marvel @Bubby Brister  

Listen.  I hear ya!  I'm not a pom-pom guy for Greg Little either... I'm just saying as far as our end-o-the-rotation WR goes...I'd rather have Little over Gates.


All the targets he got as a rookie, to me, is akin to having Stephen Hill be your leading WR with a sucky QB throwing to him...


I read that article earlier, and i read this one (https://www.numberfire.com/nfl/news/2205/why-was-greg-little-released-because-he-s-not-very-good-at-professional-football)

but I don't subscribe to the theory whole-heartily...you need only look as Braylon as an example of a guy who can "recover" from that reputation...and he did it with  Sanchez throwing to him...

Hoz
Hoz

@Marvel @Bubby Brister  Greg Little was cut from a team that dosen't have any WR's should tell us everything we need to know.