NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer shared his “five best 2014 NFL Draft bargain picks” for the NFC and AFC East and he took two of the Jets Day Three picks.
New York Jets, seventh round (233rd overall)
His knee is still a concern, but this is just a tremendous value for the Jets this late in the draft. He can stand up or put his hand in the ground and will likely do both for Rex Ryan. He can find his way to the backfield or set the edge if needed. He’ll be tremendous on special teams, as well, and should be one of the hardest workers on the team.
New York Jets, fourth round (137th overall)
He’s probably more of a guard than a tackle in the NFL, but there should be no concerns about moving him inside given how strong he is. He’s a small-school kid but handled things just fine when playing top competition and, with a little refinement, should become a starter for the Jets. He still needs a little bit of work against top defensive tackles when pass blocking but should be able to open up running lanes for backs with ease.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comReilly is an interesting addition for the Jets and they need linebacker depth as well as more special teamers. As long as his knee checks out to play this season Reilly might be a contributor on special teams.
As far as Dozier the team had excellent results with another small school prospect on their line in recent years in Austin Howard. Dozier will have a lot of competition this summer for a roster spot, what with the Jets bringing back Willie Colon and then the trio Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell and Ben Ijalana from last year. Depending on how good of a camp Dozier has, don’t be too surprised if the Jets go with a youth movement. While Willie Colon is a nice insurance policy, the Idzik’s cutting of veterans like OLs Jason Smith and Stephen Peterman, a DL Antonio Garay and WRs Ben Obomanu and Mohammed Massaquoi demonstrated that just being a veteran wasn’t going to be insure anyone of a roster spot.
We fully expect that at least one position on the line will be up for grabs and don’t be surprised if Dozier isn’t given a shot at it.