Link: Mutual interest between Matthews and Jets?

This article from the New York Post speculates that the Jets might be considering Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews with their second round pick in the upcoming draft. Matthews, who met with the Jets on Monday, seems excited at the possibility:

“It would be an awesome opportunity,” Matthews told The Post. “Rex Ryan, I have all the respect in the world for him as a coach. [He’s a] great guy. The wide receivers there are talented from [Jeremy] Kerley down to Santonio Holmes, also Stephen [Hill]. They have a great group of wide receivers. It would be awesome to play alongside them.”

The 6’2″ Matthews is considered the top senior receiving prospect but there are a handful of underclassmen projected to go in the first round.

How about you guys? Any interest in Matthews?




182 comments
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

The kid has more catches than any player in the history of the SEC. He has good size for the position, runs good routes, and has reliable hands. He would immediately become our best receiving threat on the outside. If he were still on the board with our second round pick I would be extraordinarily angry if we passed on him. I think he sneaks into the back end of the first round though...

yikes
yikes

the more the merrier, two wrs out of this draft please.. thankyou


juunit
juunit

We met with Logan Thomas too. So, you know, grain of salt here. At least I hope so in Thomas' case.

Pat d
Pat d

Matthews may be the best senior WR but he isn''t very good at evaluating talent

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

OT, but how good is the Revis trade looking now? We use our pick on an up-and-coming CB who was shining by the end of the season, use the Revis pick for the DROY in Richardson, rebalance our cap so we're not overspending on the secondary, and still have an early 3rd coming to us this year. Brilliant!

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

I think the goal has to be to add 2 offensive studs early in the draft. My preference would be to take whoever falls to us at 18 (Lee, Evans, Ebron) Then trade back into the later part of round 1 for Matthews/Benjamin

Brendan
Brendan

"Trading down" is not just as easy as putting your trade up for auction. I hope people don't look at the draft in a few months and go "there weren't any WR's left and he didn't trade down, what a waste!" 

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

If the Jets can't get value at 18, trade down for the best compensation they can get. There's always a team who's hot for a player they don't want to lose. The key here is to keep them on the phone while you take a call (bogus?) from some other team for the pick. - It's been done to us a few times so as a long-term fan I've learned.

bat5151
bat5151

If Watkis/Lee/Evans/Ebron are gone, Idzik should be prepared to trade down. He would still be able nab a decent receiver with a later pick in the first round or even early second round.

According to the Draft Value Chart, we would be able to trade the 18th pick for a late first round pck/early second round pick AND a third round pick. Given the depth  WR in this draft, this seems like a no-braner. Adding a third rounder (that could be a safey or a third down back like Sims) would be incredible.

privatejet
privatejet

They definitely need a ton of help on Offense. WR/TE/OL; any or all of the three should be drafted in the first three rounds.

Omari Brown
Omari Brown

I have a question for a few of you...In a scenario where the top WRs are gone and TE is bit of a reach at that point. what is everyones take on Trent Murphy or Clinton-Dix?


although it would be defense again it fills a need with players who were productive and versatile.

marcus81
marcus81

@Alex Ferguson that's what we thought about Jordan White, as long as the Jets have a long list of qualified receivers that can contribute is all that matters, in case we don't get one guy there's another lined up, if we draft 2 Jeremy Kerley's that can start right away I'll be happy

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@jake100 we're not gonna be able to trade him. But freeing up $10 mil in cap isn't "nothing"

djf1
djf1

@Stanley Bostitch well, we don't know if the bucs keep revis or not yet.  t

that said, I have no issue with the trade.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@Stanley Bostitch it's cool, but it was even cooler going into every game with their #1 receiver literally scratched from the scouting report 

drew
drew

@rock316nyj I agree with adding 2 offensive players early, but I don't see a need to trade up into the 1st (unless the offer is too good to pass). Value-wise we should be able to add a playmaker on offense even if we sit where we are in the second. Benjamin, Robinson, one of the TEs, Lee, Mathews any of these guys can fall. Without trading we should be able to add 2 starters to our offense.

djf1
djf1

@rock316nyj trade back from where, if you're using the 18th pick? 

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@Brendan and there's no shame in doing a slight reach for an extreme need. Taking Matthews at #18 even though he's got a high 2nd round grade wouldn't be a disaster

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

@bat5151 If every offensive player we covet is gone at 18 it would suggest that a defensive stud like Mack may have fallen. If so, we go BPA and defense in the first round. Can't be locked into a position.

juunit
juunit

@Omari Brown 

If that's the way it plays out, I've got no problem taking a defender if he's the right player. I don't think a safety makes much sense there. But I could definitely go for a LB.

I see you mentioned Van Noy below. I'd be on board with that. He's a versatile guy who can play in space and I've seen some people suggest he can even occasionally play in the middle (not sure about that though.) He'd be a perfect replacement for Pace. He'd be more of an impact player than Pace has been as well. 

NYBaller89
NYBaller89

@Omari Brown yea i would trade down n grab trent murphy..if i cant trade down ill take him right there at 18 only if the top wr and te are off the board tho

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

I think there's literally zero chance he turns into a good QB. If he wants to convert back to TE though? Sure, that might be worth a shot in the 6th round or something. But I don't see that as realistic. 

Brendan
Brendan

@MarshRandy @Stanley Bostitch Fair point. 


But, we can also look at it and say Boss Hogg played at a higher level at his position (compared to his contemporaries) than Revis did at his during his rookie year. 

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

@djf1@rock316nyj I'd give up our 2, 4,and a 6 to move up for Matthews or Benjamin, but again it depends how far they fall....don't think that package would work for lets say the 25th pick, but if one of them falls to the end of rd 1 or early rd 2 I would pull the trigger

privatejet
privatejet

@Omari Brown @privatejet Except they need more than one player for each of those positions. They should be addressing them in both FA and the draft imo.

Omari Brown
Omari Brown

@a57se @Omari Brown im a BIG Van Noy fan because he has the ability to blitz from different positions and Rex could get really creatiove and move him around alot. I think Murphy will surprise people with how athletic he is couple that with how hard he plays i think hes a day one guy. If he does slip to rd 2 and we've gone offense in the first I think they should trade up


djf1
djf1

@a57se @djf1 I was replying to JB's specific use of the word "desperate."

djf1
djf1

@jake100 Trust me, no one is desperate to get Sanchez.

djf1
djf1

@jake100 @djf1 @MarshRandy They can speculate all they want.  They speculated about Tebow getting traded too.  Result here will be the same.

djf1
djf1

@MarshRandy @jake100 @djf1 Exactly.  What's the incentive for a team to trade someone to the Jets and deal with renegotiating a contract when they can just wait it out and sign him for cheap.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 @djf1 @MarshRandy It is not "very" possible. "Very possible" indicates it's likely. It's not likely. 


It is "possible," but it is very unlikely that a team will trade for a guy they will be able to, in all likelihood, sign off the street in a week or two. 

D
D

@a57se@Daniel exactly......i feel like most of those guys wouldnt make a roster or two in the league.   

juunit
juunit

@Brendan@Daniel@MarshRandy@Stanley Bostitch 

Niners have the same problem, but they have lots of picks every year it seems. If good players walk, they get comp picks. As long as they can continue to draft well, it's the circle of life. Keep the very best guys and replace the really good ones through the draft every few years. 

D
D

@Brendan@MarshRandy@Stanley BostitchIf Idizik hits a homerun this draft and can land us 3-5 starters total on both sides of the ball we will be in a similar position that the Seahawks are in now.   Young talent on both sides and a hungry team.   

The only potential downfall is keeping everyone signed and the window to win is very small

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@a57se@MarshRandy@Brendan"it beats passing" Ha, I assume that's sarcasm. But with notable exceptions, the Jets draft history has been replete with reaches. So much so, that draftnicks have tumbled from the balcony so often that the NFL has proposed padded helmets for Jet fans as part of their concussion prevention program.

madbacker
madbacker

@a57se @madbacker  like i said that would be AWESOMENESS. I never said anything about the magical unicorn finding the leprechauns pot of gold, that would be required to pull off this feat!

madbacker
madbacker

@Omari Brown don't get me wrong, I LOVE bringing in guys for D. However, our Dline is set, Coples is our rush, we have questions at ILB and SLB. its Dee Millner at CB and most likely Dwan & Allen & Jarret & Reed (Possibly) at safety. I just really can't see the team bringing in a guy for SLB in the first round.


there is one other catch, I am talking based on the team as it stands right now. For all we know, we address many needs in free agency and then we are free to do whatever we want in the draft! which would be AWESOMENESS!  

madbacker
madbacker

@Omari Brown @a57se I was talking about Murphy before, I am not really sure where he will end up in the ranks, as a57se is talking about. Typically 3-4 olb are favored for their pass rush ability and with projected 40 times in then 4.75 -4.85 range murphy shouldn't go that high in the draft. His skill set, experience in a 3-4 and coaching staff (standford) does make him interesting for the Jets at strongside but it's a reach in the first round, unless we trade back into the first round to draft him.


Ha ha = no. we proved that we need to work Allen into the mix more, as a starter opposite Dwan or a rotational piece along with Reed (if he doesn't retire) bringing in a new FS with no experience trying to learn the most complex D isn't a good mix. Most likely Dwan will be back and Allen will be starting. a Corner back isn't out of the question but not in the first round. I do think if we go D in the first (not including tradign back into it) it would be for Mosley or an ILB. Besides that the team needs to bring in some weapons for the O or bring in a top notch Olineman.