Mayock: Jets could pick multiple receivers in NFL Draft

It’s no secret that wide receiver is one of the most urgent needs for the New York Jets as they look at bettering their team through free agency and the NFL Draft. Free agency kicks off in less than a month, and already the Jets are rumored to have interest in pending free agents Jeremy Maclin and Emannuel Sanders. While Sanders and/or Maclin might be a boost to this offense, what about thinking longer term? It has been a long time since the Jets have drafted and grown their own true top receiver.

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Texas A&MOn Tuesday NFL Network’s draft guru Mike Mayock answered questions from reporters on a conference call. According to Around The League‘s Dan Hanzus, Mayock was asked if the Jets might have interest in the receivers of this draft class.

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if the Jets pick multiple wide receivers this year,” Mayock told reporters. “You’re sitting there at [the 18th pick], I’ve said earlier I think any one of three receivers sitting there. Marqise Lee who is a different guy that fits in that slot, outside and helps in the return game, versus the two big-bodied guys — Evans and Benjamin.

“I think all three of them are talented enough to work with that group. (Jeremy) Kerley’s already a slot, Holmes is at the end of his career,Stephen Hill’s an outside guy. I just think you pick less about X’s and O’s … my perspective would be you can’t go wrong with Marqise Lee or Mike Evans.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With the potential for double digit picks and major needs scattered across the offense, it would make sense that the Jets would make some long-term investments in the receiver spot. The Jets might make a foray into free agency at the quarterback spot, but more than likely Geno Smith will be back as the starter again in 2014. Smith might yet have a lot of work to do, but adding a better supporting cast for him at receiver makes a lot of sense since it seems extremely unlikely the Jets will be able to obtain a quarterback this offseason that will give Smith a real run for his money.

As far as the actual players Mayock mentions? If Mike Evans is still available to the Jets at the 18th pick, Radio City Music Hall might be a very happy place come May 8th.

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Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

My dream draft

1) Mike Evans, WR

2) Dee Ford, DE/OLB

3) Austin Sefereian-Jenkins, TE

4) Dri Archer, RB (Revis pick)

4) Donte Moncrief, WR 

Pat d
Pat d

Losers draft for need only. There will be many good players there at 18. You don't trade back because the WR you wanted isn't there. The Jets really have enough picks in this draft. I would much rather see them move up in the first if anything. frustjetfn understands how the draft works. The teams before you determine who you pick not need.

koala
koala

Here's a related question: how many WR do we go after in FA? You have to think hill, Kerley and nelson are roster locks for next year. So do we get 2 FA and only draft 1 WR? If we were to sign, say James Jones and Tate, we probably only have room for 1 WR in the draft unless we think we can sneak him onto practice squad or we are happy to let him compete with Nelson and Hill for 2 spots

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

At 18 go BPA and be done with it. If you're lucky enough to have a quality starter get past the other 8-8 teams and you're scouting dept has a player n the Top 10, go for it. Unless you were to trade up, who you pick will be determined by other teams. And IF a few starter-type players of equal value on your draft board are available at 18, you might want to trade down a few spots knowing you'll get to draft one. 

Don't overpay or fall for the Combine induced pre-draft hype. I've really had enough of that BS. Go BPA to build a solid team and save any gambling for Rounds 6 & 7.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

My biggest thing here is as much as I want us to get our receiver issue settle through the draft/free agency... whatever it may be. I want us to most certainly take either a MLB or an OLB in the second round. I think that we are going to have to upgrade one of those positions in the near future and there is some outstanding talent that is seemingly expected to be around in the second round of this years draft. I know that theres always next years draft and we dont have to grab one in this round, but if we can get one of the stellar linebackers that are expected to be there in round 2, and have them start in 2015 and just get settled in 2014... I would love to see that. And i think if all WR's we want are gone by 18.. I say we just trade back. As much as I love Ebron and I think he would be a great asset to our receiver corps... I think with all the depth in this draft class, trading back and picking up some more picks would work out spectacular for us. I dont know... what do you guys think? Trade back if no one we want is there in the first, and most certainly go for a LB in the second round.

nesboogie
nesboogie

I just want Allen Robinson and Jordan Matthews/Davante Adams/Odell Beckham. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

Odd that everybody gets so worked up over draft scenarios before FA start and blows up all of those scenarios. I can wait.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

Blake Bortles will throw at the combine. Should be pretty funny 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Bassett:

"it seems extremely unlikely the Jets will be able to obtain a quarterback this offseason that will give Smith a real run for his money..."

Why have you ALL zeroed out "The Sanchize" ???  He's still on the team as far as I know, right??  Ans he is a GREAT practice QB, right??

Geno STILL has NOT separated himself into a Franchise QB so I fully expect the Sanchize to compete and give Geno a run for his money this off-season and Jet History shows us Ryan LOOOOVES this kid.......soo hold on to your jockstrap, it's not like this kid is dead !!!!

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@koala  Why would you see anyone other the Kerley as a lock? Yes we recently signed Nelson but that's no guarantee he's a lock. As for Hill, its now or never for this guy.So far we've gotten un-drafted free agent production from a guy who was a #2 pick.Can we  say b__t  word yet?

hazard2012
hazard2012

@koala


Agree that Kerley and Nelson are locks, and probably Hill, too.  Doubt Rex & Co. will call him a bust without another chance, given where they drafted him and with him being injured, etc.   Who knows...maybe he'll step in something and learn how to run routes and catch this off season!  


Think one FA WR will do it if they get a TE in first round and a WR in second (or vice versa).   A receiving corps that adds say a Maclin, an Ebron/Amaro, a Matthews/Beckham/Robinson, etc. to Kerley, Nelson and Hill would be a big improvement, and would certainly be good enough to determine whether or not Geno is the QB moving forward.  

Pat d
Pat d

I hope Hill isn't a lock

Pat d
Pat d

The Jets sure could use a Jimmy Graham type of player

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Stanley Bostitch  You are really one of the under rated guys who post here! I always enjoy your post even if i don't always agree as they are well thought out,clearly explained and informative as well.Good job bro! Bye the way, i agree 100% with this post! This is a really good draft if you need a WR or even a TE.

a57se
a57se

@frustjetfn  

The only time I recall the Jets succumbing to the pre-draft hype was when they believed the crap about Dan Marino being a coke-head and took Kenny O'Brien instead.....

Pat d
Pat d

Losers draft for need only. There will be many good players there at 18. You don't trade back because the WR you wanted isn't there. The Jets really have enough picks in this draft. I would much rather see them move up in the first if anything. frustjetfn understands how the draft works. The teams before you determine who you pick not need.

gbrownn
gbrownn

Agreed, I would even go as far as to say we need to be exploring the possibilities of trading David Harris for a mid round pick.  He's 30, a huge cap hit, suspect in coverage, and his contract will be expiring after this year. He does bring a certain level of gritty/toughness to the linebacking core, So im not against keeping him. But as far as the future of tthis team and linebacker core goes I think we should be actively shoppping him around and then draft or sign a replacement.

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65  

I am sure there are things you enjoy that others might consider foolish as well.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@johnnyl65

 The Man Makes Sense !!!!

Pat d
Pat d

I agree Sanchez isn't dead but he will be playing for another team

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples  Haha. He'll be cut soon, Hanker. 


Also, it's fun to watch you now defend a guy (Sanchez) that you spent YEARS bashing. It's fantastic. You are, quite simply, the best. 

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

@Ron Alexander @Stanley Bostitch  Well thank you Ron Alexander. Easy to have good posts when you've got a Boss Hog mug shot as your avatar!

Pat d
Pat d

What about Ghoulston, 57

harold
harold

We may have won a Super Bowl with Marino... what could have been.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

@gbrownn well thats why im saying we should at least take one LB in the second this year. Either MLB or OLB, whomever is best thats available I say we take him. That way we either got our replacement for Pace after this year, or we got our replacement for Harris, and next year we go after whichever we didnt draft this year. And hey, if we trade out of the first, depending on what we get, we could even get our replacement for Harris and Pace in this years draft. Obviously priority is offense and receiver, and im sure we will take care of that. But as for offensive weapons, I think Dri Archer, or D'Anthony Thomas needs to get scooped as well if they are there in the later rounds for us. Two small but explosive weapons, undoubtedly game changers in my opinion.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Stanley Bostitch   Yeah, the Boss Hog pick last year almost gave me a heart attack as i was one of the guys who thought it was a "luxury pick' we could not afford..Oh well, can't tell you how happy i am to say i was wrong!

Love the kid now!

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@harold  True Harold, but O'Brien was still argueably the 2nd best QB in jet history and no matter how good Marino would have been as a Jet I'd bet most older jet fans would always feel Joe was number 1!

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@a57se @harold  God i hope not! Are we ever gonna address the offensive side of the ball? Yes he's a terrific player but we are at least adequate at that spot now. What do we do with Davis or Harris?

harold
harold

I mean in terms of value of need and the fact I find it highly unlikely we any of those rated as the BPA when we are on the clock.  Just don't value, need matching for us any way.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

I know....Borland or Smallwood could be ranked in the 2nd round by some teams....

I like the guys from Florida State....
or Barrow from LSU.

harold
harold

We were talking about the 2nd round.

gbrownn
gbrownn

Radio city would explodeee lol

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

@harold @gbrownnYea, your right, no real need to take a MLB in this years draft. You can wait till next year and go after a FA like Mason Foster from the Bucs who is nice and young. I dont know if there are any good or starting quality MLB's in next years draft... but I think we should be good, even if we resign Harris for a one year deal or something like what we're doing with Calvin Pace right now.

harold
harold

Their really are no MLB worth taking that high this year.  OLB I would be okay if Dee Ford or Van Noy were available.  I love the idea of trading back because we could easily use the picks to eventually end up with a 1st and two seconds or three 2nd rounders (by packaging the acquired picks to move up in the draft)

Bent
Bent moderator

@SackDance99 @Bent  I also think he would thrive in Canada, but I don't see him as likely to be out of the league come September.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Hanknaples do you also not believe in gravity, or a heliocentric solar system? just because you don't believe in the cap hit doesn't mean it's debatable.


SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent What do you think of Mark playing in the CFL?  I think he could thrive up in Canada.  Maybe he could have a Jeff Garcia-like re-birth playing in Hamilton or Saskatchewan. 

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  Sanchez's extension is what got him the guillotine, I would think. The Tebow trade just compounded it. 

harold
harold

Brendan:

I agree it was a con, but ultimately was just a last nail in the coffin.  The others had already been nailed in.

I am just going off the chatter from the Sr. Bowl.  Hopefully one of those teams looks at a late conditional round pick as a fair value.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  The Tebow trade definitely went in the "Con" category when they reviewed Tanny's tenure. 


I just don't get why you have a feeling this will happen. Literally nothing points to it going down. 

harold
harold

Tannebaum didn't lose his job because of Tebow.  He lost his job because he lost sight of building a team tried to grab the headlines.

The Cardinals GM was fired more for the contract he gave Kolb then the draft pick.

A GM that trades 5th round pick in 2015 will be okay if that doesn't work. 

Again this just a feeling I have.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  They traded him for a 4th to a GM who no longer has a job. 


Cardinals GM who traded for Kolb? Also out of a job. 


You make dumb moves at QB, noteworthy dumb moves, and it costs you. 


Mark is going to end up going the route of pre-camp workouts and finding the "best fit." 

harold
harold

I just think we can get at least a conditional pick in 2015 if he is on the roster next year.  I just think he has some value. 

The Broncos traded Tebow  for a 4th rounder, for goodness sake.

Kolb was traded for a 2nd rounder to the Cardinals.

IT CAN HAPPEN... YOU NEVER KNOW...

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent  I didn't even realize I said that, whoops. 


My main point is that no team is trading assets for damage goods. There's no logic behind it. 

harold
harold

I don't know if he will be traded, I just have the feeling given his age and number of starts he will get a chance.  If one team views him as a potential starter or high level back up, why wouldn't they pull the trigger even if it for a 2015 pick.  Which traditionally drops the value by a round.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @harold  


Harold was right here.  If the Jets trade Sanchez, none of his salary is guaranteed, so the other team could restructure down post-trade, convert it all to performance incentives or whatever and be on the hook for nothing if it didn't work out.  It's essentially the same as if the Jets tried to persuade him to stay on a lower cap number.  The Jets wouldn't create any more dead money by restructuring (besides, the restructure would probably happen post-trade).  Think you may have been confusing the situation with last year.


A minor correction on your above conversation with Hank too.  The Jets HAVE paid him all of his guaranteed money, it just hasn't all been accounted for against the cap yet (as you were suggesting).


I do tend to agree that it's more likely any team interested in Sanchez will just wait until he's cut rather than give up a pick to secure him.

harold
harold

He has been a starter in this league and was considered a 1st round talent when he entered the league.  Teams always feel they can rehab these guys.

Also he can legitimately compete on the Raiders, Jaguars, Browns Texans, etc.  If a team feels they want to guarantee his services they can concede a late round pick.  A 4th or 5th round pick is not a selection that would be too high for a legit starter/high level back-up.

Also in your post you said the this:

"The Jets would 100% have to restructure his deal pre-trade and take on more dead money"

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  At no point did I say there is an additional cap hit to trade him. 


You've yet to give me a reason why a team would trade for him. What incentive do they have to trade for him, give up a draft pick and restructure his deal? None. He's no better than any FA QB they could have. 

harold
harold

If they trade him a restructure would take place.  I was letting you know there is no additional cap hit for the resturcture.  Because unlike last year his salary is not guaranteed.  

So no a new team would not take on the entire contract.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  So a team is going to take on his entire salary in a trade? That's your stance? 

harold
harold

No they would not have take on any additional dead money.  This was covered on Over the Cap.  So we are free to trade him and their are no additional cap hits because his salary is not guaranteed.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  The Jets would 100% have to restructure his deal pre-trade and take on more dead money. I see no point in that, and there's no team that's going to give you a 4th for Mark Sanchez. You're out of your mind. 

harold
harold

Because you may not be the team he prefers.  If you look at the available QB on the market you could make a case Mark is a good as any of them.  Not saying he is or isn't.

So if you are a team and can get him for a late round pick you do it.  Look at some of the late round QB in the past year, Barkley, Nassib, and Tyler Wilson who was cut.

If you want to take a flyer let it be on a young QB with exp and who has had some success in the league.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  I can see about 8 billion reasons why another team wouldn't make that deal. Mark's getting cut, who the hell is trading actual picks for a QB no one wants and everyone knows is going to be cut? 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Oh god. 


People don't just become better players at the threat of being cut, Hank. Literally hundreds of players get cut every year and they don't magically become good because they're about to be cut. 


I will discount the guy and we can revisit this the day he's off the roster. 

harold
harold

I am starting to the feeling Sanchez will be traded.  Just makes too much sense if a team wants him and it only cost a 4th or 5th rounder.  I just don't see how we don't make that deal.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

First of all, IT is not "in the hopes"....like I said, It will NOT take much to give Geno a run for his money !!!

Second, I was the first here (SIX years ago) when it was NOT popular to bash this guy, our #5 overall, to warn you guys about his head being on a swivel !!!But if anything, he might have learned a valuable lesson in REAL HUMBLENESS and use what little fooball IQ he has in taking his best shot in MM's system..... he's had a FULL year to study, learn, and open his eyes to UNEMPLOYMENT !!That said , and taking into accout those factors I pointed out.(Rexy's Love and a Good Practice QB, and Woody'e REAL $$$).......do not discount this guy!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples I guess you didn't read my comment, Hanker. 


You don't pay a 6th year veteran $13 million dollars in the hopes he can give a 2nd year QB a "run for his money." If Mark made $2 million this year, I'd be fine with it. But he doesn't, he makes franchise QB money. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

I guess you did NOT read all of my comment....you know the part about "giving Geno a run for his $$$$" (which wont take much BTW) !!!

So knowing how much Rexy LOOOOVES Sanchize, well like I said he might gives us the Best chance to win....so don't assume he'll be a bench warmer !!!

Brendan
Brendan

@D'Apostraphe Lewis I'd be down for a podcast with Hanker. I'd need to be drinking, though, so how about "Whiskey and WTF" for a name? 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples @Brendan  No, it hasn't. That is why if they cut Mark Sanchez, out of his $13.1 million cap number (THIRTEEN MILLION!) the team only gets to spend $8.3 million after cutting him. The rest of that is dead money associated with the guaranteed bonuses he's owed. 


But are you honestly telling me it's smarter to pay Mark Sanchez $13 million to be a backup than it is to pay $4.8 million in dead money in order to free up $8.3 million in free money to spend? 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples No, Hank, cap numbers are not "fudged." This is some Old-Hank level nonsense you're saying. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

Alway My pleasure to obige, or should I say make things easier Brendan !!

But you Know I'm right when the Jets go from a Zillion $$$ OVER (Cap Hell) to $40 million UNDER in just One season.....you KNOW tthose Numbers are FUDGED !!!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples "I don't believe in cap money" - Hank Naples



I can die happy now. 

kniff
kniff

@Hanknaples  If I hear that "Sanchez gives us the best chance to win" again, I'm getting back up on the ledge lol!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @Hanknaples

I dont think the Gteed money was paid out in the first two years of his extension besides, I I don't believe in cap money (only REAL $$$$) ....those number can always be fudged !!!

My opinion is based on Rexy's love for this guy and his assurances that "Sanchez gives us the BEST  chnce to win ".....which I'm sure will be rekindled in the first week of practice !!!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples I know, Hank, I know. 



But in all seriousness, Sanchez is going to get cut. The team saves over ten million dollars cutting him. There's a literal 0% chance he's not cut.