Opinion: Jets made team better with No. 18 pick

Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.com

Perception rules all in the NFL draft. Who drops, who rises, who reached and who “won” are all a matter of who’s asking and likely answering the question.

The story of the Jets’ first round isn’t about what they accomplished – drafting Calvin Pryor and finally addressing safety with a high-end prospect for the first time in, well, ever.  It’s about what they didn’t do.

John Idzik didn’t draft a wide receiver, tight end, or running back – even though only one tight end went in the first round and no one took a running back. The Jets didn’t surround Geno Smith with weapons to help him develop because apparently Eric Decker and Chris Johnson aren’t on the roster for the next three days. The Jets didn’t draft offense in the first round for the fifth straight year, forgetting the fact that this is only John Idzik’s second draft in New York. And let’s ignore the fact that four of those five picks are should-be Pro Bowler Mo Wilkerson, defensive rookie of the year Sheldon Richardson, athlete/freak/breakout waiting to happen Quinton Coples and Dee Milliner, who was the top-rated corner in last year’s draft and a guy the media said the Jets simply had to have after trading away Darrelle Revis.

We could talk about how the Jets should’ve traded up for an impact offensive player, like the Bills did with Sammy Watkins. But Buffalo only moved from No. 9 to No. 4 and had to give up a 2015 first-rounder. How much would it have taken for the Jets to convince the Browns or another top-seven team to jump all the way back to 18?

(Also, an aside, yeah the Bills have done a great job surrounding EJ Manuel with skill players the last couple years, but shouldn’t we talk about how bad Manuel was last year despite having CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and rookies Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin? Or, you know, the fact that they lost their best defensive player –a Pro Bowl safety nonetheless – and their defensive coordinator in the offseason? Sorry, forgot context doesn’t matter during the NFL draft.)

Calvin Pryor on the stageThe Jets could’ve made a more reasoned deal to move up for Eric Ebron or Odell Beckham Jr., likely having to sacrifice a third-round pick in the process. But then again, this is a painfully-shallow team with not a lot of young, controllable, talented depth throughout the roster – a roster that was so bad it was ranked No. 26 of 32 by Rotoworld’s Evan Silva before the draft. Wouldn’t that type of team be better off staying at 18 and building out their roster with multiple mid-round choices?

No, the Jets didn’t address the offense at 18, but it’s worth noting that wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin were the only skill position players to go in the next 14 picks. I liked Cooks, a 5-foot-9 dynamo who can create serious problems with the ball in his hands. Benjamin, not so much. But if you mention the Jets “ignoring” wide receiver because they didn’t take the only first-round wideouts they could’ve actually drafted, you’re probably ignoring that the position is two to three rounds deep this year. Is there that much of a difference between Cooks, Benjamin and the whole host of talented players available in Friday’s second round?

Maybe it’s the player. Maybe the Jets should’ve drafted safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, who certainly had the better hype and came from the bigger program and landed in Green Bay, or Jimmie Ward, who fell to the 49ers at No. 30. Maybe they’ll be better players than Pryror, but I’ll put my faith in Rex Ryan when it comes to evaluating defensive prospects. Call me crazy.

The Jets could’ve taken Darqueze Dennard before the Bengals “stole” him at No. 24, but that would’ve been two cornerbacks in back-to-back years – all while separating themselves from Revis and a wounded Antontio Cromartie. Last I checked, teams play 11 aside and secondaries need more than two cornerbacks to match wits with modern NFL offenses.

No, the Jets didn’t draft a wide receiver at No. 18 overall. But they did make their team better and addressed a position of need while still keeping their “ammo” stocked to move up in the second and/or third round for a receiver or tight end or cornerback, all of which have more than enough intriguing prospects still available.

NFL rosters aren’t built in a single round of the draft or a single week of free agency. But I guess you just didn’t think about that.




117 comments
marcus81
marcus81

I thought Texans would draft a QB in the second, Carr would have been considered first round talent, glad to see they didn't help out the Patsies and kept their picks

mustang66
mustang66

they should trade up to pick Lee

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Inthink amaro will be at our pick.

NYBaller89
NYBaller89

we should be able to get a quality reciever or tight end in da 2nd

Cordell C
Cordell C

Well guess we're not getting a guard this round now let's see how the receivers fall hopefully rbs and qbs come off before we pick

Cordell C
Cordell C

Go back and watch the film from last year all those wanting a deep threat stephan hill is just that he was under thrown on at least 4-5 touchdowns hopefully geno can make those throws this year but we already gave the guy to keep defenses honest and stretch the field and hopefully with more work hill gets better running his routes and is more reliable in the intermediate routes btw he is going to kill in the preseason with Vick

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Lattimer Landry Matthews Robinson Baptiste are all there at 49.. who do we take?

WW85
WW85

Uhmmm Remember how we thought about trading for Josh Gordon?   Dude may get suspended for the year.  Looks like Cle is taking a WR tonight.

bklyndude
bklyndude

A second round mock draft:

http://prosites-superscout1.homestead.com/Al_Fronczak_2014_Second_Round_Mock.html


33. New England Patriots (Trade from Houston) - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

    *The Patriots trade Pick No. 62 and QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans for this pick.

34. Washington Redskins - OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Trade from Cleveland) - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State 

     *The Bucs trade Pick No. 38 and No.143 to the Browns to move up ahead of the Raiders for Carr.

36. Oakland Raiders -  WR Marqise Lee, USC

37. Atlanta Falcons - DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

38. Cleveland Browns (Trade fromTampa Bay) - HB Bishop Sankey, Washington

39. Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

40. Seattle Seahawks - OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama

41. Buffalo Bills - OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada

42. Tennessee Titans - DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

43. New York Giants - DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State

44. St. Louis Rams - FS Brock Vereen, Minnesota

45. Detroit Lions - CB Phillip Gaines, Rice

46. Pittsburgh Steelers - DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

47. Dallas Cowboys - OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

48. Baltimore Ravens - TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

49. New York Jets - CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska

50. Miami Dolphins - WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

51 Chicago Bears - DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

52. Arizona Cardinals - QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh

53. Green Bay Packers - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

54. Philadelphia Eagles - WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

55. Cincinnati Bengals - QB Jimmy Garappolo, Eastern Illinois

56. San Francisco 49ers - CB Keith McGill, Indiana

57. San Diego Chargers - HB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

58. New Orleans Saints - CB LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State

59. Indianapolis Colts - OG Xavier Sua-Filo, UCLA

60. Carolina Panthers - OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

61. San Francisco 49ers - WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

62. Houston Texans (Trade from New England) - WR Montavis Bryant, Clemson

    *The Texans acquired this pick and QB Ryan Mallett from the Patriots for Pick No. 33.

63. Denver Broncos - OG Trai Turner, LSU

64. Seattle Seahawks - DE Rashede Hageman, Minnesota

borisjets
borisjets

I have a feeling the Jets are gonna give Stephen Hill another year, and aren't gonna draft WR unti at least the 4th round.

marcus81
marcus81

Jets should take Amaro even though he's not that fast, we need a sure handed receiver that can get first downs

williamg1
williamg1

Anyone have an approximate time we will pick if we don't trade up/down?

williamg1
williamg1

I felt good about this pick....

....until Corey gave it his stamp of approval. 

joemustgo
joemustgo

Nice write up. It's good to see the Jets address the position with a high pick. Before that, the last safety we picked in the first 3 rounds was Eric Smith, and I'm still trying to forget him. I hope we go WR in the 2nd b/c I have a sneaking suspicion the Giant take whoever is left of Amaro and ASJ with their pick.

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

If Lee is there at pick 49 do we take him?

jenkins
jenkins

Jets couldn't lose with that pick. They could have gone many ways, but I'm fine with Pryor. He should be great in this defense.


Today I'd like to see the Jets add another 2nd and pick up a WR and TE. Not many TEs around, and if they wait til the 3rd-one might not be there anyway.

WW85
WW85

@Cordell C  I only went to one game last year & we cant see on TV if he's getting open. Be very interesting to see what happens with the improved offense. I'm rooting for him, but skeptical.

Cordell C
Cordell C

A guard winters was terrible last year

bklyndude
bklyndude

@JCuratola3  

Either Latimer or ASJ would be my choice,  although Robinson would be intriguing as well.

Cordell C
Cordell C

That's crazy what a talent such a shame

bklyndude
bklyndude

@WW85  

Maybe they should have grabbed Sammy Watkins last night when they had the chance.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude  

I would be shocked if we took Jean-Baptiste.....he is the antithesis of Calvin Pryor.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@borisjets  I think they will do both, although Hill needs to be on a very short leash in camp.

williamg1
williamg1

@borisjets  And if that happens, the entire FO needs to be taken to the woodshed. 

a57se
a57se

@marcus81  

Isn't that Decker and kerley and Nelson and johnsons' roles?

a57se
a57se

@williamg1  

probably around 8 p.m. if the draft goes like last night.

1st round is 10 minutes per pick, 2nd and 3rd round is 5 minutes per pick.....it took a little over 2 hours to get to us last night so tonight should be about an hour.

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

@bklyndude I think i want Landry. Hes not the tallest or the fastest but he high points great and he has the best hands. 

WW85
WW85

@bklyndude Well they can get a great WR tonight. Sucks that they are taking one now.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se  

I hear you.   

Just a little pre-draft thing to look at and see some names that will come off the board.  There are some good players left though.

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Does he have skinny knees like Bridgwater? Lol

Cordell C
Cordell C

I'm not all in on wr lets see how the board falls if lee or latimer is there then u take them if not su'a-FILO is not a bad pick considered a first round talent winters was pretty bad last year even vlad with all the penalties was better

a57se
a57se

@Cordell C  

Hmmmm...is it Karma tonight?

Chrebet announced the Geno pick, maybe Pennington announces a WR pick?

Cordell C
Cordell C

At the 1:05 mark if this ball is deep down the sideline with air underneath it it's a touchdown also hill is open a couple plays later on the td to Cumberland there's no video for stephan hill so hard to find more examples

bklyndude
bklyndude

@JCuratola3 @bklyndude  

Landry's lack of speed and size is a concern for the outside.  Second round is too high for me,  maybe the third round.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@WW85 @bklyndude  

Well there's no Josh Gordon type guys available in this round.  We can go in several directions,  WR, TE, CB  being the obvious positions.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude  

Him,  Matthews, Latimer,  ASJ  would all be good additions.   Also,  Donte Moncrief would be nice.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se 

With the guys who were picked in this mock after us, I would have taken Adams.

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @williamg1  Well, lets put it like this: in 2010, on the way to the AFC championship, I made my gf leave the house before each playoff game (for good luck). But, when we played the Steelers she was sick, and couldn't leave.....and we lost. So, clearly, she had something to do with the loss. 

This is probably a big reason why we aren't married. 

joemustgo
joemustgo

@williamg1 @a57se @funkymonk  Unless he was just doing radio schtick, Stephan A claimed not to know that Ha-Ha is not the kid's actual given name. If that is remotely true, he should just stop talking about the NFL from here on. Isn't it is freaking job to know these things?

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @funkymonk  If Stephan A is on board, I'm declaring the whole draft a failure -- before we even take another pick. 

a57se
a57se

@funkymonk

If Stephen A. is on board then I'd really be nervous....