The Rundown: Jets 2014 NFL Draft Grades

Calvin Pryor with Roger Goodell

Calvin Pryor with Roger Goodell

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It wouldn’t be Monday following the NFL Draft if we didn’t compile a heaping helping of draft grades.  While we think grading a draft at this point is a little bit premature, but gives you a sense of how the folks who live and die by the draft are grading our Jets.

ESPN: Mel Kiper

New York Jets: B
Top needs: WR, CB, TE, S
Needs: B+
Value: B-
Summary: The Jets came into this draft committed to add playmakers to an offense that was hopelessly bereft of them in 2014. They did that, but also remembered who the head coach was and nailed a pretty good safety, a position that I considered a need coming in. Calvin Pryor should start at strong safety, and will quickly make his mark as a playmaker. They are different kinds of safeties, but I had Pryor rated ahead of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Jace Amaro is an obvious fit, and adds a reliable, big target to the passing game. Jalen Saunders offers some shiftiness and slot depth, and Shaq Evans is solid if not a burner. Dakota Dozier can become a starter, and if Dexter McDougle plays up to his potential he could be a steal at No. 80. He was down on some boards after getting hurt, but I’ve seen him a lot and can see why Rex likes him. Tajh Boyd is a nice little stowaway that far down on the board when you consider his arm. If you’re going to take a shot at QB late, go for the ceiling. I thought the Jets did a nice job with my one question being whether they really added a player in the passing game that will scare defenses. Hopefully Amaro becomes that guy.

ESPN: McShay’s Favorite Picks

New York Jets
Rd. 2 (49): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Adding pass-catching weapons was a need for the Jets heading into the draft, and while someone from the trio of Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa could emerge as a solid contributor, Amaro has the best chance to make an early impact. He doesn’t have elite speed but at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds he is a huge target who will provide the Jets starting QB (whether it’s Michael Vick or Geno Smith) a security blanket in the passing game.

ESPN: McShay’s Most Improved Teams

AFC East: New York Jets

None of the AFC East teams really jumped out at me, but I’ll go with the Jets because in first-round safety Calvin Pryor (a big-hitting tone-setter in the secondary) and second-round tight end Jace Amaro (a safety valve for the Jets’ quarterbacks), they landed two likely starters, and, among their three wide receiver picks — fourth-rounder Jalen Saunders, fourth-rounder Shaq Evans and sixth-rounder Quincy Enunwa – they should have one emerge as a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver as a rookie. It wasn’t a stellar, or even particularly exciting, class, but the Jets should come away with some key contributors for 2014.

College Football 24/7 – NFL.com: Bryan Fischer

The skinny: After a great first two days, the Jets continued to add weapons for their quarterback on Day 3. Saunders is a tough kid who should also contribute a lot on special teams, and Evans is a speed player who can help in the slot. Dozier is raw, but he might be the best value of any of New York’s picks. George is undersized but could be a contributor all over the place. New York found some great players toward the end, with Boyd and Reilly both adding some good depth.

Rotoworld: Evan Silva

Overview: GM John Idzik‘s second-ever draft was a true meat-and-potatoes effort. Top pick Pryor is an extremely physical, energetic presence and a rich man’s T.J. Ward. Fans wanted Idzik to draft a small, speedy wideout, but Amaro is a superior team fit as a movement tight end with a huge catch radius (34-inch arms). 6-foot-3 Eric Deckerand 6-foot-5 Amaro will be Geno Smith‘s (or Michael Vick‘s) go-to guys. McDougle runs 4.47 and would’ve been a higher pick if not for a senior-year injury. Evans and Enunwa are big, physical possession receivers with red-zone chops. Dozier profiles as a future starting guard. George is an intriguing nickel ‘backer prospect and will contribute early on special teams. The picks I disliked were Saunders, whom I don’t expect will help beyond punt returns, and Reilly, a 26-year-old who beat up on 19-year-old Pac 12 offensive linemen for his production. Boyd’s stock dropped dramatically as a senior, but he has enough athleticism and arm strength to warrant the late-round flier. I don’t think the Jets will be competing for Super Bowls until they establish a quarterback solution, but I expect them to continue to be competitive every week. And I think their roster got much stronger with this draft.

Grade: B+

MMQB: Chris Burke

Maybe the Jets can trade a receiver to Cleveland for a cornerback. New York at least attempted to fix its chasm at corner, even if Dexter McDougle was a Round 3 reach and Brandon Dixon faces an uphill battle to make the squad. Though the Jets added three receivers (Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Quincy Enunwa), the biggest new threat in the passing game is TE Jace Amaro. Safety Calvin Pryor definitely fits the mold of a Rex Ryan defense, as does seventh-rounder Trevor Reilly.

Grade: B

CBS Sports: Pete Prisco

Best Pick: I liked the idea of taking physical safety Calvin Pryor in the first round. He will bring toughness to the secondary.

Questionable move: I know Jace Amaro is more of a receiving tight end, but taking him in the second round over some of the receivers available is a risk.

Third-day gem: Fourth-round receiver Jalen Saunders is small at 165 pounds, but he has the ability to be a really good slot receiver.

Analysis: I like Pryor and some of their third-day picks, but I just thought the Amaro pick was too soon and taking small corner Dexter McDougle in the third round was a bit high.

Grade: C

Shutdown Corner: Eric Edholm

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Mocking the Draft: Matthew Fairburn

Grade: B

With 11 picks, the Jets should certainly hit on a few of these choices. That starts with Pryor and Amaro who are slam dunk choices. Pryor will set the tone on defense with his big hitting and coverage skills. Amaro is a good pass catching tight end who can attack the seam. Later in the draft, keep an eye on Dozier who will press for a starting guard spot early. Finding a few options at wide receiver was smart with an excess of picks. Reilly could factor in as a pass rusher and provided good value in the seventh round.

Walter Football

New York Jets: C- Grade 
Goals Entering the 2014 NFL Draft: The Jets have the least-talented roster in the NFL. Excluding the defensive and offensive lines, every group on their roster is sub par at best. This is why I have them picking No. 1 in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft. New York will have to enjoy a masterful draft in order to avoid owning the NFL’s worst record in 2014. Unfortunately, it simply has too many holes to fill, so taking the best player available each time is probably the way to go. 

2014 NFL Draft Accomplishments: It’s safe to say that the Jets did not take the best player on the board each time. The only occasion in which that may have been the case was in the second round when they snagged Jace Amaro. The Texas Tech tight end was in first-round consideration at one point, and he’ll give the starting quarterback a potent intermediate weapon. The first-round choice, Calvin Pryor, could have been picked a bit later, but he fits Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme very well. 

The Jets’ downfall began at No. 80 when they chose seventh-round prospect Dexter McDougle. They could have obtained him much later. The same could be said for Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Jeremiah George and other selections. In fact, the Jets did not obtain appropriate value with any of the receivers they took, meaning their quarterbacks won’t have any reliable wideouts to throw to besides Eric Decker. 

It doesn’t appear as though the Jets understand the value aspect of the draft. They see players they like, and they take them, completely ignoring the fact that they can obtain better prospects at earlier picks all while still securing the players they covet much later. 




853 comments
bharper42
bharper42

What some of these draftniks don't seem to get is the jets drafted players to fit their particular style.  We're clearly going to run the ball, dumb off to backs out of the backfield, and use the TE in the seem, and middle.


Every obtained offensive player is an upgrade.


I agree that the mcdougal pick stunk and we should've drafted one of the better WR prospects there and taken a chance that mcdougal would've been available in the 4th.  or you know gasp traded if need be to get him.  


saunders and evans would've been available still in the 4th or 5th even.


Still idzik brought in a lot of talent and upgraded special teams as well with the later picks.


The dozier pick is the intriguing one for me.  I hope he can land a starting job.


Walter football should not be taken seriously.

Pat d
Pat d

As far as the Walter Football write up the first part about the Jets being the worse team in football is an embrassing joke.

On the other hand the part dealing with the draft is really not that far fetched.

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

The really funny thing is how these experts contradict one another. One says Amaro was a reach in the second round, while another says it was their best selection. And Walter Football says Calvin Pryor was picked too early--yet Walter Football was the only mock draft I saw that correctly identified Pryor as the Jets' first round pick before the draft. Not only that, but Walter football had us taking a TE in the 2nd (but it was Seferian-Jenkins rather than Amaro). Lots of contradictions between experts--but Walter Football contradicts their own predictions. Anyway, there's no way to grade a draft meaningfully before the season starts. But I am feeling really, really good about it. I think we will eventually have 4 or 5 starters emerge from this draft. And I think Boyd will eventually become a starting QB in the NFL--though maybe not for the Jets (if Geno develops the way we all hope he will).

OmenSports
OmenSports

That Walter Football Write up is just disgraceful and anyone associate with should be embarrassed.

I think the Jets absolutely crushed it while I will say that I think a lot of teams did really well as this was in fact a deep draft. I clearly love the rd2 pick, I think Shaquille Evans will steal the show. I'm interested to see which players don't make the team. I wish them all the best and if they all make it that's just fine, note Stephen Hill your on the clock.

#InIdzikWeTrust

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

Most of these guys only watch film on the consensus top 100 players.

Why not just fire all the scouts, and draft of Kiper's big board?

Why in Doogie small at 5'10 200lbs, but Dennard is big at 5'11 190?

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

The grader who gives an "A" to a team's draft sets himself up for criticsm if all's not right even by a little. So.........a B is today's A.

bradysucks
bradysucks

It is just a HUNCH but I think Calvin Pryor can be "Revis like." I really think he will be an ELITE player in Rex Ryan's system and has the potential to have just as much success as Darrelle had with the Jets....


On another note.....This is a smart player. He's very down to earth and humble. Speaks softly and carries a big stick.....THUMPER

Brendan
Brendan

Good gracious, 865 comments. 

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

This is all a load of you know what... 

marcus81
marcus81

the first 4 picks are good and O lineman taken will have an immediate impact, the others you have to wait and see if they make the roster, I would not have complained if they would have taken Lee or Cook, Amaro, Moncrief or best available O lineman, but this draft overall has improved the team overall, still don't have a sack specialist and no.1 receiver though, Mo and Pace accumulated their sacks but they're not feared sack specialists that teams have to gameplan for.

Conor McElhearn
Conor McElhearn

I really love this entire draft. Pryor brings leadership qualities, toughness, and punishes receivers and tight ends over the middle. Amaro gives us a legitimate pass catching tight end and "Joker". Mcdougie can be a hidden gem IF he remains healthy.


I wonder what the market will be for a veteran corner like Flowers? I believe a fourth rounder could pry him away and provide this young secondary with some veteran leadership.

idothis2
idothis2

was victor green the last hard hitting safety the jets had?

metjetnet
metjetnet

Like all the pundits, I know nothing of all these later round picks, so I'm trusting the scouting dept for now. 

The one who jumps out at me, purely on instinct & body frame is that kid Enunwa from NE. From nothing else but watching the few available clips, he reminds me of that Rob Moore/All Toon/Cotchery type frame. I'll allow my fantasies to run in that direction until we actually get a glimpse of him on the field. I wish him (& them all) luck!

a57se
a57se

So how did everyone like the trial last night?

eurojet
eurojet

I like the draft. Pryor, Amaro and Dozier are three guys that could start right away. I´m high on Eununwa, he reminds me of a Brandon Marshall type of guy. Not sure about Saunders tho - looks like a slot receiver

metjetnet
metjetnet

(miketaliaferro) I do hope there's a LOT of wood chips lying around Florham Park these days... 'cause there's gonna be a LOT of shoulders waiting to hold them once these guys sign & report, including Idzik's & Rex's shoulders.

Clear signal from The Punditocracy to the NY Jets: "MAN! YOU SUCK! Everything you did this weekend, except maybe Pryor & Amaro, SUCKS!"

OK, that's a viewpoint; that's an opinion. It's now up to the personnel in FP & the new players to prove them all wrong & prove to the world that the good folks on the Jets' scouting staff don't also announce the buses at Port Authority as their main gig!

a57se
a57se

4 game set; Mets - Yanks......2-2 split?

Pat d
Pat d

I think the Jets crushed it the first two rounds. After that it is up in the air.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@bradysucks  I'm glad to hear people are hopping on the Calvin Pryor Bandwagon. I was chastised by several people when I had said earlier in this month that I thought they needed and upgrade at safety and should draft either Jimmie Ward or Pryor. I specifically remember an exchange i had both with you Brady Sucks and Brendan. Nice to see you guys have come around. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Brendan  So Brendan, I'm glad you like the Calvin Pryor pick. Looks like the jets and I were on the same page. I'm glad you've finally come around. I thought you were going to bash this pick considering our previous exchanges. Calvin Pryor is a great draft pick and I'm glad we can finally agree on something. It's a shame I spent all that energy trying to convince you you were wrong. I'm glad my boy's in the front office did it for me. Thank you Idzik, Rex and the rest of the staff. Smart choice! This kid will be huge for us... 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan  New thread alert.  (We cut someone).

Bent
Bent moderator

@Conor McElhearn  Word is that Flowers struggled last year (don't let pro bowl voting fool you) because he was asked to press more and that's why he's on the block.  Therefore he likely wouldn't fit here.

Pete 57
Pete 57

Please don't put Al Toon in with Cotch or Moore. Toon was special. Also he was bigger and stronger than those guys.

metjetnet
metjetnet

I've been seeing very conflicting reports. Really nice overall, but then this guy's too slow, that guy's too short, this guy's a reach, etc., etc., in fact, everyone from Amaro on is a reach, the old guy at 7 only beat up on kids, Clemson's WR corps carried their weak-tool QB, who's this year's nepotism Scotty McKnight Award winner, etc. 

Somehow, this all forms back up into a B or B- from most of these guys, but the individual player & pick reports are pretty damning. I'm thinking the Pundit's professionalism was tweaked, as they'd never heard of these guys.

Somehow I just don't think the entire scoucting staff's that bad & their board was that useless. McDougal says Aaron Glenn checked him out 3 times & said he really liked his game. The Spike notwithstanding, Glenn is an all-time Jet. I'll take his word over a fantasy game loser any day.

I'm holding on to the assumption that these are a lot of young players who will soon be running through walls for Rex. Whether they make it or not will be up to them. And Rex's zeal for coaching them up.

a57se
a57se

@metjetnet  

I haven't read those reports....most of the ones I have read have been complimentary.....

metjetnet
metjetnet

@a57se I say Mets 4-0. Our shambles beats their shambles...

harold
harold

@Bent @Conor McElhearn


Flowers is a good press CB from what I have seen.  He certainly would fit if you shade the safety to his side.

harold
harold

@a57se @Conor McElhearn


We have Vets in Rex's system Landry, and Wilson, Lankster, and Walls.  We also have Patterson who has lots of NFL exp.  We are fine in the Vets department.

miamijoe
miamijoe

@MarshRandy @a57se  Being a Mets fan in Miami gets me about 7-8 games a year here (They did build a great stadium here with the retractable roof).  Its the TV that's the problem because of the few broadcasts down here.  Marsh, have fun.  If you ever get to a big Marlin game here, you won't believe the women at these games!!  Its a Miami thing...

a57se
a57se

@harold

Yeah and Milliner got better when we shaded the safety to his side.....

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  Maybe you're right.  I got jaded by everyone saying he was a good special teamer just because of his reputation when actually he had been regressing for the past few years and in his last season did nothing on special teams.  That doesn't mean he wasn't a good special teamer in his first few years and I guess he was a better hitter then too.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se

While Eric Smith wasn't a thumper on every play, he had more big hits then just the boldin one......moreso in pass coverage then V the run.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @idothis2  Like I said above, that was more of an accident.  It certainly wasn't a clean hit, more of a collision.

idothis2
idothis2

@harold @idothis2@a57se 

i never like seeing a safety on the team i root for get skid marks on his face. i would rather see the safety huffing and puffing.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @idothis2  I wouldn't call Smith a hard hitter.  That one time he injured Boldin was a freak accident where Boldin bounced off Rhodes and they clashed heads.

idothis2
idothis2

@a57se @idothis2 

forgot about eric smith smh. every time i think of him i see the play at the end of the denver game

a57se
a57se

@idothis2

Fan Favorite Eric Smith, James Ihedibo, Abram Elam, to name a few.

a57se
a57se

@MarshRandy @a57se 

Yikes...the prices are ridiculous.....I should of went to the Astros - Yankees game to start the season...ticket prices, food etc. a lot cheaper down here.