More good stuff from Cimini on ESPN NY about the draft class. I’m really loving his Sunday 10 spot columns …
The Jets have met with the top 10 quarterback prospects, according to senior personnel exec Terry Bradway. In an interview with the team web site, he said the strength of the QB class will be in the second and third round, although he suspects a couple will wind up as first rounders. Reading between the lines, this tells me the Jets don’t have any quarterbacks with a first-round grade.
Other insights from Bradway: The best values at safety and running back are Rounds 2 to 4. There are 12 to 14 wide receivers that can make significant contributions as rookies. Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan (shoulder surgery), a player linked to the Jets at No. 9, might not be ready until early training camp.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Bradway is dead on. Eddie Lacy might be a nice addition for any team who has the audacity to pick him in the first round, but it’s hard to figure out right now who will pull the trigger first on Lacy. Conversely, the talent drops off slightly after Lacy, but it gets a much broader distribution of talent in the second through fourth rounds. Bernard, Randle, Taylor, Jamison, Bell, Ball … there’s plenty of players who will be good components to offenses in the second to fourth rounds.
The same holds true with quarterbacks. While some teams might get out ahead of the pack on Smith or even one of the next guy on the board based on their needs, the projects are going to be available in a bunch further back in the draft.
As far as the wide receivers, I’d agree with that too. Kenny Stills is the 13th rated WR on the board per Walter Football … which is really something when you think about it. While there might not be any Julio Jones or Justin Blackmon’s in this draft class, the late first through the fourth round will be filled with great players that can fill into specific roles and help contribute as rookies … based on the offensive requirements.