TJB Pick Profile: WR’s Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders

TheJetsBlog.com’s Corey Griffin breaks down two of the Jets’ fourth round selections – wide receivers Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders >>




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Juan Montalvo
Juan Montalvo

Love this Draft. Love the job Idzik and his boy's did for the team. I like the 2nd half of this draft just as much as the 1st half. I like the WR's. When they perfect their technique, I think they'll make Geno very happy. But the one pick that intrigued me the most was Tajh Boyd. He looks good on film. He has the arm, the touch, he seems to have the accuracy, so all that's left is the experience. He seems fearless. I like him. Geno better look out.  

elmoron
elmoron

Off topic, but the Packers are giving Lyerla a shot this weekend. I think Roberson is still out there.

williamg1
williamg1

"It will be exciting to watch all these draft selections develop, but Shaquelle Evans is intriguing because he could push to become this team’s No. 2 WR."

--EA


Anyone else see it that way? I really like the guy, but my girlfriend is employed by UCLA, and I watch all their games, so I'm biased. 

jenkins
jenkins

Mayock has it exactly right on Saunders. He'll be murder in 3 and 4-wide sets. He will also play wide, as I don't think he's limited to just slot. He's feisty as hell.


He's the size of Desean Jackson and plays in the same style. Not quite as good, which is why I call him "Desean Lite."


Big-time playmaker, which is exactly what the Jets need. Legit deep threat. And he's a better blocker than Amaro.

bradysucks
bradysucks

If Danny Woodhead can have success in the NFL then so can Jalen Saunders

Everybody doubts him because of his size but the guy is a legit weapon and a football player who is fearless

bob
bob

Sounds really good Corey.. Now your talking!  cant wait till Courtland...

Pat d
Pat d

Of all the WRs the Jets drafted I see the most promise in Evans.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @bradysucks  And I'm not sure there's that many people that doubt him.


There's a lot of people who doubt that Jalen Saunders can ever be a WR#1, perhaps, because he's not really physical enough to win matchups against guys like Revis and Milliner and Haden and Sherman, but I think most (non-insane) NFL people and fans acknowledge that Saunders has enough upside due to his speed to at least be a really, really good slot reciever featured in 3WR packages and can generate a ton of yards and scores.  He's a legit weapon.


Bradysucks, you might be arguing against a strawman here.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @Brendan 

Saunders also ran the ball off Jet Sweeps at Oklahoma.......I view him as an OW that can get 10-12 touches in games and contribute in the return game......

jenkins
jenkins

@tsjc68 @Brendan  good point. I could definitely see him being lined up in trips and motioning . Could also see Amaro splitting wide in that alignment.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68  Yeah, I get that.


I think the team's solution to "how will he handle being pressed and jammed?" is to avoid allowing him to be pressed and jammed by lining him up in the slot and motioning him a lot so he's already moving laterally at the snap and can get more free releases.


That, and keeping him matched up with the Isiaiah Trufants instead of the Joe Hadens.


We'll see.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Well, in what I've watched on him, no one really ever pressed him, so that's why I want to see how he does in camp. 


My concerns are entirely size/strength-based. He didn't bench at either the combine or his pro day, making me think he just wanted to keep that very low # off his scorecard. Fine, Brick did that as well and was able to get picked based on his other measurables and his tape, just like Saunders, but that did perk my ears up a little when I was trying to compare him to Kerley for BS yesterday. 


Saunders runs tight routes, doesn't slow down out of his breaks and if he has a sliver of daylight it's an "oh sht" moment for the opponent. If he comes in and shows my concerns were unfounded, that's obviously awesome. But I'm not willing to just pencil him in as a legitimate offensive contributor...yet. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan  I have no reservations about Saunders being used as a WR#3/WR#4.  I think his quicks will allow him to beat most of the dime corners he'll be matched up with in those scenarios.


Just like Jeff Cumberland, while he's not a perfect player, he's still going to have matchup advantages over the guys he'll be lined up with most times, since he's not going to ever go into a play as the #1 target (or even the #3 one.)

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I have concerns about his size. He is VERY small, he's Darren Sproles' size and as we've seen, Sproles is the exception for those mini-players. 


I think he's a legit KR/PR off the bat and will be worked in for screens, reverses, etc. where he gets the ball in space. But an everyday WR? I have reservations about how he'll fight through press coverage and if he can stop from getting easily thrown off his routes. 


If he shows those abilities in camp, I'm on board with him as a #4/blow-the-top-off-the-defense WR in addition to those same gadget plays and screens and all that.