2013 NFL Draft: Day Three Jets Preview

April 27th, 2013

Rogers has the toughness and explosiveness to really improve the Jet’s O with only a likely 5th round price tag. (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

It’s been a wild first two nights of the 2013 NFL Draft. We knew the quarterback class was weak, but this weak! Only EJ Manuel, Geno Smith and Mike Glennon went in the first three rounds. Last year was one of the best ever and four went in the top 22! A more pedestrian 2011 which is a better comparison saw seven in the first three rounds.

One of those less than stellar QB prospects was taken by the J-E-T-S Jets with #39 overall selection. Ironically to start the year that is exactly where I had him. Of course I had Barkley #1 and Logan Thomas #2….yeah.

So what now? Well, the defense got some added playmakers in Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson. Milliner isn’t Revis, but will do a nice job filling that void opposite Antonio Cromartie. He has size, length, speed and is aggressive with good tackling ability in run support. Richardson might not be an ideal fit, but as Ryan pointed out on twitter, you can’t really call Rex’s D a true 3-4. He is insanely explosive for a tackle and should form quite a young and talented trio with Wilkerson and Coples. And we can’t ignore Brian Winters; a college tackle who will likely kick inside and be a solid, but not special lineman. I really think one, maybe two options at receiver and/or tight end are needed.

Day three should be an interesting, here is a preview:

Positional Breakdowns:


QB: With 6 QBs on the roster now, we know there will be no more additions. I hope.

Most Likely: None
My Pick: None


RB: The Chris Ivory trade gives the Jets a proven and physical back, but with plenty of quality backs available in Round 4 that selection being shipped to New Orleans is a bit of a gamble. Johnathan Franklin, Joseph Randle, Mike Gillislee and Andre Ellington would have been terrific values here, but Ivory is a proven commodity. Adding another to the mix isn’t out of the question, but is unlikely. Don’t count out taking a flier on the injured but first round talent Marcus Lattimore if he’s available.

Most Likely: Onterio MacCalebb Auburn (Round 6)

My Pick: Kenjon Barner Oregon (Round 6 or 7)


WR: It’s a little surprising no offensive skill players, especially receiver or tight end were taken, but Idzik seemed to like the defenders available. That looks to be the right call. As far as options Da’Rick Rogers (Tennessee Tech) is a beast, and terrific athlete with upside. He’s 6’2 (1/2) 217 lb ran a solid 4.52 and was dynamite in the lower body explosion tests like the vertical and broad jump as well. He is a fearless receiver who has no qualms about going over the middle and would bring both toughness and big play ability to a dormant passing attack.

Ryan Swope is another good option in round five or six. He is fast (4.34) with soft hands and consistently effective in creating space and getting open. Quinton Patton is a craft playmaker who lacks raw athletic ability but is a good bet to be similarly productive in the right NFL system. I expect him to go early in round 4 though. A superb value option would be 6’3 Marquess Wilson who is 4.51 type athlete with soft hands and body control. Ace Sanders, another less than blazing yet crafty playmaker, is the most likely. My pick is Rogers, Swope or a 4.3 slot receiver Josh Boyce who is underrated.

Most Likely: Ace Sanders South Carolina (Round 6 or 7)

My Pick: Da’Rick Rogers Tennessee (Round 5) OR Ryan Swope Texas A&M (Round 5)


OL: The line is actually pretty solid, but adding depth is a consideration. Barrett Jones might be ideal as he can literally has played all five positions, pretty much the definition of versatility. Virginia’s Oday Aboushi shows flashes of being a not just a starting left tackle but a quality above average lineman. Vinston Painter is an athletic option out of Virginia Tech and David Quessenberry is a nice OT/OG hybrid. I also like LSU’s Chris Faulk, who might have gone in the first 40 if healthy and has the size (6’5 331) to be a potential Pro Bowl RT. Same deal with former tight end Reid Fragel of Ohio St.

Most Likely: None

My Pick: Reid Fragel Ohio St. (Round 6)


TE: Eifert, Ertz, Escobar, McDonald, Kelce and Jordan Reed are gone so I don’t see anyone who can make much of a difference at this point. I think Stoneburner would help as a de facto wide out.

Most Likely: Ryan Otten San Jose St. (Round 6)

My Pick: Jake Stoneburner Ohio St. (Round 7)


DL: Richardson teams up with Wilkerson and Coples to form a young and talented group upfront.

Most Likely: None

My Pick: None


3-4 OLB: It was a lock the Jets would take Barkevious Mingo at #9 right? Okay but if not then Jamie Collins or similar athlete in round 2. Well not so fast either. No worries there are some big time athletes still on the board due to inconsistent play or injuries. I like Illinois’ Michael Buchanan or Brandon Jenkins of FSU. Jenkins might be there as an UDFA so Buchanan is more likely.

Most Likely: Michael Buchanan Illinois (Round 5)

My Pick: Michael Buchanan (Round 5 or 6) OR Brandon Jenkins (UDFA)


LB: With other needs more pressing a mediocre group might get overlooked. Florida St.’s Vince Williams is a sleeper and Kevin Reddick is an overlooked guy too.

Most Likely: None

My Pick: Vince Williams Florida St. (Round 7 or UDFA)


CB: There is value here but Milliner makes it more of a luxury than a necessity.

Most Likely: None

My Pick: None


S: This draft is a deep safety class and there is a need for Gang Green. ‘Cuse SS Shamarko Thomas would be ideal at Round 5, but Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is a good option at round 7.

Most Likely: Tony Jefferson Oklahoma (Round 7)

My Pick: Shamarko Thomas Syracuse (Round 5)

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