By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
It’s never too early to start looking forward to the future—especially in times like these for Jets fans.
The season has yet to start and the Jets could certainly surprise a lot of people if their rookies make a big impact early on, but there is a very good chance that the Jets will be picking high in the 2014 draft.
While this does call for another season of losing, it does give the Jets a chance to add a dynamic player on either side of the ball that can help bring them back into contention. Here are some possible first-round picks heading into the second week of college football.
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Lee took Sammy Watkins’ spot as the country’s best wide receiver last season and should only continue to build his resume in 2013. With 8 catches for 104 yards in his first game, Lee is the best receiver prospect since A.J. Green.
Meanwhile, it is no secret that the Jets need some firepower to add to their offense. Adding a receiver of Lee’s caliber could make Santonio Holmes and his bloated contract expendable.
C. J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Arguably the best defender in the country, Mosley would finally fill the Jets’ pesky need at outside linebacker. A tremendous all-around player, Mosely would be able to step in and start from Day 1 in place o the dinosaurish f Calvin Pace.
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
The Jets probably are not going to be quite bad enough to be in the running for Teddy Bridgewater, but if Geno Smith’s rookie campaign has them picking in the top 5, quarterback is back on the menu.
Boyd has a great arm and has show improvement in every season of his career. He has as much upside as any quarterback in this draft and could really close the distance between him and Bridgewater if he continues his upward trend.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Watkins had a bit of a down year as he dealt with injuries, but he appears to back to his electric self after his 127-yard debut against Georgia last week. While not a big target, Watkins could be the dangerous home run threat the Jets have lacked ever since Leon Washington left.
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Originally recruited to UCLA as a running back, Barr made the seamless transition to the defensive side of the ball as a junior (leading the team with 13.5 sacks) and should only improve as a senior. If Barr continues his upward trend at this rate, he could wind up as a top-10 pick come april.
Kahlil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Kahlil Mack made his presence felt last week when he made one of the best plays of the afternoon with a pick-six against Ohio State, but Mack is more than just a one-play wonder. A tremendous athlete, Mack would be a perfect fit in Rex Ryan’s multi-dimensional defense—assuming he is still the coach next season.