Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 5/1/12

16. 3-4 DE Quinton Coples A


I love the fit of Coples in New York. Rex Ryan has a good chance to get the most out of him and he can use him in a variety of different ways. He’ll probably play mostly 5-technique, where he’s an upgrade over Mike DeVito, who is a run stopper and nothing else, but he can play some outside linebacker as well as long as he rarely has to drop into coverage.


43. WR Stephen Hill A


This was a great steal. Stephen Hill is boom or bust, but you absolutely take a chance on this guy in the 2nd round given that he could be the best receiver in this draft class when all is said and done. He could take a while, but I love the value in the 2nd round. Also, side note, the Jets got a triple option receiver after Tebow had so much success with one in Denver. Something tells me he won’t be the punt protector at the end of the season.


77. MLB Demario Davis C-


This is a couple rounds too early for Davis, a workout wonder with mediocre tape, but he has upside both inside and outside in the Jets’ 3-4. Best case for them is that he could emerge as a pass rusher on the outside, but depth at middle linebacker was also needed seeing as Bart Scott might not be around much longer.


187. S Josh Bush B-


This is a reach and I didn’t have him in my top 250, but they at least filled a need and it’s a late round pick.


202. RB Terrance Ganaway A


The Jets needed a ground and pound back to go with Shonn Greene. Ganaway could actually see significant snaps as a rookie and he might surprise a lot of people. This guy reminds me of LeGarrette Blount.


203. G Robert Griffin B-


The Jets got Robert Griffin! Well, I guess they needed guard depth, but I had him outside of my top 250. Again, this is the 6th round so it’s not a big deal.


242. S Antonio Allen A


How did Allen fall this far in a bad safety class? Did everyone forget he was on the board? I had him as a top 5 safety.


244. WR Jordan White A


They don’t have a ton of receiver depth, so they could use another one. I had a 7th round grade on White so this makes a lot of sense.


The Jets took high upside, high risk players with their first 2 picks, but they did so with picks low enough to be good values according to my board. Coples could end up being a perennial Pro Bowler and Stephen Hill has upside beyond any other receiver in this draft class. Both also filled major needs. I would have liked to have seen them address the safety, running back, right tackle, or rush linebacker position in the 3rd round. Those needs were all more pressing than middle linebacker (where I think Davis ends up) and they didn’t address them early. They had solid late round selections that might end up filling two of this needs (running back and safety), but they also reached with a few late rounders. This was a solid draft, but not perfect.


Grade: B+

 

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