2012 NFL Draft: Players Who Would Fit Perfectly with the New York Jets
I don't know if there has ever been a more perfect fit in a previous draft for the New York Jets than Arizona State University linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
It's almost as if Burfict and Bart Scott, whom he would possibly be replacing, share the same mind. Both are brash-talking, hard-hitting linebackers.
The difference is that Scott can't back up his loud mouth anymore with his play on the field like he used to.
His production has been down. Since coming to New York in 2009, Scott went from 92 tackles, to 81 tackles to this season's 66.
Enter the 6'3'', 252-pound Burfict, who runs a 4.65 40, who declared for the draft on his Facebook page by writing; "I will be expanding my talents to the next level."
While profiling him, Sporting News' Matt Hayes referred to Burfict as the ''toughest, meanest, nastiest player in the college game, the guy opponents fear and officials target, the guy once benched by his own coach because his violent makeup led to too many personal fouls.''
Burfict is a highlight reel waiting to happen. This season, as a junior, he recorded 69 tackles, one interception and five sacks.
He is the second-rated linebacker in the draft, according to espn.com.
As Scott would say, I "Can't Wait" for the Jets to select him.
Here are a few more players that would fit perfectly with the Jets.
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If the New York Jets really want to get back to their successful ground-and-pound game, why not just get the best running back in this year's draft?
Well, because it is harder than it sounds. With the Jets drafting at No. 16, Richardson will most likely be long gone by then.
This season, Richardson rushed for 1,679 yards and 21 TDs while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
He also proved he can catch the ball, as he had 29 receptions for 338 yards and three TDs.
At 5'11", and 224 pounds, Richardson has the size to be a durable back.
If New York wants to go in the Richardson direction, they are probably going to have to give up most of their draft.
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Quinton Coples is another player who fits perfectly for the New York Jets, since they have been desperate for a legitimate pass-rusher since John Abraham's departure in 2005.
Calvin Pace is just too inconsistent, and while former draft bust Aaron Maybin had six sacks in 13 games last season, he cannot be depended on, at least not yet.
Coples is a defensive end in the mold of Julius Peppers, as he is 6'6" and 285 pounds. In his senior season, he had 8.5 sacks.
Because of his size and ability to get to the QB, he is the highest-rated defensive end in the draft, which means the Jets will have to give up something to get him.
Since defensive ends like Coples can be game-changers—he probably is a long shot.
Then again, did anyone really think the Jets were going to get Mark Sanchez going into the 2009 draft with the 17th pick? In the 2009 draft, New York put a package of players and picks together to move up to No. 5 in order get the USC QB.
Something similar may have to happen to get Coples.
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With Jim Leonhard going into free agency coming off back-back injury-ending seasons, it is unlikely he'll be back.
If this is the case, Mark Barron, the 6'2", 218 pound safety out of Alabama, can come in and start immediately.
Barron is just the type of safety the Jets need to match up with the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, something they simply could not do with the tiny, 5'8" Leonhard.
Barron is considered the best safety coming out and may fall to the Jets at 16.
But if he doesn't drop, New York will not have to move up that far to get him. They would not have to give up a king's ransom like they would have to in order to secure Trent Richardson or Quinton Coples.
Straight out of Rutgers, a receiver named Mohamed Sanu.
Sanu is a 6'2", 218-pound big-play guy who can make for a perfect complement to Santonio Holmes.
Last season, in his junior year, he broke out, having 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven TDs, averaging 10.5 yards per catch.
Sanu is a New Jersey product out of South Brunswick. If the New York Giants can have success with a local product, why can't the New York Jets have theirs?
He is the sixth-ranked wide receiver and will possibly be there when the Jets pick in the second round.
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Nick Toon is a very solid 6'3", 220-pound senior receiver out of Wisconsin. He is also the son of former New York Jets great, Al Toon.
Last season, he had 64 receptions for 926 yards and ten TDs, averaging 14.5 yards per catch.
Toon has shown he can catch the ball with his hands instead of his body and already has sideline awareness, as he worked on getting his two feet down, rather than just the one.
In the Rose Bowl against Oregon, he had nine receptions for 104 yards and a TD.
Like Mohamed Sanu, Toon would also fit well with Santonio Holmes.
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Take it easy, Mark Sanchez haters or lovers.
I don't think the New York Jets should draft Kellen Moore and give up on the fourth-year QB already.
But if Moore is available in the second or third round, why not pick him up?
Moore is a better option than Greg McElroy or Mark Brunnell and can be used as a safety net if Sanchez does not work out.
If nothing else, Moore may be able to provide some competition, pushing Sanchez to do better.
All Moore did at Boise State was win. In his four seasons, he only lost three games, and he showed just how accurate he can be, something Sanchez has proven he is not.
In his senior season, Moore passed for an impressive 3,800 yards, 43 TDs and nine interceptions, with a completion percentage of 74.3 percent.