New York Jets Draft 2012: 5 Players the Jets Should Roll the Dice on
Through free agency, the Jets spent frugally and were able to address some of their needs with marginal players who may or may not work out.
The LaRon Landry signing will provide an upgrade at safety if he is able to stay healthy. But, he is still a flawed player as he is not strong in coverage and is more of an in-the-box safety who seems to prefer to deliver the highlight reel hit on opposing runners.
New York tried a low risk move to bolster their receiving corps with signing the 6'4'', former Oakland Raider Chaz Schilens. But, there is a reason why he only has 72 receptions in four seasons.
Every year, teams decide not to draft a player based on a slow 40 time, character issues, questionable competition, or whatever reason. Future Hall of Famer Randy Moss even fell all the way to 21 in the 1998 draft because of minor legal trouble.
Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones is still regretting not selecting Moss with the eighth overall pick.
If the Jets don't want to be filled with regret like Jones, they need to take a chance on the following five players.
Tommy Streeter is a 6'5'', 219-pound wide receiver out of the University of Miami. He was one of the fastest at his position at the combine, with an official 4.40 40 time.
Streeter is still very raw, as he started only one year at Miami. He needs to learn how to run routes better and concentrate more on catching the ball with his hands rather than body.
It appears he is willing to put in the time to improve. In 2011, Streeter won the Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player award.
Last year at Miami, he had 46 receptions for 811 yards and eight TDs, averaging 17.6 yards per catch.
Streeter fills a need for the New York Jets and is projected to be a third-round pick. He can be the deep threat and the redzone threat they are missing.
After trading for Tim Tebow, the New York Jets should not be scared off of drafting another QB to develop.
There is already a report that recently signed backup QB Drew Stanton will ask to be traded or released. Greg McElroy is cheap enough to keep on the depth chart.
If the Jets are able to select Kellen Moore in the very late rounds, he will be worth taking a shot on.
Even though Moore was extremely productive and accurate at Boise State in all of his four years, he lacks size, as he measures just under 6'0'' tall.
In his senior year at Boise State, Moore threw for 3,800 yards, 43 TDs and nine interceptions with a completion percentage of 74.3.
If he is able to add some muscle to his slight frame and learn the NFL game, he should be able to be a starter in a year or two since his intangibles are off the charts.
Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict was one of the top linebackers headed into the combine, but because he showed up a bit out of shape and performed poorly, his stock has fallen. He couldn't even run the 40 in under five seconds.
He also has some discipline issues with his on-field play since he lets his temper get the best of him, causing him to be called for a lot of personal foul penalties.
When Burfict is able to control his intensity, he is a very productive player. At Arizona State, he was the Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year. He was the consensus best linebacker in the country as a sophomore. And in his junior year, he had 68 tackles, four sacks and an interception.
If Rex Ryan can get Burfict to play smart, he has all of the talent needed to step into Bart Scott's starting position immediately, making the New York Jets aging linebacking corps younger and stronger.
San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman can be a great change-of-pace back for the New York Jets, especially now with Tim Tebow possibly running the option.
Hillman is 5'8'' and relies on his quickness and vision to find lanes to run through rather than looking for contact, but he doesn't shy away from it.
He is a very hungry player who is an early entry junior in the draft, leaving school early to provide for his two-year-old son. He is also not even 21 years old as of yet.
In his two years at San Diego State, Hillman ran for 1,532 yards with 17 TDs and 1,711 yards with 19 TDs.
He was voted to the All-MWC first team and was named his team's MVP this year.
Hillman is ranked as the 11th rated running back in the draft and will most likely be there for the taking in the fifth round.
Taylor Thompson is a defensive end out of Southern Methodist University so off the radar that I couldn't even find a proper picture for the beast. That's him above sacking an unlucky QB.
Thompson is a beast at 6'5'' and 282 lbs., who can be a pass-rushing option coming off the bench for the New York Jets.
His game reminds me of Houston Texans J.J. Watt, but even if he is a step below Watt, Thompson can be a late-round steal.
In his senior year at SMU, Thompson had 40 tackles, one forced fumble and seven sacks, eight, if SMU's bowl game against Pittsburgh is counted.
Espn.com has taken some notice, ranking Thompson as the 17th best defensive end in this year's draft.