The Jets certainly are a bunch of gamblers.
Whether it's taking a chance on players with a checkered past such as Plaxico Burress or an attitude issue like Santonio Holmes, the Jets certainly don't play it safe.
They didn't play it safe when the traded up to draft Mark Sanchez, and this offseason they certainly didn't play it safe when they brought in super personality Tim Tebow to "back up" that quarterback.
In this draft, they gambled again—twice.
The first gamble was in Thursday night's first round.
Holding the 16th pick, the Jets took a guy with the talent to be a top-10 pick and a top-tier pass rusher in Quinton Coples of the University of North Carolina.
Coples has the size, at 6'6", 285 lbs, and strength to be a dominant pass rusher. However, the knock on him is that he has the tendency to disappear for long stretches of time.
Here is draftgeek's look at Coples.
Last night, the Jets gambled again.
They surrendered three picks to move up in the third round to select talented and athletic wide receiver Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech.
Wait, doesn't Tech run the option?
So, drafting a WR out of an offense like that is a gamble because it is all about projection.
The one positive is that running an option, Hill has demonstrated that he is a willing and able blocker—something the Jets covet in their wideouts.
This pick, however, is all about the measurable characteristics.
At 6'4" with a 4.31 40-time and the ability to make plays in the air, Hill has the raw skill to be an elite wide receiver.
However, in an option offense, Hill hasn't exactly had to run routes other than the go-route in an attempt at a big play.
So for the Jets, it's game-breaker or bust for these two picks.
If they pan out, it could be like picking twice in the top 10 for the Jets. If not, this is one disaster of a draft for New York.
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