6 Players the New York Jets Should Target on Day 3
The New York Jets have already reshaped their future with their selections in the first four rounds, and they have the ability to improve even more with solid picks on Day 3.
Even though Day 3 is usually for players who have fallen due to concerns with injuries, attitude or an on-field weakness, there are still some great prospects on the board.
Here are six players New York should target to join Geno Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Dee Milliner and Brian Winters in the Big Apple next season.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Quinton Patton was a projected second-round pick entering the draft, but no team has been willing to pull the trigger on the wide receiver through two days.
Patton isn't elite in any specific area, but his complete arsenal is impressive.
The Louisiana Tech product has good hands, terrific speed and tremendous route-running ability.
While Patton won't be an elite receiver at the NFL-level, he could start for the Jets opposite Santonio Holmes if Stephen Hill does not make a jump in his sophomore season.
New York should target Patton with its fifth-round pick.
Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
Oday Aboushi has some serious concerns about his game, which is the reason he wasn't selected through the first two days, but he has the upside to warrant a sixth or seventh-round selection for New York.
Aboushi has good size (6-6, 310 pounds) and nice athleticism, but his toughness and motor is questionable.
The Virginia product can sometimes struggle in pass protection, but his run-blocking skills are mostly solid.
Aboushi is nothing more than a late-round pick, but he could easily play some snaps at right tackle to keep starter Austin Howard fresh.
Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Brian Winters was a solid selection, but using another late-round pick on an offensive guard would be a smart move for John Idzik and Co.
Alvin Bailey is a prospect who could be a difference-maker for New York.
The massive guard (6-5, 315 pounds) has colossal strength and surprising quickness. He has the ability to knock opposing linemen off the ball and single-handedly create holes for runners.
While Bailey needs some development in pass-blocking, he would be a terrific value pick in the fifth or sixth round for Gang Green, as he could progress into a solid starter on the offensive line.
Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Quanterus Smith was an absolute beast throughout his collegiate career, but a torn ACL last November has sent him plummeting down draft boards.
Smith doesn't posses amazing size (6-5, 249 pounds) or elite speed, but his pass-rushing skills are perhaps the best in the entire 2012 draft class.
Smith's use of his hands and feet are top-notch when rushing the passer, and he dominated opposing offensive tackles during his time at Western Kentucky.
Smith still needs to refine the other parts of the game, but he would provide the Jets with an unbelievable pass-rushing specialist at the value of a fifth-round pick.
Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
Khaseem Greene is coming off a dominant final year at Rutgers. In 2012, he recorded a gaudy 125 tackles, 5.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, and he claimed the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
Greene also impressed at the combine, making his draft-day tumble extremely surprising.
Greene is an elite blitzer, solid tackler and is good in zone coverage.
While the 24-year-old is not scheme versatile, he is an ideal outside linebacker for a 4-3 scheme—which the Jets would be smart to move to next season with their surplus of solid players on the defensive line.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Bacarri Rambo has the ability to be the steal of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Rambo was productive during his collegiate career at Georgia, but it his physical traits that set him apart from the rest of the safety class.
Rambo has great size (6'0'', 210 pounds) and solid speed. His ball skills are terrific, and he has the ability to make big hits in the open field.
While Rambo can sometimes miss open-field tackles, he is the perfect replacement for LaRon Landry, and he could develop into a similar kind of player as the former Jet.
Gang Green should look towards Rambo's direction in the fifth round.