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Two thumbs up for Louisville S Calvin Pryor (above).
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville (Round 1, pick No. 19)
The Jets have had a revolving door at both safety spots, with a different primary starter at each spot in each of the past three years. Calvin Pryor is a rangy safety with the ability to cover deep, but he has an enforcer's mentality and lays heavy hits over the middle. His ability to diagnose plays and read and react, as well as his willingness to get his hands dirty in run defense means he can play either spot. The Jets have some question marks at cornerback, and Pryor could help cover up some warts in the secondary.
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (Round 2, pick No. 49)
With Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland, the Jets can now gear their offense toward a two-tight end formation that looks like the New England Patriots offense from 2010-2012. In that respect, Amaro would play the role of Aaron Hernandez. At 6'5" and 265 pounds, Amaro has the size to create matchup problems over the middle and in the red zone. He is not considered a true in-line blocking tight end, but as a mobile receiver who line up all over the formation, he will provide another security blanket for Geno Smith.
Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA (Round 4, pick No. 115)
Between Shaquelle Evans and Eric Decker, the Jets have two receivers with some size who can line up on the outside, either as an X (on the line) or Z (off the line) receiver. Evans' sure hands will be a gift for Geno Smith, who dealt with far too many drops from his receivers last year. Unless Stephen Hill takes significant steps forward, Shaq Evans could be a starter come opening day.
Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri State (Round 6, pick No. 195)
If the Jets were looking for a height-weight-speed prospect at cornerback, they looked in the right direction by selecting Brandon Dixon. He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine, and at 6'0" and 203 pounds, he has upside as a press-cover cornerback.
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (Round 6, pick No. 213)
Boyd was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football over the past four years, with the fifth-most passing yards and third-most passing touchdowns of any quarterback in the country in that time. The question, though, is whether he can make the transition to an NFL-style offense instead of the system at Clemson that was tailor-made to his skill set. He has a similar skill set to Geno Smith and Michael Vick, though, and could make a nice backup to the two.
Trevor Reilly, DE, Utah (Round 7, pick 233)
Reilly may end up being the steal of the draft. The 6'3", 245-pound defensive end from Utah will probably play outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. He will have to learn the position, and he may not have the agility to drop into coverage, but he can definitely contribute to the Jets' sub-packages. He should factor into the mix immediately at outside linebacker and could be groomed to one day take over for Calvin Pace.