Round 1, Pick No. 18: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Round 2, Pick No. 49: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Round 3, Pick No. 80: Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland
Round 4, Pick No. 104: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
Round 4, Pick No. 115: Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA
Round 4, Pick No. 137: Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman
Round 5, Pick No. 154: Jeremiah George, ILB, Iowa State
Round 6, Pick No. 195: Brandon Dixon, CB, Missouri State
Round 6, Pick No. 209: Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska
Round 6, Pick No. 210: Ik Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech
Round 6, Pick No. 213: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Round 7, Pick No. 233: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
The most surprising aspect of the Jets' draft is that they actually used all 12 picks, not making a single trade up or down the board.
Their actions on Thursday night were the most head-scratching, as they went against all conventional wisdom and drafted a position that was not a cornerback or a receiver. Safety Calvin Pryor is certainly an upgrade over what they have at the position, but safety was hardly a pressing need headed into this draft.
With the exception of the selection of Pryor in the first round, Idzik attacked all the team's biggest needs in succession, nabbing a tight end, a cornerback and two receivers immediately after "splurging" on a big-time safety prospect.
Idzik's patience in the second round paid off big time, as he was able to land tight end Jace Amaro. Amaro can easily be argued as a first-round tight end prospect who immediately transforms the Jets' tight end position from a being weakness into a strength. Adding McDougle in the third round gives their secondary an injection of speed and added depth in the slot.
The Jets certainly welcome talent like Jalen Saunders on their team, but it will be a challenge to get him on the field with Jeremy Kerley handling the slot duties. At 5'9", Saunders is not going to survive on the outside in the NFL.
Idzik did follow up with a bigger possession receiver in Evans, balancing out the overall size the Jets drafted to the position.
Many of the Jets' later picks were small-school prospects with high upside. Players such as Dakota Dozier of Furman and Missouri State's Brandon Dixon need a lot of technical work, but they have athletic traits that are hard to find this deep in the draft. When selecting late in the draft, it makes more sense to try to hit a home run with a project player than find a marginal special teams player with limited upside.
One commonality found in all of these prospects is that they are all high-character, high-effort, physical players. Idzik clearly had a small draft board, uninterested in bringing underachievers into his building. Many of these players are team captains, including Pryor, George and Enunwa.