New York Jets 2014 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web
The 2014 NFL draft is in the books, and judgements on each team's performance are being poured in.
With 12 picks to work with, the New York Jets were one of the busiest franchises this past weekend. But did quantity lead to quality selections?
Did the Jets make the right call by taking a safety in the first round?
Will Jace Amaro make an immediate impact in the passing game?
Did New York find any late-round gems?
Click through to find out what the experts think about Gang Green's latest draft effort.
Yahoo Sports!: B-
The experts over at Yahoo Sports! saw both good and bad in New York's draft.
They called Calvin Pryor the Jets' finest selections, saying the Louisville product is a "Rodney Harrison-like safety who could be a perfect fit for Rex Ryan and help add some teeth back into this unit."
However, the experts were not fond of Gang Green's first fourth-round selection, Jalen Saunders. They call him a "future No. 5 receiver and punt returner" and an "injury risk waiting to happen at 165 pounds."
In all, they saw the Jets draft as slightly above average, largely due to New York's early and late-round selections.
Yahoo Sports! comparison between Pryor and Harrison is a good one, as Pryor is a hard-hitting player who makes up for mistakes in coverage with big plays and toughness.
Nonetheless, I'm not as sold on Pryor as them. Yes, I believe he immediately upgrades the Jets defense, but I question his ability to handle big tight ends in coverage.
As for Saunders, I agree completely with their assessment.
With talented wideouts such as Martavis Bryant and Bruce Ellington still on the board, it was disheartening to see the Jets take a player whose size prohibits him from doing anything outside of contributing in the return game.
Rob Rang, CBS Sports: B
Rob Rang of CBS Sports was slightly more positive on New York's draft than the experts at Yahoo Sports!, giving John Idzik and Co. an above-average grade of a B.
He had nothing but good things to say about most of the Jets' selections.
He called Pryor his "top-rated safety," and he loves the upside of late-round picks Brandon Dixon, Quincy Enunwa and Trevor Reilly.
However, Rang did question the toughness of the trio of pass-catchers the Jets drafted in the second and fourth rounds.
I agree with him on almost all of his points. I saw Pryor as slightly superior to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix before the draft, and I think Reilly could make an immediate impact at linebacker.
I also have questions about the physicality of Amaro and Saunders. Amaro was a one-year wonder who definitely benefited from being in Texas Tech's pass-happy system, and Saunders is just 5'8'' and 165 pounds.
Bryan Fischer, NFL.com: Above Average
Bryan Fischer of NFL.com does his grading scale a bit differently, as he does not go down the simple alphabetic route.
Instead, Fischer's grade for the Jets is "general manager gets a sticker." In other words, he sees Gang Green's effort as above average.
Fischer says New York had a "great first two days." He's also much higher on Saunders than most, saying the fourth-round pick is "a tough kid who can contribute on special teams."
He also had positive things to say about fourth-round pick Shaq Evans and fifth-round pick Jeremiah George, as well as Reilly and Tajh Boyd.
Fischer's optimism on almost all of New York's late-round selections is nice, but a bit too idealist. In reality, at least half of the Jets' late pickups won't make the final roster.
I do like the value of both Reilly and Boyd toward the end of the draft, though.
Boyd's accuracy is a huge question mark, but he's a smart and skilled passer with confidence. Reilly is already 26, but he has early-round talent.
Alessandro Miglio, Bleacher Report: B
Alessandro Miglio of Bleacher Report was very impressed with New York's first two selections, but he didn't see much in the team's late-round picks.
Miglio called Calvin Pryor "a greater enforcer in the middle of the defensive backfield." However, he did have some issues with Pryor going ahead of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Miglio was also extremely fond of Jace Amaro. He called Amaro "a 6'5'' monster...who has been likened to Rob Gronkowski" and "a big target for second-year quarterback Geno Smith."
However, the expert expressed disappointment with the rest of the Jets' draft class, except for Dakota Dozier, who he views as a steal.
As previously stated, I rated Pryor ahead of Clinton-Dix before the draft, largely because of the former's playmaking skills and tackling ability.
Miglio's assessment of Dozier is also spot-on, as the guard is a massive man who's light on his feet.
And while I view the comparison between Amaro and Gronkowski a tad excessive, I still think Amaro can be a Heath Miller-type safety blanket for Geno Smith in his first year.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: B
The Jets get a similar B grade from ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. (subscription required).
Kiper expresses positive thoughts on Pryor and Amaro, and he believes Evans and Saunders can both make impacts in their own respective ways.
The expert also states that "Dakota Dozier can become a starter" and that Dexter McDougle could become a steal if he lives up to his potential.
Kiper's one of the best in the business at assessing prospects, and I agree with him in most areas.
Evans isn't the fastest man in the world, but he has the route-running ability and the hands to be a reliable pass-catcher.
However, I'm not as sold on McDougle, as the Maryland product's technique in man-to-man coverage is subpar and needs to be improved if he's to be successful at the NFL level.