5 Bold Predictions for New York Jets' 2014 NFL Draft Class

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5 Bold Predictions for New York Jets' 2014 NFL Draft Class
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The Jets surprised analysts by selecting safety Calvin Pryor in the first round.

The point of making bold predictions about the New York Jets' 2014 draft class so soon after the draft has ended is not to test my crystal ball. It's to have some fun in discussing the reasons behind this class's selection.

Once again, the Jets threw a monkey wrench into the best-laid plans of draft prognosticators. While they didn't make a trade, they made a mockery out of most mock drafts:

  • Although cornerback Darqueze Dennard was available, as were wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin and Marqise Lee, the Jets selected safety Calvin Pryor in Round 1.
  • Their third-round selection, cornerback Dexter McDougle, missed most of his last collegiate season with a shoulder injury.
  • They didn't pick their first wide receiver, one of their biggest needs, until Round 4.

It's easy to condemn the Jets for not doing what fans and media expected. It's harder to deduce their underlying plan and judge them on its execution. These predictions should begin that process.

A few bold predictions won't reveal general manager John Idzik's master plan for rebuilding the Jets. They might shed some light on the roles a few pieces should play.

In case you're keeping score on my crystal ball, I've sequenced these predictions from least bold to most. To determine boldness, I use a combination of the prospect's draft selection and the accomplishment's degree of difficulty. A Round 7 pick leading the NFL in receiving is a bolder prediction than a Round 1 pick winning a starting job.

The predictions start after a look at some potential disasters. Check everything out and share your own.

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