New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IApril 26, 2012

New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

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    The New York Jets needed to ace the 2012 NFL draft after a disappointing finish to the 2011 season.

    Whether they did or not, we won't know for a few seasons at least. But with the number of selections they made, you have to like their chances.

    The moves came fast and furious, but if you were following along here, you won't miss a tick. In case you weren't, all the info you'll ever need about the Jets draft choices is right here before you. 

    This tracker was updated throughout the draft with grades, analysis and reaction to all the picks, trades and moves as they went down.

    Click through for scouting reports, reactions and grades for all of the Jets moves in the draft.

First Round, Pick 16: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

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    The Jets landed the draft's top-rated pass rusher without having to move up. Talk about value.

    The fans may have wanted Melvin Ingram, but the Jets knew who their guy was when they were unable to make a trade.

    Scouting Report

    Gil Brandt, one of the most respected evaluators of talent in sports journalism, had Coples as his eighth-ranked player in the draft, and second-best pass rusher behind Melvin Ingram.

    Then there's that questionable motor. How much of an impact will that have on his career? This from Wes Bunting of National Football Post:

    Can be as good as he wants to be in the NFL. The game comes very easy to him and he can be dominant if he learns to use his arms even better to slip blocks in the pass game, but with more time I expect that to improve. The sky is the limit as long as he's willing to work at his trade and keep his motor running.

    NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock pointed out that his better tape was as a 4-3 defensive tackle, and when he had to play outside, he started giving less effort.

    How will he react when he has to line up at 3-4 outside linebacker in the Jets defense? Will the Jets add him to the defensive line as a 5-technique, where he probably has less experience?

    This is a tough fit to project, but the Jets certainly get an athletic addition to their front seven, and one who is quite capable of rushing the passer.

    For more scouting analysis on Quinton Coples, click here.

    Pick grade: C+

    There's no doubt about his athletic talent, but there are doubts about his motor.

    The perception is that he dogs it, but is perception reality? That will go a long way in determining whether Coples is a boom or a bust.

Second Round, Pick 43: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

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    Rex Ryan got his new toy in the first round, and Mark Sanchez got his new toy in the second round.

    And he got one heck of an athletic one at that.

    Hill is unpolished and will need some work before he's starting for the Jets, but his upside is huge. Most of his experience is in an option style offense, but I hear the Jets have an option style quarterback on their roster now, but I forget his name.

    Scouting Report

    Wes Bunting of National Football Post points out what we've heard about Hill—that he "isn't a real polished route runner because of the scheme" and that he "is asked to typically just run vertical routes where he can track/height point the football."

    Bunting adds:

    Has a unique skill set, can pluck off his frame, track the football and is the next big time talent from the Georgia Tech program. Is going to need some time to develop, but can come in and track football vertically early on. Has a lot of upside to his game and skill set says he's an NFL starter.

    Just brecause he's not polished yet, doesn't mean he can't eventually become polished. There are plenty of ways to utilize his skill set in the meantime.

    Hill draws comparison to Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant for his raw athleticism, and Matt Miller says Hill has "similar potential [to Bryant] as a playmaker and overall wide receiver."

    Pick grade: A

    The Jets have given Mark Sanchez another weapon, adding the raw athlete Stephen Hill to their offense. The thing is, they don't even need a polished receiver right now. They just need someone who can win match-ups on the outside, and who can tilt the numbers in favor of the Jets offense.

    The buzz around Florham Park has been that the Jets want to get back to the ground and pound, but a wide receiver who can stretch a defense vertically can really help open things up underneath for the running game.

Third Round, Pick 77: Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State

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    Linebacker was a big enough need to warrant the pick, and with Demario Davis, the Jets could have their eventual replacement for Bart Scott.

    Scouting Report

    Production was the name of the game with the Jets third round pick.

    Davis logged 229 tackles, 22.5 of them for loss, seven sacks and four interceptions in his four-year career.

    It wasn't just the stat sheet, though, it was the tape and the versatility. From James Christensen of

    Overall, Davis is one of the most explosive and well rounded defensive players in this year’s draft. He comes from a smaller school, where not many people saw him play. Davis is always around the ball and plays with such power and intensity that there is no doubt in my mind he will make in in the NFL. He will be a fit with just about every team in the league regardless of the type of defense they run. Look for Davis to come off the board in round three and looking back on it in five years that could be the steal of the draft.

    From Wes Bunting of National Football Post:

    One of the biggest surprises on tape this draft season. Was explosive, instinctive and always making plays on the football. Looks like a starting caliber linebacker either inside or out in a 43 scheme.

    B/R NFL editor Michael Schottey compares Davis to Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee because he's "versatile, can play at any linebacker position, and possibly safety. He's a sideline-to-sideline athlete, and he has tremendous cover skills."

    For more scouting analysis on Davis, click here.

    Pick grade: A-

    Position of need. Vastly underrated player. A defense that will be conducive to his skill set. This has all the makings of a huge steal for the Jets. If nothing else, he's at least a very suitable replacement for the aging Bart Scott.

Sixth Round, Pick 187: Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest

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    With Jim Leonhard's future uncertain, and with Eric Smith and LaRon Landry coming with their own respective baggage in terms of talent and health respectively, it's about time the Jets address the safety spot.

    Scouting Report

    The Cover 1 scheme the Jets run in the back end calls for a rangy safety, and Bush has the speed to cover sideline-to-sideline, running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the combine. 

    He's productive, having led his team in interceptions with six in 2011. The question, though, is whether he can improve on key tackling fundamentals for the safety position. 

    This from Dane Brugler of CBS Sports:

    Bush wasn't a top recruit, but fought his way onto the field and put in his time on special teams...He is tough, but needs to show he can stay healthy and do a better job finishing tackles once he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Bush is a good (not great) athlete and shows the awareness and range to be effective in the second half of the field with experience at both cornerback and free safety.

    For more scouting analysis on Bush, click here.

    Pick grade: B

    Bush is a free safety, a big-time position of need for the Jets whether it's depth or otherwise. He's a bit small at 5'11" and 205 pounds, but he has positional flexibility between cornerback and safety, and his special teams experience will help him earn a roster spot, as well.

    His skill set is just what the Jets are looking for at safety.

Sixth Round, Pick 202: Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor

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    Ground and pound it is. Depth at running back was a need for the Jets, and they've made their first addition to the backfield by adding someone who can help them get out of short-yardage and goal line situations.

    Scouting Report

    Ganaway is a big boy at 6'0" and 239 pounds. He had a huge season in 2011, but it was his lone productive season out of three. He had shown potential before, but he was given the workload and carried it with ease, with 1,547 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns.

    From Dane Brugler of CBS Sports:

    Despite a highly productive senior season, Ganaway looks like nothing more than a short-yardage back with limited burst and speed to do much past the line of scrimmage...a mid-to-late round draft choice who needs to stay balanced and run with consistent power to hold down a roster spot in the NFL. 

    Dynamic and explosive plays are not his strong suit, as he lacks breakaway speed to leave defenders in his dust, but when it comes to three yards and a cloud of dust, he could be one of the better backs available in the draft.

    According to, his success wasn't entirely residual, either:

    Ganaway is a legitimate prospect in his own right. He shows good initial quickness, a burst through the line, and seriously imposing size that give him fourth- or fifth-round value.

    Pick grade: B+

    The Jets are looking to get back to the ground and pound mentality on offense, so Ganaway is a good way to get started. He can provide depth at running back, and is probably a better goal line and short-yardage situational back than Shonn Greene, who will probably lose some snaps to Ganaway.

    His lone season of productivity notwithstanding, he will at least give the Jets more goal line options in the backfield. But wasn't that what Tim Tebow was brought in for?

Sixth Round, Pick 203: Robert T. Griffin, G, Baylor

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    Back-to-back Baylor Bears have been drafted to the Jets.

    Scouting Report

    Griffin started 10 of 13 games at right tackle as a junior, and followed it up by starting all 13 at right guard as a senior.

    Those who are hoping he would be a solid addition to the running game are set up for disappointment, according to Wes Bunting of National Football Post, who says he, "struggles with pad level and will be bullied at the point in the NFL."

    Has played both right tackle and guard. Body type says right tackle to me in the NFL. However, isn't real athletic in space, struggles with balance and isn't ever going to be able to gain leverage inside. Size free agent only.

    Pick grade: B+

    The Jets definitely could use more depth on the inside of the offensive line, with Brandon Moore not getting any younger. 

Seventh Round, Pick 242: Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina

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    More depth for the Jets at another position of need. What's more, Allen is an SEC talent and has experience against the top players in the nation.

    Scouting Report's scouting report on Allen describes him as, "an experienced, versatile SEC defensive back who has played the rover position for South Carolina," and says, "his athletic ability and tendency to be actively involved in every play in the box gives him value to teams looking to add run support. He is somewhat limited in pass defense due to playing so close in the box, but he has third-round value and could ascend from there."

    Furthermore, Michael Schottey calls him a one-dimensional player, but says, "but boy is that one dimension good." He compares Allen to Browns safety T.J. Ward, and adds, "he's a phenomenal run supporter...Allen can make plays against the pass or against the run; however, once that ball gets over the top, he gets lost."

    He will not do well when asked to cover.

    For more scouting analysis on Allen, click here.

    Pick grade: C-

    Allen will be a nice depth complement behind LaRon Landry, who will probably end up being injured at some point this season (if he didn't get injured signing his contract). That being said, the Jets could really use a safety to take Jim Leonhard's spot, but finding that guy in the seventh round wasn't in the cards.

Seventh Round, Pick 244: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

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    After adding Stephen Hill in the second round, the Jets come back around in the seventh round for a double-dip at wide receiver.

    Scouting Report

    White can quickly get up to speed once he gets moving, but doesn't have the quick twitch you look for in a short- to intermediate-route-running receiver.

    Wes Bunting of National Football Post points out that he is a very physical receiver, in that he can win jump ball situations and is fearless working the middle of the field.

    White gives you a nice-sized body who can work the middle of the field, go get the football and work the middle of the field. He's more of a bigger inside guy only who looks like a poor man's version of Jason Avant.

    One—rather, two—big red flags on his scouting report come in the form of two torn ACLs, one in each knee. Despite those setbacks, he's been one of the most productive receivers in the country over the past two years.

    Grade: C+

    Depth at wide receiver was a need for the Jets, especially bigger wide receivers capable of creating after the catch and working the middle of the field. Still, those torn ACLs scream memories of Brandon Tate's slow start in the NFL.

New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft Report Card

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    First Round, Pick 16: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

    Pick Grade: C+

    Second Round, Pick 43: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

    Pick Grade: A

    Third Round, Pick 77: Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State

    Pick Grade: A-

    Sixth Round, Pick 187: Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest

    Pick Grade: B

    Sixth Round, Pick 202: Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor

    Pick Grade: B+

    Sixth Round, Pick 203: Robert T. Griffin, OG, Baylor

    Pick Grade: B+

    Seventh Round, Pick 242: Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina

    Pick Grade: C-

    Seventh Round, Pick 244: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

    Pick Grade: C+

    Overall Draft Grade: B