While Jets fifth round pick, Iowa safety Derek Pagel, doesn't have blazing speed, he's fast enough. He looks like he can be a good centerfielder. In minicamp, he had an impressive pick deep down the middle of the field. Pagel, a solidly-built 210 pounds, has better size than Jon McGraw, who is an excellent prospect, but still looked somewhat skinny in the minicamp. Pagel has been compared to Tampa Bay's John Lynch in terms of his playing style . . .
The Jets have received some criticism for not picking a wideout in the draft, but they actually have some good options for the fourth receiving spot on the roster. One guy we like is Phil McGeoghan. He is a free agent they signed recently, who was the Broncos property the last few years. He actually was in Jets camp three summers ago and was one of the last cuts. He had excellent size (6-2, 220 pounds) and is very physical. Mike Shanahan is a big fan of the guy, but released him last summer after McGeoghan blew out his shoulder in NFL Europe. Now that he's close to 100 percent, the Jets might have a sleeper here. Aside from the Jets, the Raiders really wanted this guy. If his shoulder is okay, he is a legitimate candidate for the #4 receiver job. What helps his case is that he's a very good special teams player, something Kevin Swayne is not. It hurts a team when their fourth wideout can run down and cover on the kick and punt teams . . .
The Jets new punter, Dan Strazynski, who finished 32nd in the NFL in punting last year, showed a pretty strong leg in minicamp. Some observers think he's just a directional kicker these days, but he looks like he's got a stronger leg than advertised. So what was his problem last year in Kansas City? Mike Westhoff says he knows, but isn't telling. We will try to get to the bottom of this one. Strazynski is also an excellent holder, so this should help the Jets new placekicker Doug Brien.