The New York Jets drafted 12 players in last weekend's draft, hoping to walk away with the best draft card in 2014. The list is long and filled with some of the most prolific college football players of the past few years such as Calvin "Bone Crusher" Pryor, Jace Amaro, and Tajh Boyd. Combine these former college standouts with a few unsuspecting gems, such as Dakota Dozier out of Furman, the Jets may have walked away with one of the most underrated draft cards in this year's draft.
Breaking down the Green and White's draft card, we will take a look at the best and worst draft choices that GM John Idzik and Rex Ryan made this year.
Best Draft Choice:
The best draft choice that the Jets' brass made this year was taking tight end Jace Amaro with their No. 49 overall selection. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Amaro is a big-bodied target for second year quarterback Geno Smith. He ranked among the best tight ends coming out in the draft and his dominance in college and the combine made Gang Greens' scouts fall in love. The rookie tight end boasted a 4.74 second 40-yard dash time and 33 inch vertical jump, along with 28 reps on the bench press. He was rated as the top performer in all categories of the combine, except for the 3-cone drill, at his position. His ability to get open and his electrifying run-after-catch skills will be a great addition to the lethargic offense of last year. If Amaro can recreate his senior season with Texas Tech with the New York Jets, where he had 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven TDs, he will be a steal at No. 49.
Worst Draft Choice:
To determine the worst draft choice of the Jets' 2014 draft, we will take a look at the first round selection of safety Calvin Pryor. Even though he was an amazing football player in college, and will most likely have a long and productive career in the NFL, Idzik could have went elsewhere with their No. 18 overall selection. Top cornerback Darqueze Dennard was still available, as well as wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The cornerback and receiver positions should have been addressed more so than the safety position in the first round. Although Gang Green addressed both positions in later rounds, they missed out on day one starters in Dennard and Cooks. If third round selection cornerback Dexter McDougle can stay healthy and have an immediate impact early in the season, and if Jalen Saunders or Shaq Evans secure a starting position at receiver, then the Pryor selection can be overlooked as the worst draft choice.
New York is hopes that it did not select another Vernon Gholston in this year's draft with their 12 selections. However, Gang Green did fill a lot of holes on its roster with young, talented players. Having selected so many players in 2014, New York hopes that its heavy investment in younger talent will pay-off in the future.