Boom or Bust: Jets' rookie draft class

As an offensive unit that has struggled severely in the passing game, the New York Jets have added lots of receiving potential in this year's NFL draft. Will this year's rookie draft class provide the boost that Geno Smith, Michael Vick and the Jets are looking for? The Jets Beat identifies a boom, a bust and a sleeper pick from Gang Green's 2014 draft selections.

BOOM: Jace Amaro

Taken in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, before any true wide receiver, it will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will utilize former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro in this struggling offense. Coming off an explosive year with the Red Raiders, Amaro racked up 1,353 receiving yards and 106 receptions during his junior year. He ranks second in Texas Tech all-time single-season receiving yards and third in all-time single-season receptions. Averaging 104 yards/game, he also holds the NCAA record for most single-season receiving yards/game by a tight end. Resembling an oversized wide receiver 6-foot-5, Amaro has great speed and wingspan. With the Jets' mediocre receiving corps, you can expect him to contribute early and often in the upcoming season.

BUST: Jalen Saunders

With three of his touchdowns coming from punt returns last year, it's likely this is where the shifty Saunders will make his living in the NFL. At only 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Saunders lacks the size and strength to become a star wideout. He is easily knocked off routes and struggles to hold his blocks. However, with a quick first step and ability to elude initial defenders, Saunders is capable of busting out large gains off of screen passes and kick returns. Averaging 15.4 yards per punt return last year, Saunders will be a good special teams replacement for wideout Jeremy Kerley.

SLEEPER: Shaq Evans

As the No. 115 overall pick, Evans tops our list for sleeper potential. Catching 107 passes for 1,586 yards during his last two years at UCLA, Evans has the chance to earn some serious playing time. At 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, Evans is built like a tailback and has great athletic talent. He makes contested catches look easy but lacks breakout speed and separation ability. With decent route running skills and sure hands, Evans will be a reliable option as a move-the-chains target.


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