The 2012 NFL Draft is officially complete and the New York Jets have restocked on talent with 8 new players. Below is a list of the players the Jets drafted, their overall draft positions and Twitter accounts that you can follow (via TJB).
1st Round (16): Quinton Coples (No account … yet)
2nd Round (43): Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech – @_StephenHill_
3rd Round (77): Demario Davis LB Arkanasas St. – @YouAreFree146
6th Round (187): Josh Bush S Wake Forest – @JBush
6th Round (202): Terrance Ganaway RB Baylor – @RepChrist24
6th Round (203): Robert T. Griffin OG Baylor – @7RobertGriffin9 (Private)
7th Round (242): Antonio Allen S South Carolina – @ALLENBOI26
7th Round (244): Jordan White WR Western Michigan – @_JordanWhite
The New York Jets have received mixed reviews from “experts” and media folk around the league on their selections. The Jets first selection, Quinton Coples, is regarded by many as a bad pick because Coples “lacks a motor” and is inconsistent. Coples will have a lot to prove on the field with the Jets, but from all accounts, he has the potential to be a monster on the defensive line. Stephen Hill and Demario Davis are also LOADED with potential and great value picks for the Jets, but are considered raw athletes with a lot to learn. They have the physical skills to be successful, but the way they adapt to the professional game will likely determine their success. Both Coples and Stephen Hill are already considered to be immediate starters and Demario Davis has the ability to make his way into the starting linebacker corps as the season progresses.
As for the Jets late round selections, even Patriot bloggers liked the Jets picks. Here is an excerpt from Boston Radio WEEI,
Jets: The Jets got some solid players during the first two days of the draft, but still had some glaring needs will only sixth- and seventh-round picks remain. However, the Jets managed to land huge value at positions of need late Saturday. The Jets got some help in their backfield by grabbing Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway with the 32nd pick of the sixth round. The Jets also addressed their safety concerns by grabbing Wake Forest safety Josh Bush in round six and South Carolina safety Antonio Allen in round seven. Allen in particular is a huge addition, as he was projected as fourth or fifth round pick in most experts’ recent mock drafts. The selection of Baylor guard Robert T. Griffin also adds some depth for a weak Jets interior offensive line. -WEII
WEEI really summed it up well. The Jets got excellent value at the safety position with Antonio Allen and Josh Bush, both of whom could become solid players for Gang Green. Allen was actually a 2nd team AP All-American, who luckily fell to the Jets in the 7th round, turning to be a high value pick up if he pans out on the field.
The biggest “flaw” of the Jets draft might be their lack of addressing the offensive tackle position, but perhaps the Jets have something else up their sleeves. Maybe they see something in Wayne Hunter (that none of us will ever likely see) or have their sights set on a new player. Whatever it is, a lot rides on the right tackle position and the Jets lack of action this offseason could come back to bite the offense in the ass.
But enough of my blabbering, what do you think about the Jets 2012 draft selections?