Saturday, April 28, 2012

New York Jets draft analysis: Stephen Hill could be answer for big-play woes -



WR, Georgia Tech

How he fits: Hill has big-time speed and can be a deep threat immediately, but will need a crash course in the nuances of NFL route-running because he comes from a school that exclusively used the run-oriented triple-option offense. His excellent blocking ability will be welcomed by smash-mouth-oriented coach Rex Ryan, who wants to use the Wildcat with Tim Tebow.

When he’ll play: The Jets have an opening at No. 2 receiver behind mercurial Santonio Holmes, with second-year pro Jeremy Kerley (already a good slot receiver) and former Oakland Raider Chaz Schilens also candidates. Hill, who turned pro after his junior season, isn’t ready to start immediately but the Jets lacked big-play capability last season and certainly will use him for that potential.


“He’s a tall kid. … He can run, but he’s flexible. He can sink his hips. He can drop his weight and get in and out of routes. … I think his skill set transfers to this level pretty good. … He’s a unique athlete. He really is.” â€" Joey Clinkscales, Jets’ vice president of college scouting


Stephen Hill gives the Jets' a big play threat for their offense. (AP Photo)


OLB, Arkansas State

How he fits: Davis was a force against the run in college and figures to help the Jets in that area to some extent. He also has the ability to drop into coverage. The Jets also believe he can contribute immediately on special teams, an area that needs help after several stalwarts have departed via free agency in recent years.

When he’ll play: Look for him to be used this season a lot on special teams, and for him to ease his way slowly into the rotation at inside linebacker. Bart Scott is in the final season of a four-year contract, and Davis could be his heir apparent. Scott, a hard-hitter and run-stuffer, has struggled at times playing in space, and it appears that is a strength for Davis.


Round-overall: 6-187, 6-202, 6-203, 7-242, 7-244


The Jets believe they improved team speed with each of their first three selections. That was a problem area last season. However, they also stuck to the value of their board, and thus did not address some areas of need. They still need a safety to help them in covering the middle of the field, and they haven’t addressed the shaky right tackle position. Unless they can find a late-round gem, it appears veteran Wayne Hunter again will be the starting RT, although he will compete with youngsters Vlad Ducasse and Austin Howard. They also could look for a blocking tight end in the late rounds.

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