Sunday, April 29, 2012

New York Jets Draft: How Each Draftee Could Factor in to the 2012 Season - Bleacher Report

The draft has been over since 7:00 p.m., and while we await the final grades for each team, it's time to marvel at the talent that our respective teams have taken. 

The Jets had a fairly good haul this year, drafting a Senior Bowl standout, a potential No. 2 wide receiver, a momentum propelled linebacker and other players who could contribute immediately.

But when the 2012 season comes, how will the Jets picks do, or for that matter, will they contribute at all?

For those who need answers, I can help answer those questions.

Let's see how our eight draftees will contribute to the coming season.  

Defensive End Quinton Coples

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Rex Ryan drafted Quinton Coples over Melvin Ingram for a reason. That reason was because he is a pure defensive end who has plenty of natural athletic ability. 

Coples was a projectable Top 10 selection who fell because of a bad senior year where he was playing on a team that was in turmoil. Jets fans should in fact be grateful for him, instead of prematurely labeling him as a Vernon Gholston 2.0 

If anything, Coples is going to be a part of the Jets revamped defensive line. He and last year's first rounder Mohammad Wilkerson could potentially form a dangerous duo that could elevate this team's pass defense up to 11.

Additionally, with Sione Pouha, the line could potentially penetrate any team's offensive line, provided Rex Ryan can get Coples' head straight.  

Wide Receiver Stephen Hill

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Stephen Hill comes from a recently established line of dynamic Georgia Tech wideouts, following Calvin Johnson and Demariyus Thomas. He has playmaking ability and can gobble up yards just by getting into position. 

Unfortunately, he wasn't used as much as hoped, which plummeted his draft stock. Fortunately for the Jets, he fell right into their lap, and they seized the opportunity to take him. 

Hill will be part of the team's remade receiving corps, potentially being used as a No. 2 or 3 wide receiver behind Santonio Holmes and possibly Jeremy Kerley. If he can be the dynamic playmaker he was in college, expect the Calvin Johnson comparisons to come in fast. 

Outside Linebacker Demario Davis


Demario Davis came out of nowhere and managed to attract the Jets attention in the middle of the third round, An interesting mid-size school specimen, he was one of the top contributors on Hugh Freeze's (the same guy from The Blind Side) 2012 Sun Belt champions.

One of the great things about Davis is that he covers a lot of ground, due to a combination of speed and momentum, which scouts raised as a point of concern. For Rex Ryan, this could effectively be used as a part of the run defense.

With Bart Scott starting to decline, there is a possibility that the Jets may have found his successor, although he may not have the intensity that Scott has.

Anyway, expect him to be slipped in on run plays throughout the season.

For all we know, he could potentially be a poor man's Melvin Ingram.   

Safety Josh Bush

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It took six rounds, but the Jets found a safety they liked in the draft, a Wake Forest kid named Josh Bush. 

Bush, who transitioned to safety and managed to figure out current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, could find himself on the bench for the year as he learns more from players like LaRon Landry and fellow rookie Antonio Allen.

However, expect him to contribute in the future, especially since he is a hybrid safety who can play both positions.

He will contribute on special teams, though.  

Running Back Terrance Ganaway

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This is the second year in a row the Jets have drafted the teammate of a former Heisman winner, following Greg McElroy, teammate of Mark Ingram turned Jets third-string quarterback turned locker room whistleblower. 

Moving along from that, the Jets addressed a serious need at running back with the addition of Terrance Ganaway. Ganaway, who set up behind RG3, managed to run for 1,549 yards and 21 touchdowns; those numbers should have pushed him up a few rounds.

Ganaway practically has the job all but locked up, but expect him to impress in training camp, and he may displace Shonn Greene as top ball carrier. Heck, he could be this year's surprise rookie.

I can tell you right now, I am falling in love with this pick.  

Guard Robert Griffin

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This one is a no-brainer. Just slip him behind center and watch the magic happen...

Ok, I'm joking here, like most people did when the found out the Jets took their own version of Robert Griffin, but anyway...

Griffin will be brought in to possibly fight for a spot on the offensive line. Given his size and ability, he may be the answer to the question of what to do when Brandon Moore retires. 

Either that or he could move to tackle and compete with Wayne Hunter for the job. 

If this happens, he could end up being this year's version of Matt Slauson, who managed to surprise everyone with a solid season. 

Safety Antonio Allen

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Antonio Allen will not contribute immediately, but he will definitely be a starter in a few years. 

While he waits on the bench, he could teach Josh Bush the nuances of playing safety and contribute on special teams. 

Wide Receiver Jordan White


Plain and simple. Jordan White is a sixth-year senior. He will be used as platoon fourth wideout with Chaz Schilens.

If not, he will contribute on special teams. 

He will, however, contribute in the preseason, but at the worst, he could be a member of the practice squad. 

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