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New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft Review
By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor
(Sports Network) -
1 - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (6-6, 284); 2 - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech (6-4, 215); 3 - Demario Davis, ILB, Arkansas State (6-2, 235); 6 - Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest (5-11, 208); 6 - Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor (6-0, 239); 6 - Robert T. Griffin, OG, Baylor (6-6, 340); 7 - Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina (6-2, 210); 7 - Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan (6-0, 208)
Top Picks Analysis: The Jets bypassed some of the draft's top edge-rushing prospects such as Melvin Ingram, Whitney Mercilus and Nick Perry in favor of Coples, who ranks as one of the more puzzling players of this year's group. The versatile end has the strength, wingspan and lateral mobility to be a dominant force as both a run stopper and pressure-creator, but developed a reputation as a disinterested loafer as a collegian. Still, his sky-high ceiling was worth a gamble in the middle of the first round. Gang Green then traded up in the second to secure the draft's fastest receiver in Hill, a long-strider with very good hands and excellent blocking skills who should help open up the offense, though his knowledge of routes is limited from playing in Georgia Tech's option attack. The third round produced another fleet-footed but unpolished youngster in Davis, a compactly built thumper with developing instincts who could take over for the aging Bart Scott following a one-year apprenticeship.
Best Value Pick: If Coples can perform to his immense talent level, he'll be a heist at the 16th overall pick. The best of the late-rounders may be Allen, an intimidating hitter who could turn out to be a special-teams demon.
Questionable Calls: The Jets got subpar play from right tackle Wayne Hunter last season and have received next to nothing out of 2010 second-rounder Vladimir Ducasse, so it would have made sense for a team that wants to establish a punishing ground game to look for some help there. The need for another outside linebacker that can get to the quarterback still exists as well following the draft.
Summary: The Jets weren't able to rectify all the trouble spots on their roster, but getting two top-level athletes with tremendous upside with the first pair of picks is still noteworthy. Nobody here is a sure thing, but there's still plenty to like about this cast.
FINAL GRADE: B-
04/30 14:53:33 ET
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