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New York Jets address several needs in the 2014 NFL Draft

Amaro a new weapon for the Jets offense
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The New York Jets entered the 2014 NFL Draft armed with 12 picks and a goal of adding dynamic playmakers while significantly upgrading the depth on the roster. After 3 days, and surprisingly using all 12 draft picks, the Jets accomplished their goal as the organization addressed several team needs. Gang Green added weapons on both offense and defense, and also chose players that will be valuable on special teams, a unit that has struggled in recent years. More importantly the New York Jets chose players that love the game of the football and that are known for the competitive nature and leadership. Adding former team captains and leaders will only continue to foster the true team environment and competitive atmosphere that the organization covets.


Tight End Jace Amaro - A huge target that had a prolific career at Texas Tech including setting the single season receiving yards by a tight end record with 1,352. Will be a match-up problem for opposing tight ends and safeties and could become a nice safety valve for Geno Smith and Mike Vick.

Wide Receiver Jalen Saunders- Explosive playmaker at 5'9, 165 pounds. Should help in the return game and could be used in a variety of roles on offense.

Wide Receiver Shaq Evans- A fast receiver with size , 6'1, but some issues with consistency. With the ability to help out in the return game will push guys like Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill for roster spots.

Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa- Good size 6'2, 225 and a physical receiver who could find a role in the west coast offense. More competition in the wide receiver room.

Guard Dakota Dozier- Line depth and competition. An interesting prospect that will need some coaching up according to draft analysts.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd- This pick was all Rex Ryan as he openly loved Boyd and his leadership abilities at Clemson. Will battle Matt Simms for the third spot.


Safety Calvin Pryor- Finally the Jets landed a big time playmaking safety that hits like a truck. Pryor will be an enforcer in the secondary and will help improve the Jets coverage on opposing tight ends.

Cornerback Dexter McDougle- An athletic corner with some durability issues. Only played 3 games his senior year but the Jets are enamored by his athleticism and speed.

Cornerback Brandon Dixon- A physical corner with speed that will add competition to the position.

Inside Linebacker Jeremiah George- Physical player with a great motor that gives the team some much-needed depth. Will be asked to help out on special teams as well.

Defensive End IK Enemkpali- A strong, ferocious player who will add some to fire to the group. Could be a project for Karl Dunbar.

Outside Linebacker Trevor Reilly- A productive player in college that will add some depth to linebacking group.

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