1-up: Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, WR, Second Round, No. 43 Overall Pick
Given the likely departure of receiver Plaxico Burress and the uncertainty of Braylon Edwards’ possible return to the Green and White, the Jets swung for the fences in the second-round of the draft. New York sent their fifth and seventh-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks in order to move up from No. 47 to No. 43 in the second-round. Gang Green was in search of a big physical receiving target for quarterback Mark Sanchez and found a match by bringing Hill into the fold.
Playing out of a run heavy scheme at Georgia Tech, Hill is an outstanding blocker on the outside which will suit him well in New York’s ground-and-pound offense. The Jets lacked a true deep threat on offense last year and Hill’s outstanding speed will keep defenses honest and his dynamic athleticism is sure to give opposing cornerbacks fits.
At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Hill represents one of the biggest and most physical receivers the 2012 draft class has to offer. The former Yellow Jacket will need to refine his route running and learn to read NFL defenses on-the-fly, but without question he brings a legitimate vertical threat that was non-existent from New York’s offense in 2011.
1-down: DeMario Davis, Arkansas State, OLB, Third Round, No. 77 Overall Pick
With so many holes to fill on New York’s depth chart, the front office elected to draft another pass-rusher with its third-round selection. At the time Demario Davis was picked, there were still quality safeties, offensive lineman and running backs remaining on the draft board.
While Davis is a versatile player with a high motor, he will likely serve predominantly as a special teamer to begin the 2012 season. Drawing comparisons to former Jet Jamaal Westerman, Davis may evolve into a situational player as a third-down pass-rusher with Gang Green. Projected to slide off the draft board in the fifth-round by NFL draft and scouting experts, New York pulled the trigger too fast on a non-starter for its defensive unit.
Flying under the radar at Arkansas State, Davis was not a highly-coveted pick and may have been available during the latter stages of the draft. Ultimately Davis has potential to become a starter at some point in his NFL career, but he will be a project player for Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine and the Jets defensive coaching staff this upcoming NFL season.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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