Jets find great draft value in QB Tajh Boyd

Despite Geno Smith and Michael Vick atop the quarterback depth chart, the New York Jets think sixth-round pick Tajh Boyd and his high ceiling could be a factor in years to come.

Geno Smith and Michael Vick may currently be at the center of the NFL's hottest QB controversy, but there's a chance that Tajh Boyd is the future at quarterback for the New York Jets.

With the No. 213 overall pick, the Jets added the Clemson QB in the sixth round on Saturday. And while it's unlikely Boyd will play a major role for the Jets in 2014 or even 2015, Boyd's ceiling could make him a factor beyond that.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan was already familiar with Boyd before the draft, as Ryan's son, Seth, played with Boyd at Clemson. Ryan says it was his familiarity with Boyd and a glowing review from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney that led to the pick.

"He said if Tajh would have called a meeting at 2:00 a.m., the entire football team would have been there," said Ryan of the Clemson signal-caller. "So I think that's impressive. I think it speaks to the type of person he is. And so we're excited to bring Tajh here and let him compete."

Along with leadership, Boyd proved himself worthy of a pick with his play as a senior. In 2013, Boyd completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,851 yards and 34 touchdowns.

In the fourth round, New York went for receiving depth, adding two receivers in an effort to improve a receiving corps that was led by Jeremy Kerley last season. The Jets took Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders with the No. 104 overall pick and UCLA's Shaq Evans with the No. 115 pick.

Coming into the draft, size concerns surrounded Saunders. The receiver is nearly 5-foot-9, but weighed in at just 165 pounds.

Jets GM John Idzik says Saunders' weight isn't a huge concern coming into the season.

"I don't think you can peg a weight for a player," noted the Jets' GM. "Everyone's got their own individual optimum. So, we wait to see him here and get to know him a little bit and you don't want to take anything from his play. As Terry (Bradway) said, he plays much stronger, much more aggressive than a weight may indicate, so I don't know that we peg a weight for him."

Saunders started all 13 games for the Sooners in 2013 while catching 61 passes for 729 yards and eight touchdowns.

Potentially a slot receiver in the NFL, Saunders is likely to start his career making plays on special teams. Saunders returned 20 punts last season, averaging 15.4 yards per return with two touchdowns.

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