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Over the last two days, future NFL talent participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. After reviewing tape and listening to interviews, there’s no denying that this year’s draft class is super deep with high end talent. On NFL Scout mentioned that this is the deepest draft in 30 years! While there is obvious talent on both sides of the ball, this article will focus strictly on quarterbacks. Fantasy footballers are looking for the next big thing at quarterback. Let’s break down which players were impressive and disappointing during the 2014 NFL Combine.

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The New York Jets entered the 2013 NFL draft with countless needs on both sides of the ball. Coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory, the Jets traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for the 13th selection. Today, I’ll share my thoughts on each of the Jets’ selections:

Round 1, Pick 9: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Some mock drafts had Milliner as high as third overall, which may indicate value. Milliner was the consensus best corner back in the draft and will attempt to fill the void left by Revis. However, I’m not sure if this pick makes sense for general manager, John Idzik’s long term goals. By trading Revis, Idzik implied that no one corner back can be THAT valuable. Paying $15 million per season for a corner back may seem outlandish to an organization that values depth. The only issue is–the Jets don’t exactly have a ton of depth, so using a Top 10 pick on another corner back makes little sense. The public is not privy to medical reports, so the Jets may know that Revis won’t return to his level of dominance. However, this argument is a tough sell given Tampa Bay’s willingness to offer Revis a $96 million contract extension. Overall, the handling of the corner back position has been flat out odd.

MV Analysis: I’m not a scouting guru, but given Milliner’s track record and the need for a Revis replacement, the Jets seemed to get a good value at Pick 9. 

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I noted that the Jets needed to nail their first three selections and on the surface, they just didn’t do it. While they did address their three biggest needs, the players they selected make you scratch your head. Take first round pick, Quinton Coples. The Jets had their pick between Coples, Melvin Ingram, and Chandler Jones. Ingram and Jones were used to playing in 3-4 schemes while Copes comes from a 4-3 front at UNC. That didn’t slow the Jets down from selecting the much maligned Vernon Gholston 2.0. Outside of Coples, the Jets added 2 WRs, OLB, DB, RB, G, and S. I’ll go into more detail, but this Jet draft class isn’t anything special.

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The Giants wrapped up their 2012 NFL Draft class on Saturday afternoon. Overall, the Giants added 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 CB, 1 TE, 2 OLs, and 1 DT. Given the departures of Brandon Jacobs, Aaron Ross, Mario Manningham, and the injury uncertainty surrounding the tight ends, the Giants had a nice draft. I highlighted the Giants first rounder, David Wilson on Saturday and today, I’ll touch on the other six players selected. 

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The Giants may have surprised a few people when they selected Virginia Tech RB, David Wilson in the first round. Wilson, a 5’9″, 200 pound running back, compiled over 1,700 yards for the Hokies last season. Of his 1,700 yards, 1,000 of those yards came after contact, the largest amount in college football. Wilson impressed the Giants by running a 4.49, 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Known and respected by many for gregarious demeanor at Virigina Tech, the Giants were impressed by his selflessness and professional attitude. Finally, Wilson can do backflips. Yes, he can do 13 more backflips than I have my entire life. It’ll be fun to see him square off against Jason Pierre-Paul in training camp.

Wilson’s arrival will help fill the void left by the departed Brandon Jacobs. Wilson will compete with DJ Ware, Da’Rel Scott, and other for reps behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Wilson may also play on special teams.

Overall, Wilson is a very intriguing prospect. He’s very explosive in the open field and he’s a tough running back. For the Giants to select him in the first round means they have very high hopes for him. I can’t wait to see him in action this fall.

For the third straight year, we’ve done a lot of NFL Draft stuff. To summarize our thoughts, the links below will take you to appropriate page for each topic. Enjoy tonight’s NFL Draft!

Giants

Three Areas of Need For NYG

Prospect Profile: Coby Fleener

Prospect Profile: Dwayne Allen

Propsect Profile: Harrison Smith

Prospect Profile: Mike Adams

Prospect Profile: Zach Brown

Jets

Jets Should Move Up For Trent Richardson

Three Areas of Need For NYJ

Draft Success Is Imperative

Mike Tannenbaum has never been shy when he sees a draft prospect he likes. Mr. T strategically positioned the Jets to nab Darrelle Revis and traded up to the fifth pick to select Mark Sanchez in 2009. While the Jets effectively traded five players to get Sanchez, franchise quarterbacks are difficult to obtain and after suffering from years of quarterback futile, Sanchez was a no-brainer. Tebow-mania aside, Sanchez is an established player that has won four road playoff games and will likely have successful NFL career.

Going into this year’s draft, the Jets have another opportunity to move up and select another cornerstone player. Alabama running back, Trent Richardson is considered to be the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson–and moving up to get him should be another no-brainer for the Jets.

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The New York Jets have a lot of holes.

On offense, the Jets desperately need an upgrade from their lackluster right tackle, Wayne Hunter. In addition, if the Jets want to regain their ground and pound mentality adding a guard or two could desperately make up from the absent play of Matt Slauson. While building the offensive line is an obvious need, the Jets don’t have the running back personnel needed to log 30+ carries per game. Shonn Greene was able to log 1,000 yards last season, but has not been able to top six rushing touchdowns. On the outside, the Jets only feature Santonio Holmes and clearly need another threat. We won’t even dig into the quarterback mess, but clearly, the Jets are lacking an identity. Management can tell Jet fans that Mark Sanchez is their guy, but rumblings have already started about trading him away.

On defense, the Jets are very, very weak up the middle. Bart Scott is an older player that looked slow last season while the free safety position needs an obvious upgrade. The Jets did bring in LaRon Landry to solidify the strong safety position, but his health is an obvious concern. The Patriots can (and will) kill teams via the tight end and the Jets need obvious upgrades at both inside linebacker and safety.

Overall, the Jets have a lot of holes on both sides of the ball. By picking at #16 in the first round, the Jets will have their choice of play makers.  Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron are obvious targets, but the Jets will need to plug a lot of holes with limited picks. Remember, the Jets gave up their fourth rounder for Tebow, so the Jets must nail their first three selections.

The Jets aren’t a deep team and if they want to keep up with the Patriots, they need to add sure-fire, impact talents in the first three rounds. Muhammed Wilkerson was a very good first round pick last year, but their Kenrick Ellis and Bilal Powell picks had very little impact.

The Buffalo Bills improved this off-season as they brought in Mario Williams and re-signed Stevie Johnson. Fred Jackson will be healthy for the start of the season as well. If the Jets do not solidify their team, they may miss the playoffs for the second straight season.

Prospect Profiles are back, with today’s feature on Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. Fleener is one of the top tight ends in this year’s crop, mostly alternating between one or two now thanks in part to Georgia product Orson Charles’s recent DUI. Fleener is such an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size and playmaking ability, as well as his substantial experience in a pro style offense while at Stanford.

Take a closer look after the jump.

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With both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum likely out for the beginning of the upcoming season after suffering torn ACLs in the Super Bowl, the Giants will assuredly do something about the tight end position in the offseason. The selection of top free agents at the position is nothing to write home about, bringing us to today’s Prospect Profile: tight end Dwayne Allen of Clemson.

Given Allen’s ability at the tight end position and the high demand for a tight end at the moment, he would be an ideal mix of value and need at the end of round one.
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