It's been about two months since the 2012 NFL Draft and while it's far too early to give a final take on the players the New York Jets selected, we have been able to start getting a feel for how they will fit in with the team. Is it too soon to be "reviewing" the Jets 2012 NFL Draft picks? Probably, but the 2012 NBA Draft last night got us in the mood to talk about the 2012 NFL Draft, especially Quinton Coples, Stephen Hill and Demario Davis.
Right now, just about every NFL team feels good about their 2012 NFL Draft picks – they haven't had a chance to be exposed yet in an NFL game. We can't put a ton of stock into practice field performance, but projecting how some of the New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft picks will fit in on offense and defense brings about some promising revelations.
Quinton Coples will ultimately be the pick that everyone judges the Jets on. He was selected No. 16 overall and there were questions swirling about his work ethic. Coples has gone a long way towards answering those questions with big performances in OTA's and minicamp. If Quinton Coples gives all-out effort, his natural ability leaves nothing to be desired. He will be a starter on the defensive line from day one and should improve the Jets' pass-rushing efforts.
Stephen Hill, um let's see… Stephen Hill brings size, speed, tenacious blocking and tremendous athletic ability as the Jets' No. 2 wide receiver, and was only a second round pick. He has already made a big impression on those that have attended offseason activities with some long touchdown catches in practice against the first team defense. He will stretch the field and is a more than willing blocker – exactly what the Jets needed. Did we mention he was second round pick?
Demario Davis was an intriguing third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft because of his speed as an inside linebacker. Demario Davis should contribute right away in different defensive packages, eventually replacing Bart Scott. It's not a stretch to say that he should be starting next to David Harris by next season. He has made the biggest waves with his leadership ability.
Josh Bush looks like he will be logging more minutes than most expected. The Jets have already started mixing him into different defensive packages and that's exactly where his value comes into play. Josh Bush played both safety and cornerback at Wake Forest, and he showed great ability to cover in the slot.
Antonio Allen is another safety who should see playing time in different packages and on special teams. Essentially a hybrid safety/linebacker, Antonio Allen will allow Rex Ryan to get more speed on the field without completely crippling his defense in terms of stopping the run. That's big against teams like the New England Patriots.
Terrance Ganaway, Robert T. Griffin and Jordan White are all depth guys at this point. Robert T. Griffin is really a long-term project, while Terrance Ganaway and Jordan White shouldn't see the field much unless injuries force them into the lineup. Still, five potential rookie contributors in one draft is a nice haul for the New York Jets.
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