With final cuts official, it's a good time to review how the new York Jets did with their 2012 NFL Draft picks. Most are far from a final verdict, but with the regular season starting one week from today it's a landmark spot in the careers of the players chosen this year. Robert T. Griffin, Terrance Ganaway and Jordan White were waived as was Antonio Allen. Terrance Ganaway was picked up by the St. Louis Rams, while Antonio Allen and Jordan White are now on the practice. Quinton Coples, Stephen Hill, Josh Bush and Demario Davis are the Jets 2012 NFL Draft picks still on the 53-man roster.
Quinton Coples: Quinton Coples led the New York Jets in sacks during the preseason, with 4.5 sacks over four games. Some of those came against less-than-stellar competition, but it's still an impressive number for a rookie. The Jets are hoping Quinton Coples can be an active pass rusher and force some quicker throws plus some negative plays for the offense. If that happens, the Jets secondary will be even tougher to crack.
Stephen Hill: Stephen Hill was the team's leading receiver during the preseason with nine catches for 106 yards, though he was plagued by some bad drops. Stephen Hill will be used to stretch the field and as a physical blocker on the outside this season. He showed that he has star potential, making his selection one that is still on the "plus" side of the ledger.
Demario Davis: Demario Davis also had a strong preseason and figures to be in the defensive plans this season. He also showed the speed and tackling ability to be an integral part of what Mike Westhoff does on special teams. Another good pick at this point.
Josh Bush: Josh Bush has worked his way into certain defensive packages with the first team defense and figures to be a another solid contributor this season. The Jets secondary is stacked, but Josh Bush makes them a little stronger.
Antonio Allen: Antonio Allen probably would have made the team if he wasn't on a roster that includes LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Eric Smith and Josh Bush. He performed well in practice and in the preseason games, but was waived and is now on the practice squad. Expect him to be back on the active roster if any injuries occur. Otherwise, he should be in serious contention next season with expected departures at the safety spots.
Terrance Ganaway: Terrance Ganaway was waived and ended up in the land of misfit Jets, scooped up by the St. Louis Rams. He showed some ability throughout the preseason but in the end the numbers game didn't pan out in his favor.
Before the first regular season game of 2012, the New York Jets have cut half of their 2012 NFL Draft Picks. Given the high value placed on draft picks, that's not a great sign. The Jets did end up bringing two of those selections back into the fold as members of the practice squad. If the top four pan out as hoped, it will be tough to complain about this draft class.
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