In this final part of our look back at the New York Jets last five draft classes we examine last year's draftees from the 2012 NFL Draft. If you missed any of the other parts of this series you can find them for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 by clicking the link within each year.
The New York Jets would have their largest draft class in years thanks to four compensatory draft choices, two in the sixth round and two in the seventh round.
1st Round/16th overall: Quinton Coples/DE, UNC: drafted to be the pass rusher the Jets have desperately needed, and now being converted to a stand up outside linebacker.
2nd Round/47th overall: Stephen Hill/WR, Georgia Tech: added height to the receiving corps, but even when drafted the Jets knew he needed some work on pass catching skills.
3rd Round/77th overall: Demario Davis/ILB, Arkansas State: since the Jets were old at linebacker Davis was brought in for youth and smarts, and to become a nice tackling machine inside.
6th Round/187th overall: Josh Bush/S, Wake Forest: since the Jets starters were Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry, the Jets wanted Bush to learn behind them, and may be thrust in starting role this year with LaRon's brother Dawan Landry.
6th Round/202nd overall: Terrance Ganaway/RB, Baylor (comp.): was drafted to be a bull in the backfield, but the Rams poached him away after the last series of cuts just before the practice squad was being set.
6th Round/203rd overall: Robert Griffin/OG, Baylor (comp.): the Jets really didn't need another project of an offensive lineman, i.e. Vlad Ducasse, so he didn't make the final cuts even though he got a chance to be the starting right tackle.
7th Round/242nd overall: Antonio Allen/S, South Carolina (comp.): also drafted to learn behind the veterans Bell and Landry, and is in the mix to possibly start this season with both of them no longer with the team.
7th Round/244th overall: Jordan White/WR, Western Michigan (comp.): another slot type receiver like Jeremy Kerley, and got some playing time late last season, but still hasn't shown any great skills.
Now with all but the Ganaway and Griffin remaining with the New York Jets from the 2012 NFL Draft class, its hard to say that there has been any substantial contribution from all of the players. The Jets expect Coples, Davis, Bush and Allen to make the defense a more solid group in 2013. Hill and White hopefully give either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith wonderful targets in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.
We would certainly not give this draft class an incomplete grade, but we can't grade them too highly as of yet either, so for now they get a C+, but with much room to improve that grade with stellar play in 2013. Along with all the players added as part of the 2013 NFL Draft, Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson, Geno Smith and the rest we expect the Jets youth movement to continue and lead to better than a 6-10 season.
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