As we continue our 2014 NFL Draft preview series we look at another offensive skill position that the New York Jets need to address, tight end. Geno Smith and/or Michael Vick will need a "security blanket" to throw too who can make the tough catches and block down field for runners. In case you missed our preview of wide receivers you may read it here.
Jace Amaro (Texas Tech): Six foot, five inches tall, weight: 265 pounds
Amaro is a fluid athlete with size and thickness of body to position himself properly in most all coverages. He also has soft hands to attack all balls thrown his way. Also uses smooth moves to help create separation from defenders. On the downside though he mostly a receiving tight end and needs to bulk up some to be a better blocker at the NFL level.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa): Six foot, six inches tall, weight: 265 pounds
Fiedorowicz shows good versatility with solid control of his body and soft hands to bring in many passes. He also shows a good ability to use his body/motion to come off blocks down field so can be open when needed. Also a physical blocker with decent straight line speed. On the downside, not quite a flashy as higher picks with similar caliber abilities, and not quite as quick as higher draft choices as well.
Arthur Lynch (Georgia): Six foot, five inches tall, weight: 258 pounds
Lynch definitely is a solid blocker with good strength and awareness plus being quick off the snap of the ball. He is also very effective when blocking to help a tackle then come off that to chip a linebacker as the play progresses. Also has reliable hands and size in his body/frame to make the catch while shielding a defender trying to make a pick. On the flipside he doesn't much speed at all in the open field, after the catch, to make defenders miss a tackle on him.
Crockett Gillmore (Colorado State): Six foot, six inches tall, weight: 260 pounds
Gillmore has good potential because of his size, broad shoulders and long arms. He has made strides to be a better route runner, and uses dip of his shoulders to get past defenders at the line. Also he can create good separation because is almost always well balanced with decent burst, plus is a competitive blocker that works to keep his blocks going as needed. On the downside though he tends to slowly lumber as he gets going at the line, and when in man coverage cannot create the separation necessary plus needs to develop more in his upper body because lower body is solid.
Obviously the New York Jets have several holes to fill on both side of the ball and cannot do it all in the first few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, so some later round picks will have to be good additions to help the team as well. If they cannot get a tight end early on we have profiled some other options that with some development could be good players for Gang Green.Tags: Football, Geno Smith, Michael Vick, New York, New York Jets, NFL