2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Jets draft 3 WRs, QB Boyd among picks on final day

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. - AP Sports Writer
    2014-05-10 19:25

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets began the NFL draft with a whopping 12 picks - and they made every single one of them.

General manager John Idzik did consider making some moves throughout the three days. Move up? Move down? In the end, the Jets thought it was more valuable to stay put. From the first round through the seventh.

''Did we have opportunities? Yeah, we had opportunities,'' Idzik said after the Jets completed their picks. ''But we felt like the players we selected, it was not worth moving out of that pick. We'd rather have them as a Jet.''

The Jets loaded up on wide receivers and added another quarterback to the mix on a busy final day in which they had nine picks.

They addressed a few key needs during the first three rounds by taking safety Calvin Pryor, tight end Jace Amaro and cornerback Dexter McDougle, but needed depth at wide receiver. On Saturday, they took Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders at No. 104 in the fourth round and UCLA's Shaquelle Evans 11 spots later. They also drafted Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa in the sixth round.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was taken with the last of the Jets' three compensatory picks in the sixth round. While Geno Smith and Michael Vick will compete for the starting job this summer, Boyd will likely go up against Matt Simms for the No. 3 spot.

Jets coach Rex Ryan is quite familiar with Boyd, who was a college teammate of his son Seth, a wide receiver for the Tigers. Boyd's leadership attributes were attractive to the Jets, something confirmed to Ryan in a conversation with his son.

''He said, if Tajh would have called a meeting at 2 a.m., the entire football team would have been there,'' Ryan said.

Boyd set 57 school and Atlantic Coast Conference records, finishing with 11,904 yards passing and 107 touchdowns. He also ran for 26 scores.

''When we went there for a workout this year, it was as fine a quarterback workout as there might have been all spring,'' said senior director of college scouting Terry Bradway.

Among the Jets' other selections Saturday were Furman offensive lineman Dakota Dozier (fourth round), Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George (fifth), Northwest Missouri State cornerback Brandon Dixon (sixth), Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali (sixth) and Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly.

Saunders is a short - 5-foot-9 - but speedy receiver and punt returner who caught 123 passes in two years at Oklahoma after transferring from Fresno State. He said he went to the NFL combine at 165 pounds, but gained 10 pounds after there were some concerns about his weight.

''I would describe my playing style like a gorilla,'' Saunders said during a conference call. ''I'm a savage on that field. I would say between a gorilla and a terrier, a pet dog or a terrier. They're real small and people don't expect too much from them. They always like to fight and always like to play around.

''That's just the type of player I am. I'm real feisty.''

Saunders, from Elk Grove, California, had 61 catches for 729 yards and eight TDs last season, and added two scores on punt returns. He could complement Jacoby Ford as one of the Jets' key return men.

''I definitely feel like I can come in and compete for either a receiver position or a punt return job,'' Saunders said.

The 6-1, 213-pound Evans, from Inglewood, California, had nine touchdown catches for UCLA last season. He had at least one reception in each of his last 28 games with the Bruins, and led the team in catches his last two years.

He spent his first college season at Notre Dame, but said ''it just wasn't a good fit,'' and transferred to his hometown college team.

Dozier, at 6-4 and 310 pounds, played mostly left tackle at Furman but started his last two games in college at guard. The native of West Columbia, South Carolina, who's nicknamed ''Bull Dozier,'' is expected to play at the guard spot for the Jets.

George, from Clearwater, Florida, is a bit undersized at 5-11 and 230 pounds, but led the Big 12 with 133 tackles as a senior and has good quickness. He could be a backup at inside linebacker and contribute on special teams for the Jets.

''I play the game of football with my heart, not my height,'' George said.

Dixon and his twin brother Brian were starting cornerbacks for Division II champion Northwest Missouri State last year. Dixon, from Pompano Beach, Florida, had six interceptions and 17 pass breakups in two years after transferring from Joliet Junior College.

The Jets also made some intriguing picks on defense in Enemkpali and Reilly.

Enemkpali, from Pflugerville, Texas, is a power rusher who had 145 tackles and 17 1/2 career sacks in four years, ranking him third in school history. Reilly, from Valley Center, California, had 8 1/2 sacks last season, has had some knee issues and is 26, married with two daughters and served a Mormon mission in Sweden.

''I can say this: every single pick, it seemed like we were on the edge of our seat,'' Idzik said. ''In other words, we picked very popular players.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Connor BarthAug 29 03:42p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut PK Connor Barth Friday, Aug. 29.

Arrelious BennAug 29 03:32p

Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (back) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 29.

B. Green-EllisAug 29 03:12p

The Cincinnati Bengals cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Friday, Aug. 29.

Mitchell Van DykAug 29 02:42p

The St. Louis Rams released OT Mitchell Van Dyk Friday, Aug. 29.

Johnny ManzielAug 29 02:22p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel showed a strong effort in the team's final preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 28, leading head coach Mike Pettine to acknowledge [ More ]

Charles SimsAug 29 02:02p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is expected to be placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list, which means he could return late in the season.

Santonio HolmesAug 29 01:52p

Chicago Bears WR Santonio Holmes displayed good burst and explosion on a 32-yard touchdown catch in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, as he tries to make the [ More ]

Larry EnglishAug 29 01:42p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Larry English Friday, Aug. 29.

Marc MarianiAug 29 01:22p

The Tennessee Titans released WR Marc Mariani Friday, Aug. 29.

Yawin SmallwoodAug 29 01:12p

The Atlanta Falcons released LB Yawin Smallwood Friday, Aug. 29.

Pat AngererAug 29 01:12p

The Atlanta Falcons released LB Pat Angerer Friday, Aug. 29.

S. JanikowskiAug 29 12:32p

Oakland Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski (quadriceps) is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 against the New York Jets, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

Aaron DobsonAug 29 11:02a

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Lonnie PryorAug 29 10:42a

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Ka'lial Glaud, FB Lonnie Pryor and CB Keith Lewis.

Benny CunninghamAug 29 10:18a

St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been the team's best running back during the preseason and could push RB Zac Stacy for playing time this season.

Cam NewtonAug 29 09:37a

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [ More ]

Sammy WatkinsAug 29 08:52a

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in the same area as his previous one, according to sources.

Martavis BryantAug 29 08:42a

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) suffered a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

T.J. YatesAug 29 03:32a

Atlanta Falcons QB T.J. Yates threw for two touchdowns and 243 yards in his team's 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dan OrlovskyAug 29 03:22a

Detroit Lions QB Kellen Moore was 17 of 28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a shutout of the Buffalo Bills Thursday, Aug. 28. It is not known [ More ]

Jeremy HillAug 28 11:52p

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (elbow) returned to the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, after being evaluated in the locker room at halftime. He finished the game with [ More ]

Nate PalmerAug 28 11:52p

Green Bay Packers OT Aaron Adams (knee) and LB Nate Palmer (knee) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Devonta FreemanAug 28 11:22p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

Cecil Shorts IIIAug 28 10:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) said he will be ready for the team's season opener.

Sammy WatkinsAug 28 07:32p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) left the team's final preseason game with an apparent injury. There was no indication if Watkins aggravated his ribs.

Kyle Van NoyAug 28 07:12p

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) underwent surgery Thursday, Aug. 28, to repair a core muscle injury. Van Noy's timetable for a return is unknown this early in the process.

Tim BenfordAug 28 07:02p

Baltimore Ravens WR Jace Davis, Dallas Cowboys WR Tim Benford, Kansas City Chiefs C Ben Gottschalk and Seattle Seahawks OG Greg Van Roten cleared waivers and became free agents Thursday, Aug. 28.

R. Griffin IIIAug 28 05:52p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III isn't playing consistently, according to ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski. Jaworski said Griffin must learn to throw from the pocket [ More ]

Geoff SchwartzAug 28 05:32p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), CB Prince Amukamara (groin), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), OT James Brewer (back), OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), OG [ More ]

Navorro BowmanAug 28 04:02p

San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker while LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is out of the lineup.

J. CunninghamAug 28 03:52p

St. Louis Rams TEs Justice Cunningham and Alex Bayer likely are competing for one roster spot. Cunningham is considered a blocking tight end, while Bayer is a pass catcher. [ More ]

Michael SamAug 28 03:52p

St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam is competing with DE Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on the final roster.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group