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New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft: Analyzing The AFC East [VIDEO]

How did the Jets fare in the 2012 NFL Draft? We have the picks, the undrafted free agent signings and the reactions.

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Jets Reportedly Agree To Terms With Six-Round Pick Josh Bush

The New York Jets are making quick work of signing their 2012 NFL Draft picks. On Sunday, the Jets inked their second of eight selection, as sixth-rounder Josh Bush, a safety from Wake Forest, agreed to a four-year deal. According to a report by The Star-Ledger, the Jets have yet to make the announcement official.

New York' No. 187-overall pick joins second-rounder Stephen Hill, a wide receiver from Georgia Tech, as NFL Draft signees. Here's a list of the pick that the Jets still need to sign:

First Round

#16, Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Third Round

#77, Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State

Sixth Round

#202, Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor

#203, Robert Griffin, OG, Baylor

Seventh Round

#242, Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina

#244, Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

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New York Jets Official List Of Undrafted Free Agents, Tryout Players

The New York Jets today announced that they have agreed in principle with 10 undrafted free agents and have invited 23 players to mini-camp for a tryout. The lists are below.

Undrafted free agents:
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School Hometown
Cullen, John OL 6-5 300 Utah La Mirada, CA
Dowtin, Marcus ILB 6-2 226 North Alabama Upper Marlboro, MD
Fletcher, Donnie CB 6-1 195 Boston College Cleveland, OH
Harrison, Damon DL 6-4 350 William Penn Lake Charles, LA
Kinne, G.J. QB 6-2 234 Tulsa Gilmer, TX
Linthicum, Brian TE 6-5 245 Michigan St. St. Louis, MO
Lynn, D'Anton DB 6-1 208 Penn State Celina, TX
Steed, Ryan CB 5-11 185 Furman Mt. Pleasant, SC
Robinson, Donovan LB 6-3 250 Jackson State Milwaukee, WI
Roy, Brett LB 6-4 280 Nevada Yucalpa, CA

Tryout players:
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School Hometown
Brown, Pushaun RB 5-10 210 Maine North Brunswick, NJ
Burd, Kris WR 6-1 200 Virginia Matoaca, VA
Coleman, Nelson LB 6-2 235 Tulsa Dallas, TX
Colling, Randy DL 6-5 320 Gannon Arcade, NY
Cornick, Paul OL 6-6 309 North Dakota State Orono, MN
Dembry, Danny WR 6-2 185 Wake Forest Ahoskie, NC
Dickson, JoJo LB 6-2 235 Idaho Wailuku, HI
Di Lella, Dan QB 6-5 225 Albany Neshanic Station, NJ
Graham, Tremayne DB 5-10 185 Richmond Tucker, GA
Hardison, Matt DL 6-4 285 Delaware Freehold, NJ
Koloto, Fred OL 6-3 297 San Jose State Palo Alto, CA
Martinez, Randy C 6-1 286 Cincinnati Teaneck, NJ
McKnight, Brody K 6-0 204 Montana Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mitchell, Lance DB 6-2 207 Oregon State Pasadena, CA
Parker, Anthony OL 6-5 321 Western Michigan Miami, FL
Pollard, Royce WR 6-1 175 Hawai’i San Diego, CA
Ortiz, Josue LB 6-4 260 Harvard Avon Park, FL
Smith, Richie DL 6-3 289 Buffalo Pen Argyl, PA
Simms, Matt QB 6-3 210 Tennessee Franklin Lakes, NJ
Suhey, Joe RB 6-1 222 Penn State Deerfield, IL
Ruempolhamer, Stephen DL 6-3 298 Iowa State Tulsa, OK
Wenger, Dan OL 6-3 294 Florida Coral Springs, FL
Williams, T.J. WR 6-2 184 Valdosta State Tallahassee, FL
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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Analyzing The AFC East [VIDEO]

How did the New York Jets fare in the 2012 NFL Draft in comparison to their competition in the AFC East? Well, let's look at NFL Draft Grades for all four teams in the division. Below, SB Nation football analysts offer their perspective. Before we get to that, however, some quick thoughts on the work done by each team.

New York Jets -- High-risk, high-reward choices in the first round for New York. The success or failure of this draft for the Jets is entirely dependent upon whether defensive end Quinton Coples (Round 1) and wide receiver Stephen Hill (Round 2) boom or bust. [Full List Of Picks]

New England Patriots -- Great work in the first round, trading up to grab defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower. A curious pick in the third round, safety Tavon Wilson. Great value in the seventh round with cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. New England dramatically improved its talent on defense. [Full List Of Picks]

Miami Dolphins -- Miami went for its quarterback of the future with the eight overall pick. If Ryan Tannehill pans out this is a great draft. Excellent value for the Dolphins with offensive tackle Jonathan Martin in Round 2, tight end Michael Egnew in Round 3 and running back Lamar Miller in Round 4. [Full List Of Picks]

Buffalo Bills -- Cornerback Stephen Gilmore was great value for Buffalo with the 10th overall pick, and finding offensive lineman Cordy Glenn still available in Round 2 was a stroke of luck for the Bills. Third-round pick T.J. Graham offers speed and tremendous upside as a wide receiver. Fourth-round pick Nigel Bradham and fifth-round pick Tank Carder, both linebackers, are intriguing. [Full List Of Picks]

2012 NFL Draft Grades and Analysis: AFC East Edition (via sbnation)


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2012 NFL Draft Grades, New York Jets: Mel Kiper Grades Jets' Draft A 'C'

Count ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. among those who was unimpressed by what the New York Jets did during the just-concluded 2012 NFL Draft. In handing out his NFL Draft grades, Kiper gave the Jets a C.

Kiper wrote:

“The Jets surprised me when they went with Quinton Coples over Melvin Ingram in Round 1. To be blunt, I just think Ingram is the superior player — and I have outside linebacker as New York’s top need. Coples is a more natural fit as a 4-3 defensive end, and the obvious conclusion is Rex Ryan intends to move him inside. Still, I don’t see him as a significant help in a need area — the pass rush. Stephen Hill is a major physical talent, but he’s a project in terms of route running. He can certainly keep safeties honest, however. You have to account for his deep speed, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to help a lot in 2012. I like the value of Demario Davis. He was my fifth-ranked OLB in this draft. Size is a question, but Rex may set him loose situationally.”

It seems like the high risk factor of the Coples and Hill selections is what has many analysts, including Kiper, leery of the Jets’ draft.

— Head over the Gang Green Nation for more discussion and analysis

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2012 NFL Draft: Jets Sign Seven Undrafted Free Agents Following Draft Results

As reported by NEPatriotsdraft, the New York Jets followed their 2012 NFL Draft selections with the following undrafted free agent signings:

  • Damon Harrison, DT, William Penn - Harrison, 6-foot-2, 340 pounds, is a big prospect, in the physical sense of the word. He's got strength and power but is not particularly fast. He may develop as a nose tackle but has a lot of work to do.
  • Ryan Steed, CB, Furman,- This 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback comes from Furman and as such there are big questions about how he would fare against more talented opposition. He has drawn praise for his leadership and character, and can jockey well with physical receivers. He had a subpar performance at the combine, sending his draft stock way down.
  • Brett Roy, LB, Furman - Roy, 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, had a strong senior season, getting more than 10 sacks and nearly twice that in tackles for a loss. He is an undersized defensive lineman who will convert to linebacker,
  • GJ Kinne, QB, Tulsa - Kinne, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, has nice scrambling ability and strong athleticism. His accuracy on deep throughs is a weakness, and given his competition a 60 percent completion rate isn't impressing many, especially as Tulsa's spread offense helped cover up his flaws.
  • Brian Linthicum, TE, Michigan State - Linthicum, 6-foot-4, 249 pounds, is a solid prospect that doesn't excel in any particular area of the game. He has strong hands and can locate the ball well and pull it in, but he struggles blocking and given his talent level would likely be used in more blocking scenarios.
  • Donovan Robinson - 6'3" 232lbs - Robinson is a linebacker from Jackson State who has good speed and is strong off the edge. He's undersized for the NFL and can struggle freeing himself from blockers.
  • Brody McKnight, PK, Montana - McKnight is a kicker out of Montana who has multiple 51-yard field goals on his record. He has also punted and was named Special Teams Player of the Week three times in his senior season.
For all your New York Jets news and analysis, head over to Gang Green Nation. For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, visit this storystream. For a complete list of 2012 NFL Draft results, visit SBNation.com. For even more comprehensive coverage of the NFL Draft, visit Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, Round 7: Antonio Allen Picked By New York Jets, No. 242 Overall

With the 35th pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected defensive back, Antonio Allen, from South Carolina.

Allen appears to present good value for the Jets, as ESPN's Scout's Inc. ranked him as the fifth best safety in the entire draft class and the 103rd overall prospect. The Jets got him with the 242 pick, in the seventh round.

The National Football Post also ranked Allen high, as their sixth best strong safety in this class. Here's what they had to say about him in their scouting report:

A physical in the box type player who doesn't key overly well. Isn't an NFL caliber pass defender either and looks more like a very average old school type strong safety.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: 'Boom Or Bust' Draft For New York Jets

How did the New York Jets fare in rounds 2 and 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft on Friday night? Only time well tell, of course. All we can do right now is look at the reactions and grades from some the NFL Draft analysts.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports thought the Jets took a huge risk by selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill in Round 2, 43rd overall. Prisco wrote:

"This is a risk. He is a feast or famine guy. But the Jets needed some speed outside. But the Jets took two risks with their first two picks. Boom or bust draft."

Prisco gave the selection of Demario Davis, an outside linebacker from Arkansas State, in the third round (77th overall) a 'C.'

Pro Football Weekly also sees the risk the Jets took with the Hill selection:

"He's an explosive athlete with unique length, but having played in a simplified, spread-option offense, it will take some time to learn how to diagnose coverages and he must figure out what it means to be a professional to realize his immense potential."

DraftTek likes the choice of Hill:

"Hill has great straight-line speed, strong hands and is probably the top red zone threat in the draft. He'll need some time to refine his route running, but this is a high upside player who could dominate the league in a few years. Grade: A"

DraftTek gave the Davis selection a 'C':

"Davis will be a back up on the inside in the Jets 3-4. Would like to see a guy that'll make more of an impact in the 3rd round. Grade: C"

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2012 NFL Draft Results, Round 3: Demario Davis Picked By New York Jets, No. 77 Overall

After going defense to offense with their first two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets went defense again as they took Arkansas State linebacker Demario Davis with their third-round selection, No. 77 overall. Davis is a 6-foot-2, 325-pound outside linebacker prospect that many feel fits the Jets defensive scheme well.

Davis is a quick mover as he ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.52, which was third among all linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine, and very strong -- he did 32 bench-press reps which was tops off all linebackers.

The criticism on Davis is that he needs time to develop mentally as he sometimes gets lost in coverage.

In the the first round, the Jets used their pick on on North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, while in the second round New York went with Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill

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2012 NFL Draft Results: New York Jets Trade Up, Select Stephen Hill Of Georgia Tech

The New York Jets saw something they liked on Friday and bounced to get it. The Jets traded their second (No. 47 overall), fifth (154) and seventh-round (232) picks to the Seattle Seahawks to snag Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill with the No. 42nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hill, a 6-foot-5, 206-pound prospect, is a duel-threat when it comes to height and speed. Hill runs the 40-yard dash in 4.30 seconds and has the ability to jump-up and get the ball. The criticsim of Hill is that he needs to develop as a route-runner, as he played in the Yellow Jackets triple-option offense -- and a pass-catcher, but, overall, he fills a big need for the Jets, who do not have a big wide-out target for quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Stephen Hill 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

It seems as if the Jets fans at Music City Radio Hall, like the pick!

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2012 NFL Draft Rumors, Round 2: Jets Looking At Wide Receiver On Day 2, According To Sources

A day after selecting former North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples with the No. 16-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets are rumored to be looking for a wide receiver with first pick on Friday. The Jets will be picking in the second round (No. 44 overall) and in the third round (No. 77 overall) on day two of the draft.

On Thursday, the Jets were rumored to possibly be eying Baylor wide out Kendall Wright, however, instead they took Coples. Entering the second round there are a few solid options at wide receiver, but the question is will any solid one be left when New York picks at No. 44.

Here's are a few options that the SB Naton's blog Mocking The Draft says could be available for the Jets:

  • Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
  • Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
  • Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
  • Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Actually, Mocking The Draft has the Jets taking Sanu, who's from New Brunswick, NJ. Here's what they said about the 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver.

47. New York Jets (Quinton Coples) – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - The Jets got a pass rusher in round 1 but they need to give Mark Sanchez another weapon. Sanu will give him a safety valve and a reliable receiver that he has lacked.

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Round Two Mock Draft, New York Jets: Mel Kiper, Scouts Inc. Go Different Directions

The New York Jets have the 15th pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft Friday night, 47th overall. After the Jets selected North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples with their first-round pick, 16th overall, here is what mock drafts from Mel Kiper and Scouts Inc. predict the Jets will do in Round 2.

Both mock drafts go to the offensive side of the ball, but at different positions.

Kiper selects Illinois OG/OT Jeff Allen for the Jets, saying “I think he’ll move inside, but could see time as a right tackle.” Scouts Inc. goes with a wide receiver with this pick, selecting Brian Quick of Appalachian State. The Jets can use help in both places as the offensive line struggled in 2011, and they could also use a play-making wide receiver.

The Jets have the 14th pick of the third round, the 77th overall selection of the draft.

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2012 NFL Draft Round 1 Grades: Mel Kiper Questions New York Jets

When you starting handing out NFL Draft grades it seems like everyone wants to know what ESPN analyst Mel Kiper thinks of what their team did. Well, New York Jets fans, Kiper is not enamored with the Jets’ selection of Quinton Coples with the 16th pick of the first round.

Kiper wrote:

“I just found this pick really curious with Melvin Ingram still available. The Jets needed a 3-4 pass-rusher but went with Coples, who’s a one-gap penetrator but figures to work inside more. The Jets may have plans to mix some packages a little bit more (I won’t doubt Rex Ryan’s creativity), but Coples is also a guy who needs to show more consistent effort. Ingram plays with big-time intensity. The Jets must have a plan in mind, I just don’t think they got the better player.”

There you have it Jets fans. I am guessing Kiper is not alone in thinking the Jets might have been better served by grabbing Melvin Ingram, the outside linebacker from South Carolina, in that spot.

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Quinton Coples: 'I Think I'm Going To Do Great For The Jets'

When Quinton Coples visited with the New York Jets prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, coach Rex Ryan promised the North Carolina defensive end that he would be the team’s selection if he was still available with the 16th pick. Ryan and the Jets kept that promise Thursday and Coples said " I am just thankful he is a man of his word."

Coples had a rough senior season and some analysts questioned his work ethic leading up to the draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay called the selection of Coples a “curious pick” because 3-4 defensive ends are generally not premier pass rushers.


Related: Grading The Selection Of Coples

Coples, for his part, tried to brush aside any criticism of his past play.

“I’ve been working hard, to be the best I can be and be the best Jet I can. What happened last year is what happened last year. I’m looking forward to being one of the best pass rushers,” Coples said. “I think I’m going to do great for the Jets.”

Ryan and Co. certainly are banking on it.

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2012 NFL Draft: Jets Select Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina With 16th Pick

The New York Jets were expected to look for an edge pass-rusher with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and they did exactly that selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.

The draft fell exceptionally well for the Jets. The Seattle Seahawks surprising selection of West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin at No. 15 left all of the players the Jets had reportedly targeted to play on the edges of their 3-4 defense on the board.

They went with the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Coples. SI.com called Coples "an impressive looking athlete who plays big and fast, disrupting plays from all angles. He offers the underlying skills to be a dominant NFL performer if he's willing to pay the price and play at a high level on every snap."

Quinton Coples 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

Coples had 17.5 sacks over the past two seasons for the Tar Heels.

SB Nation's Mocking The Draft ranked Coples as the 11th-best prospect in the draft. [MTD Scouting Report]

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2012 NFL Draft Rumors: New York Jets Could Trade-Up For Chandler Jones

The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and just as quickly is the rumors surrounding the New York Jets and Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. There's one rumor out there that is linking both together, as ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini is reporting that New York would like to try and trade-up and snag Jones.

Jones (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) has been soaring up draft boards and has been linked to many different teams, the most immediate being the Seattle Seahawks who pick No. 12 overall. If Seattle is interested in Jones, it would effect the Jets who're picking No. 16 overall.

None of the major mock drafts have this as an option for the Jets, but anything is a possibility.

For more on Chandler Jones, click on this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, Gang Green Nation has everything on the Jets, while this SB Nation New York StoryStream will have the latest news on New York's Draft rumors and news.

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2012 NFL Draft, New York Jets: With 16th Pick, Jets 'Open To All Scenarios'

The New York Jets are scheduled to have 10 selections as the three-day 2012 NFL Draft begins Thursday night. Will they make all of those picks, or will they use some of them to try and move up?

There were rumors Wednesday that the Jets wanted to move into the top five for Alabama running back Trent Richardson. There has also been speculation that they would move up for South Carolina outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.

In his pre-draft press conference, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the team would be “open to all scenarios.”

Here are the 10 selections the Jets have as they enter the draft:

Round 1 — 16th overall
Round 2 — 47th overall
Round 3 — 77th overall
Round 4 — No selection
Round 5 — 154th overall
Round 6 — 202nd overall
Round 6 — 203rd overall
Round 7 — 232nd overall
Round 7 — 242nd overall
Round 7 — 244th overall

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2012 NFL Draft Rumors: Jets To Make Play For Trent Richardson?

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said last week that the team was "open" to the idea of trading its first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the 16th overall selection. Might the Jets actually be willing to trade a whole lot more than that for Trent Richardson, the Alabama running back?

ESPN is reporting that Richardson is the No. 1 player on the Jets draft board, and that the Jets have contacted Richardson. That, of course, is fueling speculation that the Jets are interesting in trading up — probably into the top five — in order to select Richardson.

ESPN referred to the move as a "long shot."

Richardson is expected to go either fourth to the Cleveland Browns or fifth overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Jets’ No. 1 running back is Shonn Greene. They have, however, expressed a desire to return to running the football more and do need to replace LaDainian Tomlinson.

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Trent Richardson 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

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