Jets Load Up On Receivers, Take QB Boyd On Draft’s Final Day
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — On Thursday night, the Jets selected free safety Calvin Pryor with the 18th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
On Friday night, Gang Green took tight end Jace Amaro in the second round and cornerback Dexter McDougle in the third round.
General manager John Idzik had nine picks on Saturday — three in Round 4, one in Round 5, four in Round 6 and one in Round 7.
Below you can find the full Jets roundup from the final day of the draft.
Pick 104: Jalen Saunders, WR
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.
Pick 115: Shaq Evans, WR
The 6-foot-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.
“I’m a guy that can go out there and do whatever you need me to do: catch a check-down pass, catch a deep pass and (I’m a) guy that’s also going to block for you,” he said. “Just be an ultimate team player.”
Pick 137: Dakota Dozier, OT
Dozier, at 6-foot-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.
Pick 154: Jeremiah George, ILB
George, from Clearwater, Florida, is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, but led the Big 12 with 133 tackles as a senior and has good quickness. He’s also strong — benched 225 pounds 28 times at the combine — and 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.
Pick 195: Brandon Dixon, CB
Pick 209: Quincy Enunwa, WR
Pick 210: IK Enemkpali, DE
Pick 213: Tajh Boyd, QB
The Jets added another quarterback to the mix Saturday, selecting Clemson’s Boyd with the last of their 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.
Pick 233: Trevor Reilly, OLB
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