22 Jun 2014 05:10 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Quinton Coples gets to Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin. (Image Source: Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Here’s a look back at the 2012 NFL Draft picks of the New York Jets two years into their NFL careers:
Round 1; 16th Overall: DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina: Drafted as a defensive end, a five-technique in Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme, plans changed once the Jets used the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to select defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri. In his second NFL season, Coples was asked to change positions and play outside linebacker, with his hand off the ground. His development was curtailed by a preseason injury, which not only cost him two games, but valuable reps at his new position. Coples hasn’t played up to expectations but his 10 sacks in two seasons blows away anything Vernon Gholston did for the Jets. He has the size (290 pounds) to be very strong against the run and the athleticism to make an impact as a pass rusher. This is a big season for the UNC man.
Round 2; 43rd Overall: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech: The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech has similar attributes to fellow former Yellow Jackets Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. He’s big (215 pounds), long (6’4”) and has 4.4-speed. However, that’s where the comparisons end. Through two seasons, Hill has been a shaky route runner, an inconsistent pass catcher and he’s had trouble staying on the field, which is part of the reason the Jets signed Eric Decker and drafted three wide outs this offseason. This won’t be the first or last time you’ll hear this, 2014 is a make or break season for Hill.
Round 3; 77th Overall: ILB Demario Davis, Arkansas State: Of New York’s top three picks in this class, Davis’s 2013 campaign was by far the most productive. After backing up Bart Scott as a rookie, Davis took over for the veteran in the starting lineup last season and finished second on the club with 107 tackles. The speedy Davis increased New York’s athleticism at the second level, however he needs to make more splash plays (1 sack, 5 TFLs, 1 PD, 1 INT, O FFs, 0 FRs) moving forward. Davis has the look of a good but not great inside linebacker, with the potential to be a three-down player.
Round 6; 187th Overall: S Josh Bush, Wake Forest: The sixth-round pick has stuck, but with 28 tackles in two seasons, he has made very little impact as a defender. Safety is still a thin position but Bush will have to earn his spot on the club and unless he plays better this season, he’s a third stringer at best.
Round 6; 202nd Overall: RB Terrance Ganaway, Baylor: The big back fit the Jets mold, but couldn’t make the team. He was picked up by the St. Louis Rams, but only saw limited action in three games (no touches).
Round 6; 203rd Overall: OG Robert Griffin III: Another former Bear who failed to make an impact in the NFL. The Colts signed him to the practice squad and then to a futures contract but he was waived prior to the start of the 2013 season. He has yet to see action since matriculating at Baylor.
Round 7; 242nd Overall: S Antonio Allen, South Carolina: Possibly New York’s top pick in terms of value. Allen has proven himself to be a rotational player who might be a starter in this league. He made some big plays in 2013 (pick six of Tom Brady) but still has room to grow in coverage. With the addition of first-round pick Calvin Pryor, Allen will have to earn his playing time this season.
Round 7; 244th Overall: WR Jordan White, Western Michigan: Just like in college, White’s pro career has been plagued by injuries. Eventually White became one of the most productive receivers as a collegian, however it appears his time in the NFL may have come to end when the Jets released him last August.
New York Jets Off the Clock: Safety Calvin Pryor, Louisville | Tight End Jace Amaro, Texas Tech| Cornerback Dexter McDougle, Maryland| Wide Receiver Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma| Wide Receiver Shaq Evans, UCLA| Offensive Lineman Dakota Dozier, Furman | Inside Linebacker Jeremiah George, ISU | Cornerback Brandon Dixon, NW Missouri St. | Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska | Outside Linebacker IK Enemkpali, La. Tech| Quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson | Outside Linebacker Trevor Reilly, Utah
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.