The Jets have been pointing toward the 2014 NFL Draft for more than a year. Now it’s finally here. General manager John Idzik comes into the draft armed with 12 picks, giving him flexibility to make trades or add substantially to his roster. It did not happen by accident. Idzik had this year’s draft in mind when he traded Darrelle Revis (the Jets have the Buccaneers’ fourth-round pick) and let free agents walk (gaining four compensatory picks) in 2013. Now, the question is whether Idzik will hold on to all those picks or use some of them to move up Thursday night to grab a top target. Speculation has swirled in recent days about the Jets trying to trade up to get LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said he gets that thinking, but believes the Jets could take Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 18th pick and be just as happy. “If they love Beckham I understand it, but I think Cooks can be there,” Mayock said. “I think Cooks is in the same category as Beckham. In this particular draft, I’d hate to give up picks to move up.” The common wisdom from the time the season ended was the Jets would target a wide receiver with their first pick after the team finished 31st in passing offense in 2013 with a sad wide receiving corps. The top two receivers in this draft — Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans — should be long gone by the time the Jets are on the clock. That leaves a group of Beckham, Cooks and USC’s Marqise Lee as possible selections. Beckham said Wednesday he sat down with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during his visit to the Jets and feels he could pick up the team’s offense quickly. He also knows special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who left LSU in February to join the Jets.
‘Wide’ range of options available in Jets’ 12-pick draft
New York Post | May 8