That we had an A+ draft class midway through the season? Now that we're at the end of the season do you think he was right?
#1. Sheldon Richardson was the best rookie on either side of the ball. Post Mock drafts have Sheldon going #1 in the draft and he's expected to win DROTY rather convincingly.
#2. Dee Milliner had a very slow start, and thats putting it lightly. To his credit, he did miss off season workouts, was injured when he was drafted, had surgery and didnt seem 100%. After being benched 2 or 3 times this year he exploded on the scene in the month of december being named defensive rookie of the month and defensive player of the week in week 17. His last two opponents? #1. Josh Gordon being arguably the best WR in the league at the time had 6 catches for 97 yards but was targeted 16 times during the game in which Milliner had 5 Passes Defended, 1 INT and didnt allow a TD. #2. Mike Wallace, the Dolphins latest big time free agent pick up had 5 catches for just 25 yards and 1TD. Wallace was targeted 12 times in which Milliner had 5 Passes Defended and 2 INTs.
#3. Geno Smith had a very inconsistent season with his best performance possibly being the monday night game against ATL where he threw for 3TD's and a 147.7 passer rating. Geno also ended the month of December on a high note completing almost 60% of his passes, throwing 4 TD's, rushing for 3TD's, an avg Passer Rating of 83.2 (averaged 66.5 on the year), an avg QBR of 74 (averaged a terrible 35.9 on the year) and going 3-1 in his last 4 games. To Geno's credit, much of his problems came from the fact that he literally had no supporting talent on offense outside of Jeremy Kerley in the passing game. Goes to show why when Kerley got hurt in November it was also when Geno had his worst quarter of football all year. Kerley got hurt in the New Orleans Game on 11/3 and came back against Oak on 12/8. Geno the entire season had atleast double digit completions in every single game. The month that Kerley got hurt Geno didnt have 1 double digit completion game. Geno also had 0 TD's and threw 5 INTS and the Jets lost every game that Kerley didnt play in. When Kerley got back on the field in December Geno had 7TD's and just 2INTs and the Jets went 3-1 to end the sea on. My opinion is that if Kerley didnt get hurt in November the Jets would have made the playoffs (Just one more win would have made that happen). It also shows how important it is to provide talent to your QB and why I feel Geno will have a much better 2014 season if we provide talent.
#4. Brian Winters had a very shaky season but if you ask me, anything was better than Vlad Ducasse. Winters was yet another Jet rookie who had a pretty good ending in December. His last two games he gave up no sacks and I believe no QB hits and had a few key blocks on run plays which required him to get to the 2nd level.
What do you think of Rex Ryan's comments today and what would you grade the rookies right now? I would give them a B+. Richardson has been an A+ all season, even providing some offensive firepower in goaline situations for scores. However, Winters and expecially Milliner were late bloomers coming on strong in December. Im not too sure about Winters in regards to consistency but as for Milliner, the way he just exploded onto the scene makes me feel that it was the lack of reps, the transition to the pro level and him getting over his injury which was the reason for such the slow start. His decision making the month of December shows that the kid was simply making plays on his own. He was even adjusting, covering for the safety mistakes in order to make INT's. This is a guy who showed that he's the real deal. So Id' give Winters a C+ and Milliner a B because you can clearly see the talent now.
As for Geno, I feel like the first half the season was him getting familiar with the pro level. 6 of those 9 games he completed 55% of his passes, and of those 6 games 3 games he completes over 60% of his passes, and of those 3 games he had 1 game where he completes 80%. If you really look at it for what it was at the time Geno was putting together a nice rookie season for a QB with no targets outside of a very good #3 WR. Then catastrophe strikes after going 5-4. His only consistent go-to receiver, Kerley gets hurt. Geno completion percentage plummets the next four games to 42%, 38%, 40% & 40% and the Jets go 1-3. Once Geno gets his only reliable and consistent receiver back on the field his numbers shoot right back up to where they were. His last for games he completes 64%, 53%, 55% & 63% and the Jets go 3-1. This lets me know that just alittle talent thrown Geno's way can go pretty far, how about a 20% jump in completion percentage! Given the circumstance I will give Geno a B.
That my friends boils down to a B+ for me and I think when we look back on this draft in 2017 we'll see that much of the core of the football team came from this draft class.
Edited by Villain The Foe, 05 January 2014 - 12:24 AM.