If you don’t follow Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) on twitter, hopefully your recovery from the coma is going well. In all seriousness though, Miller is about as good as they come for draft analysis.
When Jets Talk LIVE returns to the air next Thursday — March 6 — at 2:00 PM, Miller will be one of our featured guests. In anticipation of that program, please tweet us (@eallenjets) draft questions for Miller and we will get to as many as possible.
Upon completion of the Combine, Miller updated his NFL Mock Draft. Since compensatory selections have not been awarded (the Jets could have as many as four coming their way) and we still don’t know the official pick from the Bucs (a third-rounder or fourth-rounder courtesy of the Revis deal), Miller has seven selections for the Jets.
You will have to watch the show in order to get Miller’s first and second-round selections. Let’s take a look at Rounds 3-7.
Round 3: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
- 6’5”, 315
- 44 of 66 Career Starts Came at LT, 2-Time Consensus All-American
- Hometown: Shoreview, MN
- Player Quote: “A lot of the teams, they like me at guard. I can play either position. I can snap the ball as well. That was the first thing I ever played — center. A lot of teams like my versatility. But for the most part, a lot of the teams are talking to me about playing right tackle and playing guard.”
Round 4: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
- 20.5 Career Sacks, 41 TFL and 7 Blocked Kicks
- 6’2”, 302
- Hometown: Bronx, NY
- Player Quote: “You don’t see that many football fields in New York City. Growing up I never attended a football game because there was no football stadiums within my vicinity. You see baseball stadiums and you see basketball stadiums, and you could always look up to those players because they’re always in the local areas. A lot of kids end up going to play baseball and basketball and not football.”
Round 5: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
- 5’9”, 174
- Holds School Records for KR Yards (1,885) and PR Average (17.1)
- Anchored UO 4X100 Meter Relay Team
- Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
- Player Quote: “I grew up in the Snoop Youth Football League growing up in Los Angeles. My first game against his team, we blew them out 52-0. That’s when he established the (nick)name the Black Mamba… There are a lot of fast guys in the NFL, but it’s all about making great decisions. I feel like I’m a great decision maker. I can make great cuts and, like I said, just out there having fun.”
Round 6: Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
- 6’2”, 206
- Passed for 3,375 Yards & 29 TDs Last Season
- School Record 97 Total TDs
- Not Invited to the Combine
- Hometown: Salem, OR
- Player Quote: "Ever since I was in high school I wasn’t recruited and wasn’t given much respect at Wyoming,” he told Bleacher Report. “People have always been telling me I’m not good enough to live my dream. That can be hard to hear over time.”
Round 7: Anthony Fera, PK, Texas
- 6’1”, 211
- Transferred from Penn State to Be Closer to Family
- 2013 Consensus All-American, Hit on 20 of 22 FGs (90.9%)
- Also Averaged 40.7 Yards Per Punt
- Hometown: Cypress, TX
- Player Quote: "My mother has MS. At the time, it wasn't really good. Her hands and feet were getting really numb. It was difficult for her to travel up to Penn State, a three-hour flight and a three-hour drive. I wanted them to be able to come see my games. Being at the University of Texas was a lot closer."