Jets 2013 NFL draft: The scouts’ take

Dee Milliner will instantly be expected to contribute to a now-depleted secondary. Credit: Getty Images
Dee Milliner will instantly be expected to contribute to a now-depleted secondary.
Credit: Getty Images

Whether fairly or not, the Jets’ two first-round picks in last week’s NFL Draft will be expected to turn around a franchise that has struggled the past two seasons. The team has missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will likely step into prominent roles for a team clearly rebuilding.

The picks are welcome for head coach Rex Ryan, a former defensive coordinator with the Ravens who very much remains involved with his defense with the Jets.

Metro New York reached out to two NFL Draft experts for their grade on the Jets’ first-round picks.

The experts:
Dan Shonka – A former NFL scout who is now the general manager and national scout for Ourlads.com
Rick Serritella – The founder of the popular and well-respected NFL Draft Bible, a comprehensive draft resource

No. 9 – Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama

How does the pick fit into the Jets needs?
Shonka: After the trade of Darrelle Revis, it gives the Jets another big time cornerback to play opposite Antonio Cromartie.
Serritella: Most complete cornerback in the draft. If anyone can play in the shadow of Revis, Milliner has talent to do so. Will play opposite of Cromartie as Kyle Wilson is not viewed as dependable starter.

What did you like about the player on tape?
Shonka: Has the prototypical size and speed for the cornerback position. Smooth and fluid in his movement with little wasted motion. Good body control and ball skills. Can stick his foot in the ground and drive hard on the ball. Plays with good instincts and awareness. Good ball skills to play the ball down the field.
Serritella: Physical cornerback who excels in bump and run coverage. Fluid hips and natural instincts; will step up and help against the run.

What stands out as a concern?
Shonka: Has below average hands to catch the ball.
Serritella: Footwork and fundamentals need improvement. Has just one year of starting experience.

No. 13 – Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri

How does the pick fit into the Jets needs?
Shonka: Ryan wants strength up the middle with loss of Sione Pouha. An upgrade from Antonio Garay & Kenrick Lewis. Should create competition and rotation ability.
Serritella: Not your prototypical nose tackle in a 3-4; better suited in 4-3 scheme. Could change dynamic of Jets defense up front with Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson.

What did you like about the player on tape?
Shonka: Instinctive with the ability to redirect quickly. Lightning quick up the field; doesn’t stay blocked. Experience dropping into coverage. Plays well on his feet. Good instincts and feel for the game. Explosive initial quickness to control the blocker. A good effort player.
Serritella: Explosive. Speed allows for rare pass-rush abilities from the defensive tackle position. Can be disruptive in backfield and has the ‘quicks’ to chase down runners.

What stands out as a concern?
Shonka: Only played a year and a half for the Tigers. Will slip off a tackle at times when he’s trying to rake and strip a quarterback.
Serritella: Struggles to hold point of attack, loses leverage against stronger lineman. Junior college transfer so still developing as a player. Coming off shoulder surgery.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to…

A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new…

Local

On-duty NYPD detective arrested for DWI in Queens

A New York City Police detective was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence while on the clock.

Local

City Council committee moves Williamsburg's Domino refinery deal…

The deal to turn the old Domino Sugar refinery along the Williamsburg waterfront into a new housing complex is one Council vote away from approval.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Movies

'A Brony Tale' documents men who are into…

Ashleigh Ball, a voice actress on "My Little Pony," speaks to us.

Movies

Tribeca: Nikki Reed on going funny for a…

"Intramural" star Nikki Reed talks about being the straight person in a broad comedy, spending time in Austin and how "Thirteen" was a "miracle."

The Word

Taylor Swift has a hard time leaving the…

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Going Out

Pop-up cat cafe opens to long lines in…

The country's first pop-up cat cafe opened in New York on Thursday.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

MLB

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for using pine…

Pineda was thrown out of the game against the Red Sox Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck -- for all the world to see.

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.