Back again with our Draft Rewind Series and today we look at the infamous Idzik 12 from the 2014 NFL Draft. This has to go down as one of the worst drafts in NFL history. Former Jets General Manager John Idzik sat on his hands for three straight days and made no draft day trades. Of the 12 players he selected, only three are still with the team today. This draft is a major reason for the lackluster roster the Jets currently have. It should have replenished their talent pool and rejuvenated the team with an infusion of youth. The really sad part about this draft is that only one player will most likely get a second contract with the Jets…and he was the ninth player they drafted. I’ll do my best to keep these short and sweet.
Round 1 (18): Strong Safety Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Pryor never became the impact player the Jets expected him to be. His skill set was limited, as he was mainly a box safety, but the Jets tried to use him in the middle of the field too often and he was exposed in coverage. Pryor also missed far too many tackles and never lived up to his college nickname “The Louisville Slugger,” failing to consistently deliver big hits and impact plays. Brandin Cooks, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Deone Bucannon, and Bradley Roby were all drafted later in the first round. Pryor was traded to the Browns earlier this offseason for Demario Davis.
Round 2 (49): Tight End Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Amaro was one of the most prolific pass-catching tight ends in college football, but he came from an air raid offense where he spent most of his time split out wide and wasn’t asked to block. The Jets tried to turn him into a true tight end with his hand in the dirt, but he could never make the transition. In round two the Jets only missed out on Devonte Adams, Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde, Kony Ealy, Allen Robinson, Jimmy Garoppalo, and Jarvis Landry.
Round 3 (80): Cornerback Dexter McDougle, Maryland
The Jets didn’t miss out on any household names in this round, but they reached here by taking McDougle. He’s played mainly on special teams in his first three seasons and hasn’t started a single game at cornerback. He finished last season with one tackle in six games. As of now he is still on the 2017 roster.
Round 4 (104): Wide Receiver Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
Saunders was an absolute disaster. He played in three games with the Jets and returned six punts…and fumbled twice. The Jets cut him and Saunders played six games with the Saints. He hasn’t been in the league since and currently plays in the Canadian Football League.
Round 4 (115): Wide Receiver Shaq Evans, UCLA
Evans has never played in an NFL game and is currently free agent. It’s worth noting the Jets missed out on drafting wide receiver Martavis Bryant who went to the Steelers three picks later.
Round 4 (137): Guard Dakota Dozier, Furman
Dozier is still on the roster for the Jets and provides good depth along the offensive line. He appeared in 13 games last year and made two starts.
Round 5 (154): Linebacker Jeremiah George, Iowa State
George never played a down for the Jets. The Jaguars signed him off the Jets’ practice squad his rookie season.
Round 6 (195): Cornerback Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State
Currently on the Steelers’ practice squad, the Jets cut Dixon before the end of training camp in 2014.
Round 6 (209): Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska
The lone bright spot of the Idzik 12, Enunwa has come a long way from his beginnings as mainly a blocker to the Jets’ number one receiving threat in 2017. Last year Enunwa had 58 receptions for 857 yards and four touchdowns. Expect all those numbers to increase this year as Enunwa will be one of the focal points on offense and the leader of a young group of receivers.
Round 6 (210): Linebacker IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech
The biggest impact Enemkpali had on this team was cold cocking former Jets quarterback Geno Smith and breaking his jaw, which paved the way for a record-breaking season for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Round 6 (213): Quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Hand-picked by former head coach Rex Ryan, Boyd was cut before the season and is currently out of the league.
Round 7 (233): Linebacker Trevor Reilly, Utah
The Jets’ lone seventh round pick wasn’t a total miss. Reilly played mainly on special teams totaling 33 tackles in his two seasons with the Jets.
And there you have it. 12 picks, no trades, one impact player, and a lot of missed opportunities. Next up is the 2013 draft where the Jets had three of the first 39 picks, including two first rounders.