With the Jets trading for Brandon Marshall this offseason, awarding Jeremy Kerley a four-year contract extension and Eric Decker locked in with a long-term deal the WR position appears to be set. It remains unknown if the Jets would use the sixth overall pick to draft a position that is now considered a strength.
Peat would be an early consideration for the Jets at the sixth pick, but would be available were the Jets to slide back in the first round. Many mocks have Peat going in the early twenties range. Left tackle, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, is 32 and right tackle, Breno Giacomini, will be 30 at the beginning of the season. Given their age and soon to be ending contracts the Jets will have to start thinking about the tackle position sooner rather than later.
This is all normal due diligence that every team does and so I wouldn't read too much into this. Of the two, Cooper is the more likely to be drafted by the Jets as he slots in well with their current sixth overall pick. Assuming both top quarterbacks and Kevin White are off the board by the sixth pick, taking Cooper would be a solid play for a team who might need to wait until 2016 to find a viable long-term answer at quarterback.
As Josh Norris, Corey Griffin and I discussed on today's podcast. Getting Amari Cooper with the sixth pick would be excellent value. While Cooper and Kevin White have different games, both will be playmakers for whatever teams they wind up playing for in 2015 and beyond.
While the Jets have Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, the long-view must prevail and it isn't often in which Jets get the opportunity to draft a sure-fire receiver of this caliber. Marshall might only get a year or two with the Jets, Eric Decker is a solid receiver not a field-tilting player and Jeremy Kerley makes a fine receiver, but adding a player like Cooper is a no-brainer upgrade for both the short and long-term.
Taking Peat with the sixth pick would be a massive stretch, so it looks like the Jets are doing some more investigative work on other players that would slot better should they slide back in the first round, for instance if they were to make a draft-day trade with the Eagles, who have been rumored to have intense interest in Marcus Mariota. Peat won't be available to the Jets should they wait until the second round, but were they to make a trade with a team like the Eagles, Peat makes sense.
Trying to get a sense of who Andrus Peat is as a player? A comparison I've seen is D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Peat is known as an excellent pass protector, but has some trouble getting leverage in the running game. So if the Jets were to select Peat, they might not have a natural spot for him as a rookie and would have some decisions in overhauling their line for 2016, but if Peat was a central piece of the switch, then don't expect more physical run-blocking out of the left tackle spot in the years to come.