3 prospects for Jets fans to watch in Saturday's Senior Bowl

BY Cameron DaSilva • January 29, 2016

Many of the New York Jets' questions will be answered once free agency begins with players like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Ivory possibly hitting the open market. That's not to say scouts from the team won't be watching players closely in the Senior Bowl, which kicks off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The quarterback position is an especially interesting one for the Jets given Fitzpatrick's expiring contract. If he doesn't return to New York, the Jets could draft one of the top quarterback prospects, who also happens to be playing in the Senior Bowl: Carson Wentz.

The North Dakota State product is among three to watch in Saturday's game.

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

At 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, Wentz certainly looks the part. He has the physical attributes of a pro quarterback, but there are questions about the level of competition he played in the FCS. That's what makes the Senior Bowl so important for his draft stock. He'll take on some of the best seniors in the country, and a good showing could solidify his first-round grade. The Jets are picking at No. 20, and Wentz isn't even guaranteed to last that long. If he does drop in their laps, he could be worth scooping up for the future, even if Fitzpatrick re-signs.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Like Fitzpatrick will do for the quarterbacks, Ivory's status will determine how the Jets approach the running back position. If he hits the open market and doesn't return to New York, the Jets could looks at a guy like Dixon. He has good size (5-foot-10, 212 pounds) to play at the next level, yet his lateral agility is also outstanding. He forced 66 tackles this season according to Pro Football Focus, which is obviously a very high number. Like many other running backs, he probably won't be picked in the first round, but he's an intriguing prospect for a running back-needy team like the Jets.

Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

The Jets' pass rush was underwhelming in 2015, lacking a true edge rusher for much of the season. The defensive line is elite with Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson and impending free agent, Muhammad Wilkerson. But a pass-rushing outside linebacker is something the Jets could use next season. Jenkins was asked to rush the quarterback at Georgia, but he was put through coverage drills during practice at the Senior Bowl -- an area where he can stand to improve. As an edge defender similar to Lorenzo Mauldin, Jenkins has a ton of potential and would fit in the Jets' 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker. He ranked fifth among all outside linebackers in 2015, per Pro Football Focus.