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Top draft picks Pryor, Amaro could be key players right away for Jets

  • New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor runs a pattern during NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Pryor, who played at Louisville, was the Jets' first round draft pick. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor runs a pattern during NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Pryor, who played at Louisville, was the Jets' first round draft pick. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro, left, pushes past coach Steve Hagen during the team's NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Amaro, from Texas Tech, was the Jets' second round selection. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro, left, pushes past coach Steve Hagen during the team's NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Amaro, from Texas Tech, was the Jets' second round selection. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor (35), jogs to another drill with Ikemefuna Enemkpali (51) and Nick Taylor (23) during the NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Pryor was the Jets' first round draft pick and Enemkpali was chosen in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor (35), jogs to another drill with Ikemefuna Enemkpali (51) and Nick Taylor (23) during the NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Pryor was the Jets' first round draft pick and Enemkpali was chosen in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

Calvin Pryor and Jace Amaro were the New York Jets' first two picks in the NFL draft, and both plan on playing key roles for their new team immediately.

Pryor, a hard-hitting safety from Louisville, was the No. 18 overall selection last week. He says Friday on the first day of rookie minicamp that he's just focused on earning the veterans' respect by learning Rex Ryan's defensive system. Pryor is likely to start in the secondary once the regular season starts.

Amaro, a pass-catching tight end from Texas Tech, was a second-round pick. He says he's motivated to prove that he should have been the first tight end drafted, and his goal is to someday catch 100 passes a season consistently.

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