Since Henderson runs the 40 between 4.8 and 4.9, he could turn out to be a liability on passing downs in the NFL. So if a team has second and 10, he would probably have to come off the field. While he's a talented player, we would be shocked if the Jets picked him at 13, especially since they keep talking about how they want to get faster. 22 is a different story, though he probably won't be there. But if he is there at 22, he might be too good to pass up from a value standpoint. But remember, another factor with Henderson is that he had back surgery last year, and this could scare off some teams . . .
We expect the Jets to wait until the second or third round to fill their need for a speed linebacker.
"Our scouts like some linebackers [later in the draft]," said Terry Bradway. "We've identified some players."
A player the Jets like a lot is Oregon State's Nick Barnett. A player who will slip because of his size (6-0, 228), but would be a good middle round pick for the Jets is Florida' s Mike Nattiel, who runs under 4.6 in the forty . . .
Expect the Jets to pick a placekicker or punter late in the draft. The Jets kicking situation is somewhat shaky with Dan Stryzinski handling the punting and Doug Brien the placekicking. Stryzinski was the 32nd ranked punter in football last year, and this is a superb draft for punters. Idaho's Eddie Johnson would make a nice later round addition. The group of placekickers isn't as strong, so the Jets might be more apt to add one as an undrafted free agent . . .
There are rumors that the Jets love Utah offensive tackle Jordan Gross and might trade up to get him. While Gross is a superb prospect, how would this move make any sense? The Jets have a pair of talented young tackles in Kareem McKenzie and Jason Fabini that aren't going anywhere. True the Jets need offensive tackle depth, but with a lot of defensive needs, it would be shocking if the team when for a tackle at 13. However, if all the upper tier defensive tackles are gone when they are on the clock, and Iowa guard Eric Steinbach is there, he might be too good to pass up. Remember the Jets two starting guard Tom Nutten and Dave Szott are both getting up there in years, so it might be a good idea to starting grooming a replacement. Steinbach would be a heck of an heir apparent for either one of them . . .
If the Jets wanted to move up to three, they probably could. The Houston Texans have offered them the third pick in the draft for Lamont Jordan and the 13th pick. It would be tough for the Jets to make this deal, especially since Curtis Martin is still battling ankle issues . . .
While there is a lot of talk about the Jets need for a big receiver, they might have one who can contribute on the roster in Tory Woodbury, a 6-2, 215 pounder with great leaping ability.
"Tory Woodbury might be that guy," said Herman Edwards. "Who knows? I've been saying that for the last two years, no one believes me, but we're going to find out. He's going to have every opportunity, I know that." . . .
One player who the Jets could add in the middle-late rounds is Notre Dame cornerback Shane Walton. He is going to slip because of his 40 time, but he's a Herman Edwards type zone cornerback. Notre Dame played a zone and he flourished in it. He will also make a terrific special teams player.