Jets Draft: It's A Wrap

The draft is done and the Jets add a mix of players on both sides of the ball. A look at the newest Jets, and what there is to like (and not like) about them.

Round 1, Pick No. 30 – Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple

The Scoop: This was the ideal player and pick for the Jets, who were in desperate need of adding some defensive line help. Wilkerson is a big body and boasts an 85-inch wing span meaning that he can stuff the run but the Temple product is more than just a space-eater, he can get in the backfield in a hurry.

How He'll Pan Out: With his engine and low center of gravity, he's the ideal end in the 3-4. Wilkerson should quickly work his way into the rotation and be a pass-rushing threat. "I see him as a possible three-down contributor for us," head coach Rex Ryan said.

Round 3, Pick No. 90 – Kenrick Ellis, Hampton

The Scoop: A true nose tackle, Ellis reminds many of former Jet Kris Jenkins. At 6'5 and 330 lbs., Ellis can stuff the run but he's also adept at helping the pass rush. Character issues surround Ellis, who could face 20 years jail time stemming from a felony assault charge. Perhaps after being on Hard Knocks last year, the Jets are auditioning for HBO's prison series Oz this year season.

How He'll Pan Out: With Jenkins likely leaving the team and Sione Pouha a free agent, Ellis has a chance to step in right away in the center of the defensive line. The fact that he does more than stuff the run but can also create pressure in the backfield is a huge plus.

Round 4, Pick No. 126 – Bilal Powell, Louisville

The Scoop: Surprising given the Jets need in other areas that they'd take a running back this high in the draft, and one with a limited track record of success. The bruising Louisville running back suffered through injuries last year but has solid intangibles. Yet, he can only point to his 2010 season at ‘Ville as his only real college success. Huge risk but good upside.

How He'll Pan Out: All of a sudden, the Jets have a crowded backfield. With Shonn Greene and last year's fourth round pick Joe McKnight, not to mention La Dainian Tomlinson, there is no pressure on Powell to produce this year. He's powerful and built like Baltimore's Ray Rice and could be a good short yardage back.

Round 5, Pick No. 153 – Jeremy Kerley, Texas Christian:

The Scoop: Given three free agent wide receivers, not a reach that the Jets would look at Kerley. Injured for a chunk of last year, definite added value that he returns punts. An all-around good, solid athlete who makes the catches he's supposed to make but doesn't excel in any one area. Citing that Kerley can play in the Wildcat, general manager Mike Tannenbaum compared the draft pick to current Jets free agent Brad Smith.

How He'll Pan Out: Kerley played in a system that liked to spread the ball and put a heavy emphasis on timed routes. There should be competition at wide receiver this year for the Jets and Kerley could end up battling practice squad player Patrick Turner for a spot on the team. The Jets are short on real athlete-types and they got that in Kerley.

Round 7, Pick No. 208 – Greg McElroy, Alabama

The Scoop: A two-year starter for the Crimson Tide including their 2010 national championship season, McElroy is a solid quarterback. The word "smart" always seems linked with him after his score of 48 out of 50 in the Wonderlic at the combine, tying the all-time record. Was much maligned in Tuscaloosa but boasts a solid resume of winning.

How He'll Pan Out: A quarterback to be groomed as Mark Sanchez's understudy or for trade bait. He has good size and decent enough arm strength and certainly proved that he could handle the rigors of the SEC. Has a real chance to eventually be No. 2 behind Sanchez.

Round 7, Pick No. 227 – Scotty McKnight, Colorado

The Scoop: McKnight's name is written near the top of nearly every receiving record at Colorado. He's a solid, smart player who was hand-timed running a 4.46 and a 4.48 time in the 40 on his Pro Day, surprising many scouts. A player who always seems to make the catches he's supposed to.

How He'll Pan Out: Sanchez and McKnight grew up together; in fact Sanchez threw at McKnight's Pro Day in Boulder. Given the uncertainties at wide receiver, McKnight should make the roster but he's probably not a long term solution for the Jets.


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