Jets might have two seventh round steals

The Jets first and last seventh round picks could qualify has steals.

Miami linebacker Darrell McClover was under-valued because he didn't start until his senior season with the Hurricanes. It also hurt him that he is only 227 pounds.

But the guy is clearly a talented player. In his first year as a starter in 2003, he had an excellent season.

"He had a heck of a year," said draft expert Mel Kiper.

McClover was one of the fastest linebackers in the draft, clocking in the 4.5 area.

He has an excellent chance to make the Jets, and become one of the team's top special teams players. With his exceptional linebacker speed and top-shelf toughness, he looks like he can shine on special teams in the NFL.

After picking running back Derrick Ward (Ottawa of Kansas) and Nebraska defensive end Trevor Johnson, the Jets made their last seventh round pick (they had a total of four), who could turn into major steal.

With their final pick of the draft, the Jets picked Kansas State safety Rashad Washington, a player expected to go a lot higher. He has an excellent size-speed ratio for a safety. He is 6-2, 219 pounds and can run under 4.6.

One of the reasons he slipped was because of his limited experience on defense. He came to Kansas State as a highly-recruited running back. He was moved to defensive back in 2001, and is still a work-in-progress.

"His best football is in front of him," said Kiper. "He needs more seasoning."

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