Jets put a wrap on day one

<P>The&nbsp; Jets completed the first day of the draft by selecting a player in each of the first three rounds.&nbsp; The Jets selected defensive end Bryan Thomas from the University of Alabama-Birmingham with their first round draft choice, the 22nd pick overall. He was the third defensive end selected overall in the draft.&nbsp;</P>

 "He has natural pass rush ability, which is something that of all the ends in the draft, our coaches felt he was the most natural of the group," said Terry Bradway. "We feel that he'll be able to come in and do some goods things for us this year."

"This guy has a special talent of getting to the quarterback," said Herman Edwards. "As we all know in the league, if you don't knock the quarterback down, it doesn't matter how good you are at corner, you're going to get beat. He was the best player we had rated on the board. Our defensive coaches are ecstatic about having the guy. I think our team will, too, once we watch him play."

"He has great speed," said Dick Haley. "And, he's naturally strong, and he's quick and has good rush moves. He's got the tools and he uses them. He's a dedicated player. "

With the 20th selection in the second round (#57 overall), the Jets obtained Kansas State Wildcat safety Jon McGraw. He was the fifth safety selected overall in the 2002 draft.

"Jon is a guy we really feel good about," said Bradway. "He's big, he's fast, and comes from a good program."

"One of the things we were looking for at safety was to bring in a young guy who could contribute immediately on special teams."

"He helps us right now just coming in the door, just as a special teams guy," said Edwards. "He's a guy that can run fast, tackle and has a great upside and that'll help us in the long run. He'll make a contribution to our football team."

In the third round, the Jets made 6-3, 258-pound Michigan State tight end Chris Baker their selection with the 88th pick, the sixth tight end selected overall.

 "We felt like we had a need for a back-up tight end and Chris has a chance to fulfill that need," said Bradway. "Of all the tight ends in the draft, Chris had the most catches with 133. He has excellent hands and can play on the line of scrimmage or off on the move."

"He gives us the ability to have another tight end who can run, catch the ball and we feel like we had him rated high enough on our board," said Edwards.

Barring any trades, the Jets have two more draft selections: #121 overall in the fourth round (23rd selection in the fourth round) and the 154th overall selection in the fifth round (19th pick in the fifth round).


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