2002 draft completed
With the 121st selection overall and the 23rd pick in the fourth round, the Jets selected 6-2, 295-pound defensive tackle Alan Harper from Fresno State University. The selection of Harper was the third defensive player selected by the Jets through the first four round. The lone offensive player selected in the first four rounds was Michigan State tight end Chris Baker, who the Jets got in the third round. The team rounded out the draft by selecting Michigan guard Jonathon Goodwin in the fifth round. "I'm aggressive," said Harper. "I'm the type of player that gets off on the ball and I try to make every tackle and get to the quarterback. I'm a playmaker. I like to make plays, fly around and I have a high motor. I love playing this game."
"Alan is a quick inside player who is very disruptive," said GM Terry Bradway. "He had 12 sacks this year and 21 tackles for losses and he makes plays on the move. I know that Dick (Haley) really liked him, liked his production and felt he could come in and help us inside."
Said Jets Director of Player Personnel Dick Haley, "He's a playmaker. He may not measure up in some of the height, weight, speed factors, but the fact is that he played against good competition and was productive is a good sign. He was especially good in the pass rush, which is an area we need some help in."
In the fifth round of the draft, the Jets selected Michigan guard Jonathan Goodwin (the 154th pick overall) Goodwin, 6-3, 315-pound native of Columbia, South Carolina was a two-year starter for the Wolverines.
"He's a big guy, has long arms, played in a good program and has been a starter," said Bradway. "We felt that with our situation inside, we wanted to add a versatile offensive lineman. He's coming in as a guard initially and we think that's where he will have his best chance."
"I'm excited about joining the Jets," said Goodwin. "It's a city I'm anxious to see and the Jets are a team that I have always been interested in." "It was a sound fundamental pick for us," said Herman Edwards. "We lost a guard this off-season in David Loverne, so there was a need there. He comes from a good program at Michigan. Jonathan is a tough guy who has some size, some athletic ability, and we had him rated pretty high on the board. We were fortunate to get him."
"As a result of this draft, we had a few needs coming in, we only had five picks, but we feel that we addressed our back-up tight end position, we added a versatile offensive lineman, a pass rusher, the young safety and a core big guy," said Bradway.
The Jets will conduct a three-day mini-camp beginning on Friday, April 26. All of the team's veteran players, draft choices and rookie free agent players are expected to attend the mini-camp.
New York Jets 2002 Draft Rd. Pos. Name School Ht. Wt.
1) DE Bryan Thomas Alabama-Birmingham 6-4 266
2) S Jon McGraw Kansas State 6-3 210
3) TE Chris Baker Michigan State 6-3 258
4) DT Alan Harper Fresno State 6-2 295
5) G Jonathan Goodwin Michigan 6-3 318