Looking at the final four

With their last 4 picks the Jets drafted for depth and special teams upgrades. Keeping with Herm and Terry's theme, the Jets held speed, work ethic, and character very highly when making their selections.

In the 2nd round the Jets selected Kansas State safety Jon McGraw.  He adds size and speed to the Jet secondary.  At 6'3", 208 lbs., and the ability to run the 40-yd. dash in 4.47 seconds, McGraw is expected to initially play a large role on special teams.  Coach Edwards had this to say about McGraw, "I think he helps us right now coming in the door just as a special teams guy.  You get a guy this big that can run fast, that will tackle, and he has a great upside, I think it just helps you in the long run."  He will be expected to be the replacement for Chris Hayes.

In the 3rd round the Jets selected Chris Baker, TE from Michigan State.  Baker has a tremendous amount of talent but never seemed to play up to his full potential.  At 6'3", 261, Baker ran a 4.60 forty and is a skilled short-to-intermediate receiver.  Baker adds depth to a very weak spot on the roster, joining Anthony Becht, James Dearth, Daniel Wilcox, and David Newman at Tight End.  He has good footwork and strength, but needs work on his blocking and getting his 4.60 forty time's speed to show up on the field.  With some work Chris Baker could be an effective tool in the West Coast Offense.

In the 4th round the Jets selected DT Alan Harper from Fresno State.  Harper had slow 40 times and thus, dropped to the fourth round.  This does not mean that he is slow however...Harper lead the WAC Conference with 12 sacks.  Jets Personnel guru Dick Haley had this to say of Harper and the questioning of his speed..."He's got short area quickness.  It's nice if they can run 40 yards, but they don't have to.  10 or 15 yards, they're quick, which he is.  I don't think you stumble into 12 sacks in a year."  Harper could be a 4th round steal.

In the 5th round the Jets selected OL Jonathan Goodwin from Michigan.  The 6'3", 318 lbs. Wolverine can play any position on the offensive line and provides great depth.  Terry Bradway said this of the 5th round selection, "He's a big guy, 6'3" and a quarter, 318 pounds, ran a 5.03, long arms, played in a good program, has been productive as a starter....We felt with our situation inside, we wanted to add a backup versatile offensive lineman."  Goodwin fell due to a history of injuries of which required a shoulder surgery before his senior season and a sprained MCL during training camp.

Quick Hits...
Herm Edwards: "We've changed a little bit, the look of our defense.  I think we've gotten a lot faster.  We talked about that when I first arrived here, we wanted a speed defense.  I think we've done that."...The Jets also stated that talks with free agent DTs Larry Webster and Sam Adams of the Baltimore Ravens are ongoing...Adams' price tag is "a little too high" at this time however.

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