A heaping helping of Post-Draft Whispers

When will Chad Pennington start throwing?

Mike Tannenbaum said Pennington will start throwing some in mini-camp. He's not talking about the rookie mini-camp May 12-14, but the veteran mini-camp June 15-17. The Jets are being exceedingly careful with Pennington, and don't want to rush things like they might have last year with the quarterback's surgical shoulder . . .

You have wonder about the mindset of fourth-round draft pick Brad Smith concerning his transition from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver.

"I'm a quarterback at heart," Smith said, following his selection.

He went on to say he would do whatever the Jets want him to do, but what will his mindset be entering this experiment? There were questions throughout the draft process about whether he would be into a position change. Remember, when the Rams picked former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch in the third round, four years ago, with the intent of moving him to safety, the results were disastrous. He fought the move, was eventually released, and is now attempting to play quarterback in Canada.

"I have played quarterback my whole life," said Smith.

And it seems like the Jets know it could be a challenge for them to wean him off the quarterback position.

"We knew that he was hoping to play at QB, but when we viewed him, we viewed him as an athlete," said Jets coach Eric Mangini . . .

A lot was made about Jason Posiask's lack of production as a receiver, with just seven catches as a senior at Wisconsin. But this pick had nothing to do with receiving. The Jets' running game was one of the worst in football last year, and it wasn't all the fault of the offensive line. The Jets need better blocking from the fullback spot, and Posiask, a combination tight end-fullback, is a fantastic blocker.

"As a blocking tight end, Posiask has few peers," said ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The Jets hope he'll have few peers as a blocking fullback . . .

Drew Coleman was a borderline draftable player, but really helped his stock with a great Pro Day at TCU. He ran a 4.34 forty. Not only does he have great potential as a cornerback, he is also a terrific kick returner. Coleman needs a lot of technique work, but with his raw skills he has a lot of potential. Jets coach Eric Mangini is a great judge of cornerback talent, and he really likes this kid . . .

Quarterback Kellen Clemens still isn't 100-percent healed from the broken leg he suffered in the eighth game against Arizona. The University of Oregon product says he's 95 percent.

While some analysts, like ESPN's Ron Jaworski, raved about Clemens leading up to the draft, Kiper doesn't share their enthusiasm.

"I'm not as high on Clemens as other observers seem to be," said Mel Kiper . . .

Surprisingly, the Jets didn't select a pass-rushing outside linebacker in this draft. For some reason, they traded out of the 71st spot in the third round, with Cal Poly linebacker Chris Gocong on the board, and the Philadelphia Eagles picked him there with the Jets' pick. The Jets really liked Gocong, and probably didn't think the Eagles would take him. But the move came back to bite them.

Based on their lack of 3-4 outside linebackers, the Jets will likely have to use a lot of 4-3 this year . . .

You have to wonder about the future of defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson. He has not been asked to take a pay-cut or rework his contract. You get the sense the new coaching staff is taking a wait-and-see approach with Robertson. They are attempting to figure out if he fits the new regime's philosophies. Also, Robertson has a serious knee problem, and if it continues to be a problem, this might cut short his career . . .

Although he was selected in the fourth round, Florida State running back Leon Washington could turn out to be one of the Jets' most important selections. The Jets have very little speed on offense, and are devoid of game-breakers. Washington can provide some much-needed explosion to the Jets offense. Washington has a great burst through the hole, and can change directions at full speed. He's also a very good receiver who makes a lot happen after he catches the ball. He slipped to the fourth round because of injury concerns -- but in terms of talent, this guy is better than a fourth-round pick.

Washington, a former "Mr. Football" in the state of Florida, could turn out to be a fourth-round steal . . .

While the Jets haven't announced their list of undrafted free-agent signings yet, one player they have already added is former New Mexico running back DonTrell Moore. The former Parade All-American certainly has to rank as one of the top undrafted free-agent signings in the league. It was surprising that Moore wasn't drafted. While he did have some knee issues in college, he was very productive. He's very quick and has terrific vision. Don't be shocked if this guy makes the team . . .

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