Jets likely picking 6th in first round

The Jets win over Kansas City cost them a few slots in the draft process. Instead of potentially picking third, they are now picking sixth in the first round of the 2008 draft. Here are some players they could consider with that pick.

There was a lot of speculation that the Jets would love to get their hands on Arkansas running back Darren "Run DMC" McFadden, but he will likely be gone when they are on the clock.

With a good Senior Bowl and Combine, Auburn DE/OLB Quentin Groves could be a consideration. The Jets really need a dynamic 3-4 pass rushing outside linebacker, and the 6-3, 250 pound Groves, who runs under 4.5, could fill the bill.

Other college defensive ends who could project to NFL 3-4 OLB are USC's Lawrence Jackson and Virginia Tech's Chris Ellis. If these two test well, they might move into consideration for the sixth pick.

A player who could slip down to them at six is Virginia defensive end Chris Long. He played the 3-4 end position at a very high level for the Cavaliers. He was taught a great deal about the spot by Virginia coach Al Groh. The Jets could use a 3-4 end to play opposite Shaun Ellis. Kenyon Coleman is better suited to a reserve role. Long is a better athlete than the tightly-muscled Coleman.

It's unlikely the Jets will pick an offensive lineman like Boise State's Ryan Clady at six. They will probably look to fill their offensive line needs in free agency. The last thing they need to do is throw another youngster in the mix.

Of course Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is always working the phones, so there is a good chance he will try and trade down.

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