One word for the Jets 2008 draft - Brilliant

You have to give Mike Tannenbaum, Terry Bradway, Joey Clinkscale and company high marks for the draft they just orchestrated.

I'm not big on grades, but I will make an exception here. I give the Jets an "A."

They did a heck of a job.

There were rumors that they were thinking of trading up in the first round to get Virginia defensive end Chris Long. It's better that they didn't. Long is a heck of a player, but at 273 pounds, he can't play 3-4 end on the next level. And if you move him to 3-4 OLB, it's a major projection, and who knows if he can do it.

Staying put at six and grabbing Ohio State OLB Vernon Gholston made more sense. While he doesn't have Long's instincts, his rare combination of speed, strength and athletic ability should give the Jets their own DeMarcus Ware-Shawne Merriman kind of player at OLB. And they desperately need that.

Trading up from 36 to 30 to select Purdue tight end Dustin Keller could turn out to be a tremendous move. And contrary to what a lot of people believe, this move had very little to do with Chris Baker's holdout. This move was about Keller's ability to get down field with his 4.53 speed. Baker and Bubba Franks are very good blocking tight ends, and do a solid job in the short-intermediate passing game, but Keller can get down the seam and stretch defenses. Baker and Franks can't do that, and the Jets will keep three tight ends. So there is room for all of them.

San Jose State cornerbackDwight Lowery isn't going to "wow" you with great speed or athletic ability, but the guy has incredible balls skills and great instincts. He is a Eric Mangini kind of corner, and at the very least, could give the team a heck of a nickel back.

I absolutely love the fifth round selection of Tennessee signal-caller Eric Ainge. This pick was acquired in a trade with Green Bay, and the move could turn into an absolute masterstroke. You guys and gals that have read my work over the years know how I feel about quarterbacks – I want a guy with pocket presence who can read defenses. Arm strength is important, but those other two factors are even more important. It doesn't matter if you have a rocket arm if you don't know what you are doing out there like David Carr, Joey Harrington and J.P. Losman. While Ainge doesn't have a gun, his arm is strong enough, and he gets high marks for his pocket presence and field vision. I think he will be wearing the Green and White for a long time.

The sixth round selection of Kansas wide receiver Marcus Henry is almost as important as the acquiring Gholston. You are nuts if you don't have a 6-4, 6-5 receiver on your roster in the modern NFL, and now the Jets have one. The 6-4 Henry is a terrific sixth round value.

Seventh round pick Nate Garner will probably end up on the practice squad. But when you are the right tackle for Darren McFadden at Arkansas, you are obviously a pretty good run blocker.

My hats off to Mr. T, Terry, Joey and all the Jets scouts for a job well done.

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