Dan Leberfeld analyzes the Jets draft

So how did the Jets do in the 2010 NFL draft? Here is Dan's take . . .

They didn't any immediate starters, but did help their depth.

Kyle Wilson will be their nickel back. The Jets really struggled in the slot last year, with two glaring examples being their coverage of Wes Welker and the AFC Championship Game. Wilson will help upgrade this spot.

Vlad Ducasse will be a backup offensive lineman at the start of the season. Matt Slauson has much more experience as a guard than Ducasse, so he will replace Alan Faneca, for now.

If Slauson doesn't look like the answer, Ducasse could eventually replace him. If Slauson handles the left guard spot well, than Ducasse will be the heir apparent to Damien Woody at right tackle.

So the bottom line is that he's either the future left guard or right tackle.

Fourth round pick Joe McKnight was picked to replace Leon Washington, who was traded shortly thereafter.

Let's be honest (to quote Chris Russo), while Washington always has a smile on his face, don't let that fool you, there is a lot of bad blood between his camp and the Jets. There is no getting around that.

Washington is pissed at the Jets for signing LaDainian Tomlinson and the one-year tender he received. Rex Ryan was ticked at Washington for leaving the team and rehabbing in Florida. Mike Tannenbaum is fed up with Washington's agent Alvin Keels. And let's not even get into the ugliness of last summer when Leon's wife was trashing the Jets in Cortland over his contract.

The two sides needed a divorce. McKnight has the potential to be a real solid replacement. He has a similar skillset to Leon. When a player is the #1 high school recruit in the country, like McKnight was, it says something about his natural ability.

John Connor was the consensus #1 fullback in the draft and fits in nicely to the Jets "ground and pound" philosophy. You have to feel a little bad for Jason Davis, who was supposed to be T-Rich's eventual replacement. Now that is unlikely to happen.

The Jets didn't address two needs of note during this selection meeting – a pass rushing OLB and a defensive lineman. True they signed Jason Taylor, but they need to develop a young pass rushing OLB because JT could be one year and out.

As far as them not picking a defensive lineman, they must have high hopes for some of their young guys like Matt "Don't be" Kroul and Ropati Pituatoa. Another young lineman to factor in is Rodrique Wright, a former Miami Dolphin who they signed this off-season. He was a terrific player at the University of Texas who had injury issues with the Dolphins.


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