Wilkerson: "I Am a Jet. I'm Proud."

New Jersey native Muhammad Wilkerson joins the New York Jets as a first round pick, welcome news for fans who have been looking to amp up the pass rush this offseason.

The drafting of Muhammad Wilkerson by the Jets with the No 30 pick in the first round represents no small thing for the franchise Literally

The 6'4, 315 lb defensive lineman out of Temple is largely being hailed among the best selections in the draft, a pick made out of necessity given the team's depth issues along their line but also a top-tiered talent projected to contribute immediately Wilkerson is a big body but isn't just a space eater at either end position or at tackle

Wilkerson joins a Jets defense ranked among the best in the NFL over the past two seasons under head coach Rex Ryan

"That's a tremendous defense that they have over there and I'm glad to be a part of it," Wilkerson said "I think I can come in and help the defense be even more destructive than it is "

Wilkerson, a lightly recruited prospect out of New Jersey when he went to Temple out of high school, represents the second straight year that the Jets selected a player grown in the Garden State with their first round pick While he wasn't a Jets fan growing up – "I didn't grow up a Jets fan, but right now I am a Jet" – Wilkerson acknowledges that there will be a big transition to the NFL from the college ranks He is confident that his versatility will make itself known with his new team

"I can move along the line - play any position [along] defensive line," Wilkerson said "That's a credit to Temple playing in a 4-3 and a 3-4 It helped me out and I can fit in with whatever they need to be done at any position "

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