The New York Jets have had an extremely busy weekend. They selected four very good college football players who all fill voids.
The Jets had the 29th overall pick in the NFL Draft and selected Boise State corner, Kyle Wilson. Wilson, a ball-hawking defender, had 11 career interceptions for the Broncos including 125 solo tackles. Wilson will be an excellent addition to Rex Ryan’s defense. Wilson will join Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie in the secondary. Let’s just imagine what the Jets will be able to do with Wilson. Wilson will primarily play in the team’s nickle package. Adding a ball-hawking player like Wilson will enable Rex Ryan to create and cause even more havoc with his daunting Front 7. Wilson, who is from Piscataway, NJ, had his Jet press conference on Friday and is definitely excited to join Gang Green.
In the second round on Friday, the Jets used the 61st overall pick to select University of Massachusetts Minuteman mauler, Vladimir Ducasse. The 6’4 332 pound Ducasse figures to play either guard or tackle for the Jets. With more and more teams opting to play 3-4 defenses, it’s important to have big strong interior linemen. On a serious note, Ducasse has been through a lot in his life. His family is from Haiti and felt the effects from the devastating earthquake. They will definitely be happy with the Jets’ selection.
On Saturday afternoon, the Jets released guard and fan favorite, Alan Faneca. Ducasse figures to compete for the vacated guard position left by Faneca.
The Jets made their final two selections on Saturday. They traded up to pick 112 to select Southern California running back, Joe McKnight. Throughout his career at USC, McKnight was compared to ex-Trojan and current Saint, Reggie Bush. McKnight will give the Jets a dynamic play maker out of the back field and on special teams. McKnight averaged 6.2 yards per carry in 2009. He ran for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns. The Jets struck gold with their 3rd round running back draft pick last year(Shonn Greene). Let’s see if their 4th round pans out this year.
The Jets also cut ties with another fan favorite. Running back, Leon Washington and the Jets’ 7th round pick was shipped to Seattle for their 5th round pick. The Jets selected The Terminator?
Finally, the Jets drafted probably the most interesting player of the bunch, John Conner, from Terminator Salvation Kentucky in the 5th round. Conner plays fullback and has nicknamed “The Terminator” for his bone crushing hits he inflicts on apposing defenders. This definitely sounds like a Rex Ryan-type of player. Conner will figure into special teams as a rookie. The fans will have a great time with his nickname.
I think the Jets had a great draft. They added another good corner to their secondary. They are getting younger on the offensive line and in the back field.
Draft Grade: B+
Who are you excited to watch in 2010?