The New York Jets have been busy signing free agents before the NFL Draft and in the early rounds of the draft they picked up even more players with speed. The New York Jets first pick Kyle Wilson and third pick Joe McKnight both are capable of taking over as kick returners but was that even a need for New York?
New York Jets first NFL Draft pick and 29th overall Kyle Wilson.
Kyle Wilson a possible shut down corner out of Boise State will bring an added edge to an already solid New York secondary. Wilson was the second best corner available behind Florida’s Joe Haden. The New York Jets nabbing Wilson with the 29th overall pick could be considered a steal.
Wilson also brings an added special teams dimension to New York. Wilson can be a break out return man that can switch off with New York’s other solid return man, Brad Smith. If Wilson can adapt to the NFL quick he will be starting opposite the best shutdown corner in the NFL, Derrelle Revis. As a corner starting opposite of Revis, Wilson will be tested and have a lot of balls thrown in his direction. Wilson will play early in the 2010 NFL season and it will be up to him whether he is starting at the end of his first season.
New York Jets second NFL Draft pick and 61st overall Vladimir Ducasse.
Vladomir Ducasse an offensive tackle from Massachusetts won’t have to worry about being rushed into the starting offensive line in his first season. The New York Jets have plenty of depth on the O line and they will use their time with Ducasse to slowly move him into the line up. Look for Ducasse to play sparingly late in games unless an injury forces the New York Jets hand.
New York Jets third NFL Draft pick and 112th overall Joe McKnight.
Joe McKnight a speedy running back from USC, never quite lived up to the USC tailback tradition but he is still a solid addition for the New York Jets, especially as a fourth round pick. This may have been the New York Jets best move of the NFL Draft but it will take a few years to find out.
McKnight could be seeing a lot of playing time as soon as the 2010 NFL season begins. McKnight has been brought in as insurance in case Leon Washington isn’t ready at the beginning of the season. McKnight can also be used as a returner, giving New York an obnoxious quantity of five or six players with return man speed. McKnight will play in most of the New York Jets 16 games but never start in the 2010 NFL season.
New York Jets fourth NFL Draft pick and 139th overall John Conner.
John Conner a fullback from Kentucky will fill further load up the New York Jets with running talent but he is a different type runner. Conner lives up to his nickname, “The Terminator” (the lead character in the movie was named John Conner), by running straight at the defense and initiating contact. Conner will ride the bench behind New York Jet fullback Tony Richardson, while he learns but he may earn some playing time based on his blocking in the backfield.
Jets don’t have any NFL Draft picks in rounds 3, 6 or 7.
Rex Ryan had a busy off season acquiring an aging running back in LaDanian Tomlinson, a past his prime pass rusher in Jason Taylor and Antonio Cromartie show has more than few off the field issues. The New York Jets NFL Draft was strange to say the least, taking a young corner in Kyle Wilson that my unseat the veteran free agent, Cromartie. The New York Jets may be the newest soap opera in the NFL and the will be featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks this summer. It should be a boom or bust season for New York.
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