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Jets Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft


By Abe Munch

1st- Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
3rd- Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton
4th- Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
5th- Jeremy Kurley, WR, TCU
7th- Greg McCelroy, QB, Alabama
7th- Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado

Synopsis: The Jets are getting a little old in their defensive front and were in the market for players they could build around. They added size and strength to the front wall with their first two picks and then gave quarterback Mark Sanchez weapons on offense.

Best Selection: Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson can line up on the end or even face up on the center as a nose tackle in Rex Ryan’s scheme. He moves well for his size and was a standout defender for the Temple Owls. The transition shouldn’t take him long.

Biggest Risk:
None. The Jets added the players that fit their scheme without losing any early picks to get them. Wilkerson and Ellis should be very solid players. No reaches the rest of the way.

Sleeper: Scotty McKnight. McKnight won’t wow you athletically, but he does everything right on the football field. He understands coverage and knows how to help his quarterback when the play breaks down. McKnight is also good friends with Mark Sanchez, which should help their chemistry on the field.

Grade: C+
Though I liked the early picks, I didn’t feel that Bilal Powell and Jeremy Kurley were necessary selections. I thought New York should’ve added more youth on defense, particularly at linebacker and safety. Greg McCelroy should develop into a quality backup.


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