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New York Jets Draft Board

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is tomorrow night. Right now teams are finalizing their draft board and making phone calls trying to move up and down in the draft.

I’m going to play Mike Tannenbaum for a little and put together my draft board for the Jets for the first round, in which they hold the 30th pick.

1. Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, Temple

Wilkerson is  versatile defensive lineman that Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine would love to get their hands on. At 315 pounds Wilkerson can stop the run, but he also has the athleticism to rush the passer. Her versatility allows him to play anywhere on the defensive line.

2. Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

With Kris Jenkins out of town, he leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the Jets defense. Taylor can plug the middle and attract double teams. His presence would allow Sione Pouha to kick out to defensive end.

3. Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

I’m not crazy about any of the 3-4 rush linebackers, but Houston is my favorite of the bunch. He has experience playing in a 3-4 in college and has put up numbers to back it up. He offers the upside that some of the other linebackers prospect don’t.

4. Trade Down

If none of those three guys are there I would look to trade down. That’s easier said than done, but with only 6 picks in this draft the Jets should look to acquire more. There should be a few teams who want to get back into the first round to draft a quarterback.

5. Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

Has started to get a lot of attention lately, but I still think he’s a second round prospect. The comparisons to Clay Matthews seem a little far-fetched. Has a lot of potential, but it wasn’t all there in college. Could be another Vernon Gholston, which should scare the crap, put of any Jets fan.

6. Cameron Heyward, DL, Ohio State

Heyward was a four-year starter at Ohio State and projects as a solid pro, but I don’t see him being an elite player in the NFL. Defensive ends aren’t the most valuable asset in a 304 defense and I think the Jets can get a player with similar skills as Heyward later in the draft.

7. Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

Ayers has been one of, if not the most popular pick for the Jets in mock drafts, however I’m not sold at all on Ayers.  The most sacks he’s had in a season is 6 and he had only 14 in his three year career in college.  If he couldn’t sack the quarterback with great frequency in college, how is he expected to do the same in the NFL?

We’ll find out who the Jets select tomorrow night.

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