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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 5 Mark Sanchez QB Southern Cal #1 QB Round 1
3 65 Shonn Greene RB Iowa #6 RB Round 3
6 193 Matt Slauson OG Nebraska NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Emanuel Cook SS South Carolina #9 SS Round 5
FA ---- Britt Davis WR Northern Illinois NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Keith Fitzhugh SS Mississippi State #5 SS Round 4

East West Shrine Game

Fitzhugh had the best game of all the defensive backs in the game.  He played the run very well, was good in pursuit, had a pass defense, and made a tackle on special teams.  He has the look of a solid NFL strong safety; he is a sure tackler who is quick to the ball.

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Fitzhugh looked great in the East West Shrine Game.  He was all over the field against the run, against the pass and on special teams.  Fitzhugh will not be selected as high as I have him rated, but he will come into a camp, impress his coaching staff and make the team.  He will start off on special teams, but in time will be a valuable player on defense as well.
FA ---- Ryan McKee OT Southern Mississippi NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Chris Pizzotti QB Harvard NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Zach Potter DE Nebraska NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Ty Steinkuhler DT/DE Nebraska NR 7th/FA

 

C

2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Jets did most of their heavy lifting during free agency which allowed them to make a move to grab my #1 quarterback in the draft, Mark Sanchez.  They also added one of my favorite college street free agents safety Keith Fitzhugh.

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Sanchez was my top rated quarterback in the draft.  The reason is personal preference.  I like the smart, quietly-cocky (at least initially), accurate quarterbacks over the big-arm, occasionally mistake-prone quarterbacks.  Sanchez is the type of quarterback who may not win a lot of games he was suppose to lose, but won't lose games he is suppose to win.  When you build a top team, Sanchez will ensure they make deep runs in the playoffs and only lose when his team is out-played.  Stafford, the majority of other analysts top-rated quarterback, for me represents the other type, the one who can get an inferior team to the playoffs, but when he is on a highly talented team, could potentially lose a game with a bad throw and be beat by an inferior team derailing a Super Bowl bound team.

While I like Greene, I did have two running backs more highly-rated than him on my board that were available at this spot.  Of those two, Andre Brown, drafted by the Giants, would have been my pick to work along side Thomas Jones for now and Leon Washington down the line.  In my opinion, the difference between Greene and Brown is that Brown would be capable of carrying a team on his own if needed, while Greene would be a back a team would be looking to upgrade if he was forced to carry the full load.

The Jets had Slauson rated a bit higher than I did.  As a guard, I would have grabbed Jamie Thomas at this spot.  However, I would have drafted wide receiver Tiquan Underwood here.  He was a very underrated receiver in the draft and has terrific speed and athleticism.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Cook is a kid who is an undersized in-the-box safety who could stick as a top special teams player since he is a very sure tackler.

Davis is a receiver with a nice combination of size and speed, albeit his speed is mainly straight-line.  He could land on the Jets' development squad.

I fully expect Keith Fitzhugh to make this team and immediately become one of the Jets' best special team players.  However, his upside is much more than that.  Leonard better stay healthy because if Fitzhugh gets a chance to showcase his skills in the base defense he may never leave the field.  He is a smart player who is always around the ball and is much better in game situations than in workouts.

McKee is a very athletic tackle with quick feet who is the perfect development squad candidate.  This kid has a chance to be a solid backup in time.

Pizzotti is a heady quarterback who could be a plus running opposing teams' offenses in practice.  Interestingly, while he looked like he lacked mobility on film, he showed good quickness and acceptable speed during workouts.  He also has a NFL arm.  Look for him to land on the Jets' development squad.

Potter has the frame to add bulk and play defensive end in a 3-4.  He is another player who was made for development squads.

Steinkuler is an undersized defensive tackle who showed surprising athleticism and foot speed during workouts.  Look for him to either show he can transition to end in the Jets' 3-4 defense and make the team, or to be cut early in the process.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Sanchez Mark USC 6'2.1" 227 XL-XL - 4.88 1.63 2.81 4.21 - 7.06 32.5" 9'8"
Greene Shonn Iowa 5'10.4" 227 M-S 23 4.50 1.57 2.63 4.25 - 7.10 39" 10'6"
Slauson Matt Nebraska 6'4.7" 316 M-XL 23 5.26 1.78 2.97 4.74  - 7.41 34" 9'2"
Cook Emanuel South Carolina 5'9.8" 197 M-M 18 4.57 1.56 2.65 4.42 - 7.11 35" 9'8"
Davis Britt Northern Illinois 6'2.5" 210 - 16 4.50 1.54 2.62 4.27 - 7.24 33" 10'5"
Fitzhugh Keith Mississippi State 5'10.2" 210 - 23 4.56 - - - - - - -
McKee Ryan Southern Miss 6'5.6" 296 M-L - 5.03 1.72 2.87 4.67  - 7.50 31" -
Pizzotti Chris Harvard 6'5.3" 225 - - 4.83 1.63 2.81 4.37 - 7.01 32.5" 9'2"
Potter Zach Nebraska 6'6.6" 279 S-L 20 4.90 1.61 2.78 4.47 - 7.28 31" 9'2"
Steinkuhler Ty Nebraska 6'3.6" 283 - 23 4.89 1.66 2.84 4.56 - 7.38 31" 9'3"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Favre no. Clemens no with emphasis.  Ratliff, maybe, but not now.  He looked very good in preseason.  The Jets quarterback situation is mess.
RB Thomas Jones led the AFC in rushing yards and that was not a fluke.  He is a solid back who has mileage left on him.  Washington is as good as it gets as a change-of-pace, third-down back.  Some want to use him more but that would be a mistake.  Brain Westbrook he is not.  Richardson is still a very effective fullback.  Chatman is an UFA, so adding depth via the draft is possible.
WR Many say the Jets need a speed receiver.  However, I like Clowney when he was drafted by the Packers, a team too deep at receiver to give him time to develop.  I loved it when the Jets signed him to their practice squad.  I wrote watch him in camp last year and he was the talk of camp (with Ratliff) until he got hurt.  Now I'll say that this year he carves out a significant role as a speed receiver in the Jets offense.  I also like the tough, Kennan McCardell-like Cotchery and do-a-little-of-everything Brad Smith.  The player who keeps getting it done, but it seems like you're pulling teeth to get results is Coles.  I would look to replace him now rather than wait.  I think he could be one of those players that falls off abruptly.
TE Kellar is a stretch-the field, bulked-up wide receiver playing tight end.  He's a keeper.  Baker is underrated.  He does everything well, nothing great.  Franks place on the roster could be tied to Favre returning.
OL The Jets' line improved significantly, but they still had some spotty play.  However, as a whole the line is solid.  Bringing in some young players to provide depth and push the starters is what will most likely happen in the offseason.
DL Ellis, Jenkins, and Coleman are a good 3-4 front.  However, better depth is needed. Especially since Jenkins wore down late in the year.
LB Inside Barton and Harris were solid, but Barton is an UFA and may very well be on another team next year.  On the outside Thomas and Pace are okay but replaceable (yes, even Pace).  I firmly believe Gholston will have a breakout year under new coach Ryan.  He should play the Suggs-role as a hybrid end/linebacker and get double-difgit sacks.
DB The Jets have two studs and two holes.  Revis and Rhodes are the studs.  The Jets need a find a corner to play opposite Revis and a strong safety to pair with Rhodes.   Elam,. last year's starting strong safety is an UFA and the Jets will probably let him walk.  None of the corners that played with Revis last year are starting material.
ST Both Jets' kickers (Nugent, Feely) are UFAs.  They need to resign one of them.  The Jets need an upgrade at punter.  I liked Hodges coming out of college and thought he might finally get it together with the Jets, but he was too inconsistent.  Washington is a terrific return man.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 6 Vernon Gholston DE/OLB 6'3" 266 Ohio State #1 DE Round 1

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

How is a top five or ten pick making a list of under-valued players?  Because he will be that good.  Gholston should be Miami's pick at number one in the draft.  He will be a dominate pass rusher like recent defensive end to outside 3-4 linebackers converts Ware and Merriman.
1 30 Dustin Keller TE 6'2.1" 242 Purdue #1 TE Round 2
4 113 Dwight Lowery FS/CB 5'11.1" 201 San Jose St #8 FS Round 4/Round 5
5 162 Erik Ainge QB 6'5.4" 225 Tennessee #9 QB Round 4/Round 5
6 171 Marcus Henry WR 6'4" 210 Kansas   Late Round Value
7 211 Nate Garner OT 6'6.1" 334 Arkansas   Free Agent
FA   Jehuu Caulcrick FB/RB 6'0" 254 Mich State   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Bryan Mattison DE/DT 6'2.7" 290 Iowa   Late Round Value
FA   Danny Woodhead RB/Ret 5'7.5" 198 Chadron St   Late Round Value
FA   Jonathan Zenon CB 5'11.6" 180 LSU   Late Round Value

 

B+

2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Jets had a solid (B) draft made better by landing the most dominate defensive player in the draft in Gholston.  The Jets' needs were minimized going into this draft by an active and effective NFL free agent period.

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Gholston was the best player in this draft.  There, I said (wrote) it!  He will be a double-digit sack guy who defenses have to game plan for and account for on every play.  Even if McAlister fell to them, I would have drafted this athletic marvel.

As a tight end, Keller is a bulked-up wide receiver.  What impresses me most about him is not his speed to get deep (which he has), but his quickness and cutting ability.  He will have to be defended using zones or corners; safeties and linebackers won't stand a chance.  As far as blocking goes, he is undersized, but very strong.

While the Jets drafted Lowery as a corner, I believe his best NFL position will be free safety.  His speed and quickness are only average at corner, but are fine at safety.  One reason why I like Lowery at free safety is that he plays the ball very, very well.  He had 13 interceptions in two years at San Jose State.  I happen to like his potential at free safety better than the incumbent starter Elam.

Ainge is an accurate rhythm passer.  His long term potential is as a backup.  I guess he is on hand to pick up the pieces in case the Jets dump the loser of the Pennington/Clemens battle next year. 

Henry was a big play receiver for Kansas averaging almost 19 yards a reception and catching 10 touchdown passes.  However, his speed and quickness to do project to him being a big-play receiver in the NFL.  But the game isn't played using stop watches.  Worst case, he should develop into a reliable possession receiver.

Garner is a big kid with good strength but limited athletic ability.  I'm not sure if he'll show enough to be kept on the practice squad, although he is such a big kid you'd think the Jets would give him some time.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Caulcrick is a fullback who would prefer to be a running back.  To make it in the NFL, he will have to embrace the fullback position and become a better blocker.  If he does, he just may get some goal line carries and touchdowns.

Mattison was a smart signing by both the Jets and the kid himself.  He is ideal for a 3-4 end and could have a nice career as a backup and rotation player at that spot.

Woodhead will be fun to watch.  He is small, but strong and fast.  He should have some big plays in early exhibition games.  with another team he could win a spot as a return man.  However, the Jets already have their undersized runner/return man in Washington.  Still, Woodhead could land on the practice squad and be called up by some team as a return man as injuries hit during the regular season.

Zenon is another interesting player.  He is a smart corner with better speed and athleticism than advertised, but needs to add bulk.  This is another kid that may make plays in early preseason games and earn a spot on the Jets' practice squad where they give him lots of junk food and weight room work.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Gholston Vernon OHIO STATE 6'3" 266 37 4.58 1.51 2.68 4.40 NA 7.12 42" 10'5"
Keller Dustin PURDUE 6'2.1" 242 26 4.53 1.63 2.65 3.94 11.74 6.88 41" 10'11"
Lowery Dwight SAN JOSE ST 5'11.1" 201 16 4.54 1.53 2.60 4.38 NA 7.01 38" 10'2"
Ainge Erik TENNESSEE 6'5.4" 225 NA 4.98 1.71 2.86 4.60 NA 7.51 21.5" 9'0"
Henry Marcus KANSAS 6'4" 210 NA 4.50 1.59 2.65 4.30 NA 7.05 38" 10'6"
Garner Nate ARKANSAS 6'6.1" 334 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Caulcrick Jehuu MICHIGAN ST 6'0" 254 16 4.65 1.63 2.72 4.72 NA 7.40 33" 9'1"
Mattison Bryan IOWA 6'2.7" 290 26 5.00 1.71 2.88 4.57 NA 7.33 31.5" 9'5"
Woodhead Danny CHADRON ST 5'7.5" 198 20 4.38 1.44 2.50 4.20 NA 7.03 38" 10'1"
Zenon Jonathan LSU 5'11.6" 180 NA 4.48 1.48 2.55 NA NA 6.94 37" 9'7"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

NYJ          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  The grade here depends upon your view of Clemens future.  Pennington should be back to challenge him again.  My guess is either Pennington wins the job and the Jets look for a young QB again in '09, or Clemens wins the battle and Pennington is moved before the season.  While an upgrade is needed, it may not come in 2008.
RB  What can I say, I'm a Thomas Jones fan.  With Leon Washington also on hand, the Jets just need a third back, one who could serve as a short yardage and goal line runner.  A blocking fullback would also help Jones.
WR  Cotchery is improving and is ready to be a #1 wideout.  Coles' production was down but he could still have something left.   To be safe, the Jets need to bring in someone who can push him if not this year, certainly by next year.  Smith is a versatile player who is a good #3 slot receiver.  McCariens has been on the cusp of being let go the last two years.  It should happen this year.  Watch Clowney in camp next year.  He could be a nice surprise.
TE Baker is one of the most underrated receiving tight ends in the league.  Depth is needed.
OL  The Jets need a starting left guard, and could also use an upgrade at right tackle.  It's also time for Ferguson to be the stud left tackle he was drafted to be.
DL The Jets have some players but upgrades at end and nose tackle are needed.  Robertson is a good football player but he is not a good fit for a nose in a 3-4.  The Jets should trade him to a 4-3 team where he will excel.  Pouha could be the nose the Jets need, but they should bring in another player to challenge him.  Coleman is fine at end, but Ellis is also a better fit for the 4-3, but is needed as a pass rusher by the Jets.
LB In the 3-4 defense at least one dominating outside linebacker who can get to the quarterback is needed.  The Jets desperately need that guy. Oh yeah, and someone to play opposite him.  Inside Harris was a rookie find, while Barton remains solid.  Vilma is a third former defensive star not cut out for the 3-4.  He could be moved in the offseason.
DB Revis is a star in the making.  Poteat, who started opposite him, is better served as a nickel or dime back.  Therefore, the Jets need a corner to start opposite Revis.  Rhodes is one of the best safeties in the NFL.  Elam is an aggressive strong safety who could improve next year or could be cut.  Even with the "always waiting to break out" Eric Smith on hand to battle Elam, the Jets should bring in another safety to challenge for the starting job.
ST Nugent improved and had a good year, but does not have the leg to kick long field goals.  Competition in camp wouldn't hurt.  Graham was average and competition for him in camp is all but guaranteed.  With Washington, Miller, Revis, and even Clowney on hand, the Jets' return game is in good hands.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's Ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 14 Revis, Darrelle CB 6-0 197 Pittsburgh # 3 CB Round 1
2 47 Harris, David ILB 6-2 239 Michigan # 2 ILB Round 2
6 177 Bender, Jacob OT 6-6 316 Nicholls State Off My Board
7 235 Stuckey, Chansi WR 5-10 185 Clemson Late Round Value
FA Banks, Alvin RB 5-11 225 James Madison Late Round Value
FA DeVito, Mike DT 6-3 295 Maine Late Round Value
FA Ihedigbo, James SS 6-1 211 Massachusettes Off My Board
FA Steffes, Kyle RB 5-11 206 N Dakota St Late Round Value
FA Turner, Robert OG 6-4 318 New Mexico Late Round Value

 

B

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Jets grade counting Thomas Jones would be a A-.  They reached a bit for Bender but got two excellent football players on day one.  As far as college street free agents, Mike DeVito could surprise.

Revis is a physical corner who excels in man-to-man coverage.  On top of looking great on film, he worked out better than expected.  He has excellent speed, quickness and athleticism.  Revis will be a top starter in the NFL for years and will become the Jets #1 corner very quickly.  Harris was a great pick in round two.  He has the size and quickness to be a force in the Jets' 3-4 defense.  He is an immediate upgrade from Barton and could be setting the stage for the Jets moving Vilma in a year if he doesn't become the stud in the 3-4 that he was in the 4-3.  Bender is a small school prospect who may have to spend a year on the Jets' development squad.  If I was the Jets's GM I would have jumped at the chance to draft tight end Ben Patrick at this spot.  Baker has been okay, but Patrick could be a better NFL player long term.  If Stuckey can stay healthy, something he had hard time doing consistently in college, he could be a very nice seventh round selection.  He is more quick than fast, an underrated athlete, and has reliable hands.  He could grow into a solid #3 wide receiver.  However, he is not the game-breaker the Jets wanted to add.

Some college street free agents of note signed by the Jets include running back Alvin Banks.  Banks is a shifty back who makes sharp cuts and is a good receiver.  He could be stashed on the Jets development squad for a year or two until their logjam at running back eases up.  He is a future change-of-pace, third-down back.   DeVito could be the surprise of the Jets camp.  He is a strong, athletic, quick tackle from a small school who at times dominated his league.  He could develop into a rotation player at end in the Jets' 3-4.  Ihedigbo is the type of kid you root for.  He is a tough kid who was a team leader but will have to show superior special teams skills to stick since he may fall a bit short at safety.  Steffes is another third-down type of back.  He is quick and makes sharp cuts bit lacks long speed.  He could battle Banks for a spot on the Jets' development squad. Turner looked good at the East West Shrine Game showing good pass blocking skills and the willingness to work hard.  He has a chance to eventually make a NFL roster because he can be a backup at guard and right tackle.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
REVIS DARRELLE PITTSBURGH CB 5'11.4" 204 16 4.38 1.46 2.49 4.08   6.56 38" 10'5"
Revis is a physical corner with excellent speed and quickness.  He is also a very good athlete who can excel in either a man and more than hold his own in zone coverage.  A definite first round talent.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HARRIS DAVID MICHIGAN ILB 6'2.2" 243 23 4.53 1.53 2.59 4.29   7.25 33" 9'2"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Harris is a solid inside linebacker with the size to play in a 3-4 and the speed to play in a 4-3.  He is currently my second rated inside linebacker (behind Willis) and will probably fall to round two.  However, he will be a very good NFL starter and outperform players selected ahead of him in the draft.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BENDER JACOB NICOLLS ST OT 6'5.6" 296 27 5.18 1.81 2.96 4.60   7.84 25" 8'6"
Bender is a small school prospect with the potential to develop into a backup tackle.  He has good strength and quickness.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
STUCKEY CHANSI CLEMSON WR 5'10.5" 191   4.49  1.52 2.58 4.14 11.86 6.91 35" 10'0"
Stuckey's main obstacles in this draft are his history of injuries and the excellent depth at the position.  When he played, Stuckey was productive.  He has reliable hands, good quickness, and enough speed and athleticism to grow into a number three wideout.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BANKS ALVIN JAMES MADISON RB 5'10.5" 225 15 4.47 1.52 2.58 4.26   6.73 32" 9'6"
Banks is a shifty back with good size and speed.  He also is a good receiver.  He should get a look in a NFL camp and could surprise.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
DEVITO MIKE MAINE DT/DE 6'3.3" 295 31 4.87 1.62 2.84 4.53   7.50 33" 9'0"
At times DeVito dominated his league.  He has excellent strength, quickness and speed for a defensive tackle but is a bit small.  However, he could be a good fit as a 3-4 defensive end.  DeVito is an intriguing late round prospect.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
IHEDIGBO JAMES MASS SS 6'0.5" 211 15 4.77 1.64 2.77 4.24   7.12 35" 9'0"
Ihedigbo is a leader and tough kid who is limited athletically.  He is ideal for special teams but will have to be a real terror there to stick since he may not have the talent to play in base defenses.  

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
STEFFES KYLE N DAKOTA ST RB 5'11.2" 206 13 4.58 1.56 2.64 4.08   6.71 32" 9'2"
Steffes is a quick running back who could get a look in camp as a change-of-pace and third-down back.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
TURNER ROBERT NEW MEXICO OG/T 6'3.7" 318                  
Turner looked better in the post-season than he did at New Mexico.  In the post-season (East West Shrine Game) he showed good pass protection skills and that he was a hard worker.  Turner could stick as a versatile backup.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB  Pennington rebounded well.  Clemens is the future but I'm not convinced.  I may be the last Ramsey fan left.
RB Washington and Houston aren't bad, a true stud would be better.
WR Cotchery is terrific.  Coles played well but has the look of a player that could fall off quickly.  Better to be prepared.
TE Baker in underrated.  Depth is okay.
OL The Jets are building a top line.  The left side is set for years, the right side is good, but I can see them going for great.
DL How about a true NT, and then moving Robertson to end in their 3-4 (Thomas is really a solid OLB).
LB Who would have thought Hobson would be their best LB.  Vilma is better in a 4-3.  Barton needs to be replaced.
DB Surprisingly solid at both corner and at safety.  Depth at corner would help.
ST Very good special teams.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

N.Y. Jets
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 4 Ferguson, D'Brickashaw OT 6-6 313 Virginia # 1 OT Round 1
1 29 Mangold, Nick C 6-4 299 Ohio State # 1 C Round 1
2 49 Clemens, Kellen QB 6-2 223 Oregon # 8 QB Round 3
3 76 Schlegel, Anthony ILB 6-0 251 Ohio State Late Round Value > Round 4
3 97 Smith, Eric SS 6-1 209 Michigan State # 9 SS Round 4
4 103 Smith, Brad WR 6-2 212 Missouri # 2 QB/WR hybrid Round 4
4 117 Washington, Leon RB 5-8 202 Florida State #10 RB Round 3
5 150 Pociask, Jason TE 6-3 267 Wisconsin   > Round 4
6 189 Coleman, Drew CB 5-8 183 Texas Christian   > Round 4
7 220 Adams, Titus DT 6-3 305 Nebraska Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Moore, DonTrell RB 5-10 210 New Mexico Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Adams, Darrell DE 6-5 277 Villanova Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Bailey, Craig DE 6-3 262 Nevada Late Round Value > Round 4

 

C+

2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Jets reached in rounds two and three (with one of the reaches in round three worse than the other), and got questionable value in rounds five and six.

I like what the Jets did with their two first round picks.  They drafted two-fifths of their offensive line for next ten years, and these two parts will see their share of Pro Bowls in their NFL careers.  Passing on Leinart was the right move.  If Pennington comes back, he is a winner capable of leading a team on a Super Bowl run.  Patrick Ramsey is also on board.  He got a raw deal twice in Washington.  Under Spurrier he showed a big arm, guts, and leadership in an offense that looked at pass blocking as optional.  Under Gibbs, he beat out Brunell, and then was pulled in the first half of his first game when he didn't play poorly.  The drafting of Ferguson and Mangold is a plus for Ramsey since his one negative is his lack of mobility so he needs to play behind a good offensive line.  With Pennington, Ramsey, Bollinger, and Kingsbury, the Jets did not have to draft a quarterback.  They certainly didn't have to reach for Clemens in round two (and yes I know he was a hot property leading up to the draft).  I wouldn't have selected a quarterback at that spot, but if I did, my pick would have been Croyle.  Clemens is far from a sure thing and it wouldn't surprise me if he never develops into a top-flight NFL starter.  I actually like the potential of Ramsey much more than the potential of Clemens.  In fact, if the Jets wanted to reach in round two, I would have gone with GoCong at this spot, not Clemons.  GoCong could be a dominate outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  In round three the Jets reached again.  This time for inside linebacker Schlegel.  The good news is that he projects best as an inside linebacker in a 3-4.  The bad news is that he may never be more than a stop-gap starter and quality reserve.  If he was selected in round four, okay.  But on day one the draft picks need to be players that a team believes will be a long term quality starter for them.  Even if Schlegel becomes a starter, he will be a functional starter in danger every year of being replaced if the Jets can get a top player at his position.  Eric Smith was drafted a bit higher than where I had him graded, but I can understand why.  He is a tough in-the-box strong safety who has excellent quickness, strength, and athleticism.  He has a chance to develop into a quality starter and will be a special teams terror until (if?) he does.  However, with Coleman and Rhodes, two young talented safeties more than capable of transitioning to a 3-4 defense, was drafting a strong safety at this spot prudent?  With one of the Jets' two third round picks I would have jumped at drafting DT Gabe Watson, who would have been the Jets nose tackle of the future.  Brad Smith was a quarterback in college who has the potential to be a quality backup at that position in the NFL.  However, as a wide receiver he has good speed, change-of-direction skills, and athleticism and can be a Randle-El type of weapon.  Washington is a short back with speed, quickness, strength and hands.  He is an ideal change-of-pace, third-down back and has big play potential.  If needed, he could be an excellent as part of a two-headed running back in combination with Cedric Houston.  Pociask is a one-dimensional blocking tight end who I though could go undrafted.  He was a major reach in round five, but could stick in a limited role.  However, for Pociask to stick, Jolley, Baker, or Dressen may have to be cut, or the Jets will have to carry four tight ends.  Coleman was another player I thought could go undrafted.  He is a short corner with good speed, but below average quickness and athleticism.  He may have his work cut out for him to make the Jets' active roster.  At cornerback, McPhearson or Martin  made more sense at this spot.  Titus Adams is a good athlete for his size but needs to get stronger.  He can either stay at his current weight and move to end in the Jets' 3-4 defense, or can bulk up and play the nose.  Adams has the look of a useful backup.

The Jets' signed three college street free agents of note.  The first is running back DonTrell Moore.  Moore is a running back with limited speed and athleticism, but good vision and strength.  He can also catch the ball out of the backfield.  Moore will likely lose out to Washington for a roster spot, but could land on the Jets' practice squad.  Darrell Adams has the size, speed and athleticism needed for a 3-4 defensive end.  He should get a good look in camp.  Bailey was a pass rushing defensive end in college who will be tried as an outside linebacker by the Jets.  While Bailey has the pass rushing skills and speed for the position, he lacks the athleticism needed for pass coverage.  Still, he could be a useful special teams player who would also serve as a backup pass rushing specialist.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

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Ferguson Virginia 6'5.7", 305 5.07     4.89   7.64   30" 8'11"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Ferguson
was dominating in one-on-one drills at Senior Bowl practices.  He dominated Kiwanuka of Boston College.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Ferguson is a blue chip prospect.  He has good size, quick feet, is strong, and long arms.  He will be a top left tackle in the NFL.
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Mangold Ohio State 6'3.4", 300 5.05 1.72 2.95 4.36   7.49 24 27.5" 8'4" 35
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - A man anyone would be proud to go to war with, Mangold is a fierce competitor with excellent skills.  He is fast, quick, tough and smart.  Mangold will be a long term quality starter in the NFL.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Mangold looked great during Senior Bowl practices.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Mangold improved his stock at the Combine and could be a first round pick.  In addition to good workout numbers he showed excellent footwork.
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Clemens Oregon 6'1.5", 225 4.98     4.58           35
QB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Clemens showed good skills his senior year but played in a system that didn't require him to do too much.  He is a currently a very popular sleeper pick.  Gil Brandt has him listed as the fourth best QB in the draft.  While he has potential, I think that is too high a ranking.  Clemens completed 64% of his passes his senior year, with 19 TDs versus only 4 interceptions.
Gil Brandt, NFL.com - Clemens threw the ball very well at his Pro Day.  His speed could be effected by a broken ankle he suffered in late October.
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Schlegel Ohio State 6'0.4", 250 4.76 1.68 2.75 4.39   7.31 21 32" 9'3"  
ILB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Schlegel fits best in a 3-4 defense.  He is limited athletically, but is a heady player who plays well against the run.  He could be a good backup and has value on day two of the draft.
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Smith, E Michigan St 6'1", 209 4.58 1.61 2.70 3.97 10.93 6.91 21 41" 10'7"  
SS
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Smith is a big hitter with excellent quickness, strength and athleticism.  He has some past injury concerns and needs to improve his ability to read and react, but has the potential to be a starter and will be a special teams terror.
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Smith, B Missouri 6'2.1", 213 4.46 1.59 2.65 4.33   7.00   39.5" 10'8"  
QB/WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the Hula Bowl, Smith showed off his athletic ability.  He made some good throws, but a position change to WR could be in his future.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Smth played quarterback at Missouri and was a playmaker.  He displayed the ability to pass, completing 59% his senior year, and run.  However, at quarterback, Smith projects as a backup in the NFL.  If moved to receiver, or even running back, Smith can use his speed, cutting ability, and athleticism to contribute to a team's offense every week.
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Washington Florida St 5'7.7", 201 4.42 1.62 2.65 4.37 11.62 6.94 17 32.5" 8'9"  
RB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the East West Shrine Game, Washington showed a quick burst and the ability to catch the ball.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Washington ran well, and caught the ball well at Combine workouts.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Washington is a short back with good speed and strength, and good hands.  As a part time player at FSU, Washington proved to be a playmaker.  In his junior year Washington ran for almost 1,000 yards averaging almost 7 yards a carry.  He will be an excellent third-down, change-of-pace back in the NFL and could even find himself in an expanded role sharing a starting job.
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Pociask Wisconsin 6'2.4", 268 4.73 1.75 2.86 4.32 12.24 7.31 23 37.5" 9'7"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Pociask is a blocking tight end with limited use in the passing game because of lack of speed, quickness and altheticism.
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Coleman TCU 5'8", 183 4.40     4.40   7.00 14 31.5" 8'11"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Coleman is an undersized cornerback with good speed but below average athleticism.
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Adams, T Nebraska 6'3", 303 5.09 1.76 2.99 4.55   7.50 15 30.5" 8'7"  
DT/NT/DE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Adams has the feet, speed and quickness to play tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4.  For either position he will need to improve his strength.  If he does, Adams can be a quality backup.
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Moore New Mexico 5'10", 210 4.63 1.66 2.76 4.32 11.68 7.10 18 33" 9'11"  
RB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Moore played okay at the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Moore rushed for almost 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year.  He also caught 31 balls.  Moore has good vision and strength, but lacks speed and quickness.  He is also just an average athlete.
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Adams, D Villanova 6'4.7", 277 4.86 1.78 2.96 4.39   7.60 22 29.5" 9'2"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Adams best chance to stick in the NFL is as a 3-4 defensive end.
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Bailey Nevada 6'3.4", 262 4.77     4.47   7.34 21 35.5" 9'4"  
DE/OLB - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bailey is a pass rushing defensive end who could make a NFL roster as a pass rush specialist and special teams player.

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

NYJ
QB Pennington and Fiedler are both coming back from shoulder surgery.  Pennington is still in the Jets' plans, but Fiedler will have to be 100% healthy to be kept.  Bollinger proved he can be an effective NFL backup, but no more.  The Jets need to bring in a QB who can start if Pennington isn't back, and backup if Pennington is healthy.
RB Martin is finally showing his age.  Houston is a good runner. The type who is a season-saver for a good team if their starting back gets hurt because he can get 1,000 yards and move the chains.  However, he isn't a difference maker.   The Jets need to find their running back of the future.  They can get away with Houston for now.  Blaylock is a change-of-pace type back.
WR  Coles and McCareins are fine starters, although a McCareins-upgrade is certainly possible.  Cotchery is fine in the slot.  The Jets need to bring in another receiver to compete for playing time.
TE Look for Jolley to have a bounce-back year.  He is a good receiving tight end.  Baker is an UFA, but Dressen is on hand to be the backup.  A blocking tight end could be added.
OL Injuries hurt last year, high cap numbers could hurt this year.  Mawae, Fabini and Kendall all carry big cap numbers.  Jones had a nice year and should be a starter for years on the Jets' line.  The Jets will have a shake up here, where they go depends upon who they keep amongst their high priced starters.
DL Reed and Abraham are UFAs.  Johnson and Thomas are on board for Abraham, Pouha for Reed.  All are steps down should the starter leave.  Ellis had a  disappointing season.  Robertson is very good.  The Jets need an end even if Abraham comes back, and a tackle, even if Reed returns.
LB Hobson, Vilma and Barton are a strong starting three.  Brown and Gardner are good subs.  Wright is an UFA so a backup middle linebacker is needed.
DB Law carries a big cap number so he may leave.  Barrett, Strait and Miller will compete for starting roles if Law leaves.  Another corner should be added to that mix.  Coleman and Rhodes form one of the top young safety duos in the league.  Washington and Celestin are quality reserves.
ST The Jets kickers are young, held their own, and should be better next year.  Miller is a dynamic kick returner.  A game-breaking punt returner may be pursued.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

N.Y. Jets - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
2 47 Nugent, Mike K 5-10 182 Ohio State # 1K Round 2
2 57 Miller, Justin CB 5-10 202 Clemson # 4 CB Round 1
3 88 Pouha, Sione DT 6-3 329 Utah # 8 DT Round 3
4 123 Rhodes, Kerry FS 6-2 209 Louisville Late Round Value > Round 4
5 161 Maddox, Andre SS 6-1 205 North Carolina State # 5 SS Round 3
6 182 Houston, Cedric RB 5-11 225 Tennessee # 11 RB Round 3
6 198 Dreessen, Joel TE 6-4 260 Colorado State # 3 TE Round 3
7 240 Williams, Harry WR 6-2 175 Tuskegee   > Round 4
FA   King, Michael OG/OT 6-3 304 Northwestern State Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Tellis, Henry OT 6-5 308 Troy Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Jets had a very good draft in terms of getting value at the spots in which they drafted.  This was especially evident on day two when the Jets grabbed three players for whom I had a third round grade.

The Jets did as good a job as could be expected considering they traded out of the first round of the draft.  Nugent was a good get in round two.  He was not a reach (unlike the other day one kicker, the punter Colquitt by Kansas City), and will help the Jets win a game or two late this year.  The selection of Nugent looked even better when the Jets followed it up by selecting Miller with their second pick in round two.  Miller was the player I would have selected at pick 47, but he was sitting their for them ten spots later.  If the Jets did as I said, they, most likely, would have lost Nugent to the Vikings before their next pick.  So kudos to the Jets.  They got the best kicker in the draft, and a cornerback/kick returner for whom I had a first round grade.  Miller will be a very good cornerback in the NFL.  Pouha is a player with unlimited potential.  He did not play up to his athletic talent in college, so the Jets staff will need to get Pouha to follow coaching, and not try to get by on his athleticism alone. If the succeed, they could have the best defensive line in football (also assuming Abraham doesn't hold out).  Rhodes was a bit of a reach, however, I can see why a team would draft him in round four.  He is a rare safety with good coverage abilities.  However, he is soft against the run.  If the answer is for him to hit the weight room, then he could develop into a starter.  If the answer is lack of toughness, then he will never be more than a nickel safety.  Maddox was a nice get in round five.  I had a third round grade on him, although strong safeties often fall on draft day.  Maddox is a hard-hitting safety, who showed surprising speed during his workout.  Down the line he could settle in next to Coleman.  Houston was an outright steal in round six.  I had a third round grade on him.  Houston is a team-saving type of player.  He is the perfect backup running back.  All he lacks is game-breaking speed.  If called upon to start, he would be a dependable, move-the-chains running back.  In fact, if he started for a full year, he would be a 1,000-yard back.  In summation, Houston is not the back a team wants to be their starting running back heading into a season, but he is a player good teams will be glad they have if an injury occurs to their top back, because you can win with him as a starter.  In this regard he is much like Nick Goings of Carolina.  And, oh by the way, he can also serve as a short-yardage and goal-line back.  The Jets could have been, but were not happy getting two "Jaybird round three values" on day two, they got a third one with their second pick in round six.  I had a higher grade on the TE Dressen than many because he is a functional player who will contribute and help a team.  He has excellent hands, can block, and is sneaky fast.  He will start off as the Jets #3 tight end, but could be a starter in a couple of years.  Williams is a tall, thin receiver with decent speed.  His best chance to stick will be as a kick returner.

The Jets had a fairly quiet college street free agent signing period as far as my top available players went.  They did, however, sign two offensive lineman from small schools who are interesting developmental prospects.  Mike King played tackle in college, but is an excellent athlete and possess the quickness to play guard in the NFL.  Henry Tellis is a pur tackle prospect, but he needs to fill out his big frame to handle the tremendous increase in strength and talent he will face in the NFL.  Both are practice-squad-type players, who could pay dividends in the future.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Nugent K                 23
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: A report from the combine on Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent was that while he was the most consistent of the kickers he did not have one of his best days.  He made 12 of his 15 field goal attempts, but all of his misses were over 40 yards.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:
In a draft with a ton of uncertainties, there seems to be one given, and it's that former Ohio State standout Mike Nugent will be the first kicker off the board. "That's certainly my goal and, frankly, I'll be disappointed if it doesn't happen," Nugent said. "It's the one thing I can control." Nugent converted 26 of 33 field goals in 2004, including five of six from 50 yards or more, and was voted the Buckeyes' most valuable player. He isn't very big, but Nugent does possess great leg strength, both on placements and kickoffs. With about 25 percent of NFL games decided by three points or less, kickers have become a priority, and Nugent could be chosen on the first day of the draft.
John Oehser of Colts.com. reports:
Ohio State PKMike Nugen has been adjusting to NFL kicking rules in preparation for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.   In the NFL as opposed to college, the ball is slightly rounder, and on kickoffs, kickers must use a one-inch tee rather than the two-inch college tee. They also kickoff from the 30-yard line compared to the 35 in college. "It doesn't really affect field goals that much," Nugent said of the different ball. "The ball itself took about a week getting used to. After that, everything was fine."  Nugent, considered one of the top kickers available in the NFL Draft because of his ability to kickoff effectively and his accuracy as a field-goal specialist, is viewed by many scouts as a potential early-round selection, Oakland Raiders'  PK Sebastian Janikowski is the only kicker in recent seasons to be selected in the first round. "That would be unbelievable if it happened," Nugent said. "It hasn't happened since then. You kind of hear things about teams looking for other things beside that, so I wouldn't expect anything like that."
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Nugent kicked flawlessly at the the Senior Bowl.  The top kicker on my draft board, Nugent's kicks looked like they would have been good from fifty.
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Miller CB 4.44 1.52       15 41.5" 10'8" 22
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: A fast cover corner, who has the ability and speed to play the quick slot receivers, and talent to be a starter on the outside as well.  Miller is also one of the top return men in this draft class.
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Pouha DT 5.05 1.73 4.49   7.84 32 32.5" 8'11" 21

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Pouha is a player on the rise. He is quick and strong and is an ideal NFL nose tackle. Pouha will quietly go about his NFL business while other defensive lineman drafted ahead of him rot away on the bench.

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Rhodes FS 4.59 1.64 4.17   6.94 12 42" 10'3" 18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Rhodes is a free safety with good coverage skills and playmaking ability.  Currently, he is not good against the run.  He needs to get stronger and tougher to round out his game.
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Maddox SS 4.52 1.57 4.41 12.07 7.07 17 36.5" 10'7" 20
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Maddox is a hard-hitting safety who plays the run very well.  He was not thought to have the speed he displayed during his workouts.  That is a plus for him.
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Houston RB 4.58   4.50   7.28   35" 10'0" 17

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Houston is the ideal NFL backup running back. If called upon to start he would be productive like Rhodes in Indianapolis or Goings in Carolina.  In other words, you can win with him, but he doesn't have the game-breaking ability teams prefer in their starting running back. He also has good size and strength and can be a short-yardage and goal line back as well as an effective backup. While he won't be a stud, this makes Houston a valuable commodity who will out-perform and out-value a number of backs who will be selected ahead of him because of their potential.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: With the so-called speed backs (Morency, Fason, Reyes, et all) all running disappointing forties (at least to date), the steady Houston has quietly moved up my draft board.   However, there is some concern over a hypothyroid condition that kept him from doing a full workout at the Combine
NFLFans.com reports:
Houston has plenty of talent, good size and speed, but hasn't performed up to what he should be capable of. He hHas never been able to stay healthy, and hasn't been an every-down back
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Houston looked like the best every down running back based on his play during the Senior Bowl game.  He was quick through the hole, showed power and toughness, and had a number of good runs.  While not in my top six based on the game itself, Houston may have done as much as any player at the game in terms of improving his NFL value.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Tennessee RB Cedric Houston, who hadn't been seen much through the first two days of practice, held up extremely well  in the blocking drills; Houston also turned in a nice cutback run. 
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Dressen TE 4.77 1.73 4.05   7.10 22 36" 9'5" 25
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Dressen had only one play of note (all star game) where he caught the ball and was a load to bring down.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Can play tight end or H-back.  Is a tough player with good hands.  Dressen is an underrated prospect heading into the draft.
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Williams WR 4.49                
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Williams has size and good speed, but is a project.  While he learns, however, he could return kicks.
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King T/G 4.61   4.64 7.48     35" 8'8"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: King had a nice workout and could be a late pick in the draft or a priority free agent.  while he played tackle in college, he showed the quickness needed to move out to guard.  In either case he is practice squad material.
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Tellis T 5.09   4.92 7.93     35" 8'8"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Tellis could be an interesting developmental project. He will need to bulk up to play in the NFL, but has the frame to do so.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
Tellis has 34¾ arms, a trait scouts look for in linemen.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Jordan RB, Bechte TE, McKenzie OT, Gowin P, Ferguson DT, Evans DT
Key RFA: Carter WR (5th), Baker (3rd), Harper DT (4th)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Pennington is a good starter, but a backup is needed.  Bollinger is fine as a number three.
RB: Martin keeps on trucking.  Jordan will be gone, he is an UFA.  A quality backup/back of the future will be selected in the upcoming draft
WR: WR: Moss and Mccareins are a good, if unspectacular starting pair of receivers.  Cochtery should replace Chrebet and be effective as a number three.
TE: Bechte is an UFA.  He hasn't lived up to expectations.  Baker is a good receiving tight end, but is a RFA.  The Jets will need to address tight end in the offseason.
OL: The Jets offensive line is an above average unit, however, McKenzie is an UFA who needs to be resigned.
DL: DL: Abraham is an UFA but will be tagged. He isn't going anywhere.  Ellis and Robertson are two other very good starters.  Johnson and Thomas provide depth at end.  However, Ferguson is another UFA who may be targeted by  Dallas.  A defensive tackle or two will need to be added.
LB: Hobson, Vilma and Barton form a very good starting unit.  If this position is addressed in the offseason, it will be for depth only.
DB:
Abraham is a good corner.  Barrett, holds his own, but would be better as the third corner.  Strait could make that happen in 2005.  Coleman is a good young safety.  Look for Washington to push Tongue next year.  If he falls short, Tongue is steady.  McGraw adds additional depth.
ST: Brien's was on the team as the steady pro.  That didn't happen in the playoffs.  The Jets will bring in competition for him next year.  Gowin is also replaceable.  It's time to bring in a game breaking return-man.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

N.Y. Jets
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 12 Vilma, Jonathan ILB 6-1 223 Miami (Fla.)
3 76 Strait, Derrick CB 5-11 189 Oklahoma
4 108 Cotchery, Jerricho WR 6-0 199 North Carolina State
4 132 Jones, Adrian OT 6-4 296 Kansas
5 143 Coleman, Erik FS 5-10 200 Washington State
6 178 Cavka, Marko OT 6-7 294 Sacramento State
7 213 McClover, Darrell OLB 6-0 226 Miami (Fla.)
7 234 Johnson, Trevor DE 6-4 260 Nebraska
7 235 Ward, Derrick RB 5-11 233 Ottawa
7 236 Washington, Rashad SS 6-1 217 Kansas State

 

The Jets had a solid draft.  Vilma was my top rated inside linebacker.  He went a little higher in round one than I had him rated, but I can't argue the selection.  It will be interesting to see how long it takes him to unseat Sam Cowart.  In fact, he may end up replacing the youngster Hobson on the outside this year, and long term, Hobson may be the player to move inside.  Strait was excellent value at a position of need in round three.  And since I'm not sold on Barrett as a starter (he may be better as a nickel); Strait should, eventually (this year), step into a starting role with the Jets.  Strait has good cornerback skills, size, and quickness.  I had a second round grade on him.  Cotchery is a perfect fit.  He will not be a starter, short or long term.  He should, however, be a good replacement for Wayne Chrebet as a possession receiver with better speed than it appears, that comes in on third downs and makes clutch catches.  Jones is an interesting prospect.  He is one of the better athletes at the tackle position in the draft.  He is not ready yet, but could pay big dividends in the future.  While only a rookie, Coleman has the look of a player that down-the-road will be tabbed as a "cagey vet".  He offers good insurance for the injury-prone McGraw.  Coleman is best served as the over-achieving backup.  Cavka is a project.  McClover was a starting linebacker who teamed with Vilma and D.J. Williams at Miami.  He should initially be a good special teams player, and long-term, develop into a quality reserve linebacker.  Trevor Johnson is a good athlete who has some potential as a pass-rushing defensive end.  He was excellent value in round seven.  That doesn't mean he will stick, but he has a decent shot, which is all one can hope for in round seven.  Assuming LaMont Jordan leaves after this year, the Jets need to find a capable backup for Curtis Martin.  Ward will get a look.  He had a productive freshman year at Fresno State before injury and grades took him on a journey to the nether-lands of college football.  Rashad Washington was the Jets steal of the draft. The Jets signed a second defensive back free agent in strong safety Reggie Tongue (David Barrett was the other) who I believe they have slightly over-rated.  Tongue makes good plays, but he also makes his share of costly mistakes.  Washington has a chance to take his job, if not this year, next year.   I had a late fourth round grade on Washington.  In terms of college street free agents the Jets signed a few interesting prospects.  On the  top of their list is Josh Davis.  Last year I thought college street free agent Chad Brinker had a shot to make the Jets as a return-specialist replacing Chad Morton.  Brinker didn't live up to my (and the Jets) expectations.  He was brought back to the Jets camp this year, but was recently cut.  Davis is the reason why.  I'm not going to go out on as big a branch as I did last year with Brinker, so I'll just say it won't surprise me if Davis makes the Jets as a kick-returner, and is very effective in that role.  Other college street free agents to watch include: TE Foschi who could stick as a blocking tight end/ h-back/ fullback;  DT Klein who is a hustle player who needs to add bulk and strength; and LB Weaver, the third rookie Miami linebacker in camp, who is too small to play that position in the pros, but could be a special teams demon, but will have to show safety or nickel linebacker cover skills to stick.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Vilma I/O 6-0½, 233 4.61 4.20 11.48 6.67 23 37" 10-1
Vilma
Miami

#1 ranked ILB by Jaybird

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Vilma has bulked up so he can stay inside at the NFL level.  What is impressive is that he has added the weight, and as his shuttle times show, maintained his quickness.  He will be a good pursuit linebacker in the NFL.
NFLFans.com reports: An outstanding prospect that has excellent potential. Vilma could, once he bulks up, play any of the three LB positions successfully in the NFL. He would also work out well in a 3-4 scheme as a blitzer off the edge. He has very few limitations.
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Strait CB 5-11, 198 4.52 4.10 - 6.65 - 35½" 9-11
Strait
Oklahoma

#8 ranked CB by Jaybird

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: I had Madieu Williams and Derrick Strait in a virtual tie for the best overall performance amongst defensive backs (at Senior Bowl practices).
Jamie Moore of gbnreport.com (Great Blue North Report) reports: CB Derrick Strait, Texas... Doesn't have world-class sprinter speed, but is very physical and instinctive and breaks well on the ball; Strait also has excellent route recognition skills and can find and react to the ball on the run; and while not a burner, Strait does possess adequate recovery speed (comments from the Senior Bowl).
Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports:  CB Derrick Strait - Oklahoma - Star of the defense (at Senior Bowl).
NFLFans.com reports: Struggled and was repeatedly beat by bigger receivers at the Senior Bowl, Reportedly suffered a slight hip injury during practice early in the week and that may have been a factor. Another concerning factor was that he tried repeatedly to strip the ball rather then make the tackle.
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Cotchery 6-1½, 213 4.46 1.59 3.91 - 6.93 - 36" 10-1
Cotchery
NC State

#19 ranked WR by Jaybird
 

Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: N.C. State WR Jerricho Cotchery ran  4.46 and 4.53 at the Combine.
NFLFans.com reports: Cotchery should find a home in the NFL, but the team selecting him will likely be under no illusion that they are getting a more limited player. He's a possession receiver, and would hope to find a job on a team as a #3 or #4 receiver. What premium NFL teams put on that is uncertain, but Cotchery would likely be satisfied if he fell anytime before the 5th round.
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Jones T 6.04.4, 296 4.93 1.71 4.58 7.81 27 31" 9-6
Jones
Kansas

#11 ranked OT by Jaybird

Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: At a playing weight of 280 pounds, Jones’ anchor did not match his athleticism at left tackle, and he looked as though he might be a better fit at center than at tackle. However, since showing up at the Combine weighing 296, scouts are changing their minds. Like Robert Gallery, Jones is a former tight end with excellent athletic ability, and he may have sneaked into the first day based on the solid weight he has added during the last few months.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: The two players that made the biggest impression (at the combine) were fullback Troy Fleming of Tennessee and offensive tackle Adrian Jones of Kansas. Fleming and Jones really surprised me with their size and speed. The one thing about surprises is that these are players that weren't originally thought of as first-day draft picks, but they elevated their potential position with the workouts.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Observations from two college scouts, one from each conference, on Saturday "Here's a kid from a little back in the pack, (Kansas offensive lineman) Adrian Jones, you might want to monitor. He's played some tackle, might be better at guard, but will be on somebody's roster. I think he began his career as a tight end, then grew out of it, and moved to the line. He kind of still looks like a tight end in some ways, but that's not all bad, since he moves really nicely. He could use some more weight but, with his body type, that will come. Not a real high pick but, if he's around toward the end of day one or the beginning of day two, someone worth taking a shot at."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: OT' Adrian Jones (Kansas):  Jones really opened eyes with a 40 time of 4.93 seconds and a long jump of 9½ feet. He isn't quite as stout and might have to move to guard. He improved his status by a couple rounds.
NFLFans.com reports: Despite his limited experience he has shown great development on the field and is gaining a lot of attention from the scouts which could move him up into day one of the draft. 
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Coleman FS 5-10.2, 202 4.66 - - - - 36" -
Coleman
Wash State

Jaybird: below 4th round
 

NFLFans.com reports: A natural leader who should excel on Special teams in the NFL while providing quality depth in a teams secondary. Aggressive prospect who looks to make a play on every down. size and experience will limit him.
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Cavka T 6.07.1, 294 - - - - 27 - -
Cavka
Sac State

Jaybird: below 4th round
 

NFLFans.com reports: Yes, he will need some development, and definitely needs a good nutritional and strength program, but this guy is the real deal and is going to make someone very happy they drafted him for he should excel at left tackle in the NFL.
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McClover O 6.00.3, 226 4.46 - - - - - -
McClover
Miami

Jaybird: below 4th round

Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified McClover, a great athlete, as a possible late round find.
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Johnson DE 6.04.3, 259 4.67 - 4.14 6.88 - 38½" -
Tr Johnson
Nebraska

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: DE Trevor Johnson had a complete workout at combine, but he did everything again at the Pro Day. 
GBNReport.com report: Nebraska DE Trevor Johnson worked out at three positions including linebacker and tight end as well as DE.
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Ward 5-11, 233 - - - - - - - -
Ward
Ottawa, Kan

Jaybird: below 4th round

Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com  reports: Under the radar - RB Derrick Ward, Ottawa (Kan.) — The ex-Fresno State bruiser averaged an impressive 5.9 yards per carry as a freshman before transferring. Knee and academic problems derailed him for a little bit in 2000, but Ward re-emerged at Ottawa, where he showed decent burst. At nearly 5-11 and 230, he’d be a good fit in a power running game, but he also showed soft hands in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game.
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Washington SS 6.02½, 219 4.63 4.06 - 6.91 14 34½" 9-7
Washington
Kansas State

#5 ranked SS by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: SS Washington has a great combination of size, speed, athleticism and playmaking ability, will excel initially on special teams in the NFL. Has the tools to develop into a fine starting S.
 
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Davis (RB) 5-10 3/8, 200 4.46 - - - - 13 - -
Davis
Nebraska

Jaybird: below 4th round

 

Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Nebraska RB/KR Josh Davis ran a 4.46 and a 4.49.
NFLFans.com reports: Davis will no doubt be selected in the draft for his enormous numbers he put up as a KO return man at Nebraska. He is an outstanding returner who will start from game one for whoever drafts him if needed. His value as a RB may be in question because of his size but he is one of the best return specialists in this year’s draft.
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Foschi (TE) 6.03.6, 266 5.00 - - - - 23 - -
Foschi
Georgia Tech

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  Foschi will really need show the scouts something, probably much better suited to play FB or H back at the next level.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET: TE Foschi is a one dimensional player.  He is a blocker.  However, he is good at his craft.
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Klein DT 6-1¾, 287 5.00 - 4.54 7.25 24 29½" 8-11
Klein
Oklahoma

Jaybird: below 4th round

Bryan Dietzler of NFLFans.com reports: Klein plays with a lot of passion and a lot of intensity. He doesn't stop until the whistle blows and shows great hustle and a positive attitude. He has the speed to move up the field and rush the passer but needs to improve his technique in working through blocks to make it to the quarterback. Klein moves up and down the line of scrimmage very well and can make a lot of plays there. He needs to add some bulk to his frame and spend some time in the weight room.
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Weaver OLB 6-3, 206 4.37 - - - - - -
Weaver
Miami

Jaybird: below 4th round

GBNReport.com reports: Unheralded Miami LB Jarrell Weaver stole the show just a bit from his more highly rated teammates when he ran a 4.37 40 at the Hurricanes' well-attended pro day late last month

TEAM NEWS/NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Nails G, Buckley  CB, Turk P
Key RFA: Ogunleye DE (none), Minor RB (3rd round), Greenwood LB (3rd round)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER
QB: Fiedler may have finally proven that as a starter, he is a very good back-up.  Griese may not even be that.  Rosenfelds, a RFA, may be brought back.  This position needs an upgrade
RB: Ricky Williams is as good as it gets at running back.  If Minor leaves in free agency, Henry can take over as primary backup.  Konrad is an underrated FB who could play tailback in a pinch.
WR:  Look for Chambers to push for the Pro Bowl next year.  That's the good news.  The bad news is they need to find a receiver to play opposite Chambers.  McKnight is best as a slot receiver, Thompson disappointed, and Gadsden never recovered from his injury and is an UFA, again.
TE:  McMichael and Lee are both talented.  The Dolphins are fine at tight end.
OL: The Dolphins have major offensive line problems, particularly at guard.
DL: The Dolphins need here will depend on what happens to Ogunleye.  If they can afford to keep him, their needs are minimal to nonexistent.  They are solid with Taylor at end and Bowens and Chester at tackle.  They also have depth.  If the big "O" goes, they'll need an end, badly.  Just look at Taylor's history when he has a pass-rusher playing opposite him, and when he does not.
LB: Thomas and Seau can still play.  Greenwood, a RFA, is an improving player who the Dolphins may say goodbye to and replace with Moore.  Jenkins also has some upside.
DB: Surtain and Madison are an excellent pair of corners.  Fans and coaches like Marion more than I do, but he is solid if not Pro Bowl.  Knight was a badly needed piece to the Dolphins' puzzle, a headhunter.  Depth at corner, and the eventual replacement for Marion could be targeted in the offseason.
ST: Mare had a bad year.  He isn't the reliable kicker he has been in the past.  The Dolphins may give some thought to freeing up some money and going with a less expensive option. Turk (P) and Minor (RT), two key special team players, are free agent

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports:  Miami has made their desire for Philip Rivers known and it looks more and more like he will be the pick by the team at #20.
ProFootballWeekly.com reports: The Dolphins’ QB situation most likely will look very different in 2004 than it did in ’03. Backup Brian Griese is all but gone, given his high price, and word is starter Jay Fiedler isn’t far behind him out the door. Sage Rosenfels will be  the primary backup, and the Dolphins, whom team observers believe will be armed with two first-round picks because it will decline to match any huge offers to restricted free agent DE Adewale Ogunleye, will be on the market for a youngster at quarterback. North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers and Tulane’s J.P. Losman are names that have been mentioned early on, and Miami also is expected to be a player in the Drew Henson sweepstakes.
www.KFFL.com reports: Michigan QB John Navarre said at the NFL Combine Friday, Feb. 20, that he has met with the Miami Dolphins.
USAToday.com reports: Offense is a top priority for the Dolphins, specifically at quarterback, wide receiver and along the offensive line. The Dolphins have the 20th overall selection but may be willing to trade it for an established NFL quarterback or even promising prospect Drew Henson.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

N.Y. Jets
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 4 Robertson, Dewayne DT 6-1 317 Kentucky
2 53 Hobson, Victor OLB 6-0 252 Michigan
3 85 Askew, B.J. RB 6-2 241 Michigan
5 140 Pagel, Derek FS 6-1 208 Iowa
5 150 Walters, Matthew DE 6-5 272 Miami (Fla.)
6 200 Bollinger, Brooks QB 6-1 203 Wisconsin
7 237 Yovanovits, Dave OT 6-3 294 Temple

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Moving up to get Robertson, proved to be a good move.  The big-four defensive tackles were all off the board at the Jets original draft spot.  Robertson should be a good player, but let's not call him a Warren Sapp yet.  Hobson can play inside or outside.  However, he was the top rated inside linebacker in some circles.  Askew is a perfect fit for the Jets.  He could be their next Richie Anderson.  Pagel needs coaching but has some skills.  Walters was an excellent defensive tackle at Miami, but is being moved outside because he does not have the size to play inside in the NFL.  On the surface it looks like a stretch, but Walters is a football player, and I wouldn't bet against him making a successful transition to end.  The Jets selected Bollinger because he should be an adequate backup, but will probably never develop into a starter, and they have a good young QB in Pennington.  There were better developmental quarterbacks in this draft with more potential than Bollinger (also with a greater downside).  Yovanovits is a project but has tools to work with.  Of all the college free agents signed, Chad Brinker could have the most impact this season.  He is a fast running back who should emerge as a more-than-capable replacement for Chad Morton on the Jets' roster. 
Robertson The Pioneer Press reports some sources say the Vikings would have a hard time passing up Kentucky DT DeWayne Robertson if he is available when the Vikings pick No. 7 in April's NFL draft.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Most college scouts agree that the 2003 draft figures to continue a trend of being deep at the defensive tackle position. The last two drafts produced 10 first-round defensive tackles and scouts feel there are a dozen prospects in 2003 who should contribute for teams as rookies. But don't ask the scouts to rate the defensive tackles because, it seems, everyone has assessed the pool differently. There is a consensus top five group, but no one seems to have them in the same order. One tackle who seems to be sliding a bit is William Joseph of Miami. A riser: Dewayne Robertson of Kentucky, an underclass entry, but a guy who this week ran in the 4.7s for his personal trainer while weighing in the 315-pound range.
AllProScouting.com reports in pre-combine workouts, Kentucky DT Dewayne Robertson is weighing 321-pounds and running 4.69-4.75 in the forty, as well as throwing up 35+ reps of 225.
AllProScouting.com reports Kentucky DT Dewayne Robertson checked in at 6014, 317-pounds at the combine.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Robertson's pro day numbers: 6013, 324, 9 1/2" Vertical, 8'8" broad jump, 30 reps of 225, 4.84, 4.85 forty. Gambill further stated: "I thought he was a top 10 pick before this. He's a stud."
Hobson KFFL.com reports Michigan LB Victor Hobson said on Saturday that he measured in at 6-foot-4 1/8 and 252 pounds at the NFL Combine.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Victor Hobson averaged 4.61 for his 40s. He ran a 4.20 short shuttle and 7.09 on the three-cone drill.
Askew Tom Kowalski reports for mlive.com Michigan FB B.J. Askew (broken hand) was at the NFL Combine, but he could not workout. Askew underwent a physical and the battery of interviews with several teams, but will save his workout for Michigan's pro day on March 18 in Ann Arbor. He's hoping NFL coaches will view him as something in-between, like FB Mike Alstott of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "It doesn't matter. I'm OK with playing fullback in the league, but I'd like to do both," said Askew, who is the ideal size for a fullback at 6-foot-2 1/2 and 241 pounds. "I can do it all, I can run, block and catch. I'm big enough to block, quick enough to run and I've got good hands. Bring it on."
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, B.J. Askew worked out with a broken left hand that was in a cast. He posted a 4.60 average for his 40s, had a 35-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot-1 long jump. He ran a 4.13 in the short shuttle and 6.84 in the three-cone drill.
Pagel Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports, SS Derek Pagel (Iowa) helped his draft status at the combine.  His coverage skills aren't as polished as you want, and he is a little stiff, but he put the standard 225-pound bench press up an eye-opening 25 times and teams like his toughness. Pagel is a solidly-built prospect and, while he's not what everyone is looking for at the position, teams seem to be coming on to him.
Draft203.com reports, Derek Pagel, Iowa -- 25 reps of 225 pounds... and averaged 4.55 in the 40... pure SS that helped himself a lot...
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Pagel measured 6-1, 210 pounds and ran the 40 twice (4.63, 4.61). He had a 9-foot-9 long jump, but didn't do the vertical jump because he did it at the Combine. He benched 25 times and did the three-cone drill in 6.50.
Walters AllProScouting.com reports Matthew Walters measured 6044, 272, and did 30 reps (a very good showing)
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Gil Brandt reports, DE Matt Walters, who did not run in Indianapolis, posted times of 4.74 and 4.79.
Bollinger Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports Brooks Bollinger (Wisconsin) didn't do much to improve his stock at the combine.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Bollinger measured 6-1½, ran better than he did at the Combine (4.71) and had a 32-inch vertical jump. Wisconsin offensive coordinator Brian White, a former Harvard QB, thinks Bollinger is one of the real sleepers in this draft. There have been only seven players in college football history to have won 30 or more games in his career as a starting quarterback. Bollinger has everything you look for in a QB: leadership, smarts, good feet, all the intangibles you want. White predicts Bollinger will be a starting QB in the NFL. I agree.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B


The Jets "Draftniks" may not have gotten it but I did.  Thomas can be a dominate edge rusher.  Ellis can play the early downs against the run and then Thomas can come in.  In time Thomas may replace Ellis as a full-time starter.  when you analyze this pick with their fourth round pick, DT Harper, the Jets strategy becomes clear.  Let their great starting LBs take care of the run while their line gets after the QB.  Harper is a little small right now and is not a traditional DT run stuffer, but he can provide a solid inside pass rush.  I love that pick.  In addition, McGraw has a chance to start at free safety and Baker is a good number TE.


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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 22 Thomas, Bryan DE 6-4 266 Alabama-Birmingham
2 57 McGraw, Jon FS 6-3 208 Kansas State
3 88 Baker, Chris TE 6-3 258 Michigan State
4 121 Harper, Alan DT 6-2 295 Fresno State
5 154 Goodwin, Jonathan G 6-3 318 Michigan

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