Breaking down the Jets 2010 draft weekend

The draft is over and the grades are in. I’m not a huge fan of giving a draft a grade immediately after so included a few analysts who didn’t give a grade.

The reviews for the Jets were fairly positive, considering they only made four picks.

Later in the week I’ll give my own opinion on the Jets draft.

Mel Kiper Jr.- ESPN

We can at least say the Jets got better in their secondary. Kyle Wilson is a guy some people thought could crack the top 15 picks. Now you can intensify the blitz knowing Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Wilson are back there looking to pick off errant passes. The trade up for Joe McKnight adds a dimension to the backfield and adds a player who has familiarity with Mark Sanchez. McKnight’s durability is a question, but his pass-catching skills can help that offense. Vladimir Ducasse could become a starter, and John Conner is the draft’s best fullback. Just four picks, but zero misses.

Draft grade: B

Peter KingSI

New York Jets

Kyle Wilson fell to them and is Antonio Cromartie insurance for the future. Vlad Ducasse fell to them and could be the opening-day starting left guard, replacing the fired Alan Faneca. I like turning Leon Washington, essentially, into Joe McKnight, a healthy and fresh version of Washington. The Jets got better, albeit with their usual low number of picks.

Charlie Casserly- CBS Sports

New York Jets

First pick: Kyle Wilson

Some teams I talked to had Wilson rated as the top cornerback in the draft. If that is the case, the Jets got a steal at the end of the first round. Wilson showed at the Senior Bowl he has all the physical skills to be an effective pro corner. He should be very effective when the Jets use him in press technique. In college he was very good at it.

The player I will watch the most

Second-round pick (61st overall) Vladimir Ducasse. The reason is the jump he has to make in playing levels is always interesting to watch. Ducasse’s best position is guard, in my opinion. He has the body structure and strength to be a good one. He needs a lot of technique work, but he has the talent to make it.

Walter Cherepinsky- Walter Football

New York Jets

The best teams shouldn’t be able to get the best players. That’s not how this process is supposed to work. But don’t tell that to the Jets – with two of their picks, they acquired the consensus No. 2 cornerback prospect in this class and Santonio Holmes via a trade.

New York had just three other selections, but it made the most of them. Vladimir Ducasse is expected to step in right away for the overrated and expensive Alan Faneca, who was released on Saturday. John Conner projects as a terrific blocking fullback. And Joe McKnight, a great weapon for Brian Schottenheimer, will replace Leon Washington, who was shipped away to Seattle. McKnight isn’t projected to be better than Washington, but keep in mind that Washington was coming off a nasty leg injury and was asking for a contract extension. McKnight is a cheaper and healthier solution.

I wanted the Jets to upgrade their front seven, but I can’t really argue with the players they obtained in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Overall 2010 NFL Draft Grade given on 4/26/10: A

2010 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

29. Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
How did the Jets obtain one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft at No. 29? Insane. (Pick Grade: A)

61. Vladimir Ducasse, G/OT, UMass
This is not a need at all, but it certainly will be down the line when Alan Faneca moves on. Vladimir Ducasse fits the range and can play multiple positions up front. Another good pick. (Pick Grade: A)

112. Joe McKnight, RB, USC
Great value, as Joe McKnight was a Round 2-3 prospect. LaDainian Tomlinson is old and Leon Washington is coming off an injury. The Jets had no sure thing behind Shonn Greene. (Pick Grade: A)

139. John Conner, FB, Kentucky
A very good blocker, John Conner should be a quality fullback in New York for years to come. (Pick Grade: A)

Key Undrafted Free Agents:

  • Charlie Tanner, G, Texas
  • Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
  • Mick Williams, DT, Pittsburgh
  • Nolan Nawrocki- Pro Football Weekly

    New York Jets
    GM Mike Tannenbaum made only four picks in this draft, the fewest of any team, having already dealt many of their selections to acquire veterans such as Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Lito Sheppard and Antonio Cromartie, significantly bolstering their skill talent and supporting a rookie quarterback. In the wash was Kerry Rhodes, Jason Trusnik, Chansi Stuckey and Leon Washington — all of whom had become expendable with the new coaching regime. With others on the trading block, such as Alan Faneca, and unable to be dealt, the Jets filled a big need with Vladimir Ducasse in the second round and landed a solid value at the end of the first with Kyle Wilson, who could factor in nickel packages readily. Joe McKnight helps replace Washington and John Conner provides youth at a position where Tony Richardson is getting old. All four picks could prove to be contributors on a strong roster. The Jets took some chances on some very talented veterans with character concerns. If he they can manage them properly, Tannenbaum could easily come away with three proven starters and four rookies with upside.
    Grade: A-minus

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