Post-Draft Review: New York Jets

Kyle Wilson (AP)

The Jets only wound up having four selections to use in this year's draft, but two of them should prove to have an impact this season.

Pre-Draft Needs: OLB, G, DE, WR, CB
 

Players Added

Round 1-Kyle Wilson/CB - CB Antonio Cromartie is on the final year of his rookie contract and he hasn't played well the past two years. Wilson could push him for playing time this season, but he could eventually replace him as a starter in 2011 and beyond. At the very least, Wilson will upgrade the nickel position for this team in 2010.


Round 2-Vladimir Ducasse/G - The Jets made a decision prior to the draft that Ducasse was going to be the replacement for starting LG Alan Faneca. While Ducasse played left tackle in college, many personnel evaluators believed he could transition inside at the NFL level.


Round 4-Joe McKnight/RB - With the decision to deal away RB Leon Washington, McKnight was drafted to replace Washington's change of pace role.


Round 5-John Conner/FB - Conner was drafted to be the eventual replacement for starting FB Tony Richardson, who turns 39 in December.


Post-Draft Needs

Outside Linebacker - Starting OLB Bryan Thomas' sack numbers were poor last season and he turns 31 next month. The only quality pass rusher the team has is Calvin Pace.


Defensive End - Veteran DE Shaun Ellis turns 33 next month and it doesn't appear that the team has anyone left on the 80-man roster who is capable of replacing him. The Jets also have very little depth at either end spot.


Wide Receiver - Santonio Holmes is suspended for the first four games of this season. Also keep in mind that he's on the last year of his rookie contract. WR Braylon Edwards is also playing on a one-year deal, so this position could be quite bare after 2010.

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