Friday, April 23, 2010
Another look at new Jets CB Kyle Wilson
On the day the New York Jets acquired Antonio Cromartie, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the move allowed them to draft a position other than cornerback.
Before the trade, a cornerback in the first round was certain.
And that remained the pick anyway Thursday night. The Jets maintained their original draft position and selected Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson with the 29th pick Thursday night.
The move was mildly surprising because the Jets have what might turn out to be the NFL's top cornerback tandem in Darrelle Revis and Cromartie. They also have Dwight Lowery, who has 15 starts in two pro seasons.
But there's always room for more cornerback help in a division that has Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall and Lee Evans.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan immediately named Wilson their starting nickelback and will get a shot to be the punt returner.
When the Jets sent their draft card to the podium for commissioner Roger Goodell, some folks in Florham Park certainly were thinking about the AFC Championship game. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning devoured Lito Sheppard, Drew Coleman and Lowery.
"We want to get after you," Ryan said in explaining his affinity for collecting cornerbacks. "We want to be able to line up and play man coverage against you and come after the quarterback. If you don't have corners, you don't feel good about your corners, you could end up sixth in the league [in total defense] like we did one year when we lost everybody [as a coach with the Baltimore Ravens]."