Saturday, April 24, 2010
Jets keep bolstering their strengths
The New York Jets have what could be the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. So they drafted a cornerback.
They have arguably the best offensive line. So they drafted a guard.
They had the No. 1 rushing attack last year. So they drafted a running back.
Why do I have a feeling Marcus Buckingham's best-selling management book "Discover Your Strengths" is on a table somewhere in the Jets' front office?
For the second straight year, the Jets traded up to grab a running back, even though they already had one, drafting USC's Joe McKnight with the 14th selection of the fourth round.
McKnight joins a backfield that includes 2008 Doak Walker Award winner Shonn Greene, free-agent signee LaDainian Tomlinson and (theoretically) Leon Washington. They traded up to draft Greene last year even though Thomas Jones was coming off a fabulous season.
McKnight is a better outside runner with receiving skills. He rushed for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 146 yards last season as a junior.
The Jets drafted Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson in the first round and named him the starting nickelback. They added UMass guard Vladimir Ducasse in the second round and reportedly will push nine-time Pro Bowler Alan Faneca out the door.