New York Jets: NFL Draft 2013

Geno impresses with smarts, accuracy

May, 11, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith's best moment on the second day of rookie minicamp occurred on a running play. Yes, really.

When he got to the line of scrimmage, the much-maligned quarterback noticed that an outside linebacker was lined up in the wrong place, leaving an open edge. He audibled at the line of scrimmage, changing it from a strong-side run to the open weak side.

And here's the interesting part: He still hadn't been taught that particular audible.

"We didn't have a check play in, but he checked it anyway," Rex Ryan said after Saturday's practice. "Obviously, he's got some awareness. That was impressive."

Overall, it was a good day for Smith, who completed seven of eight passes in team drills and 11 of 12 in 7-on-7 drills. There were some glitches in the team portion -- a sack and three false-start penalties -- but that sort of thing is expected in a rookie camp.

Smith was satisfied with his day, but he abstained from grading his performance. On Friday, he gave himself an overly-harsh 'F'.

"I'll leave the grading to the coaches," he said. "I think today was another good day. I got better again today. That's something I'll try to do daily, trying to improve even if it's the smallest amount. I think I did that today."

Many of Smith's completions came on screen passes. At West Virginia, he threw a lot of screens, so there probably was a comfort level. He threw most of his passes to tight ends and backs, showing excellent velocity and decent ball placement. There weren't many chances for him to show his touch and timing.

So, if you're scoring at home, Smith went 13-for-18 in his first two days, committing no turnovers. That's a pretty good start, but it'll get tougher when the veterans join the fray. Not only will the competition be better, but he'll be exposed to defensive looks he's never seen before. In rookie camp, everything is vanilla. For a quarterback, the expectations are modest -- communicate the play in the huddle, get everyone lined up and use a proper cadence.

"Overall, as an offense, we had some good moments and we had some not-so-good moments," Smith said. "It's still a work in progress."

PRACTICE NOTES: First-round DT Sheldon Richardson continued to impress. He moved exceptionally well for a 298-pound man, displaying a quick first step. It'll be interesting to see how he's used, because he looks like a classic 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. ... Seventh-round FB Tommy Bohanon enjoyed another good day catching the ball out of the backfield. That skill will be useful in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast system. ... TE Mike Shanahan, an undrafted free agent from Pitt, outjumped S Brendan Melanophy (tryout from Fordham) on an intermediate route. Shanahan bounced back after a shaky first day. ... WR Zach Rogers, an undrafted free agent from Tennessee, continued to make plays in the slot. ... Free-agent CB Mike Edwards (Hawaii) dropped a would-be interception. ... In a QB drill, Smith had two bad overthrows on deep sideline routes. Mornhinweg told Smith, "Let's talk" -- and they huddled for a few moments. ... Owner Woody Johnson attended practice.

A closer look: Oday Aboushi

May, 11, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- After Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of Staten Island, Oday Aboushi was worried about his parents. Their home is just blocks from the shore near Tottenville. Despite the demands of school and football at the University of Virginia, Aboushi made time to volunteer with Jets linebacker David Harris.

The future teammates had a football connection and raised funds together before spending a December day handing out hot dogs and other supplies to a local community hit hard by the storm. They spent the better part of the day outside with Aboushi’s neighbors, who were greatly affected by Sandy.

“We were able to donate $10,000 worth of jackets and give out food and clothing and just pretty much be comforting and supportive to people,” Aboushi said.

Picked by the Jets in the fifth round, the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Aboushi is now commuting from that house to the Jets practice facility. He says he’ll get a place closer to Florham Park if he makes the roster. And the odds of that look pretty good.

On Friday, the Jets announced they had signed him. Later that day, Aboushi played left tackle on the first day of the rookie minicamp, protecting second-round pick Geno Smith.

Aboushi, who was raised in the cultural melting pot that is Brooklyn, is one of a few players of Palestinian heritage ever to be drafted in the NFL. It was a fact that even he wasn’t aware of until close to the draft, when he started getting tweets and emails from Palestine, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Those communiqués were full of warmth and respect, and Aboushi says he carries that with him.

“I’m here to do a job, my job, and my job is to play football,” Aboushi said, “but I feel like that’s another support system I have, being one of the first Arab-Americans to play football or get drafted.”

The Middle East may be his parents’ homeland, but the first time he went to Palestine was his freshman year. It was a completely different world, although filled with the same kinds of people he knew growing up in Brooklyn.

“That was the biggest culture shock I’ve ever seen, just to see the way people are treated down there,” Aboushi said.

It might be easier to process now that Aboushi -- the ninth of 10 children -- has graduated in three and a half years in December from UVa with a degree in sociology. He started thinking about his major at about the same time he traveled.

“I started taking classes there to see what I liked and where my head might be,” he said. “I took a few sociology classes and started to like them, and before I knew, I was halfway through my major so might as well continue trucking.”

Finishing early at a school like UVa while playing football is just one sign of Aboushi’s ability to remain organized. Now that the Xaverian graduate has returned home to play for the Jets, he can bring all that focus to Gang Green.

Rookies by the numbers

May, 11, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- You may need a scorecard to watch early Jets games this season. Here's a preview of the numbers being worn by their draft picks:

CB Dee Milliner -- 27

DT Sheldon Richardson -- 91

QB Geno Smith -- 7

OG Brian Winters -- 67

OT Oday Aboushi -- 75

OG Will Campbell -- 65

FB Tommy Bohanon -- 40


DB Sherman Lewis

WR Ed Bell

QB Ken O'Brien

QB Boomer Esiason

QB Frank Reich

QB Chuck Clements

P Tom Tupa

Day 1: Five things we learned

May, 10, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- My takeaways on the first day of rookie minicamp:

1. Growing pains: QB Geno Smith can sling it. He threw a pretty fastball, a tight spiral with good velocity. But we already knew that, didn't we? The questions with him involve his intangibles. How quickly can he learn the offense? Can he handle adversity? Can he lead? The West Coast system is all about rhythm and timing, and there were times when Smith held the ball too long. In those instances, he seemed to hesitate as he went from his first read to his second. One time, he didn't reset his feet, resulting in an overthrow. These are the type of glitches you'd expect from a rookie on his first day. For the most part, he fared reasonably well, completing six of 10 passes (one drop) in team drills.

2. Rex in charge (of the D): Rex Ryan wasn't kidding when he said recently that he would return to an active role in the defense. During the defensive walk-through period, Ryan did all the talking and the coaching, explaining the basics of his system to a group of wide-eyed rookies. He likes the hands-on approach, the chance to teach, but it also provides fodder for his critics, those who say he's a glorified defensive coordinator. At a time in his career when he should be evolving into an all-around head coach, Ryan is reverting to his defensive roots. He feels it's necessary because the Jets are basically starting over on defense, with six or seven new starters. Maybe so, but he can't lose sight of the big picture.

3. A message to Vlad: For a change, the Jets might have some decent depth on the offensive line. Instead of operating with a bunch of undrafted free agents, the Jets lined up with three draft picks on the "starting" line -- LT Oday Aboushi, LG Brian Winters and RG Will Campbell. With better numbers on the line, it could spell trouble for former second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse, whose scholarship has expired. Ryan appreciated the improved depth, predicting the drop-off with the second unit in preseason games won't be as severe as in the past. "Hopefully, that will be a little different this preseason because I think we'll be able to block some people," he said.

4. Minding his P's and Q's: Obviously, Quinton Coples isn't participating in the camp, but his name came up in Ryan's news conference. Ryan was asked about Coples' move to outside linebacker, and he quickly used the platform to send a message to the former first-round pick, telling the world that Coples is slacking off in the weight room. It was a very Parcells-ian move by Ryan. Eventually, Ryan explained his plans for Coples at linebacker. To me, this move is a reach. A 280-pound linebacker? Why do I have the feeling we'll be reporting late in training camp that Coples is returning to the defensive line?

5. A little R&R: Fans might not appreciate this, but first-round DT Sheldon Richardson kind of reminds me of Dewayne Robertson -- just in terms of his mannerisms and physique. Relax, it's not a commentary on his talent. In his first practice, Richardson displayed fire and energy, qualities that immediately separated him from the former Jets bust. You also have to like Richardson's versatility; he can play the 1-, 3- and 5-technique positions along the line. Ryan will have some fun with Richardson, figuring out different ways to use him.

W2W4: Heeere's Geno!

May, 9, 2013
Geno SmithDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Geno Smith, the most hyped second-round pick in Jets history, will be on his best behavior.
The Jets open a three-day rookie minicamp Friday in Florham Park, N.J., and there will be no shortage of storylines:

1. Geno, meet the microscope: After two weeks of intense, post-draft scrutiny, QB Geno Smith finally gets a chance to play football. Nothing he does over the next three days will determine his 2013 role, but this is his first opportunity to answer his critics -- on and off the field. He'll be on his best behavior, of course, because he knows he'll get skewered if he coasts through a drill or snaps at a teammate. Reporters and cameras will be trained on his every move, watching to see whether he's the sulking diva some have painted him to be.

The coaches will look to see how well the former West Virginia star has digested the playbook, which he received the night he was drafted. Smith has been in touch with coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, receiving long-distance guidance as he attempts to navigate a foreign offensive system. He reportedly spent two days this week interviewing prospective agents, robbing him of time he could've spent preparing for the minicamp. He fired his agents after his draft slide, as you may have heard. If he shows up unprepared, it'll fuel more questions.

It'll also be interesting to see how Smith operates from under center, in a conventional offense. In West Virginia's "Air Raid" offense, he was in the shotgun or pistol formation 96 percent of the time in his career. The footwork is dramatically different in a pro-style offense, especially the Jets' West Coast system, which is predicated on precise footwork.

2. Dee-sy, does it: Because of Smith, the most ballyhooed second-round pick in Jets history, CB Dee Milliner will be an afterthought this weekend. Crazy, huh? We're talking about the ninth pick in the draft, a consensus all-American and a integral player on Alabama's national-championship team. And, oh yeah, he's the guy who will replace Darrelle Revis. Actually, Milliner, two months removed from labrum surgery, will be limited in drills. The Jets won't push him; they say the goal is to have him ready for training camp. They already know he's a terrific athlete. This weekend will be all about getting him immersed into the playbook.

3. Rex's new helpers: Rex Ryan revamped his coaching staff, which features three new coordinators -- Mornhinweg, Dennis Thurman (defense) and Ben Kotwica (special teams). This minicamp will be the first time the new staff works together in a practice setting, albeit rookies only. Thurman and Kotwica are holdovers, but Mornhinweg is a newcomer to Rex World. He and Ryan have different philosophical roots. Ryan has always been a believer in ground-and-pound, while Mornhinweg comes from a pass-happy team, the Eagles. Ryan says he's willing to take a walk on the wild side, so, in essence, this represents a new beginning.

4. The new lineup: After the draft, the Jets wouldn't divulge specific positions for their three offensive linemen -- Brian Winters (third round), Oday Aboushi (fifth) and Will Campbell (sixth). Now we'll get to see the early stages of the plan. Chances are, Winters and Campbell will be at guard, with Aboushi at right tackle.

5. Adjustment bureau: The transition begins for DT Sheldon Richardson, a probable Day 1 starter who must learn how to become a two-gapping interior lineman in the Jets' 3-4 base scheme. At Missouri he made a name for himself as a penetrating, one-gap lineman in a 4-3. This isn't an easy adjustment for young players, who have to develop a keen sense for reading blocks/keys and reacting. It's a whole new ballgame. Athletically, Richardson is freakishly gifted for a 300-pound man, so he will stick out in the crowd based purely on raw talent.

Draft close-up: DT Sheldon Richardson

May, 9, 2013
Sheldon Richardson Jeff Blake/USA TODAY SportsBarring injury, Sheldon Richardson should be the opening-day starter at Mike DeVito's old position.
The rookie minicamp begins Friday, so we're catching you up with the Jets' draft picks:

Player: Sheldon Richardson, first round

School: Missouri

Position: Defensive tackle

Projected impact: Barring an upset, Richardson should be the opening-day starter in Mike DeVito's old position, defensive tackle in the 3-4 front. He'll bring more athleticism to the position than DeVito, but Richardson must adapt to a two-gap scheme. That can be frustrating for a young lineman who played in a one-gap, 4-3 scheme in college. Richardson's role became clear when it was revealed that Quinton Coples was moving to outside linebacker.


On if he's surprised he went to a 3-4 team: "No, I knew I was kind of versatile coming into the draft, and I knew all of the teams liked my ability. I mean, they can find a way to put me on the field and be productive so, no, I wasn’t surprised a 3-4 team selected me at all. I was just surprised the Jets got me because after the combine that was kind of the last time I talked to them."

On how he was used in his 14-tackle performance against Alabama: "Straight forward, I penetrated gaps, one-gap defense at the time and I pretty much pursued the ball really. I was running all over the field. They were gashing us pretty good the whole game, and I mean, it was a great experience for me to go against those guys, but it wasn’t just Alabama. I got week-in, week-out film, and they’ve seen the consistent play and how I got after the ball-carrier."

On playing in Rex Ryan’s system: "For me, it’s going to be a great experience. I watched 'Hard Knocks' two years ago, and I was liking the intensity he brought to the team every practice. That’s just what he wants, his team to get the same output, as much input as he put into it. He’s a great coach. I know he wants his defense to come with it. He tells me they finished eighth overall last year and he said he wasn’t happy with that, and you have to respect a man like that."

On his athleticism for his size: "That has to go back to my upbringing. I played multiple sports. I never really just [played] only football. I [played] basketball, baseball and my father kept me year-round and most definitely said, 'If I don’t have you doing something constructive, you’re going to eat me out of house and home.' I pretty much just had to stay busy."

Draft close-up: G Brian Winters

May, 9, 2013
Continuing our preview of this weekend's rookie minicamp ...

Player: Brian Winters, third round

School: Kent State

Position: Guard

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Danny Wild/USA TODAY SportsBrian Winters
Projected impact: He played left and right tackle in college, most recently the left side, but he projects as a guard. The Jets have three veterans at guard -- Willie Colon, Stephen Peterman and Vladimir Ducasse -- but Winters will be in the hunt for a starting job, assuming he can make the transition. Moving inside is easier than going outside, so he should be able to handle it. The guard position is in a state of transition. Winters is the future, and the future may start sooner rather than later.


On whether he feels like he has a chip on his shoulder coming from the MAC and being overlooked out of high school: "There were some other offers on the table in the situation. Obviously, coming from the school that I was coming from, I always had something to prove. In this situation, I’m always going to have that motto in my life, that I still have something to prove. Coming from where I’m from, we weren’t spoon fed. We fed ourselves. I guess I do have a chip on my shoulder."

On whether he sees himself as a guard or a tackle in the NFL: "I got thrown in [at guard] at the Senior Bowl, and I feel that was real comfortable for me as days went on. I feel like that’s where I can excel at the next level."

On Hudson, Ohio, his hometown: "It’s a small town. Obviously, we haven’t produced many players out of this town. We have Bill Nagy, who plays for the Lions. He’s also an offensive lineman. It’s a slow-run town, it’s a great town. [It’s] big on football. Not many players come out, but it’s awesome to have and I’m sure everyone there is really excited."

On his tattoos: "The way I look at it, I have one, maybe two -- actually, three tattoos. My one whole right arm, half of my left (arm) and my back."

On what it will be like to play for a head coach who has a tattoo: "It’s nice. It makes me feel at home, right? [Laughs]

Draft close-up: OL Oday Aboushi

May, 8, 2013
Previewing this weekend's rookie minicamp, we continue to look at the Jets' draft picks:

Player: Oday Aboushi, fifth round

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AP Photo/Chris BernacchiOday Aboushi
School: Virginia

Position: Offensive line

Projected impact: Aboushi played left tackle at Virginia, but another UVA alum -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- mans that spot for the Jets. Aboushi projects as a right tackle and, possibly, a guard. This will be a learning year for Aboushi, who should be able to compete for playing time in 2014. Either way, he's happy to be home. He attended Xaverian High School in Brooklyn and lives on Staten Island.


On his excitement playing for his hometown team: "I don't think I can put it into words, how excited I am to be a New York Jet, to be with my hometown team. [I'm happy] just to have the opportunity to play with such a great team in New York and kind of just try to add what I can bring to the team."

On working with Ferguson: "I'm hoping to hear from him and kind of see what he's got to say. You know, working with a fellow Wahoo is always good, and I'm sure he'll teach me the ways and kind of, you know, continue that brotherhood as we were taught at Virginia. I'm excited to work with him and hopefully I'll be hearing from him soon."

On the University of Virginia producing a lot of offensive linemen: "We take pride in being the offensive line at Virginia, being labeled 'Offensive Line U' and having people like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Eugene Monroe [and] Branden Albert, guys like that with great offensive-line production. We take pride in it."

On whether he feels that he improved his NFL draft stock by playing some guard at the Senior Bowl: "I felt like I could've gotten better. I think playing some guard, it kind of felt a little different for the first time ever playing guard. I think I did pretty well at it. I think it helps in certain ways."

On how he feels about playing with West Virginia's Geno Smith: "I think he’s a great player, a tremendous talent. I think he'll come in [and] he's ready to compete. [There are] a lot of athletes coming out of college that are ready to do NFL stuff. I think he's a talented kid and he'll come in ready to work."

Draft close-up: FB Tommy Bohanon

May, 7, 2013
QB Geno Smith wasn't the only player drafted by the Jets, you know. They made six other selections, including two in the first round. In advance of this weekend's rookie minicamp, we'll post a mini-profile on each player, including highlights from his post-draft comments. Here you go:

Player: Tommy Bohanon, seventh round

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Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY SportsTommy Bohanon
School: Wake Forest

Position: Fullback

Projected impact: The Jets are hoping this "T-Bo" contributes more than the last "Tebow." Bohanon's main competition is incumbent FB Lex Hilliard, but his ability to play H-Back will help his chances of making the team. Obviously, Bohanon will have to make a niche for himself on special teams.


On his versatility and how he feels he'll fit in: "I think that I'll be able to [fit] in well. I think that's one of my strong suits, my versatility, and being able to block, run, as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. I think the West Coast offense suits me well, and I think that I'll be able to come in and do well in that type of offense."

On if he has any experience as a tight end: "Yes, I played some tight end at Wake this past year. Like I said, I played H-back and I played on-the-line tight end, so I have experience in that, and I believe that I can do that if I'm asked to do that as well."

On if he thought the NFL was a possibility coming out of high school: "It was always my dream and it was always a possibility to me. I mean, I've seen plenty of people ... I mean, Deion Sanders went to my high school, so I thought throughout my life with people in the NFL from Fort Myers, I knew it was a possibility. I just knew I had to work hard to be able to get to it."

On if he is better than Deion Sanders: "Not at all" (laughing).

On what type of offense he played at Wake Forest: "My first three years, I would say was more of a pro-style, multiple offense where there was '21' personnel [two backs, one tight end], there was '11,' [one back, one tight end] and there was '10' [one back, four receivers]. There was definitely multiple offenses. I think there was a pro-style offense my first three years, and this past year it was more like a spread type, more [of a] college offense."

Welcome to New York, Geno

May, 3, 2013
Geno Smith has been taking a lot of heat for various transgressions, sourced and anonymous, real and perceived. The always illuminating Ashley Fox has detailed why that matters in her most recent column for

In one regard, Smith got drafted to the wrong team. The recently dysfunctional Jets are under a microscope, particularly at the quarterback spot. Smith may have some time to develop but certainly not in anonymity. He will have to learn to gracefully respond to pointed questions about embattled former starter Mark Sanchez and veteran David Garrard. Smith’s responses will be tweeted and parsed.

The fact remains that Smith has yet to lace up his cleats in green and white. And until he does, conclusions about his work ethic and abilities are premature. Yes, he has to be ready for the scrutiny, but he also should have the opportunity to actually contribute before being picked apart.

Idzik: No pressure to play Geno

May, 1, 2013
SmithAP Photo/Ben LiebenbergQuarterback Geno Smith will get his chance to compete for the Jets' starting job.
GM John Idzik, a guest Wednesday morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio, said the organization will be patient with rookie QB Geno Smith.

"We don't feel like there's any pressure to get him in there right away, especially with the cast of quarterbacks we have in the competition," Idzik said.

Some of the pressure is alleviated because Smith is a second-round pick, not a first-rounder, but he's still a high-profile addition on a team desperate for a quarterback answer. Make no mistake, when Smith is ready to play, he'll play.

Idzik addressed a few other topics:

Mark Sanchez's future: Idzik claimed that Sanchez's huge guarantee ($8.25 million base) will have no bearing on whether he's on the team. "We take finances out of it," he said. We all know that finances play an important role in personnel decisions, although it bears noting that Idzik came from a team -- the Seahawks -- that sat Matt Flynn last season despite $9 million in guarantees.

Roll Tide: Idzik said CB Dee Milliner was an "extraordinary pick" at No. 9. "Unfortunately, I think it's inevitable ... that he'll be [compared to Darrelle Revis]. Dee will be his own player, a very good player. Darrelle will be Darrelle."

St. Booo: Idzik said he wasn't surprised or bummed out when the Rams traded ahead of the Jets, picking WR Tavon Austin at No. 8. Austin and Milliner were the top two players on the Jets' draft board. "I wouldn't call it disappointing," Idzik said. "We had an inclination St. Louis was interested in him and perhaps they would want to get ahead of us in fear we would take him. We were happy with Dee. Quite frankly, we were surprised Dee was there at nine. We were elated to choose him." Chances are they would've taken Austin over Milliner if they had the choice.

Multiple fronts: The addition of first-round DT Sheldon Richardson provides more flexibility, which will allow the Jets to play more 4-3 fronts. "We're not locked into a traditional 3-4 front," Idzik said.

Kiper grades Jets' draft: B

April, 28, 2013
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, who now deserves a long vacation, offered his take on the Jets' draft.

His overall grade: B

His "need" grade: B

His "value" grade: B+

Top needs: CB, OLB, S, RB, G, QB

Kiper's summary: "Once you can divorce yourself from the reality of what Geno Smith is headed into, you take a step back and realize the Jets just took the guy I think is the best quarterback in the draft, and they did it at No. 39 overall. We're grading a draft, not the QB situation they have. The Jets really needed a corner now that Darrelle Revis is in Tampa, and they got the best one in the draft at No. 9. I wanted them to get a pass-rusher, but they might have done it in another way. With Sheldon Richardson, I expect them to do some new things up front, potentially shifting Quinton Coples to the edge. This is the makings of an extremely good defense up front, and Rex Ryan is a master at creating pressure with whatever he has. Brian Winters is a starter at guard, and Oday Aboushi could play either right tackle or guard. Tommy Bohanon (T-Bo!) should stick. I wanted the Jets to get a safety, but I still think they deserve a pretty good grade for hitting a few big needs. Now, they need to be patient with Smith."

Seventh round: FB Tommy Bohanon

April, 27, 2013
Tommy BohanonAP Photo/Michael ConroyWith only one fullback on the roster, Tommy Bohanon will have a good chance to make the team.
PICK: Seventh round (215th pick overall)

PLAYER: Tommy Bohanon

SCHOOL: Wake Forest

POSITION: Fullback/H-Back

HEIGHT: 6-foot-1

WEIGHT: 246 pounds

What it means: GM John Idzik had some inside intel on this pick; his son plays for Wake Forest. The Jets selected Bohanon because of his versatility and pass-catching ability. He made 13 starts at fullback last season, but he evolved into an H-Back. He caught 23 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns last season. He was a four-year starter, widely projected as a fifth- or sixth-round pick. He doesn't have great speed; he ran the 40 in 4.86 seconds at the combine. His most impressive moment at the combine came on the bench press -- 36 reps of 225 pounds. He attended the same high school as Deion Sanders in Fort Myers, Fla.

How he fits the offensive scheme: Bohanon fits because he can catch the ball, a must in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast system. He can line up as a fullback in a two-back set or he can flex out as an H-Back. The only H-Back on the roster in Konrad Reuland.

Projected impacted: The Jets have only one fullback on the roster (Lex Hilliard), so Bohanon will have a very good chance to make the roster. Obviously, he'll have to make a name for himself on special teams.

Jets' Draft Report Card

April, 27, 2013

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Round 1, ninth pick

Analysis: Say hello to Darrelle Revis Lite. Milliner, the first cornerback picked, was widely regarded as the best at his position. The value was too good for the Jets to pass. Yes, they would've preferred a pass rusher, but Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo already were gone. So was super-smurf receiver Tavon Austin. Milliner made sense at that spot. Let's face it, Kyle Wilson is best suited to nickel coverage, so they needed an every-down corner to start opposite Antonio Cromartie. Some scouts say Milliner never will be an elite corner because he lacks playmaking skills. But you know what? Even the great Revis isn't an interception machine. Milliner was the right call for a defense that relies heavily on man-to-man coverage by its corners.

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Round 1, 13th pick

Analysis: Another defensive linemen? This makes three straight first-round picks on the line. It might make Rex Ryan happy, but they needed to spread the wealth. They passed on a talented tight end (Tyler Eifert) and a big-play receiver (Cordarrelle Patterson), players that could've helped Mark Sanchez get his career back on track. Richardson has talent, no doubt, but where does he line up? He was a 4-3 tackle in college, a one-gap penetrator, and now he'll be asked to be a two-gap lineman. Ryan acknowledged the Jets will play more 4-3 fronts, but with all their pressing needs (how 'bout a safety?), another defensive lineman became a luxury.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Round 2, 8th pick (No. 39 overall)

Analysis: The Jets couldn't resist, could they? They didn't have enough conviction to take Smith with one of their two first-round picks. In that sense, they received good value in the second round, but the decision comes with risk. Essentially, they drafted Mark Sanchez's successor. If he's not the real deal, it'll probably set back the franchise at least a couple of years. If their scouting reports are correct, maybe they have the next Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick. Smith has a lot to prove. He has the physical tools to be a winning quarterback, but there are holes in his games -- shaky pocket presence, reading defenses, handling adversity. You get the picture.

Brian Winters, G, Kent State
Round 3, 10th pick (No. 72 overall)

Analysis: Winters went off the board where most expected, so the Jets received solid value. He's a tough hombre, and smart, too -- and new GM John Idzik wants to add those type of players to his roster. Here's the concern: He's projected as a guard and he's never played the position before. He played left and right tackle in college, but many believe he's best suited to the inside because he lacks elite athleticism. The versatility is attractive, though. He's a keeper.

Oday Aboushi, OL, Virginia
Round 5, 8th pick (No. 141 overall)

Analysis: Solid value here, but you have to wonder how he gets on the field. Aboushi, who played left tackle at Virginia, could be moved to right tackle, behind incumbent Austin Howard. Aboushi could be insurance because Howard is playing on a one-year contract. If Howard sticks around for the long term, what happens to Aboushi? At the very least, he'll be a backup swing tackle, providing depth. He's a chip off the old Brick, meaning D'Brickashaw Ferguson, another Virginia alum.Aboushi was a three-year starter, a team captain and an accomplished scholar off the field.

William Campbell, OL, Michigan
Round 6, 10th pick (No. 178 overall)

Analysis: Campbell played defensive tackle for the majority of his career at Michigan, but will play guard for the Jets. He dabbled at guard in 2010, but this still qualifies as a projection. One of the Michigan coaches told Jeff Bauer, the Jets' director of college scouting, that Campbell might make a good guard on the next level. Bauer filed that away and, during the pre-draft process, the Jets worked him out as a guard. You have to figure it'll take at least a year before he learns the position, so 2013 could amount to a red-shirt year for Campbell.

Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest
Round 7, 9th pick (No. 215 overall)

Analysis: As senior, Bohanon played some H-Back, displaying pass-catching skills. That appealed to the Jets, who could use the versatility on offense. Obviously, Bohanon will have to carve a niche on special teams. He has a good chance to make the team. If you can say that about a seventh rounder, how can you quibble?

Sixth round: OL William Campbell

April, 27, 2013
William CampbellLeon Halip/Getty ImagesWilliam Campbell spent most of his Michigan career at defensive tackle.
PICK: Sixth round (178th overall)

PLAYER: William Campbell

SCHOOL: Michigan

POSITION: Offensive line

HEIGHT: 6-foot-5

WEIGHT: 318 pounds

What it means?: Interesting pick by GM John Idzik. Campbell, predominantly a defensive tackle in college, will switch to the offensive line. That's not entirely a surprise, as there was some buzz before the draft about him changing positions. He auditioned as an offensive lineman in two of his three private workouts. He played a little guard in 2010, but returned to the defensive line.

Campbell played in 51 straight games, but it was an underwhelming career. He was a prized recruit out of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, the same school that produced former Jets bust Vernon Gholston, but he didn't crack the starting lineup until his senior year at Michigan. He dropped 30 pounds before his final season. He recorded a career-high 10 tackles against Ohio State. He was arrested last June on two counts of vandalism, causing damage when he tried to slide across the hood of a vehicle. He also has an under-age drinking arrest on his record.

How he fits the offensive scheme: The Jets are listing him as an offensive lineman, although he likely will be tried at guard. Join the crowd. After losing Matt Slauson (Bears) and Brandon Moore (unsigned), the Jets are loading up at the position. This doesn't bode well for former second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse, whose scholarship has expired.

Projected impact: Considering the position change, Campbell probably will have no impact as a rookie. It will take him at least a year to get comfortable. Perhaps the Jets are hoping for another Brandon Moore situation -- a former college defensive lineman who made a successful transition to guard. Thing is, Moore was an undrafted free agent. It's unusual -- and questionable -- to spent a draft pick on this type of projection.