From a football standpoint, the Jets were so impressed by Hampton NT Kenrick Ellis during the scouting process that they rated him as the 36th player on their draft board, according to VP of college scouting Joey Clinkscales.
The Jets drafted him at the bottom of the third round (94th overall). Based on that, it was a steal. Clinkscales feels there are only two true nose tackles in the draft -- Ellis and Phil Taylor, who was chosen 21st overall by the Browns.
Obviously, Ellis has a lot of off-the-field baggage, which caused him to drop. But Clinkscales raved about his talent, noting that Ellis recorded 94 tackles last season while playing on a high-ankle sprain.
OTHER OPTIONS: Some of the players still on the board when the Jets picked Ellis were DE/OLB Sam Acho (Texas), CB Curtis Brown (Texas), CB Josh Thomas (Buffalo), OLB Chris Carter (Fresno State) and WR Edmund Gates (Abilene Christian).
DEE-FENSE: Bucking the recent trend, the Jets have picked two defensive players -- Ellis and DE Muhammad Wilkerson, their first-round choice. That's one more than they picked in the first two drafts under Rex Ryan.
NO TWO: The Jets didn't have a second-round pick; it was traded to the Chargers last offseason for CB Antonio Cromartie. When GM Mike Tannenbaum settled in for his post-draft news conference late Friday night, his opening statement went like this:
"To recap the day, our first guy: One year of college football ... great workout ... great ball skills ... great man-to-man skills ... will help in the return game ..."
Huh? Was this a 335-pound nose tackle? No, Tannenbaum was giving a scouting report on Cromartie. It was his way of reminding everyone, with some humor, that the Jets were happy with the Cromartie trade for a second-rounder.
No one really laughed, but it was a weary group of writers at 11 p.m.
DAY 3 PREVIEW: The Jets have one pick in each of the following rounds -- fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. They will be looking for an offensive lineman, a receiver, an outside linebacker and a safety.