Jets get love from Rick Reilly in re-drafts

May, 14, 2011
5/14/11
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Kids call it a do-over. Golfers call it a mulligan. Football writers call it a re-draft, a look back at how a particular draft should've gone based on what we know now.

ESPN columnist Rick Reilly undertakes that exercise in a re-draft of 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Jets score big in 2006 and 2007, placing four players in the top 10 -- the so-called Core Four. All-purpose weapon Brad Smith, a fourth-round choice in '06, also sneaks into the new first round.

It's a credit to Mike Tannenbaum and the scouting department. Alas, it's not all good news. LB/DE Vernon Gholston, the sixth choice in 2008, goes undrafted in Reilly's re-do.

Here's where Reilly has the Jets ranked in his re-drafts, with the actual draft position in parentheses:

2006

4. C Nick Mangold (29)
5. LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (5)

2007

2. CB Darrelle Revis (14)
10. LB David Harris (47)

2008

32. TE Dustin Keller (30)

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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