Saturday, April 24, 2010
Final thoughts on the draft
By Rich Cimini
The Jets began the three-day draft with five selections and finished with four picks -- CB Kyle Wilson, G Vladimir Ducasse, RB Joe McKnight and FB John Connor.
In two drafts under Rex Ryan, the Jets have picked six offensive players and one defensive player. Go figure.
Other thoughts and observations:
1. The Jets failed to address the front seven, where age is creeping up at several spots. Consider: They have five starters in the thirty-something category -- Shaun Ellis, Kris Jenkins, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas. Off the bench is Jason Taylor. Team speed has to be a concern here.
2. It's official: OLB Vernon Gholston is now a full-time defensive end. He will back up Ellis. This was Ryan's spin on the change: "He's going to give us an opportunity to get more athletic at the position ... That's wy I never felt the need to jump up and take a defensive end when our plan all along was to put Vernon in a position where he can be successful. I think we did that."
Insert your own punchline here.
3. Backup QB Kellen Clemens, on the trading block, isn't going anywhere anytime soon, according to league sources. But that doesn't mean he'll be around for training camp. He could be gone as soon as they lose another unrestricted free agent -- if they lose one. Once they have an open slot, per the "Final Four" rules, they could re-visit the Mark Brunell situation.
4. Not that it's a surprise, but Ducasse will battle Matt Slauson for the starting left-guard job, according to Tannenbaum. Rob Turner will back up Nick Mangold at center.