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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jets take Kerley in fifth

By Rich Cimini

PLAYER: Jeremy Kerley
SCHOOL: Texas Christian
POSITION: Wide receiver
HEIGHT: 5-9
WEIGHT: 188

Pick: Fifth round (No. 153 overall)

What it means: The Jets liked Kerley enough to trade up eight spots in the fifth round, swapping with the Eagles. The Jets gave up their fifth-rounder (161) and sixth-rounder (194) and received a seventh (227) in return. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer got a look at Kerley just recently, when he went to Texas to work out QB Andy Dalton, who threw to Kerkey in the drills. With Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith headed to free agency, the Jets needed to address the receiver position.

How he fits into the offensive scheme: With his size, Kerley will be a slot receiver, joining Jerricho Cotchery in that role. Kerley’s numbers at TCU were pedestrian; his career highs came last season -- 56 catches and 575 yards. But he did have 10 touchdowns, so you know he has a nose for the end zone. He isn't a burner (4.59 in the 40), but he's more quick than fast.

Projected impact: Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff is one happy man. Kerley returned punts and kickoffs at TCU, and the Jets are looking for a punt returner. They may need a kickoff returner, too, if Smith leaves via free agency. As a receiver, Kerley will need to develop because he played in a spread offense and had a limited route tree.