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Sunday, May 1, 2011
McShay, Kiper assess Jets draft

By By Rich Cimini

The draft is done, and it's report-card/evaluation time. Generally speaking, the Jets' draft received favorable reviews from ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Jr. Here is what they posted (Insider content):

McShay on the Jets:

Best move: Drafting Muhammad Wilkerson

The Jets got good value at No. 30 and Wilkerson is a prefect fit for Rex Ryan's three-man defensive front. Wilkerson can play the role of a two-gap space eater and also has the ability to get pass-rush pressure. He can also line up as a nose tackle, a traditional defensive tackle and as a 3-4 end. That versatility should give the Jets a lot of flexibility up front, especially with Shaun Ellis nearing the end of his career.

Most questionable move: Bilal Powell at No. 126

I like Powell as a player, and New York needed another option if Joe McKnight doesn't pan out because LaDainian Tomlinson is at the end of his career. However, they could have had a much more versatile back in Johnny White, who went 133rd but graded out significantly higher.

Kiper on the Jets:

Summary: The Jets needed help at both defensive end spots up front in their 3-4, and did a great job adding talent with their first two picks. Wilkerson could be one of the bigger steals of the first round, a player I maintain is a 2012 top-10 pick who was a really good value in 2011. He is a load at nearly 320 pounds, capable of taking on blocks and causing problems in the backfield. Ellis also is a good player, a dominant player against average competition who could respond well to Rex Ryan's coaching. (Jeremy) Kerley fills a need for depth at wideout. (Greg) McElroy might be a really good backup quarterback for the Jets. You want a backup who knows the playbook, and that won't be a problem for him. The Jets didn't have the picks to find an outside linebacker who can help, and that's a need they'll need to address in free agency.

Needs: B-
Value: B+
Overall: B