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Saturday, May 14, 2011
Jets get love from Rick Reilly in re-drafts

By Rich Cimini

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)