New York Jets: 2014 NFL Round 7 Rapid Reaction
May, 10, 2014
By Rich Cimini | ESPN.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: Trevor Reilly, outside linebacker, Utah
My take: It took until the seventh round, but the Jets finally addressed their need at outside linebacker. Reilly has all the right measureables to be a 3-4 outside 'backer in Rex Ryan's base defense. He's 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and produced on the college level -- 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles-for-loss and 100 tackles last season.
So you're wondering, why did he last until the seventh round? Two reasons: Reilly is 26, having served a Mormon mission in Sweden. He also has knee issues. He underwent a knee scope that sidelined him for the all-star games, reportedly on the same right knee that required major surgery in 2012. So there you have it. He plays hard, but doesn't have the kind of explosion you want in an edge rusher.
Long-term project: The Jets are OK this season at outside linebacker, with Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace as starters and with Antwan Barnes coming off the bench in pass-rush situations -- assuming his surgically repaired knee is OK. Pace, 33, signed a two-year contract, but he's really year-to-year at this stage of his career. If Reilly beats the injury bug, he could be the heir apparent if he can ... you know, play at this level.