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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Jets draft Mark Sanchez's boyhood buddy

By Tim Graham

The New York Jets are committed to adding Mark Sanchez's former teammates to the roster.

They drafted USC running back Joe McKnight last year and, when the Miami Dolphins waived receiver Patrick Turner, the Jets claimed Sanchez's top USC target.

Saturday afternoon, the Jets drafted Sanchez's high school buddy.

They used their seventh-round choice on Sanchez's best friend, Colorado receiver Scotty McKnight (no relation to Joe McKnight). Sanchez was with him when the Jets called.

"Are you kidding me?" McKnight said on a conference call with reporters. "I'm teaming up with a great organization, a great team and being together with my childhood buddy who I grew up with. We have never played on the same team together. We've just always been chained together.

"It's a dream come true. It's cool. I'm just ready to make the most out of the opportunity."

Sanchez and Scotty McKnight grew up in the same neighborhood, played Pop Warner football together and were ball boys for Santa Margarita High in California, but they ended up attending different high schools.

Scotty McKnight was a 5-foot-10 walk-on at Colorado but left as the school's all-time leading receiver with 215 catches and 22 touchdowns. He's a possession receiver who projects to the slot.

Sanchez attended a couple Colorado games last year and was the quarterback at its pro day in March.