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Rex Ryan expects top rookies to start

Updated: April 29, 2012, 12:42 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The fourth draft of the Rex Ryan era produced two immediate starters and one typically bold prediction from the New York Jets' coach.

After picking four defensive players -- one more than in the previous three drafts combined -- Ryan was in such in an upbeat mood on Saturday that he said he expects his fifth-ranked defense to climb to No. 1.

"I don't want to put any undue expectations on our team," he said, smiling, "so I'm going to expect to lead ...

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