|New York Jets 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple (6-4, 315);
3 - Kenrick Ellis (6-5, 346);
4 - Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville (5-10, 207);
5 - Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU (5-9, 189);
7 - Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama (6-2, 220);
7 - Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado (5-10, 182)
Top Picks Analysis: The Jets viewed upgrading the defensive line the top priority in this draft and used their first two selections to nab potential starters for their 3-4 front. Wilkerson has terrific length and is surprisingly agile for a man his size, making him an enticing prospect as a five-technique end. His addition could signal the end of free agent Shaun Ellis' long tenure with the team. Kenrick Ellis' upside as a space-eating nose tackle is also considerable, as he can get off the ball quickly and is tough for opposing linemen to move. The South Carolina transfer's main issues come off the field, having been dismissed from the Gamecocks' program for a number of rules violations. Powell is a powerful inside runner who put himself on scouts' radar with an outstanding senior season, but needs to show he's not a one-year wonder.
Best Value Pick: McElroy doesn't have the size or arm strength teams look for in a starting quarterback, but he's incredibly smart, experienced and a proven winner. He'll have a long career in the league as a capable backup.
We Question Why: The Jets spent a pick on Powell, a less talented version of Shonn Greene. Have they already given up on last year's fourth-rounder, Joe McKnight?
Summary: Both defensive linemen are promising players and McElroy could be a valued understudy to Mark Sanchez, but two other prime needs -- finding an impact edge rusher and adding depth to the offensive line -- were ignored.
FINAL GRADE: C