I’ll be doing a series of posts each week, scouting the players the New York Jets selcted at April’s Rookie Draft.
Round 1 (29th overall pick):
Kyle Wilson- CB- Boise State
- He has excellent ball-hawking instincts
- He has quick feet and possesses the speed to stay with pretty much any eiver stride for stride
- He is not afraid of physical contact and can deliver a wallop
- While he can deliver hits, he is not physical enough with big receivers at the line of scrimmage.
- He is, at times, too aggressive and can lose track of his man while he looks for the play to develop
- Tends to give a bigger than necessary cushion to fast receivers, something that NFL offensive coordinators will look to exploit if the Jets’ coaches don’t fix it.
Analysis: Though Gang Green is already deep at the position with possibly the best shutdown cornerback in the league (Darrelle Revis) and another highly talented player across the field from him (Antonio Cromartie), Wilson just possessed too much talent for the Jets to pass on him when he was still available at the 29th slot. Their abundance of wealth in the defensive backfield will allow the youngster to learn the position at a reasonable pace without throwing him directly into the fire and destroying his confidence. That’sa good thing as he needs to learn how to read play-action passes better. Considering the Jets play in a division with two of the best quartebracks in the leagues who are masters of trickery (Peyton Manning and Tom Brady), this will be a valuable asset to learn for Wilson.
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Written by Frank Mazzola