A look at the players the New York Jets selected in the 2011 NFL Rookie Draft.
1. Muhammed Wilkerson…DE…Temple…6’4, 308 lbs.
Wilkerson led Temple in tackles for a loss (13) as well as quarterback pressures. He is capable of playing both the interior line position as well as end in the 3-4 scheme. He has underrated quickness and a huge wingspan. The Jets expect him to penetrate the opposing backfield on a regular basis and to be a generally disruptive force.
2. Kenrick Ellis…NT…Hampton…6’5, 346 lbs.
A wide-bodied run stuffer who earned All-American honors after tallying 94 tackles his senior year, Ellis could significantly aid the Jets’ ability to contain opposing offenses. However, a felony assault charge hangs over his head currently. If he manages to escape punishment, Ellis could eventually develop into a “Williams Wall” force in the league.
3. Bilal Powell…RB…Louisville…5’10, 207 lbs.
Powell’s selection means the Jets may have some concerns about Joe McKnight’s ability to develop into an effective complement to Shonn Greene as they both boast the same skill set. He’s a tough runner who hits the hole hard and falls forward consistently. His work ethic may endear him to Rex Ryan early.
4. Jeremy Kerley…WR/KR….TCU…5’10, 185 lbs.
Kerley was drafted to replace Brad Smith if the latter ends up being a free agent. He doesn’t quite have Smith’s level of versatility, but he does possess excellent speed and underrated receiving ability. He is also capable of handling the quarterback position during gadget plays.
5. Greg McElroy…QB…Alabama…6’2, 200 lbs.
Though he is a highly cerebral player, McElroy doesn’t possess the ideal size nor the arm strength to be an NFL starter. However, he is a very capable game-manager and could provide a solid backup presence behind Mark Sanchez.
6. Scotty McKnight…WR…Colorado…5’11, 182 lbs.
McKnight is a project receiver who is a personal friend of Mark Sanchez. He doesn;t excel in any one particular area and may be a candidate for the practice squad
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Written by Frank Mazzola