April 16, 2008


Jets on Track To Score Big Prize at NFL Draft (MICHAEL DAVID SMITH, April 16, 2008, NY Sun)

The Jets fans who will pack Radio City Music Hall for the NFL draft on April 26 can be assured of one thing: They'll see something interesting.

After a dull, disappointing season on the field in 2007, the 2008 draft is full of intrigue and excitement for the Jets. The NFL has invited six prospects to attend the draft in person, and the Jets, picking sixth, will almost certainly choose one of them. The six players — a Louisiana State University defensive tackle, Glenn Dorsey; an Ohio State defensive end, Vernon Gholston; a University of Virginia defensive end, Chris Long; a University of Michigan offensive tackle, Jake Long; a University of Arkansas running back, Darren McFadden, and a Boston College quarterback, Matt Ryan — are all well-regarded enough as prospects that none are likely to be passed over by a dozen or more teams, as Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was last year. With 10 days to go before the draft, it appears that the only way the Jets would decline to select one of those top six players is if Ryan were the only one available when the Jets' pick came. Having a quarterback as the best player available would be the worst-case scenario for the Jets, because they're ready to head into the 2008 season with Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington as their quarterbacks.

For coach Eric Mangini and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, all of the other five players could make an immediate contribution to the Jets as rookies. But the best-case scenario would be drafting McFadden, the one player on the board who has the potential to instantly transform their team.

...the Pats won't waste cap room by using a pick at #7 when they can trade out and get the same player in Round 7.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2008 8:38 AM
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