You really can’t accuse the Jets of not going for it.
With the 29th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Jets went with, in their minds, the best player available: CB Kyle Wilson of Boise State.
It is also no coincidence how the Jets lost the AFC Championship Game last year to the Colts. Without a more complete secondary, Peyton Manning tore Gang Green up and with it, its super bowl hopes.
No more. The drafting of Wilson who Ryan says will start immediately in the nickel back alongside Revis and Cromartie will give the Jets a powerful secondary ready to take on Manning.
Wilson is an aggressive CB who will fit it with Ryan’s attitude, and will reportedly return punts as well. Some experts had Wilson as the top CB in the draft with his quick-feet and playmaking ability and potential to start immediately in the NFL as a punt returner.
It’s interesting to note that with the signing of Jason Taylor, the Jets didn’t immediately need a OLB to rush the QB. The fact that OLB Sergio Kindle wasn’t picked and was available at 29 must have a been a must see moment in the Jets war room. Without Taylor, it is possible the Jets would have taken Kindle.
“This guy was rated over those players and we felt good about this,” said GM Mike Tannenbaum, who feared the Browns would take Wilson. “The board and the need aligned. From our perspective, that’s a dream scenario.”
Born May 30, 1987 (22) in Piscataway, NJ
CB, Boise State
5’10″, 194 lbs.
Note: If you look at SI.Com’s analysis of every pick, they are surprised that Wilson didn’t go earlier to several teams, like Cleveland at 7, the 49ers at 17, the Steelers at 18 and the Texans at 20.