Jets land Kerley to replace Brad Smith?

The New York Jets are quietly putting together a nice little draft.

Muhammad Wilkerson was drafted to replace Shaun Ellis. Kenrick Ellis was drafted to replace Kris Jenkins. And now, Jeremy Kerley has been drafted to replace Brad Smith.

With the 153rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Jets selected Kerley, WR out of Texas Christian.

The Jets traded up in the fifth round with the Philadelphia Eagles to select Kerley.  Giving up their 5th and 6th and receiving the Eagles 5th and 7th, Kerley could prove to be a key slot receiver for the team this year.

In addition, Kerley returned punts and kickoffs at TCU, something Mike Westhoff should enjoy.

In four seasons, Kerley accumulated 3,910 all-purpose yards, and was one of three finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in the country.

“While he’s a very talented young man, he also has football intelligence, which allows you to do different things with him,” TCU co-offensive coordinator Jarrett Anderson told last December. “You can kind of just throw him in there. He can figure it out on the fly.

“Obviously he is incredible at change of direction. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and make the tough catch. He’s got great ball skills, all those sorts of things, which adds a great element that we can sit in the staff room and say, what do we want to do today with Jeremy?”

“I’m definitely a special-teams guy,” Kerley said in a conference call with reporters. “I know that my special-teams ability is definitely what makes me the player than I am.”  Kerley added that he styles his game after Dante Hall.

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