December 9, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars fullback Greg B. Jones (33) is defended by New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

A Look Back: The New York Jets 2010 Draft Class


A couple of days ago, we took a look back at the draft class from 2009, prompted by the fact that two out of the three draftees are no longer on the roster, and the one remaining player is some polarizing player named Mark Sanchez.

To bring you up to speed, I came up with a grade of “C”, mainly due to their accomplishments before leaving the roster this off-season.

One of our frequent readers wanted to hear my evaluation of other draft classes, including the 2010 draft class(the one he specifically mentioned).  I am always looking for topics to discuss during the off-season, and this is a particularly interesting one.

After they have been given a chance to develop, it is interesting to take a look back at draft picks, and see how they grade after getting their feet wet in the NFL.  So, we are going to start looking back at the recent draft classes, starting with, at the request of my devoted reader, the 2010 draft class.

This is an interesting class to try and grade, because, first of all, the team only had four picks, thanks to our good friend Tannenbaum.  Three of the four are still on the team, but none of them have played to the level of their pick, either because of underperformance, or not being given the chance.  For anyone who has forgotten, here is the class list, as it were:

RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 29 Kyle Wilson CB Boise State
2 61 Vladimir Ducasse T Massachusetts
4 112 Joe McKnight RB USC
5 139 John Conner RB Kentucky

Let’s talk about this crew. John Conner can be dismissed right away, as he never developed into the fullback that Rex Ryan hoped for, so the “Terminator”, got terminated. Vladimir Ducasse, well, what do we say about this guy? There have been moments since his selection that he could be charged with assault on Mark Sanchez. Yeah, great pick. Was there any reason for his choice, other than him attending U Mass, as did Tanny?

The two guys left are the ones that muddy the waters a bit. First, Joe McKnight. He has become a lethal kick returner, and a tough one, who played through ankle problems in 2012. When he has the opportunity to perform in the running back position, he performs well. His 6 yard per carry average says a lot. The problem is that the Jets don’t use him enough. We have been calling for him to get the ball in space for a long time, but yet he remains a backup.

And then we have Kyle Wilson. He does have 3 picks for his career, but as a first round pick, we have all expected more out of Kyle than he has given us to date. How many times have we watched him get beaten like a drum, to only see a bad pass go imcomplete, followed by Wilson finger wagging? Too many times to count. He gives to much of a cushion as well. QBs have a field day completeing passes in front of him.

As far as a grade, keep in mind, that I know that this is all not the player’s fault. Joe McKnight’s grade comes down because he hasn’t had the same opportunities. But, taking each player’s performance in a vaccumm, I have to give this draft class a D.

What do you guys think? And thanks for the idea, the reader who brought it up knows who he is.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    this draft is kinda hard to really grade due to the trading of picks and players, both incoming and outgoing – holmes, edwards, sheppard, rhodes, washington, stuckey and i’m forgetting someone. maybe marty can find a way to use mcnight better. i’m sure the butter fingers is an issue but if coughlin could cure tiki i would hope someone can cure mcnight before it’s too late. if that happens i would think it could raise the grade a notch. as it stands now i think d is fair, maybe generous.

    • TheJetPress

      Agreed Matr…..It was an odd class to grade due to all of the maneurving around of players. And definitely if McKnight is used better, the grade could go up. I have never found butter fingers to be something you are stuck with, it can be fixed.
      Thanks for reading as always, and thanks for suggesting the topic, even if it was by accident!

  • Korwil

    I’m going to give it a C- so far. Wilson has played a lot since year 1, and has been pretty solid in the past couple years. However, Ducasse has been kind of disappointing and I don’t think we’ve used Joe McKnight well. Hard to have a great draft when you only have 4 picks.

    I think if Joe McKnight is healthy and can address his issues with fumbling, he can definitely be a very good playmaker. I think he has more upside than a guy like Woodhead but he just has not been used effectively outside the return game.

    That draft did not have much to offer on offense outside of the first couple rounds. Most RB selected after McKnight haven’t been exactly big impact players to this point.

    • TheJetPress

      Fair points on all fronts Korwil. A lot of people, my wife included, love Danny Woodhead, but I am with you, Joe is much more explosive, has a way higher upside.

      I have not been a fan of how Kyle Wilson has performed but I am willing to give him another shot to get better. He had better stop that finger wagging though.