Jets Should Take Terp at 17

Dan TroisiContributor IApril 24, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 13:  Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #8 of the Maryland Terrapins evades Eric Wicks #41 of the West Virginia Mountaineers after making a reception during the 1st quarter of the game on September 13, 2007 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


When was the last time you turned on SportsCenter and saw a member of Gang Green in a "Top 10" play?

Exactly.

In today's NFL, the element of a game-changing, dynamic athletic freak is so valuable. Players of these kind are rare, but can account for at least two or three wins per year, by themselves.

Think of Devin Hester, Steve Smith, and Adrian Peterson. All these guys who teams build their game-plans around, and have game-altering, eye-popping skills.

Another name to soon add to this list is Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey.

It has been widely speculated that the Jets will choose between Kansas State QB Josh Freeman, Georgia running back Knoshon Moreno, Florida WR Percy Harvin, or Darrius Heyward-Bey with their first round pick.

At 17, the Jets would be foolish to pass up on a playmaking receiver like Heyward-Bey.

Heyward-Bey may not have the impressive stats of Crabtree, Nicks, or Harvin, but he didn't exactly have Joe Montana throwing him the ball. For two seasons in College Park, he took signals from the likes of Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner. Who? Exactly.

A 6'3" 200 lb athletic freak, with 4.3 speed and a 38 and a half inch vertical, Heyward-Bey is exactly what the Jets lack.

With two Pro Bowlers already lined up in the backfield, it makes sense to go for the wideout, and Heyward-Bey is the man at 17.