Who Will the Jets Get for Kerry Rhodes?

Zach BjornContributor IMarch 29, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Kerry Rhodes #25 of the New York Jets in action against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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On March 6, 2010, the Jets traded Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for a 4th round 2010 draft pick and a 2011 7th round draft pick. Rhodes, who was drafted in the 4th round, was a great, hard hitting safety, but has dropped in production, even getting benched. He seemed to not care anymore. His absence was quickly filled by Brodney Pool. The question is, who will the Jets use their new pick to draft? They have big needs at defensive end, rush OLB and wide receiver. Here are some options for the use of that pick.


Defensive End

C.J. Wilson(East Carolina) : After a great junior season, Wilson started to slow down during the 2009 season. However, he ended on a hot streak. He ran a blazing 4.75 40 at the combine, and bench pressed 32. He had 10.5 TFLs in his senior year, and 5.5 sacks. In his career, he has made 27 sacks (which is four more than Ndamukong Suh.)

Mike Neal(Purdue) :  Mike Neal is quite a versatile lineman, being able to play defensive end and defensive tackle. In his senior campaign, he managed 11.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks. He ran a 4.86 40 and managed 31 bench presses. He is also very consistent.


Rush OLB

Eric Norwood (South Carolina): Norwood is a pass rushing beast. He managed 29 sacks in his career. He is arguably the best pass rusher in the draft. He is a consistent producer, stat wise. He managed seven sacks and 11.5 TFLs. He ran a 4.67 40 at the combine.

Thaddeus Gibson (Ohio State): Gibson is a workout warrior. He is a 6-2, 243 OLB who runs a 4.58 40 and bench presses 32. He's a reach at 26 of the 4th round, because guys like Al Davis love workout warriors. However, if he is available to the Jets, they should consider him.

Antwan Barnes(RFA): See, I got you. Bet you weren't expecting a RFA. Well, the title states what the Jets can do with the pick. Barnes is a pass rushing specialist. He's coming off a low season, but he still managed three sacks.


Wide Receiver

Marcus Easley (Connecticut): Easley is a physically gifted but raw receiver. Standing at 6' 2", 210lbs he runs a 4.46 40 and a 10-3 broad jump. He may be the fastest big receiver ever. He was a walk-on coming in as a senior. He logged 48 receptions and 893 yards. He's unproven, but has a lot of upside.

Blair White (Michigan State): Blair White is a good pro-style receiver. Last season, he logged 70 receptions for 990 yards. He runs a 4.42 40 and is 6-2, 200lbs. He is a good fit for the Jets.

Looking at all these, I think the favorite is either Eric Norwood and C.J. Wilson. If I had to pick one, it would be Norwood. Hope you enjoyed my article. Post thy comments!