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Are the New York Jets Relying Too Much on Their Rookies?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2006:  Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IMay 6, 2010

Unproven Players Being Asked to Play Integral Roles

The Jets' recent draft consisted of four players: a cornerback, an offensive lineman, a running back and a fullback. Four positions most teams need to fill and the four players most may have taken to fill them.

Nothing out of the ordinary here, on the surface, that is.

CB Kyle Wilson was too good a bargain to pass up with the 29th pick. Mike Tannenbaum (above) had to take him. The fact that he is a Jersey kid doesn't hurt, either.

Wilson will be the third CB behind Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. He will play in certain packages as well as spell those veterans. It is arguably the best three-man CB tandem in the league.

The team's fifth-round pick, FB John Conner of Kentucky, was a need selection to replace Tony Richardson, who will turn 39 in December. The Jets are still considered a running team and Conner will be relied upon to spearhead the effort.

Second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse and fourth-round selection Joe McKnight are in Florham Park as victims of circumstance.

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