The 2011 NFL draft starts on April 28th and it's expected to be one of the deepest in talent that's been seen in quite a while. From Auburn's Cameron Newton to LSU's Patrick Peterson, this year's draft is full of potential NFL superstars.
Jets fans may not be too excited with the 30th pick in the first round, but, with such a bevy of talent throughout the 2011 NFL draft class, Gang Green could select a future superstar of their own. From safety Rahim Moore to wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, the Jets will most likely start their first-round pick from the very beginning of the season.
With less than two weeks until the 2011 NFL draft, take a look at the top 10 moves that the New York Jets could make with the 30th overall pick.
Weight: 251 pounds
2009: Recorded 69 total tackles (48 solo, 21 assisted), three sacks, two forced fumbles, four interceptions and two touchdowns
2010: Recorded 68 total tackles (45 solo, 23 assisted), four sacks and two interceptions
Throughout his career Akeem Ayers was on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player, as well as the Rotary Lombardi Award, which is presented to the nation's top lineman. Ayers has proven he can be consistent, recording very similar numbers over the past two seasons. Throughout three seasons with the UCLA Bruins, Ayers recorded a total of 177 tackles, two fumbles forced, 11 sacks, six interceptions and two touchdowns.
Weight: 212 pounds
2009: Carried the ball 293 times for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns; 16 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown
2010: Made 110 rushing attempts for 477 yards and nine touchdowns; 10 receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown
Ryan Williams announced that he would declare for the NFL draft after his sophomore season on January 9th. Williams was named a third-team All-American in 2009 by Sporting News, and rushed for a school-record of 1,655 yards the same year. As one of the most talented running backs in the draft this year, Williams could be a steal for the Jets with the 30th overall pick.
LaDainian Tomlinson has been spectacular for Gang Green, but the aging legend has his days numbered. Alongside Shonn Greene, Williams would be the perfect replacement for Tomlinson in the future and would also be quite useful in certain packages.
Weight: 267 pounds
2008: Recorded 56 total tackles (32 solo, 24 assisted), seven sacks, one forced fumble and one interception
2009: Recorded 66 total tackles (42 solo, 24 assisted), 12 sacks and two forced fumbles
2010: Recorded 70 total tackles (50 solo, 20 assisted), 13 sacks and one forced fumble
Last season, Ryan Kerrigan led the nation with 26 tackles for a loss, becoming virtually impossible for opponents to block, even when facing double-team scenarios. Todd McShay has Kerrigan going 18th to the New England Patriots, saying "Kerrigan is probably higher on our board than on most others, but very few players with his touchiness, pass-rushing savvy, a nonstop motor and passion for the game fail to contribute in the NFL."
Weight: 174 pounds
2009: Made 79 receptions for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns; attempted 15 rushing attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns
2010: Recorded 71 receptions for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns; made 14 rushing attempts for 94 yards and one touchdown
Titus Young has proven to be extremely reliable and consistent over his stay at Boise State. With uncertainty surrounding who's staying and who's leaving at the wide receiver position, Young could be a valuable target for Mark Sanchez to have.
Weight: 288 pounds
2009: Recorded 32 total tackles (18 solo, 14 assisted) and seven sacks
2010: Recorded 46 total tackles (22 solo, 24 assisted) and seven sacks
While at Miami, Bailey exhibited great versatility and elite interior pass-rushing skills. Bailey will add some depth and a young spirit to this already impressive defense.
Weight: 298 pounds
2009: Recorded 36 tackles (15 solo, 21 assisted) and two sacks
2010: Recorded 63 total tackles (29 solo, 34 assisted) and five sacks
Corey Liuget is an explosive defensive threat that has consistently clogged up the middle for his defense. Once Liuget gets adjusted to the professional level, he will be one of the best defensive tackles in the National Football League.
Weight: 228 pounds
2009: Recorded 57 receptions 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns
2010: Recorded 53 receptions for 822 yards and five touchdowns
With Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes being free agents, Jonathan Baldwin could be the perfect replacement for either of the two. Baldwin would add a big target as a deep threat to the Jets offense and be a huge help to Mark Sanchez, who has yet to have a receiver of his liking.
Weight: 192 pounds
2009: Recorded 31 total tackles (21 solo, 10 assisted), two sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions
2010: Recorded 45 total tackles (30 solo, 15 assisted), one sack and two forced fumbles
Throughout his three seasons with the Longhorns, Williams recorded a total of 89 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions, five fumbles forced and a touchdown. Although the Jets have some talented cornerbacks, if Aaron Williams is still around at pick No. 30, don't be surprised if Rex Ryan and Co. decide to scoop him up.
Weight: 285 pounds
2009: Recorded 43 total tackles (22 solo, 21 assisted), three sacks and two forced fumbles
2010: Recorded 45 total tackles (20 solo, 25 assisted) and six sacks
Stephen Paea has shown superb quickness for his size and has a seemingly nonstop motor. Paea also has a unique passion and knowledge for the game, and it has been rumored that he may be moved to DE depending on the team that selects him. Paea would be a great fit for the Jets at either defensive end or defensive tackle, with Kris Jenkins no longer on the team.
Weight: 196 pounds
2009: Recorded 45 total tackles (34 solo, 11 assisted), one sack and 10 interceptions
2010: Recorded 77 total tackles (51 solo, 26 assisted) and one interception
Rahim Moore is the most talented safety entering the 2011 NFL draft, and is very likely to be selected in the late first round. Moore has proven to be excellent in deep-zone coverage throughout his college career, which should help him to make a fast transition at the pro level. Moore is the ideal pick for the New York Jets with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 draft, with the need for a playmaker at safety.