2011 NFL Draft - New York Jets
Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson
Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson
Posted Apr 30, 2011

NY Jets - AFC East, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

New York Jets

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 NY Jets Draft Breakdown

First Round 
DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple 6-4, 315 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 30 CFN Overall Ranking: 112

He'd be a slight bit of a reach for almost anyone else, but for the Rex Ryan defense he's a terrific pick who should blow up on the inside. A replacement for Kris Jenkins was needed, and Ryan got an ultra-athletic prospect who'll be asked to produce from the moment he steps on the field. He's not necessarily going to be an anchor, but he has the skills to be tremendously productive when surrounded by a ton of talent.

While his production mostly came in MAC play, he was ultra-productive and ultra-reliable as the anchor of a very good Temple defense. With his size and bulk, he has the raw mass needed to sit in the middle someone's line, but he also has the tools and the quickness to get into the backfield and work as a 3-4 end if needed. Now he has to get better and go to work on coming up with more creative moves. He got by on simply having better skills than everyone he was facing, but that's not going to work at the next level. He needs coaching and needs technique work, and he'll probably be overdrafted in a strong class of tackles, but the potential and talent are undeniable.
CFN Projection: Second Round  

Third Round   
DT Kenrick Ellis, Hampton 6-5, 346
Overall Pick No. 94 CFN Overall Ranking: 139

It's a wee bit of a reach, but this is the exact pick for the exact team that needed to make it. The Jets needed its wide body for the inside of the defensive front, and while Muhammad Wilkerson is a good, quick tackle, Ellis is the thumper to wrok everything around. Rex Ryan has his inside precences for the next several years.

CFN Analysis: A massive, MASSIVE body who blocks out the sun, he's a true tackle who has the ideal size needed to stuff the interior and hold up when getting slammed by double teams. He'll have to show he can handle playing against the big boys on a regular basis after beating up players at the lower level, but he was good enough to start out at South Carolina. Booted after a slew of issues with drug tests, he has to prove he has the knucklehead streak kept under wraps and he has to prove that he wants to do all the little things needed to be great. In a draft full of great tackles he might not be worth the time and the patience if drafted too high, but it's hard to find bodies like his and it's hard to find players who can be as physical.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fourth Round   
RB Bilal Powell, Louisville 5-10, 207
Overall Pick No. 126 CFN Overall Ranking: 94

CFN Analysis: Productive once the Charlie Strong coaching staff took over, He's a tall, upright runner who likes to battle for every yard and has the quickness and the speed to turn nothing into a big gain. He was the Cardinal offense at times and showed a want-to as the featured star of the attack. There's nothing all that special about his game at an NFL level, but despite a rough start to his college career off the field, and a knee injury suffered late last year, there's still tread on the tires and he should be productive in a rotation for the next several years.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round    
WR Jeremy Kerley, TCU 5-9, 189
Overall Pick No. 153 CFN Overall Ranking: 132

CFN Analysis: A very good, very nice college player who turned into a killer of a home run hitter, the problem is that he's a smallish player who relies on a speed game, but without the speed. It's one thing to put a nail in Wyoming's coffin, but he's not fast enough make anything big happen on a regular basis in the NFL. He's quick and can be used as a return man, but he'll be a disappointing receiver who'll only be a No. 3.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round  

Seventh Round   
QB Greg McElroy, Alabama 6-2, 220
Overall Pick No. 208 CFN Overall Ranking: 167

CFN Analysis: There's no questioning his smarts, just missing out on becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and he's mega-tough, but he doesn't have a great arm and he has limited tools. A great leader who happened to be a perfect fit for a national title team, he was great at being a game manager - and not in a bad way - keeping the mistakes to a minimum. There's nothing there to think he can be a regular starter, but he could have a good career as a reliable backup.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round