Jets Rumors & News
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1125The Jets have six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and rumors say the franchise is interested in trading down from the 17th pick and selecting Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew. The Jets lack depth at TE and need someone who can block. If the Jets trade down they will likely acquire another pick that can help build depth at DE, WR or QB. The Jets have a history of drafting TE’s in the first round who have become busts (Anthony Becht, Kyle Brady and Johnny Mitchell).

The Jets are thin at TE and had to work out DE Kareem Brown at last week’s minicamp. The team has not replaced Chris Baker who was released as a salary cap casulaty. Pettigrew is 6’6″, 260 pounds and is labeled as the most complete TE in the draft. He is a tremendous blocker attributed to his large frame. He caught 42 balls for 472 yards last season. However he did not score a touchdown and missed three games due to an ankle injury. Pettigrew also faced legal trouble when he was  charged with felony assault of a police officer in February 2008. He received a deferred sentence and was put on probation.

Pettigrew ran a 4.82 at the combine which is very slow for his position. He lacks the speed to stretch the field and will have a hard time breaking away from linebackers and safeties in the NFL. While his legal troubles are behind him the Jets should not look past his character concerns. I belive the Jets should look at the top QB, DE, or WR before they select Pettigrew in the first round. Drafting a TE who is known for his blocking is not the direction they should be going.

Instead the Jets should look at South Carolina TE Jared Cook who wowed scouts at the combine. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has the 6’5″ 240 pound Gamecock going in the third round to the Bengals at pick 70. The Jets pick have the 49th pick in the second round and 79th pick in the third. If they can land Cook with one of these picks it would be more valuable than selecting Pettigrew in the first. Cook ran the second fastest 40 time (4.5) for a TE this decade. Cook also has a 41-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times. The Junior caught 37 balls for 573 yards and three touchdowns in 2008 and was named first-team All-Sec. Cook has not developed into a good blocker yet but he is an excellent athlete who can stretch the field along with second-year TE Dustin Keller. Keller had a productive rookie season for the Jets catching 48 balls for 535 yards and three TDs. He also had an impressive combine last year running the 40 in 4.55.

Pettigrew is the better blocker and fits more in the system because Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan wants to have a smash mouth running game. However, Cook is the superior talent who can turn into a good blocker and provide the Jets with another speedy target.

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