Jets say “Hasta la vista” to Leon, draft fullback John Conner with fifth-rounder
The Jets have agreed to trade running back Leon Washington and their seventh-round pick (236) to the Seattle Seahawks, in exchange for Seattle’s fifth-round pick (139). The Jets used the 139th pick to select fullback John Conner out of Kentucky.
The move comes following the teams decision to trade up earlier in the draft and select USC running back Joe McKnight, with the eighth pick in the fourth-round. The addition of McKnight created a logjam at the running back position, with Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Leon Washington already under contract.
Washington, who is coming off a serious leg injury, did not figure in the Jets’ long-term plans, making him the odd man out.
Conner, the highest-rated fullback in the draft, figures to serve as the eventual successor to veteran Tony Richardson. The 5-foot-11, 246 pound Conner is considered to be a “throwback” at the position, excelling as an aggressive blocker and strong inside runner. In ‘09, he recorded 158 rushing yards on 13 attempts with 2 TD.
The former Wildcat posted solid numbers at the combine, benching 225 pounds 24 times, and completing the 20-yard shuttle run in 4.29 seconds.