With just two days left before the draft kicks off on Thursday evening, SI.com draft analyst and DraftInsider.net publisher Tony Pauline checks in with JetsInsider.com with the latest word on what the Jets are doing and where they may be headed in the first few rounds of the draft.
- Wondering who could be the surprise pick for the New York Jets? Familiarize yourself with the name of Maurkice Pouncey, the center/guard from the Florida Gators. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan has told people the Jets would pounce on Pouncey were he to slide to the 29th selection, which is very unlikely to happen. Pouncey could be selected as early as the 11th pick which is owned by the Denver Broncos and is unlikely to get past the Pittsburgh Steelers at 18.
- The Washington Redskins have been shopping Albert Haynesworth the past few weeks and both sides hope a deal is done this week. Reports have inferred the New York Jets could be in the mix to trade for Haynesworth but we can tell you the big defensive lineman has told people he wants no part of playing for a 3-4 defense. The Jets may look another direction late in the draft. The team brought Georgia defensive lineman Kade Weston in for a visit recently. They like his athleticism and upside, as do we, and the Jets think Weston is a solid late round choice/developmental prospect. Weston has also visited with the Houston Texans.
- DE Jason Worilds is another player receiving a lot of interest from the New York Jets. Besides New York Worilds been on visits to see the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots besides working out with the Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. Yet it was his visit with the Jets that really stood out to Worilds. He spent a significant amount of his time meeting with head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, both impressing the Virginia Tech junior.
- Cornerback Kareem Jackson has been a busy man recently. He’s had workouts with the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals but the three teams to keep an eye on are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets. If neither of the top interior offensive lineman are available when the Steelers pick at 18 (Lupati or Pouncey) the Steelers could look to Jackson. Prior to the draft we reported that Jackson was preparing for the combine with Donnie Henderson, recently named defensive back coach for the Cardinals. The team will be looking for secondary help and Henderson has been pulling for Jackson. Finally, the New York sports media wrote several articles about Rex Ryan attending Alabama’s pro-day workout on March 10th to watch defensive lineman Terrence Cody. We can tell you the team was on hand primarily to see Jackson. The Jets not only brought Jackson in for an official visit and traveled to Alabama to privately workout the athletic cornerback, but general manager Mike Tannenbaum had dinner with Jackson the night before ‘Bama’s pro-day.
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