Wilkerson, Taylor visit Jets today
FLORHAM PARK, NJ — This week marks the start of collegiate players being allowed to visit NFL teams and the Jets have a huge pair of prospects visiting the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Monday, according to NewYorkJets.com. Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and Baylor’s Phil Taylor both are projected as mid-to-low first-round picks.
As per NFL rules, each team is allowed 30 visits from collegiate players. The exception is if the player is within the team’s metropolitan area. In addition to Taylor and Wilkerson (who isn’t apart of the 30 players being from Linden, NJ), the Jets will welcome safeties Jaiquawn Jarrett (Temple Univeristy, Fort Hamilton HS – Brooklyn, NY) and Joe Lefeged (Rutgers University, Germantown, MD).
Jarrett is a legitimate option for the Jets third-round selection (94th overall). A four-year starter for the Owls, Jarrett is a big reason for their turnaround from going 1-11 in his freshman year in 2007. At 6-foot 200 pounds, he has good size to go with a good speed (4.62 40 time) for the free safety position. He’s a good hitter for his size and does a good job of wrapping after contact and driving legs forward. Has experience blitzing from five to ten yards deep and appears to be a versatile defensive back, could play multiple positions in the NFL; has enough speed and quickness to cover slot receivers and is tall enough to cover tight ends down the middle of the field in man coverage. Also plays the run very well while being extremely active in run defense. Jaiquawn Jarrett Temple Owls Highlights
Lefeged’s size and speed make him a viable option at 94 as well. However it is his special teams abilities — mostly on kickoff returns — that may make him a bit more appetizing for the Jets. With both Antonio Cromartie and Brad Smith being restricted free agents, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum might have the tough decision of letting some of the big names go. With a 4.42 40 time and the ability to cover tights ends and slot receivers well in man coverage, Lefeged may provide the versatility Rex Ryan loves in his players. His inconsistency, particularly in helping stuff the run, is what might keep him out of a Jets uniform. Joe Lefeged NFL Combine Highlights
In addition the aforementioned players, a trio of out-of-state offensive linemen will be visiting the Jets as well: Ray Dominguez, OL, Arkansas, Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock, and Jah Reid, T, Central Florida.