Kerrigan, Houston highlight prospect visits

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — On the fourth day of hosting potential collegiate prospects, the Jets brought out the big guns. Purdue’s DE Ryan Kerrigan and Georgia’s OLB Justin Houston headlined a linebacker heavy pack of players Thursday at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility. Three other linebackers, Martez Wilson (Illinois), Sam Acho (Texas) and Elijah “Peanut” Joseph (Temple), joined the two surefire first round picks as well as Tennessee WR Denarius Moore.

Kerrigan was just highlighted in the Meet the Prospects segment early Friday morning and may be the most promising player to come through the Jets practice facility thus far. Labeled as a early-to-mid first-round pick, he may be to costly for the Jets to trade up for. With the shorten free agency period and the amount of free agents the Jets must sign, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum may look to the draft to re-tool as this year is loaded with talent in the first three rounds.

David Harris may have some company at the linebacker position next season, as the Jets invited out five potential linebacking prospects today to their practice facilities. (JetsInsider.com Photo.)

I believe the man-crush I have on Justin Houston has been well acknowledged to this point. To be quite frank about, I think he’s all that and a bag of a potato chips. Yes…I went there. My corniness aside for a moment, he has potential to match production and has been projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick. ‘Nuff said.

Illinois’ inside linebacker Wilson has first-round potential but he missed the entire 2009 season with a neck injury. His 4.49 40-time was the fastest for his position at the Combine. He has good overall instincts and awareness with outstanding production as a run defender and part-time pass rusher. Has strong hands, upper-body strength and big-hit ability as a tackler. Shows the ability to rush from inside or the edge. So the possibility is there to convert him to an outside linebacker. The main concerns regarding Wilson are his durability issues, liability in man-to-man coverage and inconsistency on wrapping up would-be tacklers. Martez Wilson Illinois Highlights

Should the Jets decide the need for a nose tackle is more pressing than an outside rusher (which I wouldn’t tend to agree with), Wilson should be available in the late second-early third rounds.

Thus far the Jets have used 20 of their 30 out-of-region prospect invites.

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