With less than two weeks before the NFL draft, the Jets have brought 25 prospects for visits to their Florham Park facility, according to team announcements. Of the two dozen, 16 are defensive players, an indication this could be a defensive-minded draft -- which, of course, would shock no one.
More visitors could be on the way. Each team is allowed 30 non-local visits.
UPDATE: DT Corey Liuget (Illinois) also visited, sources said. His name wasn't on the list released by the Jets.
Here's a breakdown by position (potential first rounders are linked):
Running back: Bilal Powell (Louisville)
Wide receiver: Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Edmond Gates (Abilene Christian), Denarius Moore (Tennessee),
Tight end: Martell Webb (Michigan),
Offensive tackle: Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin), Ray Dominguez (Arkansas), Jah Reid (Central Florida),
Center: Brandon Fusco (Slippery Rock)
Defensive tackle: Phil Taylor (Baylor), Kendrick Ellis (Hampton), Sione Fua (Stanford)
Defensive end: Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple).
Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Akeem Ayers (UCLA), Justin Houston (Georgia), Sam Acho (Texas), Dontay Moch (Nevada)
Inside linebacker: Martez Wilson (Illinois), Elijah "Peanut" Joseph (Temple), Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa)
Safety: Jaiquawn Jarrett (Temple),
Cornerback: Jimmy Smith (Colorado), Chykie Brown (Texas), Josh Thomas (Buffalo),
The Jets own picks in the first (30th overall), third (94), fourth (126), fifth (161), sixth (194) and seventh (208) rounds in the upcoming draft. Previously, we broke down the history of 208, 194 and 161. Now it's down to 126.
The fourth round has been kind to the Jets. In recent years, they've drafted Leon Washington, Kerry Rhodes and Jerricho Cotchery in Round 4. In those days, the fourth round started off Day 2 of the draft, allowing teams to tweak their draft board and rethink their strategy overnight. Clearly, the Jets took advantage of that break. Under the current format, Day 3 kicks off with the fourth round.
The last five drafts at 126:
2010: DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Cowboys
2009: LB Slade Norris, Raiders
2008: WR Lavalle Hawkins, Titans
2007: DB Dashon Goldson, 49ers
2006: LB Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
Analysis: Aside from having some pretty unusual first names, the story in this group is Dumervil, an undersized pass rusher (5-11) who has become one of the best in the league. He already has 43 career sacks, and he missed 2010 due to a pre-season injury. Fourth-round picks don't turn out much better than Dumervil. Goldson started every game the last two seasons and, as a free agent, could garner fairly significant interest. Hawkins has only 19 career catches in three seasons and Owusu-Ansah played a bit role last season for the Cowboys. Norris washed out with the Raiders, getting cut after his first training camp. A fourth-round pick has to be pretty bad to get cut that quickly.
Jets' history at 126: Only one player, and he turned out to be a pretty good one ... but not for the Jets. Typical, right? WR Tony Martin was No. 126 in 1989 (it was the fifth round), a former QB at Mesa College who developed into a very good receiver. He played 10 years for the Dolphins, Chargers and Falcons, and finished with 593 receptions for 9,065 yards, including four 1,000-yard seasons.