The morning after the Jets selected North Carolina pass rusher Quinton Coples
with the No. 16 pick in the first round, here are a few nuggets of what transpired behind the scenes.
The Daily News has learned that Gang Green was in love with Alabama safety Mark Barron
and would have made an aggressive attempt to trade up for him if he slipped past the No. 10 pick. As it turned out, the Buccaneers grabbed Barron at No. 7 after trading down with the Jaguars.
The Jets were also looking to trade down. Coples was the highest rated
player remaining on the Jets' board, but if he was gone and they couldn't pull off a trade, Stanford guard David deCastro
would be been the pick.
The Steelers drafted DeCastro at No. 24. It wouldn't have been a sexy
selection, but one Jets' official described DeCastro as "a poor man's (Steve) Hutchinson."
The Jets gave South Carolina's Melvin Ingram
, who was rumored to be on their short list, a late first-round grade.