New York Jets 2008 NFL Draft Grade
Two solid picks in Vernon Gholston and Dustin Keller headline New York's draft class. Gholston is a freak in the mold of DeMarcus Ware from Dallas. He is a prototype of what you look for in a 3-4 outside linebacker. Look out quarterbacks, young Gholston is coming after you. Expect explosive pass rushing off the edge; his weakness is surely his inability at stopping the run. He will learn as his potential is just scratching the surface.

Dustin Keller is a wide receiver stuck in a tight end’s body. He isn't much of a blocker but that will come with good coaching. For now watch him tear up the middle of the field and become a favorite target for the stable of Jets Quarterbacks. Bringing us to Eric Ainge from Tennessee - he's an experienced player from the SEC who rarely wowed people in the south, but never disappointed. He is a solid prospect that doesn't make many mistakes and can manage a game. At worst he is a quality career backup but we shall just wait and see.


The Jets found Jericho Cotchery a couple of years ago late in the draft and hope to have done the same this time around. Marcus Henry is this year’s sleeper. Henry is very coachable and a good kid; he has a nice build at 6'4" and 210 pounds. He has good upside but needs to turn on the mean streak. Every receiver needs an attitude or confidence factor; once he turns it on he could be quite productive. 

Round 1 (6) – Vernon Gholston – DE – 6’4” 258 – Ohio State 

Round 1 (30) – Dustin Keller – TE – 6’3” 242 – Purdue 

Round 4 (113) – Dwight Lowery – CB – 6’1” 185 – San Jose State 

Round 5 (162) – Erik Ainge – QB – 6’6” 225 – Tennessee 

Round 6 (171) – Marcus Henry – WR – 6’4” 207 – Kansas 

Round 7 (211) – Nate Garner – OT – 6’6” 334 – Arkansas

New York Jets – Draft Grade – C+

By T. Lewis,
May 7, 2008