The New York Jets will continue to utilize its punishing offensive line as that remains their best asset. Mark Sanchez remains a work in progress and he will be the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. The Jets may need another developmental player behind him in case he does not show the growth they are hoping for but that would be a late round pick at best.
Shonn Greene hopes to emerge as the main ball carrier after splitting carries most of last season with LaDainlain Tomlinson when he was not able to establish himself early on in the season. Joe McKinght also impressed coaches with his lone start in the last game of the season in 2011 but he does not have the physical stature to hold up as more than a change of a pace back. The receiving core is wide open at this point with guys like Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards both free agents. Some talented youth would be a welcome addition to this team. New York's offense is based on a strong offensive line but there are not many holes there at this point. I will breakdown the New York Jets 2011 NFL Draft in this fantasy recap.
Round 4 (126th Overall) - Bilal Powell - RB
Powell gives the Jets another talented back to the team. Tomlinson could be gone within the next year or sooner so they will need a back-up to go along with Greene. Powell is not overly physical but is good in the zone blocking scheme and elusive in the open field. Greene is not a pass catcher so Powell has chances to play if he can outproduce Tomlinson and McKnight.
Round 5 (153rd Overall) - Jeremy Kerley - WR
Kerley has some play-making abilities to go along with good hands. He still has some work to do in his route running to get regular playing time. Kerley will likely get some early work in the return game and could battle for some playing time at the slot position.
Round 7 (208th Overall) - Greg McElroy - QB
McElroy is probably one of the smartest players drafted at the quarterback position in years. He will have no problem learning any offense but lacks the arm strength to be an NFL starter. McElroy can make the shorters throws and has always been a winner no matter where he has played but he only has the skills to be an NFL back-up.
Round 7 (227th Overall) - Scotty McKnight - WR
McKnight is a good route runner who lacks top end speed and athleticism. He is however very good friends with Mark Sanchez so that maybe worth something. His only chance for playing time would be at the slot position. McKnight is not likely to have much value but it will never hurt to keep an eye on him due to his close relationship with Sanchez.
The New York Jets picked up a few role players that may help in the future. The Jets wide receiver picture is cloudy without an current veterans under contract at this time but they are likely to make a play for a few different guys in free agency. None of their picks are likely to have much value this coming season. New York will need Sanchez to improve his play and make better decisions for this offense to take the next step. Shonn Greene will be a guy to keep an eye on if he can have better ball security and get things going early on. The offensive line has the talent to turn Greene into a fantasy star. Greene is probably the only consistent fantasy producer you can expect next season. It remains unclear who will actually be catching passing until the lockout ends so hard to find out who will standout. The only reliable pass catcher returning is Dustin Keller who will likely be a top 10 tight end if healthy.
Grade = C
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