Corner Blitz!April 22, 2010
With the 29th overall pick, the New York Jets selected Boise State corner Kyle Wilson. The Piscataway native is pegged as an aggressive cornerback with superior ball skills and was rated a top 15 player on most draft boards. As Rex Ryan’s former boss Ozzie Newsome put it, “Rex can never have enough corners.”
I’ll admit, I really knew nothing about this guy and laughed at the Jets fans cheering at the selection. Like the Giants fans giving their pick a standing O, how many of you have actually seen these guys play? Please sit your ass down and stop coming off as frauds.
Back to Wilson who had 11 interceptions at Boise State and returned three punts for scores during his career. He became a starter in the second half of his freshman season and helped lead Boise State to a Fiesta Bowl victory over TCU to cap his college career. Wilson is touted as an aggressive playmaker who reads receivers well. He also is extremely fast with an “explosive closing burst.” As a tackler, he’s already being compared to Troy Polamalu.
According to one scout, “Wilson put every other corner to shame at the combine.”
Even with the acquisition of Cromartie, Rex needs as many defensive backs as possible to effectively execute his blitzing schemes. Kyle Wilson appears to be a steal for the Jets at 29, and will improve an already stacked defense.
Welcome to Gang Green!
Random fact- Kyle Wilson was High School teammates with Malcolm Jenkins (Saints first-round last year) and Anthony Davis (11th overall pick in 2010 draft.)