With the 30th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Muhammad Wilkerson of Temple University.
I am a big fan of the move. I really didn’t think he’d be available at 30, but I couldn’t be happier that he was.
I’ve had the opportunity to see Wilkerson up close a few times, as Temple plays in the same football conference as my alma mater, the University at Buffalo. Wilkerson dominated in college and the Jets believe he can raise his game to a new level in the NFL.
He has the unique ability to be an every-down lineman who can play any of the defensive line positions in Rex Ryan’s defense. He could excel in this defense and could be the centerpiece of the interior defense for a long time.
Friends of the site Nick and Frankie from Flopping Out interviewed Wilkerson just hours before he was drafted by the Jets, and you can check out their six-minute interview with big Mo over on FloppingOut.com.
The Jets talked with many teams about possibly trading down, but they believed that the Linden, New Jersey native was the best player available and pulled the trigger on him at 30.
The Jets do not have a second round draft pick at the moment, and the next time they are scheduled to be on the clock is at 94th overall in the third round. Rest assured, if there is a player the Jets feel is worth it, they’ll trade up to get him on Saturday. It’ll be fun to watch.