Staying true to their wheeling and dealing ways, the Jets moved into the fifth round of the NFL Draft today to select Kentucky fullback John Conner. To get Conner, the Jets shipped Leon Washington and their seventh-round pick (No. 236 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks.
Conner (5’11", 246), nicknamed what else but “The Terminator,” played in a school-record 54 games for the Wildcats. Last season his 5.1-yard rushing average paced Kentucky and he earned All-America recognition from Pro Football Weekly.
"I come to play every play," he said. "I’m a hard player and I give my full effort every play."
Even though he predominantly was focused on which linebackers to unload on, Conner scored the first time he ever touched the ball in college, on a 17-yard reception against Texas State in 2006. A former walk-on, Conner will fit in well with the Jets’ "ground and pound" approach.
"I understand the position. I know a lot of teams try to go away from it, but I know that certain teams out there still rely on a fullback for their running game," Conner said. "I felt pretty confident about getting with a good team with a good fit for me."
"John does all the things that NFL teams ask their fullbacks to do. He blocks, he catches the ball,” added UK head coach Joker Phillips. “And when you need him to make a carry in short yardage, he almost always picks up first downs. He’s going to have a long career in the league. "
With no more scheduled picks, the Jets’ 2010 draft might be over. But you can be sure general manager Mike Tannenbaum is working the phones at the moment so stay tuned.
Here are Conner’s Kentucky rushing and receiving statistics:
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