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Ayers, Carimi, Others Visiting Jets Today

Posted by Eric Allen on April 13, 2011 – 11:00 am

The Jets continue a busy week of draft preparation today, hosting six players at the Atlantic Health Training Center, including UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers and Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi.

A pair of corners — Chykie Brown of Texas and Buffalo’s Josh Thomas — also stopped by along with Stanford DT Sione Fua and Louisville RB Bilal Powell.

The 6’3”, 254-pound Ayers was an impact player the past two seasons for the Bruins, combining for 24.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, six interceptions and four forced fumbles. A senior captain, Ayers rebounded from a disappointing combine performance by improving his numbers across the board at his pro day, including a 4.69 time in the 40-yard dash (down from a 4.81) and an increase in the 225-pound bench from 18 to 22.

If Ayers does end up with a 3-4 team, you would think that he’d start on the outside. He played a lot of coverage for the Bruins on the strong side in a 4-3, so there should be a lot of upside in the pass-rush department.

Carimi (6’7”, 214) worked out at guard during the Senior Bowl but he’ll be a tackle on Sundays. He won the Outland Trophy and captured All America first-team honors last year as the Badgers advanced to the Rose Bowl.

“I’m physically stronger and have more career starts [49] and better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there,” he said at the combine. “That’s why I’m the No. 1 tackle.”

The Cardinal played a 3-4 front in 2010 and Fua anchored the defensive line at nose. He earned All-Pac-10 second-team honors as senior, registering 22 tackles (six for loss) and 4.5 sacks. Fua (6’2”, 308) is built low to the ground, has a strong lower body and plays with passion.

After a quiet start to his collegiate career, Powell exploded on the Big East scene with 1,405 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He was a consistent performer on Saturdays, going over the 200-yard mark twice and reaching the 100-yard plateau seven times. He also caught 18 passes for 158 yards and three scores.

Brown (5’11”, 190) sprinted to a 4.37 at UT’s pro day. He played in nine games as a senior due to a broken forearm, yet amassed 48 tackles, two interceptions, eight passes defended, two sacks and a forced fumble his junior year. He is expected to be a third-day selection on draft weekend.

The 5’10”, 191-pound Thomas is a physical player said to always be searching for the collision. His 29 passes defended tied for the fifth-best mark in UB history.

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18 Responses to “Ayers, Carimi, Others Visiting Jets Today”

  1. By scjoe on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Why would they even bring in a guy like Carimi? Even if by some miracle he falls to #30, there is no way we pick a O linemen in the first round? With one pick in the first two rounds we should be bringing in mid round prospects mainly, why waste time bringing in guys who #1 will not be there and #2 are not a pressing need?

  2. By IRA on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    With Mr T never say never. He goes and gets who he wants. And if you don’t think RT isn’t a need you are kidding youself. Hunter is not signed and neither is Turner and Ducasse hasn’t shown he can handle it yet. So if they feel they can grab a RT who they can stick at RT for the next 6 years anything is possible. You must look at all your options even if they don’t look realistic. Imagine them passing on a NT or pass rusher and drafting a RT? I can hear the sounds now from Radio City.

  3. By Tom Spicer on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. T loves to trade up for guys that he likes it seems to be his style. Revis, Harris, Keller & Sanchez just to name a few. Most guys want us to trade down to get more picks but I think if we make any moves it will be to get up into the 2nd round for a guy that MR.T really wants.

  4. By Tom Spicer on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    I see the Jets taking a Akeem Ayers, Justin Houston, Aldon Smith or Phil Taylor in the first round. In the 2nd round moving up to get a Kenrick Ellis or mabye staying put & taking a Jerrell Powe in the 3rd round.

  5. By scjoe on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, lets not forget Ducasse was a 2nd round pick who, by plan, was not forced into action his first year. You have to assume he will be one of the favorites to start at RT this year. As for Hunter and Turner, I would be more then surprised if neither were to return, that is why I took the position I did on bringing in a guy like Carimi, who in all likelihood will not be there at 30 anyway. And you are right, imagine the sounds coming out of RCMH should the Jets take a RT at # 30? I believe you will hear them all the way to SI.

  6. By scjoe on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, even a guy like Powe, who has a whole lot of questions surrounding him may not even be there in round 3. Simply because of the amount of teams that are now going to the 3-4. The position is in demand and it really don’t matter what school or what competition the player was subjected to. A guy with that size, especially if he has any kind of athletic ability at all, will be in demand. I believe the best way for the Jets to fill that NT spot will be Taylor at # 30 if he falls there. There will probably be no other prototypical 3-4 NT there late in the 3rd round.

  7. By IRA on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Last year Slauson earned his keep but they also stuck him in between to Pro Bowl players. Being put outside by yourself at RT is another story. This RT spot is going to be very interesting to watch. I always say in Callahan we trust so i am not too concerned. I would feel better if they re-signed Hunter as soon as they can. And if Woody wants to come back at a fair price i leave the door open too.

  8. By IRA on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Just read Lombardi’s article about how the Jets scored big time in the 1st and 2nd rd of the 07 draft with Revis and Harris. While the Jets got the best player in the NFL when they traded up to get Revis. Carolina didn’t do too bad with 2 of the 3 picks they got from the trade. They picked Beason and kalil both excellent players and struck out with Shaw a LB who isn’t on the team anymore. Funny how things work out in the draft.

  9. By Tom Spicer on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Another guy the Jets traded up for I forgot was Greene

  10. By Frank on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Ira I still think they re-sign Hunter he was great filling in for Woody and is a better option than wasting a draft pick on a RT. They need to draft front 7 defensive players….and they better…we are old and slow up front and that will kill us this year if we don’t address it.

  11. By IRA on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, Funny i mentioned an OL to my neighbor last night and he looked at me like i was crazy. Yeah i already read that Ducasse is penciled in at RT. I really wonder about that?
    Last i saw about a 1/3 of the league is playing a 3-4 now. I am real curious to see if the Pats will use their 1st 6 picks or if they will trade a few for picks next year? Saw a list of the top LB’s in the league on ESPN and Harris wasn’t in the top ten. I don’t agree with that. He is one of the most solid players in the league and brings it on every play every game.

  12. By Tom Spicer on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    SCJOE, You have a good point I think these NT type guys are going higher than they used to beacuse more teams are running 3-4’s than ever before.

  13. By uncle joe on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Marvin Austin is moving on up,Ayers is taking a dive

  14. By IRA on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    I am with you i would sign Hunter or have a [wink,wink] handshake deal in place already. I thought he stepped in and played very well enough to earn him the starting job if they didn’t want to pay Woody. Read Callahan does though like a few 2nd day OL who can be groomed into maybe a starter.They will draft an OL at some point. Also read they are very high on Cobb from Kentucky.
    uncle joe,
    Ayers is taking a dive? Watch he will be taken before the 28th pick. I really don’t think there is a no brainer 3-4 OLB that can get to the QB in this draft. Watch some kid that nobody heard of will make a splash as a 6th rd pick for some team. The draft for the most part is a roll of the dice.

  15. By scjoe on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, I would have to agree with you on Slauson, he sort of held his own, but he was in between two pro bowlers. I certainly think that spot can be upgraded, but is it a priority? Absolutely not. Then again we have to think like 64tom and give some of these guys at least three years in the system before we can really see where they are at. When all is said and done, knowing our needs, I think getting Taylor at 30 would be the best option, followed closely by trading down, maybe with Cleveland or Denver to 36 or 37 and a #3 (wishful thinking, I know) but possible, and still get about the same quality we would get at 30.

  16. By Westcoast GangGreen on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Nation.. You all make good points on the draft. But, it’s has to be in rebuilding the front 7 on defense for this season and future. scjoe i agree with you, it has to be the shut down NT Taylor at #30 if he still there. If so, everything else will come together and improve an already good D.But it has to be defensive picks!!!!!! And, resign key player on offense…

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the props, scjoe, I expect there’ll be more than a few embarrassed posts on this site next year when McKnight and Wilson are looking great. Why do I predict that? Partly because I remember quite a few Jet fans, both on this site and elsewhere, ridiculing Slauson a year ago as a lowly pick that would never amount to much. What he amounted to in only one year was a much better guard than Faneca who, by the way, was also sandwiched between two Pro Bowlers — and we all saw how well he did as soon as he wasn’t.

  18. By STEVE KENT on Apr 21, 2011 | Reply

    I havent seen you bring in the third best pass rusher Brooks Reed!! akeem ayers and huston from georgia are busts they have barely any sacks between the both of them. Also since you got rid of Kris Jenkins who I think you need to bring back cause there isnt anyone in the draft we can get with his power and drive even though he gets hurt , but use him in moderation , could of used him in the playoffs afc champioship game were we got ran over by mendenhall

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