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  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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