Trader Mike Tannenbaum spent three of the Jets’ first four picks of this draft exactly where they fell. But he couldn’t resist making a move in the middle of Round 5. And so in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jets moved up to the 22nd pick of the round and No. 153 overall and have just selected TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.
NFL.com reports the trade involved the Jets and Eagles swapping fifth-round selections, the Birds picking up the Jets’ sixth-rounder (No. 194) and the Jets getting Philly’s seventh-rounder in a trade with Seattle. The Jets thus have two more picks left in this draft, both in Round 7, No. 208 from Arizona to complete the Kerry Rhodes trade to Arizona and No. 227 from the Seahawks via the Eagles.
The maneuvering on the Jets’ part was to snag Kerley (5’10″, 189), who has been described as a raw route runner and shifty receiver who has a knack for making defenders miss in the open field.
“It feels great. It’s a great weight lifted off my shoulders,” Kerley said of being drafted by the Jets. “I’m ready to be a student of the game and ready to just take whatever criticism they have to give me.”
Kerley said he showed some of his moves to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who he said came to TCU to observe his pro day.
“I had a great workout for the Jets when they came down and worked me out,” he said. “Ever since then I’ve thought in the back of my mind, ‘Maybe, somewhere down that line, it could be.’ I’m just glad it was today.”
Kerley put up some nice receiving and all-purpose yardage numbers for the Horned Frogs. For his career he had 120 receptions, mainly out of the slot, for 1,299 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also carried 63 times for 306 yards and eight TDs, and added 1,299 yards with two TDs on 94 punt returns and 1,006 yards on 37 kickoff returns.
His return prowess enabled him to become the first non-kicker to earn Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 2009, an honor that he duplicated after last season.
“I’m definitely a special-teams guy,” Kerley said. “I know that my special-teams duty is definitely what makes me the player I am.”
A Pick That Has Made the Rounds
Interesting story about that 194th overall pick that the Jets traded to the Eagles. Philadelphia has just traded it to New England for the Patriots’ 193rd pick. Thus the Pats and Eagles extend their streak of trading at least one time to 12 consecutive drafts, since 2000. And the Patriots now have a pick that started out the day as the Jets’ pick.
Tags: Jeremy Kerley, Mike Tannenbaum, TCU
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