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No. 1 Pick Muhammad Wilkerson Signs

Posted by Randy Lange on July 30, 2011 – 8:26 pm

Updated, 8:40 p.m. ET

The New York Jets have announced tonight that they have signed this year’s No. 1 draft choice, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson from Temple, the 30th overall selection in the April draft.

The Wilkerson signing is the latest in a busy day of contractual work for GM Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets’ front office that included the announcement of the signing of fifth-round WR Jeremy Kerley. That leaves just third-round DT Kenrick Ellis’ signing to be announced from among the Jets’ six-member Draft Class of ’11.

In three seasons with the Owls, Wilkerson really came on. He started his last 25 games with the Mid-American Conference program, during which he had 16.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss. His wingspan came in handy as he deflected 11 passes in his career. After his sophomore season he turned in his uniform No. 96 for No. 9 — “the single digit,” Tannenbaum said of Temple tradition, “means he had a very successful offseason.”

Wilkerson, of course, can’t wear No. 9 as an NFL D-lineman, but he will be wearing his other Temple uni number, 96, as a Jet when he takes the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center practice fields for the start of camp practices on Monday (closed to the public) and then at open practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Early this week Wilkerson spoke with newyorkjets.com about the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the owners and players. He could well have been referencing his signing today also when he said, “It’s a long, long dream for me getting to the point where I’m at.”

The dream for “Mo” and Green & White fans now is that, with all the preliminary events out of the way, he hits the ground running and contributing to the Jets’ vaunted defense as much and as soon as possible.

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29 Responses to “No. 1 Pick Muhammad Wilkerson Signs”

  1. By James Boatwright on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Great job Mikey Getting our rookies in camp now lets take care of our other needs so we can knock out the patties for the afc title and go to indy and start ourown dynasty

  2. By kw65Fan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome aboard Wilkerson. Will need those big/long arms to knock down passes…stop the runner around the corner…and drag down the QB. Love this guys quickness…he will be a force down the strech once he gets use to the D.
    As i mentioned in couple of posts before…No one is touching Braylon until the Commish comes down with his decision. Yea 64Tom…he is going to get tagged…4 games at least. DUI during the season…his previous conviction in Cleveland…probation extended…Commish has a heavy plate with all the garbage that went on in off season. Why do you think NO ONE is contacting Benson in Cincy…same deal. Wouldn’t be suprised he gets 8 games or the year with the gun charge.

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    We haven’t drafted a guy like this in yrs, I think he’s gonna have impact no matter what. I see 2 kinds of panic on the site: (1) We’re not signing last yr’s guys!, and (2) We’re only signing last yr’s guys! So let’s calm down and look at, say, the DBs. If you start Revis, Cro or somebody new, Smith, and Leonhard, that’s 4. You keep Lowery, Cole (who came on at the end of last yr), Wilson, and Digs, that’s 8. We got back Strickland, who Rex loved when he was healthy, that’s 9. Aside from the Cro or somebody new question, how many DBs are you gonna carry? Probably just these 9 and maybe 1 or 2 on the practice squad for when Rex wants 10 or so active for a big game. So what’s the big panic here? I’ll admit I’m a bit more concerned at LB.

  4. By Gabriel on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see this guy nail some people and put QB’s on their back. I know he can do it and by seeing him get emotional on draft day I knew right then that he has the heart and passion to succeed here in Jets Nation for a very long time. GO JETS!

  5. By kw65Fan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    There is possibly no way he will get off with the Commish. Look at all the other suspensions he has done in the past. And he does not tolerate DUI’s. Guess best is signing Moss…2 years tops with incentives and see what happens as our rookies progress or even our other tall receiver from USC…Turner I think is his name. We need another safety…Poole..??? and Digs, a ST demon just like E. Smith….and we will be st at Safety. Keep the guys that know the system and have succeded in it.

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, I know neither Smith nor Leonhard are really in the classic free safety mold but the Jets haven’t picked anyone at that position these last few yrs so unless they try to resurrect someone like Darren Sharper, it looks like they’re ready to improvise a little. I know LT faked Donte Whitner off his feet last yr but he’s available and has generally played well though, again, 5’10”. As for Cro, Cimini put it just now the same way I see it, that you get the feeling that the Jets are still interested in him but “are looking around the room for something better.” Don’t mind losing out on Clements, too old when we’re going younger.

  7. By Matt on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Finally some good news because free agency has been in the team’s favor

  8. By Robert on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Can someone tell what the Jets are doing? Please tell me there is a plan in place, cause as we stand now we are not as good as we were last year and the Pats and Dolphins both got better. Why didn’t we make a move for Jenkins? We were exposed in the Pitt game with our ends and LB!!! Why aren’t we bringing Edwards back besides being an excellent #2 receiver he was an amazing blocker and this would be 3 years playing together with Sanchez really establishing rythem and Edwards loves being a Jet!!! Jets need to make moves if we want to be contenders this year!

  9. By Tom Spicer on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Ray Edwards the best paa rusher out there gone. Cullen Jenkis the best 3-4 DE out there gone. John Joseph a great corner who some say is as good as Cromartie gone. Are we asleep at the wheel or what. You have a game in 2 weeks.

  10. By JetZilla on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Edwards has impending league suspension for plea bargining his DUI case. He was not dicsiplined last year by Roger Goodell, but he might be facing a 4 game suspension because of his probation violation in Cleveland causing him to have “active parole” and 100 hours community service. Everybody keeps forgetting this, that’s why the Jets don’t want to take the risk on him at this stage, plus his asking price. He might not sign with any club until his status is clear. BE is not worth tying up money when we can sign Moss to strecth the field to stop teams from stacking the box. Also, our fisrt 4 games are crucial to our season. We cannot afford to have our No2 Wr suspended for a quarter of the season. The Jets will sign Moss as planned.

  11. By Jack on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Ho Ray yahoo now let get them all signs Mr T. What going on with WR Edwards and Cro, can’t let both go I think you should signs Cro, and let Edwards go and signs Randy Moss over the jail bird.

  12. By Tom Spicer on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    The Jets are hosting Plax & TE Todd Heap today.

  13. By Tom Spicer on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  14. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Well, there’s your answer, Spicer, Plax. I woulda much preferred Floyd or Jones but I’ll take Plax over Moss or a suspended Edwards. I think this move says a few things: (1) We’re not losing our heads over older FAs and are gonna get more serious about developing the guys we draft, note that this is for 1 yr. (2) It’s not easy to turn down a once-great WR who’s also 6’5″ 232. That’s the biggest WR FA this yr and the biggest WR we’ve had since 6’5″ 228 Caster and 6’3″ 218 Barkum, ancient history to some of you guys. (3) You won’t find too many teams with two starting WRs (if Plax starts over J-Co, which I doubt he will) who’ve both caught a SB-winning TD. (4) We’re saving some money for some other guys, probably at DL, LB, S, and maybe OL.

  15. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, I thought of Heap immediately for us the other day, but I figured he’s too old and we’d want an all-blocking TE for a back-up, if we want one at all not named Cumberland. Then again, 6’5″, it helps to have a vet back-up, Rex probably loves him, we can line him up with Keller in the same formation and have 2 TE’s who can both catch short and long, he should help with the running game and be TERRIFIC on both runs and passes in that red zone where we know we gotta get better…I’m likin’ it, I’m likin’ it, bring him in! And he’s another guy we won’t sign for more than 2 yrs. Plus he’s got great hands and he’s clutch as they come, he sure did some damage against us. Maybe having him around will remind us we need bigger DBs, too…

  16. By Clarke W. Griswald on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan ’64 Tom knows what he’s talking about. All you negative nancy’s and nay sayers, listen to this man. People get in a huff about Braylon and the Aso debacle, but quickly forget we still have Mangold, D’brick, Keller, Revis, Holmes, Harris, Scott, Rex Ryan, Tom Moore, Bill Callahan. This is a quality organization.

  17. By GaryC on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    no jet fan tom, the two tightend system would of been good with miller and keller,just like I said, It does become apparent that rex is more comfortable with hard edge guys,he is always letting the class guys go, ie, woodhead, smith,.I know of course you love this move, a guy who hasn’t played in a couple of year is going to step right in without showing no ill effects of the past, yeah, right.

  18. By GaryC on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    give me a break with heap, another ryan crony from baltimore,just like carr and others.Heap is another past his prime and injury prone.

  19. By Rafael on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Do all of you know what a salary cap is? Of course it would be great to sign every best player out there, Jenkins, Asomugha, Edwards. They would’ve immediately improved all 3 levels of the D. But we cant sign every guy to a $50M+ deal. Do you like David Harris on this team? Because he’s gonna get a big contract next year.

  20. By bass53 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    i keep hearing a lot of positive things about cumberland.. when the jets d players talk about him.. they say he accelerates like a wide out.. he is big fast and from the videos i have found has a pretty damn good set of hands and blocks quite well… chris baker with a better a better set of wheels…

  21. By Rob Bas on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Our biggest problem last year on DEF was pass rush and our out side LB being slow! We were exposed during the PITT game, once we didn’t get Asomugha we should have pressed hard to get Jenkins, that is what we needed even more then Asomugha, how is Philly signing all of these guys? I think Plax is a good signing especially if he is close to where he was 2 years ago, I would have prefered Edwards but I realize now there might be some issues, I like the possibilty of Heap but our biggest problem last year on offense wasn’t our talent it was SHOTTENHEIMER!!! His inconsistent play calling, his conservative game plans at times killed us! Rex needs to get more involved with the offense.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, you catch me just as I’m typing that if we’re going to do the 2 TE thing, Miller is a great choice and he’s younger than Boss and much younger than Heap. Of course, like bass53 says we might be able to do it with Cumberland but that goes back to the Jets’ reluctance to really count on new guys. Thanks, Clarke, I appreciate the support and I’ll pay it forward to Rafael, who’s right about the salary cap. I can imagine the outrage if we paid Edwards the moon and then didn’t have the money for more D guys. And Rob Bas, if it’s true that Moore’s fingerprints are on this 2 TE talk, that would seem to show Schotty’s gonna have to earn the right to blow games at the goal line from now on, which is fine with me.

  23. By GaryC on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    cumberland in college was a wideout at illinois, was opposite arelious benn, the tightend on that illinois team was that hawaiian named guy that I believe plays for the rams, michael hooma something,so that is why cumberlands blocking might be suspect, the reason I keep looking for zach miller.

  24. By Arte Olde School on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hell why don’t we sign Alge Crumpier and simply ground and pound our way to the AFC division, championship, super bowl!! At 270 he certainly knows how to defend against his old team the Patsies.. Give us another END to protect Mark and push it in on the goal line. J-E-T-S all the way! See you in Indy!

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m definitely with you on Miller, GaryC. I see the Raiders a lot because they’re often on after the Jets at the sports bar I go to. Aside from his stats, he’s a big-play guy as a receiver, hard to bring down in the open field, and he’s done everything he has during unquestionably the yrs in which OAK has had the worst QBs in the history of the franchise. If Moore is pushing a 2-receiving TE scheme at Florham Park, Miller would be great along those lines. Maybe now that Cro’s locked up we can find the $ for Miller, though I still think a vet DL, LB, and/or S would be nice to pick up. If we’re going to let Taylor, S. Ellis, and/or Pool go, I don’t see why the $ isn’t there for all this. Have a feeling Conley’s going to win the P job, too.

  26. By Will Robertson on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    We hired an “offensive consultant” to help Scotty out in the redzone. Our redzone was awful last year. I think what we will miss on offense the most is Brad Smith, even though he wasnt used enough. How do you not to any pass plays like we did the previous season. It was obvious the whole time when he came in it was a run. If you threw the ball each game the first time you called the seminole, then that would keep the defense on there toes. Anyways I am glad we got Burress and I am glad we got Cro Cro back. I cant disagree, I was caught in the Nnamdi hype but Im glad Cro stuck with us. He could of went somewhere else for the same price. He played great for us last year. We could use another OLB and Id like to see the jets try and get Boss.

  27. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Will, we have a QB who couldn’t put almost any points on the board in almost any game last yr in the 1st half. You’re sayin’ a QB who was drafted 4 yrs earlier in the 4th round who was never groomed at that position by the Jets shoulda started throwing in the 1st or 2nd qtr? I gotta wonder if some Jet fans embraced this thinking because they simply can’t imagine this team with an elite QB, just like they previously couldn’t imagine the team with WRs like Holmes, Edwards, and Plax. I for one am thrilled that I won’t have to watch the Jets on 1st and 3 at their own 40 in the 2nd qtr, starting to build momentum on O, Sanchez starting to get a feel for the game, and then see Smith come in and lose 4 yds on some busted-looking running play.

  28. By JO JO on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Concerned is right about OLB… Osi is available : ) i would like to see a tradt with B Thomas & a Draft pick(s) to get them one…..

  29. By newyorkjets1 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I hope we can get a pass rusher so these corners don’t have to run around for five minutes covering receivers. A little disappointed we didn’t get a nice defensive tackle or end. I’m thinking the Pats got Haynesworth to plug the middle against the Jets making Sanchez beat them. I know he beat them last year in the playoffs with his arm but the division rivals still think Sanchez is the weak link to the Jets team. I would love for the Jets to get a solid rusher making the corners really shine.

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