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Wesley Walker at Podium for Rounds 2-3 Picks

Posted by Randy Lange on April 23, 2012 – 4:39 pm

Wesley Walker, an outstanding second-round draft choice for the Jets out of California in 1977, will be announcing the Jets’ second- and third-round selections on Friday night, the second night of this year’s NFL draft, as part of the continuation of the league’s program begun last year in which each Round 2 selection was announced by a former player of the team that made that pick.

In all, the NFL announced today that 33 legendary NFL alumni — one for each team and two WRs, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, splitting the duties for the St. Louis Rams — will announce their teams’ picks live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The alumni scheduled to be on hand to make the announcements from the podium feature six Pro Football Hall of Famers, including two from the Class of 2012 — C Dermontti Dawson for the Steelers and T Willie Roaf for the Saints.

Any team would be happy to get the kind of Round 2 production that Walker gave to the Jets as the ’77 draft’s 33rd overall selection, the fifth pick of the second round. Walker played his entire 13 NFL seasons in the green and white. He totaled 438 catches for 8,306 yards for a 19.0-yard average that is the franchise career record.

And in his best season? Walker had several — he had 1,169 yards on 48 catches in ’78 for a 24.4-yard average that is still the franchise season mark. But he also had 61 receptions in ’83 and 12 touchdown catches in ’86, which included his franchise-record four-TD game in the classic 51-45 home overtime victory over the Dolphins.

Walker played in two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro first-team WR in 1978.

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14 Responses to “Wesley Walker at Podium for Rounds 2-3 Picks”

  1. By wayne on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wesley Walker!!!!! Good to hear from Dubya Dubya………Here’s an idea, have Wes run the draft. He could do as well as those presently “running” it.

  2. By robertpapalia on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    For the Jets to come away with a receiver like Wes Walker in this draft would be great. However I am not too optimistic on that score. I am glad to see some people in a previous blog agree with me that the Jets really need offensive help. Especially at right tackle and wide receiver. Unfortunately I expect the Jets to screw things up in the draft starting Thursday. And as a result a 4or5 win season. And a changing of the guard.

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m 1000% for anything to do with Wesley Walker, of course, of whom even saying that he was the second-greatest WR in Jets history isn’t nearly enough, the truth is he was Maynard’s equal as a threat and it’s better to just say they’re the starting WRs on the all-time Jet team. Hopefully his mere presence will shame Mr T and Rex into not getting past the 3rd round without picking a big, fast, game-breaking WR. Hopefully also his next appearance having to do with the Jets will be at his induction into the Ring of Honor — which could only be made better by its happening in a Jets Stadium somewhere in the five boroughs or on Long Island. From Wesley Walker to Rex, Sparano, Tebow, and “ground and pound,” what a long, strange trip it’s been…

  4. By IRA on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Glad Wesley got this honor it is well deserved. Hope some day he makes it into the Jets Ring of Honors. Imagine a player playing 13 seasons for one team. Free Agency is good for everybody but it also takes something like watching a player like Wesley play his entire career for one team.

  5. By scjoe on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    One of my favorite all time Jets. Now, if we can get a WR like him in the 2nd round that would be something to talk about. I was at that 51-45 OT win in 86 and I would consider it one of my all time top 5. Right up there with SB III, The Miracle at the Meadowland’s, and a couple of the AFC title games. Walker and Toon were hands down the best WR duo this team has ever had. No disrespect to Maynard and Sauer,

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Reactions on ESPN to this — “New York Jets star CB Darrelle Revis, who skipped training camp 2 years ago during a bitter contract dispute, hinted Monday night he may stage another holdout if he doesn’t get a new deal” — are fascinating. Once again, Jet fans who post there and on the NFL site seem rabid compared to many of those on this site. Not only is the sentiment almost uniformly against reworking Revis’ deal, most posters just say “Trade him!” I’m not ready to go that far yet what I will say is that when you neglect so many positions for so long with a HC who refuses to face reality and knows nothing about O, you set yourself up for having to trade someone like Revis just to field 2 decent starting units. I can imagine it happening.

  7. By uncle joe on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    This constant chatter about the Jets trading up for Ingrim is scaring me. I watch his highlights and I just don’t see a player that is worth a 1,2,4 and whatever else it would take to get him. Watch Bruce Irving’s highlights, the guy is lightning fast at DE/OLB and used to play Safety,so you know he can cover out of the backfield. He only had a decent season because teams game planned on him, Ingrim is on a Defense with some pretty good talent.

  8. By uncle joe on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    trade down,Trade Down,TRADE DOWN

  9. By GaryC on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    yes,when it comes to revis, Sean Gilbert is rearing his ugly head again.If Revis does hold out again I would be one to say trade him and get as many high picks as you can.Don’t care how good a player is if he is unhappy he will not put forth is best effort.

  10. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t need just a WR like Walker, scjoe, we need a QB who can throw to him like O’Brien or even Robinson and Todd. The two QBs we got now — the only two we’re gonna give playing time to this yr, that is — make those three QBs look like Namath.

  11. By No one cares what Blinka thinks on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Revis just wants off this team and play for one with a chance?
    Eh, who cares what I think. No one sell my jersey.

  12. By Tom Spicer on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Tom 64, Wesley Walker NOW THAT IS A DEEP THREAT! Holmes wishes he was a deep threat like Walker. I have said it before & I will say it again Holmes is a intermidiate threat, crisp route runner & has exclellent hands. He is no Wesley Walker & In Marks 1st 2 years Braylon was his deep threat NOT Holmes.

  13. By joe on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    See what HAPPENS REX AND MIKE T when you RENEGOTIATE with someone who has years left on his contract.REVIS DID IT ONCE HE WILL DO IT AGAIN

  14. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wise, wise words from The Great Blinka, who mauled and marauded on the grass at Shea, so he should know. Who wants to play for a perpetually clueless team? I TOLD YOU GUYS LAST YR WHEN REVIS SAID WHAT HE DID ABOUT SANCHEZ THAT HE WASN’T STICKING AROUND FOR THIS JIVE FOREVER! I have no sympathy for his need for more money but if he wants to be on a team where you don’t get yelled at for losing 10-6, who can blame him? Spicer, much as I like Holmes, he’s Chaz Schilens at best compared to Walker, SB-winning catch or not. Walker almost single-handedly won so many games (at least, in tandem with the QB) for this team that he’s easily one of the greatest Jets ever.

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