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2010 CSC Community Mock Draft: The NY Jets Select...

Rolling, rolling, rolling. These picks are really rolling. The NY Jets are next up in our second annual Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft. CSC member MobileSaint will be representing Gang Green. You can make the jump to check out who he's selected.

Much appreciation to MobileSaint for his participation.

With the twenty-ninth pick in the 2010 CSC Community Mock Draft, the New York Jets select...

Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU

The Fort-Worth Star Telegram recently mused about Hughes' vast NFL potential, impressive especially considering that Hughes has only been playing defense for four years:
"Hughes arrived at TCU in 2006 as an all-district, 200-pound running back from Sugar Land. He had rushed for 1,412 yards and 19 TDs. He had also made the all-district team as a kick returner.
Hughes never pictured himself as a defensive end in high school, but he won the Ted Hendricks Award as a senior in 2009 as the nation's best at the position.

And now, four years after his running back career ended, he is working out for teams at the NFL Scouting Combine and is rated the fifth best outside linebacker in the draft by -- and he has yet to play the position full time.

If he was able to make the transition from a high school rusher to college defensive pass rusher, however, imagine the possibilities in the NFL.
Despite the late start, Hughes has earned just about every accolade one can at the college level, and even led the Horned Frogs to their first BCS appearance. A partial list of the hardware includes:
  • 2008 First Team All-MWC
  • 2008- First Team All American
  • 2008 - MWC Defensive Player Of The Year
  • 2009 - First Team All-MWC
  • 2009 - MWC Defensive Player Of The Year
  • 2009 - First Team All American
  • 2009 - Lott Trophy Winner *
  • 2009 - Ted Hendricks Award Winner **
*Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year: IMPACT is an acronym for: integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity.
**Ted Hendricks award is given to the nations top defensive end
The measurables (6'2", 255 lbs. at the recent Combine) tell only part of the story. The statistics tell the rest:
  • 2006 - 10 games played, 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack
  • 2007- 13 games played, 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • 2008 - 13 games played, 52 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions
  • 2009 - 13 games played, 58 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Those measurables and statistics compare positively to other top 3-4 DE/OLB prospects such as Brandon Graham of Michigan and Sergio Kindle of Texas, according to the Palm Beach Post.
One wonders the kind of disruptive force Jerry Hughes could become in a Belichick or a Rex Ryan defense. Well, the Patriots fandom appears interested in Hughes, and the Gang Green Nation seems smitten as well.
Yes, the Jets spent a high first-round pick, No. 6 to be exact, on Vernon "The Ghost" Gholston. But that was under the Mangini administration, not the Ryan regime. Gholston's 30 career tackles isn't exactly what the Jets anticipated, not to mention that Gholston is still awaiting his first NFL sack.
Considering the Jets were one half of a football game from joining the Saints in Miami for the Super Bowl, the Jets appear to have the pieces in place to win games and, equally importantly, to fill that new stadium. Marquee young QB? Check. Running game? Check. Stout defense? Held the Saints' offense to just ten points in the Dome last year. But sacks on Brees in that game? Zero. Interceptions of Brees? Zero. And remember what Peyton Manning did to them in the second half of the AFC Championship Game. The Jets do.
Getting pressure on the quarterback in a division with Tom Brady is essential, but even moreso considering the 2010 out-of-division schedule which will have the Jets facing quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Aaron Rogers, Brett Favre (maybe; who knows), Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco. With starting cornerbacks Revis and Cromartie in place for the next several years, a top-flight pass rusher is just what the doctor ordered for the Jets.