The Jets supposedly have 25 players with a first round grade in this draft. There's a good chance that none of them might be there at #30. Rather than reaching for a player at a position of need or taking the BAP at a position they really don't need, I'd rather they trade down. If they trade down, I'd rather have Kenric Ellis, but he may be gone by the time they pick. I'm not high on Marvin Austin or Christian Ballard at all. Therefore, I present Jarvis Jenkins as a possible alternative to help upgrade both the front 7 and the pass rush. The above video is his 2009 highlight video. I'm using it because there isn't a lengthy 2010 video. The shorter one found on the Jets' site, doesn't give much of an idea of what he's capable.
From CBS Sports.com:
Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson, 6-4, 310, 2-3...Jenkins has been overshadowed by Bowers but that hasn't limited his production. After leading all Clemson defensive linemen with 69 tackles (11 for loss) in 2009, Jenkins backed that up with a first-team All-ACC senior season that included 51 tackles (nine for loss), to go along with 16 quarterback pressures. He also displayed special-teams acumen with a Clemson-record four blocked kicks during his career. Jenkins has excellent size and strength, and will fit in a number of schemes, including outside in a 3-4.
Career: Has 164 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, five sacks, 31 quarterback pressures, and four blocked placekicks in 1,566 snaps over 48 games (37 starts) in his career … a big reason Clemson has had a strong defense each of the last four years … three-year starter who has started each of the last 34 games he has played in; he missed the Presbyterian College game in 2010 with an injury, the only game he has missed the last three years … Clemson's career leader in blocked kicks … in his third year as a starting defensive tackle.
2010: First-Team All-ACC defensive tackle … has 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, a sack, 16 quarterback pressures, and two blocked placekicks in 495 snaps in 11 games (11 starts) … tied for second on the team in tackles for loss … had nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack against North Texas … blocked an extra point against #16 Miami (FL) … had 10 tackles against Georgia Tech … had nine tackles at Boston College … had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a blocked field goal against #23 N.C. State; he earned team special teams player-of-the-game honors.
He has athleticism, a quick first step, has quickness, lateral suddenness and explosion, and decent flexibility. He needs to work on his pad level and leverage, but Rex and his coaches could fix that. I believe that at least in terms of pressuring opposing QBs, he could be a better DE prospect than Cameron Heyward. He certainly has the size and excellent experience. I like his STs contributions and potential as well. Some draft "experts" are now saying that many of Da'Quan Bowers stats can be attributed to the pressure Jenkins created. I think that's part of the reason why Bowers is dropping like a rock.