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2011 NFL Draft: New York Jets Trade Up to Pick Jeremy Kerley in Fifth Round

The Jets traded up to select TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Jets moved up to 153 to land Kerley. They also got pick 227 in the seventh round in exchange for their fifth and sixth round picks, 161 and 194 respectively.

This might signal the end of Brad Smith in New York. Kerley is another wide receiver who has extensive experience on kick returns. He was thrice a First Team All Mountain West Conference return specialist for his work running back kickoffs and punts. He averaged 26.4 per return on kickoffs during his career with the Horned Frogs.

From what I have read about him, I like his potential as a receiver. He seems to project as a slot receiver. He is quick with good hands. He's a playmaker once he gets the ball into his hands. He does not have much experience running pro style routes. He got the ball on a lot of screens in college, but he is a fundamentally sound runner and has potential to learn.

I like this pick. Kerley has potential to develop into a good weapon. The fact Washington took a receiver next indicates the Jets might have needed to move up to get him.