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Alabama QB McElroy, Colorado WR McKnight round out draft

The Jets wrapped up their 2011 draft by continuing to go on the offensive.

With the first of their two seventh-round selections (No. 208 overall), they picked up Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and finished things up by drafting Mark Sanchez's good buddy and childhood friend, wide receiver Scotty McKnight, who played at Colorado, at No. 227. That brought the grand total of offensive players picked today to four.

McElroy, who went 24-3 in his collegiate career, won a BCS championship at Alabama as a junior and had a solid senior campaign, completing nearly 71 percent of his passes, tossing 20 touchdowns and getting intercepted five times. 

He was injured in two of his final three contests. He sustained a concussion in the Iron Bowl against eventual national champ Auburn and also had a hand injury in the Senior Bowl. But he said he's healthy now and he's just ecstatic to be drafted by the same franchise that employed the famous guy whose number he chose to wear at Bama: Joe Namath.

"Oh, it's incredible," he said. "That's my dad's favorite player of all time, and the reason why I took 12 at Alabama was because it was such a special number to him. Having grown up and watching Joe Namath and being a fan, really it's just incredible. So he's someone I've always looked up to, always had the utmost respect for.

"I can't believe I'm going to follow in the same footsteps that he did. Just to have the opportunity to play for the New York Jets is a dream come true, and I literally could not think of a better place to go." 

As for McKnight, the 5-11, 185-pound  finished his career with in Colorado leading the program in career receptions (215) and touchdown catches (22). Sanchez aided his friend by showing up at the Buffaloes pro day and serving as McKnight's quarterback, hoping every little bit helped. 

That's why he chuckled when asked if this scenario was a dream come true.

"Are you kidding me? Yeah," he said with a laugh as his buddy Sanchez, and the family's of both congratulated each other at McKnight's home. "I'm teaming up with a great organization and a great team an dthen competing together with my childhood buddy who I grew up with. We've never played on the same team before, just kind of always trained together.

"It's a dream come true. It's cool. I'm just ready to make the most out of the opportunity." 

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