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Kyle Wilson is right at home

Kyle Wilson of Boise State pursues a play

Kyle Wilson of Boise State pursues a play against Bowling Green. (Sept. 26, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mike Tannenbaum was in the midst of his opening remarks, talking about how the Jets were happy they got their man with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

All of the sudden, a radio reporter sitting directly to my right started messing with his flash recorder and there was a nasty reverb noise that started emanating from his device. 

"I think those were the receivers crying," Rex Ryan quipped.

Immediately, the room burst out in laughter and why not? The Jets were happy they got their man in Kyle Wilson, a homegrown Piscataway, N.J. native who played for four seasons at Boise State.

Wilson, as you might imagine, was ecstatic.

"To be honest, I feel like I’m right at home," Wilson said when I asked him for his feelings about his new situation. "Personally, [it was] one of the best visits I had. One of the best connections I had [was] with this staff. I couldn’t have dreamt it any better. It's just pretty surreal right now."  
Wilson was supposed to be a Top 15 pick and quickly shot up most draft boards after a solid Senior Bowl week. It was the perfect place for him to prove that he could play against some of the country's elite college receivers since some weren't so sure how good he was since he competed in the Western Athletic Conference.

"I think the Senior Bowl clarified some competition questions, regarding competition of who I played against in [our] conference," Wilson said. "It wasn’t a surprise to me. I just go out there and try my best to give it all I got regardless of who I’m playing against. I definitely think maybe it opened some people’s eyes and some of the skeptics who didn’t believe I was playing against top flight competition."

So what does he bring to this team?

"I just make plays," he said. "Whatever they need me to do, I can do it. I’ve played multiple positions. I’ve played in different techniques. Really, just that versatility, as well as the return game."
With all that he has to offer, Wilson didn't think he would slide so low in the first round. But you won't hear him complaining and he'd probably walk from Piscataway here to Florham Park just to be a part of the championship-caliber team Tannenbaum and Ryan are assembling. 

"I expected [to go] somewhere, so it is definitely a lot of waiting," Wilson said. "I did get nervous there towards the end. I’m not going to lie. But just a big sense of relief to know where I was headed. This obviously was the best place for me and I’m definitely excited to make the most of this opportunity."

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