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OTTOTD: The Kyle Wilson edition

There are occasions that call for a quick analysis, a brief take on a particular situation, game or subject. So with that in mind, I'm going begin a new feature I like to call Off The Top Of The Dome.

That's OTTOTD for short.

No stats, no outside influence. Just straight opinion/analysis.

Our first installment of this lovely series will focus on CB Kyle Wilson, the first defensive player selected in the Rex Ryan Era. The Jets were downright giddy when Wilson -- who some thought may go No. 7 to Eric Mangini and the Browns, but they picked up CB Joe Haden instead -- fell right into their laps at No. 29.

Frankly, I can't blame them.

Wilson is exactly what the Jets needed. He fills a void behind Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, giving them an athletic, speedy nickel back who's comfortable moving around the field. He's a ball hawk and is a pretty good punt returner too.

Think about it: The addition of Wilson allows the Jets to move Dwight Lowery into the dime spot, which is also a good thing because Lowery can be extremely hot and cold. He's better off playing against a team's third- or fourth-best receiver. Less pressure and less of an opportunity for him to make a mistake and get burnt.

Plus, Cromartie is in the final season of the four-year, $12.5 million deal he inked as a rookie. So if for some reason the Jets decide to part ways with Cromartie after the season, Wilson will have had a season under his belt and can step in and start opposite Revis immediately in 2011.

Bottom line: The Jets, in my estimation, scored big with Wilson and I'll give them an A for that selection. Now, of course, the trick is to keep it going this evening with their second-round pick (No. 61). Remember, they gave up their third- and fifth-rounders in the trade for WR Braylon Edwards.

The Jets still need to address their defensive line and could use a pass rusher, so I expect them to take a hard look at drafting someone to help the front seven.

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