2011 NFL Draft: TCU WR/KR Jeremy Kerley Picked 153rd Overall To New York Jets

The second TCU skill player was taken in the 2011 NFL Draft was wide receiver/return man Jeremy Kerley who is heading to the New York Jets. The Jets do have a solid set of receivers with Santano Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery; this will make it tough for Kerley to make the team, but his return skills and big play ability should have him seeing the field some in his rookie year. 

At TCU he was a big play threat to got to the endzone 10 times this past year as a receiver. He is undersized at 5-feet-11-inches and weights in at 189 pounds, so Kerley will first need to bulk up to at least 200 pounds and he will be used as a slot or quick pass receiver with bubble screens to give him a chance to make big plays.

Here is what NFL.com says about Kerley:

STRENGTHS

Kerley explodes off the line and reaches top speed instantly. Possesses very reliable hands and quickly secures the ball. Has fluid hips and great lateral agility which makes him very difficult to tackle in the open field. Shows good vision as a return man and has the quickness to exploit seams. Willing run blocker.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks the top end speed to stretch the field at the next level. Does not run refined routes and struggles to find soft spots in zone coverage. Gets sloppy with his footwork at times and loses momentum in and out of his breaks. He is undersized and will be pushed around by bigger cornerbacks on the press.    

To see the field in 2011 Kerley will need to play special teams, and it may not be as a return man but he needs to be versatile to get some playing time.

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