Jets Trade Up For Joe McKnight: Bye Leon Washington?


Obviously the entire draft was going to pass without Mike Tannenbaum making a trade. The Jets gave up their sixth round pick to move up 12 spots in the fourth round to surprisingly take USC running back Joe McKnight.

McKnight is a pretty big name guy, who was a playmaker at one of the nation’s biggest programs the past few years. Last season he had over 1,000 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. McKnight is also a threat catching the football out of the backfield and as a return man.

The real question is now whether the Jets will look to move Leon Washington or they just felt they needed four running backs because of Washington’s health concerns and potential durability questions about Shonn Greene. Regardless, it is clear Mike Tannenbaum loves drafting running backs and it is hard to argue with McKnight’s value in round 4.

Joe McKnight Highlights

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  • Man Listen

    I am by no means sold on this move. If staffon Johnson doesn’t get hurt this guy never gets his 1 and only 1000 yd season. He is one of the biggest USC busts I have ever seen. I remember him coming out of high school in 06 he was the 2nd ranked prospect in the nation behind Jimmy clausen and people were loosely throwing around “the next Reggie bush” title. Not even close as far as production. All thing considered the talent is there but I just hope Rex & schotty ride his ass and make him play to his talent level.

  • Joe Caporoso

    McKnight was a definite disappointment at USC, but he had tough expectations to live up too, he definitely has the skill set to succeed at this level though

  • I just thought that McKnight might have the talent to outrun the challenges in the league. He certainly got the speed and the agility. Thanks for the post!