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Jets Host Eight Draft Candidates


The Jets hosted eight college prospects today and the visitors included a pair of talented receivers: Missouri's Jeremy Maclin and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks.

There is a chance Maclin could be the first receiver taken in this month's draft. While Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree has been slowed by a foot injury, Maclin continues to gain momentum. He's a do-it-all type of player who totaled 2,833 all-purpose yards last year, catching 102 passes along the way. Jets WRs coach Henry Ellard actually led Maclin through some drills at his pro day last month.

Nicks is an interesting player. At 6'1" and 212 pounds, he's a little bigger than Jerricho Cotchery but they share many of the same characteristics — great hands, courage to go over the middle and the ability to pile up yards after the catch. (You'll be able to read more about the wide receivers in our draft positional preview on Thursday).

Mississippi's Peria Jerry headlined the list of defensive visitors. Jerry (6'2", 299) has a tremendous first step and can get in the opposition backfield in a hurry. Last season he collected 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and seven sacks.

Rutgers DE Jamal Westerman, St. Paul CB Greg Toler, Wisconsin LB Jonathan Casillas, Clemson DT Darrell Scott and North Carolina TE Richard Quinn also spent some time at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today.

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