FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - After fortifying their defensive line on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, the Jets satisfied their need for speed in Round 2.
They selected Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith with the 37th overall pick Friday night. Not only did first-time general manager Mike Maccagnan find a complement for Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley, but he also added big-play ability on offense and on special teams.
Smith, a 2014 All-Big Ten selection, led the Buckeyes with 931 receiving yards on just 33 receptions last year, and 12 of those catches went for touchdowns. A senior on the Buckeyes' national championship team, Smith averaged one TD every four receptions in his four-year career.
He finished his college career with 121 catches for 2,503 yards and 30 TDs and he clocked a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.
Smith said on conference call Friday night that he was "lost for words" when the Jets selected him five spots into the second round. Perhaps that's because the front office kept their interest in him under wraps somewhat. Smith said he talked to the Jets at the Senior Bowl and "a little" at the combine, but he didn't take a predraft visit to the facility.
Jets trade down in third round
The Jets had the sixth pick in the third round (70th overall), but traded down by swapping picks with the Texans, Maccagnan's former team. The Jets received Houston's third (82nd overall), fifth-round pick (152) and seventh-round pick (229), along with receiver DeVier Posey.
The Texans used the newly acquired pick to take Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong.
The 6-1, 211-pound Posey has only 22 catches for 272 yards and no TDs in three seasons. He tore his Achilles in January 2013 during the Texans' loss to the Patriots in an AFC divisional-round game. Maccagnan, who was in Houston when Posey was drafted in 2012, now has two additional picks at his disposal during Rounds 3-7 (six in all).