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“You can make an argument this is the best pick of the first round,” he said.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum, who has earned a reputation for being a wheeler-and-dealer on draft day, said there were a few “cursory” phone calls made about trading the pick.

“We listened when we were on the clock, too,” he said, “but really, when Muhammad was on the clock, we were really excited about that opportunity.”

Wilkerson rooted for the Giants as a youngster, watching the likes of Michael Strahan and Jessie Armstead lead a dominant defense. Now, he hopes to help the other team in town become even better.

“I didn’t grow up a Jets fan, but right now, I’m a Jet,” he said. “I’m proud and I’m happy.”