- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets have selected Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, giving Rex Ryan and his aggressive defense the big-time pass rusher they coveted.

The 6-foot-4 1/2, 305-pound Wilkerson had 9 1/2 sacks last year for the Owls, and should immediately help the Jets, who have made it to the AFC championship game the last two seasons.

Despite Jets fans at the draft site at Radio City Music Hall chanting “We Want Bowers!” _ for Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers _ New York went with a local kid who can also help against the run. Wilkerson is from Linden, N.J.

While Ryan’s defense has ranked among the top teams in overall defense the last two seasons, it has lacked a consistent pass-rushing force _ something they hope Wilkerson will provide.


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