As a defensive-minded coach, Rex Ryan has a motto: You can never have too many corners. With that thought in mind, the New York Jets selected Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson with their first-round pick, the 29th overall.
Wilson was projected as a top-15 talent on many draftboards, but he slipped to the bottom of the round -- and the Jets gladly broke his fall.
"In this case, the board and the need aligned," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said.
Wilson, from Piscataway, N.J., is an aggressive cornerback, regarded as an excellent team leader. He can be too aggressive at times, but he had four interceptions last season. With Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the team, Wilson will be used as the nickel corner in the slot.
He's also an outstanding punt returner. That, too, fills a need for the Jets.
"We were looking at that board and I just said, 'Hang in there, hang in there,'" Ryan said. "And that's exactly what happened."
Wilson had 11 interceptions at Boise State and returned three punts for scores during his career. He became a starter in the second half of his freshman season and helped lead Boise State to a Fiesta Bowl victory over TCU to cap his college career.
"To be honest, I feel right at home," Wilson said. "I couldn't have dreamt it any better. It's pretty surreal right now."
Rich Cimini is special to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.