2007_04_sdraftday1.jpg The Jets and the Giants took very different approaches to the draft on Saturday, but when the day was over, both had primarily upgraded their defenses. Five of the six selections made by the locals were defensive players and both teams hope they addressed some key needs.

The Jets had a clear idea of what players they wanted and went after them, trading up in both rounds. In the first round, New York traded their first, second and fifth round picks in exchange for the 14th overall and a sixth rounder from Carolina. With the pick they selected Darrelle Revis, considered by most scouts to be the best corner in the draft. In the second round the Jets exchanged second round picks with Green Bay and also traded their third and sixth rounders in exchange for the Packers’ seventh rounder. With the pick they took David Harris, a linebacker from Michigan who should be a nice addition to their defense, but not the defensive tackle they still need.

The Giants filled some needs with their first two picks, adding Texas cornerback Aaron Ross in round 1. There were numerous directions they could have gone with this pick, but adding a cornerback is a solid decision. In Round 2, the Giants got someone for Eli in WR Steve Smith from USC. Considering what happened to the passing game Toomer went down last year, you can’t argue this pick either, but their third round pick is hard to understand. Instead of getting an offensive lineman or linebacker, the Giants opted for a defensive tackle, Jay Alford of Penn State. Nothing against Alford, but the Giants may regret not picking for need at this spot.

The biggest story of the day was the free-fall Brady Quinn took. The Notre Dame QB, who many thought would be picked as high as third, lasted until the 22nd spot in the draft and was escorted out of the Green Room and sequestered to spare him the embarrassment of being on tv every time he wasn’t picked. Cleveland, which could have taken him at 3, traded up to get him and ended his misery.

The draft concludes today with Rounds 4-7.

Photo of Jets fans cheering the selection of Darrelle Revis by AP/Stephen Chernin