After the Jets landed cornerback Kyle Wilson with the 29th overall pick in the draft, coach Rex Ryan strongly hinted that his twin brother, Rob, had wanted the Browns to take Wilson instead of cornerback Joe Haden with the seventh overall selection.
“There is somebody that I really know well for a long time that basically
said that he was their guy and they picked a lot earlier than us,” Rex Ryan said. “You can probably figure it out. That’s who he wanted and
then after practice, I’m like ‘Yep. I guarantee you were right because
this guy is the real deal.’”
Haden says that Rob Ryan has talked to the cornerback about Rex’s comments.
“Coach Ryan came up to me during rookie camp,” Haden said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He was like,
‘Joe, I worked out Kyle Wilson, and I said he was the best defensive
back I worked out. I said that because I didn’t work you out. [Defensive
backs coach] Jerome Henderson worked you out and some other defensive
backs, and you were the best DB he worked out.’
“He was like, ‘Joe, don’t worry about that. It was nothing like that. We’re so glad you’re here,’ and all of that stuff. Cleared it up for me
and made it a whole lot better. I don’t care what everybody else says.
Coach just told me exactly what happened.”
That sounds fine, and Rob Ryan said what he had to say. But Rex Ryan didn’t say that Rob Ryan thought Haden was the best defensive back Rob Ryan worked out. Rex said of Rob’s desire for Kyle Wilson, “That’s who he wanted.”
So either Rex or Rob was being inaccurate. Regardless of who’s telling the truth, Rex created an unnecessary problem for his twin brother, and we’ve got a feeling that Rob has let Rex know about it. Loudly.