Jets take Louisville linebacker Mauldin with 82nd pick

Published May. 1, 2015 10:45 p.m. ET

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have drafted Louisville linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in the third round with the No. 82 overall pick, acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.

The Jets sent the 70th pick to the Texans for wide receiver DeVier Posey and Houston's third-rounder, fifth (No. 152) and seventh (No. 229) on Friday night.

Mauldin, a hybrid defensive end-linebacker, had 20 1/2 sacks in three seasons with the Cardinals. He gives coach Todd Bowles an edge rusher, one of their needs heading into the draft.

Posey was a third-round pick of the Texans out of Ohio State in 2012, when new Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan worked in Houston's scouting department. Posey has 22 catches for 272 yards and no TDs, but played in just one game last season.


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