The Jets have 10 picks in the three-day draft which starts Thursday April 26th, including the 16th overall selection.
Since trading for the Tebow last month, the Jets have insisted he will be Mark Sanchez’s backup, but will be a key part of the offence while playing in wildcat packages and could see time as a running back/fullback, TE and Personal Protector on special teams.
Tebow gives the Jets, as Mike puts it, a “subtle tiebreaker:
Tanny talks about Tebow
He’s our backup quarterback, so that’s how we’re listing him, and that’s how we’re going to carry him on our roster,” Tannenbaum said Thursday while discussing the Jets’ preparations for the draft. “That could be more of a, I’d say, like a subtle tiebreaker, knowing that he has unique skill sets and athleticism. But in terms of how we are looking at our strategy, he’s clearly at quarterback for us, and that’s how we’re listing him.”
Things I’ve Learned:
The Jets seemed to have completed an enormous amount scouting reports, even more than last year.
It appears that the Jets feel there is great debt at RB and WR in this year’s draft (8-9 good running backs sprinkled through the first 5 rounds). I don’t believe they will pick either at 16. I also don’t believe they will move up to get Trent Richardson.
They are happy with 16 despite being in “no mans land”. Tanny is open to moving up or back, but I’m not buying it.
OT and TE are down from last year according to Terry Bradway.
Tannenbaum is echoing Rex’s quote from earlier in the week that you draft “The best player available”.
When Joey Clinkskales spoke about the Safety position, it appears that he was downplaying the Jets drafting Mark Barron. He stressed that this position should have intelligence. When asked about his coverage ability, Clinksales said it was “very good”. He stated that he must not be the “best fit” for this team or any team running man coverage.
They feel good about Calvin Pace and Bryon Thomas and they just want to add depth to the position.
Terry said that it’s a very good year to draft guards.
Mike has learned from his past mistake with a fella named Vernon.
Tanny would not rule out drafting a QB.
Tebow is being listed as a backup QB but that’s a subtle tiebreaker.
In regards to the power running game, Tanny said they are excited about Powell and noted the lack of meaningful reps have kept him out of the spotlight. I still think the Jets draft a running back in a later round.
The Jets spoke highly of Braylon Edwards, but if rejoins the team it won’t be until after the draft.
A pass-rushing outside linebacker or defensive end is a need for the Jets and could be something they address in the first round. They have worked out or brought in for visits several potential first-round prospects at the position, and senior personnel consultant Terry Bradway said, “that’s a positon we’ve been looking at.” Among the best are South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram, North Carolina’s Quinton Coples and Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw.
“I think when you look at it, seven of the eight outside linebackers on our board were all college defensive ends,” Bradway said. “I think there’s a good number. I think it’s a position that we’d like to get a young guy in there that can play and help us win. If that happens, then we’ll be happy.” – Read More