KRL Posted April 21, 2015 Share Posted April 21, 2015 With the draft a week away it seems like this is the final list of players we saw: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/25157150/nfl-2015-draft-jets-visits-include-6-qbs-7-wrs As the New York Jets prepare for the start of the NFL Draft on April 30, their player visits are telling. They indicate that the Jets are really interested in a quarterback not named Geno Smith, evidenced by six of their 26 visits, and one workout, being quarterbacks. That is as of Monday morning according to an unofficial list compiled by NFLDraftScout.com The Jets, who are still looking for a replacement for Joe Namath, apparently believe they can get their man this year with the No. 6 pick in the draft. To prepare, they were up close and personal with three of the top-rated quarterbacks in the draft -- Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, and UCLA's Brett Hundley. The only one they worked out was Winston. The Jets also visited with the next two quarterbacks in NFLDraftScout.com's rankings, Baylor's Bryce Petty and Colorado State's Garret Grayson. They gave a shout out to Gary Nova, whose visit doesn't even count toward the official maximum because he is local, at Rutgers. Also high on the Jets' curiosity meter were wide receivers, who accounted for seven visits and outside linebackers with six. Teams are allowed a total of 30 visits, not including local prospects. Our list also includes workouts, when the team sends coaches and scouts to the player's campus. But as of Monday morning, the Jets held only two such workouts, with Winston and North Carolina State offensive tackle Tyson Chandler. Watching who accepts a request for a visit or workout might hint what player or players the team is inclined to draft. Or not. But it is an interesting part of the whole draft evaluation process. These ongoing get-togethers are not the only time that coaches and scouts get face time with prospects. Teams also visit players at all-star games, the combine, and during pro days. But we are not counting those. Take a closer look this unofficial list of meetings and perhaps there is a clue to which player or players the team may draft. To help see if there is a match, check the names against ratings along with bios by NFLDraftScout.com here. In list of visits below, PV=Private visit; LOC=local prospect; WO=Workout. JETS TOP THREE NEEDS 1. Quarterback: Geno Smith might not be the answer despite a mild endorsement from new coach Todd Bowles at the league meetings. But the answer may not be out there. There is the hope that Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota could slip to the sixth selection in the draft, where the Jets pick. Do they think he can transition from a gimmicky offense to a pro-style set-up? The Jets did acquire Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Texans. Visits by quarterbacks: 6, with 1 workout -- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State (WO, PV) -- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (PV) -- Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA (PV) -- Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State (PV) -- Gary Nova, QB, Rutgers (LOC) -- Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (PV) 2. Outside linebacker: The Jets are so bereft of pass rushers that 34 year olds Calvin Pace and Jason Babin had their options exercised Feb. 14. The aging duo combined for just six sacks last season, so upgrading with some youth is a must. Visits by outside linebackers, rush ends: 6, no workouts --Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida (PV) --Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson (PV) --Alvin Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky (PV) -- Eli Harold, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Virginia (PV) -- Shane Ray, OLB/DE, Missouri (PV) -- Mike Reilly, DE, William & Mary (LOC) 3. Offensive line: Name a spot, any spot, along the line and the Jets either need to upgrade or begin planning for the future. Center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson are durable yet aging veterans. Right guard Willie Colon is a placeholde, right tackle Breno Giacomini was a disappointment after signing as a free agent prior to last season and left guards Visits by offensive linemen: 3, with 1 workout --Tyson Chandler, OT, N.C. State (WO) --Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (PV) -- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (PV) OTHER VISITS: 11, including 7 WRs, no workouts -- Vince Mayle, FB/WR, Washington State (PV) -- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (PV) -- Adrian Coxson, WR, Stony Brook (LOC) -- Austin Hill, WR, Arizona (PV) -- DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (PV) -- Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida (PV) -- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia (PV) -- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington (PV) -- Kristjan Sokoli, DT, Buffalo (PV, LOC) -- Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC (PV) -- Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati (PV) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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