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April 13, 2009

Before the draft, each team is allowed to visit with up to 30 players at their facility. Sometimes it means the team is really interested in a player; sometimes it means there's a medical issue that needs to be checked out; sometimes it means they weren't able to hook up with the player at the combine or a post-season event; sometimes it's just a smokescreen.

Sometimes the outcome can dramatically affect the team's decision on draft day. One example comes to mind, but I can't give too many details because the information was shared in confidence. Let's just say it happened when the Jets had a high pick. They were considering this player, but the player flunked a drug test on his visit to the Jets, who decided to go in another direction -- a decision that had a dramatic impact.

And, no, I'm not talking about Warren Sapp. This happened after Sapp in 1995. Anyway, here's a list of players who have visited the Jets, most of the names first reported by NewYorkJets.com:

Quarterbacks: Rhett Bomar (Sam Houston State), Nate Davis (Ball State), Matthew Stafford (Georgia), Mike Teel (Rutgers).

Running backs: Donald Brown (UConn), Knowshon Moreno (Georgia).

Wide receivers: Kenny Britt (Rutgers), Percy Harvin (Florida), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Louis Murphy (Florida), Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina).

Tight ends: Richard Quinn (North Carolina).

Offensive linemen: Will Beatty (UConn), Xavier Fulton (Illinois), Andre Smith (Alabama).

Defensive linemen: Sammie Lee Hill (Stillman), Peria Jerry (Ole Miss), B.J. Raji (Boston College), Darrell Scott (Clemson), Jamal Westerman (Rutgers).

Linebackers: Jonathan Casillas (Wisconsin), Brian Toal (Boston College).

Cornerback: Darius Butler (UConn), Vontae Davis (Illinois), Bradley Fletcher (Iowa), Malcolm Jenkins (Ohio State), Mike Mickens (Cincinnati), Greg Toler (St. Pauls, Va.).

Safety: David Bruton (Notre Dame)

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