TJB Podcast: Dan Hatman, Leger Douzable and the pre-draft process

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are almost Draft-ready. This week, they dive into the pre-draft process from the team side with Dan Hatman, former scout with the Eagles, Jets, and Giants and Chairman of Scouting Development at The Scouting Academy. Later, they’re joined by New York Jets defensive lineman Leger Douzable to learn about the process from the player’s side, and also to hear how things are going so far under new head coach Todd Bowles. Oh yeah, and that whole schedule business too.

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  • The Schedule is Out! (01:10)
  • Dan Hatman (9:10)
  • Leger Douzable (28:30)

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2015 Pre-Draft Jets Player Interest Tracker

Here’s a compilation of some of the news, names and schools I’ve seen the Jets tied to in the lead up to the 2015 NFL Draft.  My thanks to Bent & Steiny for their additions!

East-West Shrine Game

Who were the Jets spotted talking to?

  • WR Deon Long, Maryland
  • WR Tre McBride, William & Mary
  • OG John Miller, Louisville
  • CB John Shaw, USC

NFL Combine Visit List

  • Kenny Bell, Nebraska, WR
  • Brandon Bridge, South Alabama, QB
  • Michael Burton, Rutgers, FB
  • Landon Collins, Alabama, SS
  • Jamison Crowder, Duke, WR
  • Bud Dupree, Kentucky, OLB
  • Devin Funchess, Michigan, WR
  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, QB
  • Tre McBridge, William & Mary, WR
  • Keith Mumphrey, Michigan State, WR
  • Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M, OT
  • Leon Orr, Florida, DT
  • Marcus Peters, Washington, CB
  • Shane Ray, Missouri, DE
  • Brandon Scherff, Iowa, OL
  • Shaq Thompson, Washington, OLB
  • Jameis Winston, Florida State, QB

Invites to Florham Park or Private Workouts

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GEICO SportsNite: Maccagnan on NFL draft

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan discusses his first year as general manager of the Jets and the team’s preparation for the upcoming NFL draft.

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What we learned from GM Mike Maccagnan’s press conference on Friday…

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan held a pre-draft press conference on Friday to answer questions about the team’s strategy. Here’s what we learned (Waszak, April 24)…

1) Maccagnan said that he’s not opposed to moving up in the draft, but noted that “philosophically,” he likes the idea of having more picks.

2) The Jets will talk to teams slotted both ahead of them and after them to get an idea of what those teams need.

3) Maccagnan views the draft as where you take the best player available, opposed to free agency, where there’s a smarter and more efficient way to fill needs.

4) Not wanting to give away the Jets’ strategy, Maccagnan would not answer whether he viewed quarterback as an area of need.

5) There is no update on Mo Wilkerson‘s contract situation.

6) Both Damon Harrison and Jaiquawn Jarrett are expected to sign their RFA tenders.

7) While preparing for the draft, the Jets have evaluated just under 1,400 players, with around 285-290 currently on their draft board.

8) Maccagnan fully understands that while he might have the final say, compiling all this information is a team effort and he wanted to take every opportunity to credit the entire Jets organization who put countless hours and time on the road to come up with their final draft board and draft picks.

Brian Bassett,

As expected, it sounds as if Maccagnan is taking a steady approach to the draft.  In a perfect world, the Jets will have the best player who also meets a need fall to them at the sixth overall pick, but the Jets will be prepared to make moves up or back if they perceive value in doing so.

The closer the draft gets, the more unlikely it seems that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will fall to the Jets at six.  If the Jets want to get Mariota, they might have to move up and look like they could be competing with the Browns, Eagles and Chargers for the pleasure.  The Eagles and Chargers both have veteran quarterbacks to offer, which a short-timer coach like Ken Whisenhunt has to highly value.  If FSU QB Jameis Winston falls to the second pick, then the teams willing to trade up will likely fall off to just the Browns.

In the case that the Jets would be willing to move back, the other possibility is if USC DT Leonard Williams tumbles that far.  At that point, Williams would be a wild value and the teams willing to move up for Williams might be vastly different than the teams looking to move up for a quarterback.  Quick teams that come to mind?  The Vikings, the Browns, the Colts and the Chargers.

Loud Mouths: Gurley to the Jets?

Chris Carlin and Adam Schein discuss whether the Jets will take RB Todd Gurley with their first pick or go another route.