Jets interview Blake Bortles; don’t read too much into it

The Jets interviewed draft prospect Blake Bortles, according to Rich Cimini at ESPN NY.

Teams were permitted to conduct 60 formal interviews at the combine. The Jets met with many of the top players, including Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, but don’t put too much stock in these sitdowns. It’s called due diligence. They will conduct hundreds of player interviews by draft day. In some cases, the combine interview is just a starting point. Example: The Jets weren’t blown away by Geno Smith last year, but they scheduled a follow-up on the eve of his pro day. That’s when they became more comfortable with him.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s an interesting note, but as Cimini notes this is just Combine due diligence. Each team gets a set number of interviews and he is a player that many teams are trying to catch up with their research, since he’s jumped up rather quickly over other quarterbacks (like Tajh Boyd) who was likely more the focus through the 2013 college football season.

There’s gossip that right now Bortles is in consideration to go first overall to the Texans — so for the Jets to even be in the mix for a player like Bortles it would seem that they would need to make a large jump up in the draft, jumping into the top ten or even top five. The Rams (second pick) and Falcons (sixth pick) have been very up front about their willingness to deal, but the Jets would have to give up a lot to move up from 18. It’s hard to believe that this is going to turn out to be 2009 all over again.

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Ryan Grote
Ryan Grote

Agree, beginning to like Matthews even at 18. Compare specs and stats with Evans and they are not that different. Matthews ran faster in Indy than most expected. Played in SEC, set career records against great competition. Not for nothing, but also have to think he may grade out well on character/intangibles. Stayed in school longer, at Vandy, may have had to go to class sometimes, etc. Scared of Lee. Shorter. Has been dinged up. Didn't not set the turf on fire in 40. West coast guy, etc. Only guy I'd move up for into top 10 would be Mack. Should Barr slide to 18, or one of the top corners (Dennard more likely) that would be great, as well. As sure a thing as Watkins appears to be and as impressive as Evans or even Ebron might be, would not pay big to move up to grab them.

SackDance99
SackDance99

After seeing as much of the Combine as I could, this draft is going to have great value.  A good draft and the Jets could be set for a while at some key positions.  One thing for sure, if the Jets want to get faster on offense, this is a good draft to get some fast RBs and WRs.

jma020
jma020

Man,  I know this is off topic but I'm really starting to like Jordan Matthews as the #3 WR after Watkins and Evans.  I hadn't realized that he's 6'3.  I think we really need to trade back If Ebron and Evans are both off the board.  I feel like 18 is too early to grab either Lee, Beckham or Matthews- but they'll all be gone by our 2nd round pick.

I know it was sweet, but did we really need to beat the Dolphins?! 

jvsvn
jvsvn

The draft is just a form of scouting. Bortles is going to be somebody's QB. If you have a chance to get a close look at a QB you're probably going to have to play against at some point, you take it. Every team should be doing due diligence on all the top QBs every year ... and I'm pretty sure they do. 

bob
bob

Picking the best player on the board is what the Jets said their gonna do. So in the first round if Jake Bortles is the best player on the board then the Jets will have to move up cause they want the best player on the board. So I don't know how you guys get confused with dis one didn't Idzik and Rex say they gonna pic the best player available or is that something you guys don't understand..I just read this story over at the new Jets web site called "Bananas in the tail pipe".

t__k
t__k

Any chance the Gilbert kid from Ok St. will be around at 18?  Would anyone object to taking another CB if it were him or Dennard from MSU?

Brendan
Brendan

Jerry Jones is a damn lunatic. Pretty, pretty please let him release DeMarcus Ware. I'll stop fighting with 57 about dumb things, literally anything.

Zartan
Zartan

Not too many RBs but lots of WRs.

jdb4
jdb4

@SackDance99  

I think if the Jets came away with Brandin Cooks, Dri Archer, CJ Federowicz and Devin Street they would seriously improve their offense. 

Other guys I would hope they add include Devonta Freeman and Allen Robinson.  If the draft fell right, I think they could get all of them but I think by the 3rd round Rex will want some DB's and that would eliminate Federowicz and Freeman.

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020  Beating the Phins and ensuring they missed the playoffs was worth it. That's always worth it. 

jvsvn
jvsvn

@jma020  That's not off topic at all. Who was Mathews' QB at Vandy?  Answer: Blake Bortles.  It could help explain the meeting with Bortles ie. trying to get further insight on Mathews,

marcus81
marcus81

@jma020  we should be drafting ahead of the Steelers and Ravens too, explain that to me, and Lee is considered almost a top ten pick so if he falls to us jump all over him, it would be nice to get a top WR and TE with the first two picks 

a57se
a57se

@bob  

How about Jake from State farm?

williamg1
williamg1

@bob  If Sheldon Richardson's clone is available at #1, the Jets should trade up and get him. 

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k  I think this is an insane thing to think, but the Twitterverse is talking up the idea that the 4.37 could vault Gilbert over Dennard. 


I'd take Dennard without hesitation, to answer your question. 

Anthony Lamberti
Anthony Lamberti

@Brendan If the Cowgirls cut D WARE i would let everyone on this site kick me in the nuts at the first home game if we don't go after him now that my friend is a dream come true to get D WARE

a57se
a57se

@Brendan  

Why am I even being mentioned here?

Are you fixated on me or something.....I think I need an internet restraining order.

idothis2
idothis2

@Brendan it's a shame that Jones is chasing a 20 year old superbowl memory the wrong way and cant admit that he may need to step back and keep his hands in his pocket

jdb4
jdb4

@Brendan  

Would you want the Jets to spend around $12 mil per year on a guy who may only be a part time player at this point in his career?

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Brendan  they might have no choice the cowboys are in a bad cap situation 

Zartan
Zartan

Snead , he was 1 of 5 guys that were not afraid of the ball (during drills). Most of them blinked when the ball hit their hand or whatever. Might seem like nothing but its a bunch.

jma020
jma020

@Brendan @jma020  I know, it was awesome.  But I can't help but think that drafting from the 10 spot and being able to possibly grab Mack/Evans/Watkins with someone like Matthews in the 2nd round may have been worth the trade off.  Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the win.  

Brendan
Brendan

@jvsvn Uhh....Bortles played at University of Central Florida, not Vandy. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k  I watched Dennard a little this year (parents both went to MSU) and he looked good to me.  I'm not too familiar with Dennard.


Overall though, what do you think about a CB at 18?  Not saying I'm in favor, but just wanted to get some opinion.


Lets assume Evans, Lee, Watkins, Ebron and Amaro are gone (and Mack,  I would kill for Mack), would you be in favor of another CB?

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4 @Brendan  Part time? 



Not yet. He's got some years left in those legs. He was a top-10 4-3 DE last year, despite his injury issues. 

idothis2
idothis2

@jdb4 @Brendan i would pay 16 to Revis before i pay 12 to Ware

jdb4
jdb4

@Zartan  

Frankly I was won over by Verret and Gaines.  I want to watch all the film I can on those two.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@a57se @Hanknaples

Sorry 57....The Jets is a LLC formed and (still) based in New York !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @jma020

I know he IS THE Miami Dolphins, but Ross OWNS/RUNS NEW YORK.....so

Be carefull what you wish for.because he who laughs last laughs BEST !!!

The Master plan all along has been for ROSS to subversively make the Giants and Jets "Kinder & Gentler " Teams.....something akin to Golf or Polo Etiquette..He introduced and The NY State House just passed Bill No 1117 to prevent all public Atletics from using Crude and offensive language....to 'respect each other !!!  And get this.......this BIll will be enforced by.....ready?......The Sate Attorney General Office !!!!!

a57se
a57se

@jma020 @Brendan 

Not trying to piss in your Cheerios or anything, just provide a different perspective.

When you have watched every game for 49 seasons (~750 games), winning two games to finish 8-8 isn't so awesome when you know 8 or 9 slots in the draft order are involved.

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020 Not worth thinking about, imo. 


The way I look at it? The Jets beat the Phins, kept them from the playoffs AND get to pick ahead of them despite having the same record. Double Eff You to Flipper. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @SackDance99They could always trade up....  Let's start talking up those 21 reps....he's a BUST!!!!  Maybe that will get him to 18.

Brendan
Brendan

@SackDance99 Well, Mack has a slim chance of lasting to the mid-1st, Clowney doesn't. I'd prefer Clowney, but I'd also prefer LT in his prime. I think the Jets have an equal chance at landing those two players at this stage. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @t__kMine is Clowney.  Dunbar coaching his technique, Rex and DT working on him to get the most from him and the Sons and Coples pushing him to excel?  All Clowney needs is his buttons pushed because he's lightning coming off the LOS...on the Jets he'd have to face one-on-one, a TE or a RB...that won't cut it against him.

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k  I know its only one game, but wow, that Ohio State film he has.  He abused that right tackle.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k You must have missed me yesterday. 


For the past five+ years I've made it a habit to relentlessly discuss edge rushers. It's all I wanted in the football universe for the Jets. Yesterday I just said screw it and went back to the well, with Mack as my man crush for this year. 


I doubt they get him, but holy christ imagine if it happened? Coples and Mack crashing the edges with the BAWS and Wilkshake pushing the pocket? 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k  I'd be doing flips if Mack was in the general area of 18.  He looks like a beast to me.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k  If they took one, I'd be fine with it. It'd also stretch it to five years with a DL or CB taken in the 1st round, which would be fantastic for my defensive-loving self. 


I am a big supporter of BPA, and if Dennard is there at 18, I am willing to bet he's the team's BPA. 

Brendan
Brendan

@levi It might be weird that a white 80s baby has a deep-seeded love for soul music and funk, but I do and I'll never apologize. 

Brendan
Brendan

@levi R-E-S-P-E-C-T 



And come on, who gets mad at some Aretha on the brain? Musically, at least. 

levi
levi

@Brendan Thanks now that song is stuck in my head....sock it to me sock it to me....you suck.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I don't know where it went, but I replied to this with a video of Aretha Franklin singing "Respect." 

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4 And there were only seven 4-3 DE's who were clearly better than him. 



He started off the year like the beast we've grown to know and love, but then he tweaked his thigh and struggled the rest of the year. 


My only concern with him would be injury because of age. 

jdb4
jdb4

@Brendan @jdb4 

40 tackles, 6 sacks and was invisible down the end of year...