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.comIt’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.