Archive for April, 2012

Third Round Pick: Demario Davis

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- “Jumped off the tape at me, left me saying “this is a bad dude.” © National Football Post scouting report on Demario Davis.

With their third selection of the draft the Jets choose linebacker, Demario Davis, from Arkansas State. Davis is an inside linebacker, with exceptional speed. He can play both inside and outside, can blitz and play the run and is also considered one of the better coverage linebackers in this draft and he will make Mike Westhoff a very happy man on special teams.

“I did a lot of special teams. I love special teams.” Davis said, “ Wherever they want me to come and contribute, I’ll be ready. I got a lot of preparation in college, so I’m ready.” (more…)

Jets Trade Up to Stephen Hill In Round 2

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- Going into this offseason the goal of the front office was to not only improve the overall talent on the team, but to add speed as well. With the way the league has changed over the past few years the Jets knew they had to get younger and faster and they achieved that goal with each of their first three picks, but it was with their second pick, the one they traded up for so they were guaranteed to get their man, that the Jets added some world-class speed with Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill.

Hill has blazing speed and he knows it. He ran a 4.3 40 at the combine and when asked if that is routine for him, Hill said, “That was definitely routine. I worked a lot on that. I actually told the Jets I was going to actually run that time. It was definitely routine.”

“Yeah, that’s right.” Hill said confidently when a reporter asked if he really told the Jets he would run a 4.3.

“We try to ask the guys (what they’ll run) just to get a feel for what they’re thinking.” Joey Clinkscales said, “In our interview, that is exactly what he said and went out and did it.”

“To his credit he did it.” Mike Tannenbaum said, ”They don’t always run what they say they are going to run.” (more…)

Jets Select DE Quinton Coples

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Florham Park - With the beginning of the draft playing out in an insane fashion with pick after pick being traded the Jets fielded multiple calls and considered every option, but when it came time for them to pick they choose to select the highest rated player on their board, Quinton Coples, defensive end from North Carolina.

“We are excited to get Quinton with the 16th pick. We did field some calls, but we just really felt good about the value of getting Quinton.” Mike Tannenbaum said. “He’s going to play on the defensive line, along with Sione, Mike DeVito and Wilkerson. I think it’ll be fun to watch Rex and coach Pettine and see how they use him.”

The first 15 picks couldn’t have played out any better for the Jets, as West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin was the only pass rusher off the board, giving the Jets their choice of any pass rusher they wanted. There’s no way the Jets considered Irvin as he was immediately dubbed the reach of the draft, of course many Coples detractors quickly chimed in saying Coples was the second biggest reach of the night. For months we had been hearing about how Rex Ryan was in love with South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram and most people assumed he was the best fit, with Ingram still on board Jets fans were chanting his name right until they heard Coples name called instead.

The Jets hope that first pick UNC DE Quinton will be a big boost to the team's pass rush.

Coples isn’t the outside linebacker everyone assumed the Jets would target. Ryan confirmed he will play with his hand in the dirt on the line and won’t be stood up, even though Ryan is convinced he could if they asked him to.

“Quinton’s a guy, he’s probably athletic enough to stand up and play linebacker, but that’s not what we brought him here to do.” Ryan said, “He’s going to have his hand in the dirt and he reminds me of a similar type of player as Shaun Ellis, Trevor Pryce type. Very athletic for an inside pass rusher, 3-4 guy and I really think that’s a fair comparison.”

The knock on Coples comes from people questioning his effort after he turned in a disappointing senior year and many scouts thought he mailed it in. The Jets have no such concerns and attribute his senior year troubles to everything that was collapsing around him at North Carolina.

“At one point it was a unique set of circumstances. At one point, in a two season period, Quinton had four different position coaches.” Tannenbaum said, “With that said he still had very good productivity, 24 career sacks, and we’re excited to get him.

“He was a teammate of Mo Wilkerson at Hargrave (Military Academy) and the reason that’s very important to me was, this is a guy that was in the same locker room as him and anytime we have those situations I always ask these guys, you know Kyle Wilson there’s been a ton of guys to come through Boise State, that it’s critical to me, do you want to work with this guy day in and day out? And Mo was unbelievable, he said, ‘he’s a great teammate and he’s a better player than me.”

Naturally a player with questionable effort would draw comparisons to the notorious Vernon Gholston but, Ryan said he thought any comparisons to Gholston were unwarranted, because with Gholston he had to adjust to playing a new position and they have no intention of doing that with Coples. Coples will play where he was meant to play and while it’s not at outside linebacker Ryan thinks the combination of him and Wilkerson will open up things for everyone else, most notably Aaron Maybin.

“It is a lot harder to rush the passer from a 3-4 defensive end, Muhammed (Wilkerson) only had three sacks. If your looking at that, but some guys cause production and I think Quinton and Muhammed cause production, they’re those types of guys, but they can get production themselves… We look at it, we were at our best with a guy like Shaun Ellis moving inside, we picked up Trevor Pryce and he did a good job, only had one sack, but how much production did he cause?”

Asked to talk about the decision to select Coples, Joey Clinkscales said, “First of all, Quinton was a great pass rusher. He’s long, he’s tall, he’s got length, he’s very athletic and from a stand point of grades he was the highest rated player on the board at that point.”

Coples joined the media on a conference call shortly after being drafted and told reporters he had already begun preparing himself to play in the Jets defense. He expects to play the five-technique and be a jumper, sometimes dropping back into coverage. In response to a question about his work ethic Coples said he’s, “Working hard to improve and be the best athlete possible for the Jets.”

“I didn’t know the Jets would take me even though Rex promised me he would last week.” Coples said before saying, “The Jets were the only team that was straight up with me.” Ryan may have waited until last week to make that promise, but Coples said he knew Ryan feel in love with him at his pro day.”

“It’s funny I forget who was with me, but I think I said ‘I just made this guy a lot of money.’” Ryan said when talking about the positional drills Ryan personally put Coples through. “Because when we were going through the drills, he could catch the football, he could run. There’s no saying he couldn’t play outside linebacker because he looked that athletic. He was really impressive in those drills and I couldn’t get him tired.”

There will be a lot of people who question this move in the following days, but none of those people are in the Jets front office. Coples is a freakish talent (HT: 6′5 3/4″, WT: 284) who has drawn comparisons to Julius Peppers and Richard Seymour. If he plays anywhere near the level of those two players, people won’t be questioning this selection for long.

With the 16th Pick In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jets…

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I decided against doing a traditional style mock draft, mostly because I don’t feel comfortable pretending to have any actual idea as to what many of the other 31 teams in the NFL plan on doing. For every team I feel confident about knowing their plans, there are admittedly just as many teams that I feel could go in any number of directions. Now having said that, I studied the options for the first 15 teams much more thoroughly than picks 17-32 and I think I have a pretty good feel for how those will play out, but again this is the NFL draft, notorious for being unpredictable, I’m not dumb enough to think I have any of this 100% figured out.

So instead of wildly speculating specific guesses for each team, I’ll just wildly speculate the odds on who the Jets take at 16. There is of course the possibility of the Jets trading up or trading down as well, but I’ll mention that when warranted. (more…)

Is a ‘Revis Holdout: Part 2′ Coming This Summer?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

We will now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming of draft previews to discuss the issue that those rumors of a potential holdout for Darrelle Revis just might be true after all. The rumors have been rumbling for the past few weeks, but last night Revis, speaking at a charity event where he was being honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC, gave life to those rumors.

A few weeks ago when the rumors first started surfacing many people thought it was a reporter trying to create a problem that didn’t yet exist, but there’s another possibility most never considered. Maybe that reporter started asking those questions because someone’s agent planted the idea in the reporter’s ear. Agents use the media to fight their battles and get their message across all the time and one of Revis’ agent, Neil Schwartz, is as shrewd a manipulator of teams and the media as anyone, as we all experienced two years ago. (more…)

Quenton Coples to Visit Jets This Week

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

You never want to read too much into which teams are bringing in which players for interviews before the draft. Teams visit with a lot of players, as it’s a big part of the evaluation process, knowing they won’t be able to draft over half of them. Smart teams prepare themselves for every possible scenario and will use player visits as a way to get to know future opponents or possible free agents down the line just as much as to see if a player is a fit for their team and of course occasionally there’s the smokescreen visit.

It is however a little late in this draft process for teams to be wasting their time on smokescreens, especially when talking about a once sure-fire top 10 pick whose stock seems to be slipping. The Jets bringing in Quenton Coples for a visit this week, as reported by ESPN’s Josina Anderson, doesn’t feel like a smokescreen though. What it feels like is a team in the mind state of draft the best player available and if Coples falls to them at 16 he will likely be among the top names on their board. (more…)

First Round Options Part 2: Who to Take?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Yesterday we took a look at approximating how the first 15 picks of this year’s draft will play out and how those first 15 picks will affect the top of the Jets draft board. With 15 teams picking before the Jets, naturally there will be that many top prospects to come off the board. Fortunately for the Jets most of those players do not play positions that fill an immediate need leaving them with a few options to choose from off the top of their wish list.

Everyone knows the Jets needs, in order, OLB, FS, RT, WR, RB (there’s more minor ones of course). You could easily make an argument for placing right tackle higher, I wouldn’t argue with you, but apparently the Jets front office and coaching staff feel differently. Rex Ryan and company still feel Wayne Hunter and Vlad Ducasse will be much improved this year under Tony Sparano’s watch. After the season, reports came out that the playbook was too thick and complex for many of the young lineman, which would make sense considering how many times teams got two and three guys by them untouched, and it simply overwhelmed and confused them. (more…)

First Round Options Part 1: Who Will Be Gone By 16th Pick

Monday, April 9th, 2012

When the draft is still months away it can be fun to drift away into Wonderland and imagine Trent Richardson slipping to the Jets, but with just over two weeks until the draft it’s time to wake up to reality. It’s time to make peace with the fact that Richardson will not be slipping to the Jets and start focusing your attention on what players could actually be available at 16 and narrowing down the top targets of choice.

The speculating and mock drafts have come at a furious pass since last season ended, but this is the time when things start to take shape and you can get a pretty good feel for how many of these early picks will turn out. So before we start assessing the Jets options, let’s take a look at how the first 15 picks might turn out (to the best of my abilities, by no means am I claiming to be using any of my psychic powers here), which players will definitely be gone by 16 and which Jets targets are most likely to still be on board (Bold names are players I think it’s safe to assume will not be available at 16). (more…)

Jets Sign Australian Born Rugby Star Hayden Smith

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

With the way that NFL offenses have evolved in recent years, with specific regards to the tight end position, the process of finding players that fit the changing schemes has evolved as well. As teams get more creative with their play calls, they also must get more creative with how they find these new breed of tight ends. Which is exactly what the Jets have done with the signing of former basketball and Australian rugby player Hayden Smith.

Last night Jake Steinberg (aka @Steiny31) of www.thejetsblog.com first reported the Jets were, “on the verge of signing,” Smith to be a “tight end.” Today the signing has become official.

Tight end coach/guru Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster), who helped Antonio Gates make the transition from basketball to football, has been training with Smith and tweeted, “Hayden Smith has signed with the Jets! Really think this guys upside in the NFL is huge.” When Brewster was asked on Twitter how Smith is “football smart” with such limited football experience, Brewster tweeted, “Football makes sense to him. Understands concepts, a one-time learner. Smart with great work ethic = NFL player.” (more…)