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Clinkscales Weighs In on First Three Picks

Posted by Randy Lange on April 27, 2008 – 2:12 pm

Joey Clinkscales, the Jets’ director of college scouting, came down to the media room and spent a little quality time with the team’s beat reporters a short while ago. And Joey had some solid observations on the team’s first three selections of the draft.

On Dwight Lowery, the San Jose State CB/S who was selected in Round 4 just before he came down from the second floor draft room, Clinkscales said the Jets like Lowery’s versatility, and the draft people especially like his ball skills, which he used to come up with 26 college interceptions —13 at Cabrillo College and 13 at SJSU.

"We’re predicting Dwight will be able to do it at this level. His history says he’ll be able to intercept the ball," Clinkscales said. "His instincts have carried him a long way."

(Lowery cleared up questions about four different listed heights for him in various draft outlets, saying he’s 5’11½" and about 200 pounds.)

Asked about late-first-round TE Dustin Keller, Clinkscales said: "He’s a very athletic kind of guy. He kind of pops off the screen with the plays he can make. And he has run-after-catch ability. He’s probably smaller than some tight ends in the league. … We’re happy to have the player."

And there were those observations, made most recently by ESPN’s Trey Wingo in his morning interview of GM Mike Tannenbaum, that "some people say" Vernon Gholston in his college career sometimes took "not plays but whole games off." But Clinkscales is not one of those some.

"The things I’ve seen, I didn’t see Vernon take entire games off," he said. "We researched the kid and his background. We were comfortable making him the sixth selection."

Erik Boland, the Newsday beatwriter replacing Tom Rock, who’s covering the Giants for the Long Island paper, asked Clinkscales innocently what the Jets plan to do the rest of the day.

"If I told you that … I couldn’t let you out of this room," Clinkscales said with a laugh. But he felt confident that the Jets’ Day Two draft magic can continue this year.

"If we stick with the process like we have in the past when we’ve had late success, we should get good players," he said. But would Lowery benefit from the Jets’ recent Round 4 success, even though teams restacked their boards this morning not after Round 3 as in the past but after Round 2?

"It’s a round earlier this year," Clinkscales agreed. "But the premise is still the same."

Rounds 5 (from Green Bay), 6 and 7 are ahead.

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33 Responses to “Clinkscales Weighs In on First Three Picks”

  1. By tyreek on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    yes i agree with u chad is a master at hideing the ball on play action……. now that we have a real O line we have a chance to close the gap the pats need help on defence bad we need to get better on defense thats the only area of concernv

  2. By David on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    We should go after Colt Brennan from Hawaii. That guy is amazing, he broke so many records and he played in a passing offense. If we get him, it would be the biggest steal in the draft. PLEASE DRAFT COLT BRENNAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. By Charlie on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Erik Ainge. I don’t follow much college football but the games I do watch usually involve UT. He seems to throw the untimely interception. I think they expected more out of him when Brad Schaeffer transferred out of UT’s 2-qb system they employed during their freshman years. Good size and good tools. Was a Danny Ainge fan back in the day. Not bad.

  4. By Ira on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Erik Ainge was a no brainer. I didn’t think they wanted a QB at this point but this pick speaks volumes of their QB situation. Great pick by Mr. T. GO JETS!!!!

  5. By Drew on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Love E Ainge…….He is a big strong QB out of the SEC. I posted we should draft him a month ago with our 6th rounder. I am very proud of myself. This guy can be our QB in 2 years.

  6. By joe on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    i would love 2 get mike hart in the 7th round so far i would say this is a very good draft

  7. By chris on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    i like the pick of that corner he seems like he’ll be a good pick and may turn out to be a good nickel corner for the jets this year and hopefully more in the near future

  8. By MikeMc on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    We drafted a QB that can hit 3-pointers.

  9. By pat maio on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Okay. For the first time in many years I’m optimistic about the Jets defense,’
    The Mr T and Mr. M have done a masterful job in the ofseascon and in the drafts of the last two years.
    Don’t look now…. We could possibly have the best defense in the whole AFC.
    I antcipate that Brady will be spending some time staring at the skies when the Jets play them. Lets see what happens……

  10. By tom on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    i dont ike that trade up to get that tight end from purdue they should have taken sweed or thomas they dont need a tight end they got baker and they just signed franks i think that was a waist of picks

  11. By Drew on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Listen to E Ainge talk football and you will become a huge fan of his. The kid understands the game and how to win. Tenn has lost major talent the last 3 years and he still won games. He is a tough kid who will push whoever the starter is next year. He is Chad Pennington with more arm. He does not carry a cannon but he can throw it. I have heard the T Brady whispers more than once on him!!

  12. By Russell on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    The concensus was the Jets needed a WR and at Pick # 162 Hubbard and Monk are sitting there. Instead, the Jets select QB Ainge. I didn’t think we needed a QB. At 171, there both still there and instead they select WR M. Henry. I had Hubbard and Monk rated ahead of Henry, but that’s why I’m a fan and not in the war room or preparing that damn board.

  13. By MikeMc on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    This Henry kid has great size 6’4″ 207lbs, does he have the speed to go with it? I hear he had a ton of catches averaging close to 20yards per.

  14. By Joshua on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    good idea to add some size at wr. now where’s that short-yardage back we need?

  15. By Charles F on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    I have to admit the Jets have been drafting awesome Gholston,Keller,Lowery and now Ainge and Henry. Freakin awesome pick for Ainge, Henry is going to help us out a lot. Thank you Tangini , this year is going to be awesome for Jet fans. Go JETS WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Now there can be some QB competition in camp. Gang Green 4 LIFE!

  16. By CEDRIC on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Ainge and Henry, a Good look for the Jets, guys this has been a descent draft.

  17. By Ricky on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    What a waste of a final pick. I thought for sure there were a couple of decent RBs we could have grabbed. (Boyd and Washington for sure). A weak ending to a really good draft.

  18. By MikeMc on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    tom, it wasn’t a waste of picks to go up and get Keller, they got that pick back. Dan Leberfeld had Keller going # 25 to seattle in his mock. I think he presents coverage problems for N.E.

  19. By cactus hugger on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    I think Keller will be used as a WR/TE hybrid, he started his college career as a WR and, size-wise, he’s either a small tight end with speed or a big WR. I can see him adding a lot of options to the play-calling. I think that was a good move. I like drafting Ainge too; he’s too good to pass up in the 5th round – who knows, he could be the next Tom Brady. I’m very optimistic about next season.

  20. By JohnW on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    This draft for the Jets is a DISASTER.
    Wasted the sixth pick on second round talent.
    Wasted an extra pick for a TE that was too slow to play wide out and does not block and would have been there anyway .
    This team needed impact players, they did not do that.

  21. By k-man on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    I think the second day picks will pan out much better then the 1st day

  22. By jets101 on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    the jets should have grabbed lb erin henderson from maryland with the last pick

  23. By CEDRIC on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    This wasnt the best Draft, but it wasnt Poor, we addressed alot of need in the Offseason so thats why there was no need to be aggressive. it was smart to get our 4th and 5th Pick back too. We did, ok…most of all we DIDNT MESS IT UP, thats what counts

  24. By Jetsfandan on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Loved the draft. I totally trust our FO and what they are doing, and I personally love the Henry pick because I had him as a sleeper.

  25. By Buck on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    This was a great draft for the jets. Gholston they should’ve picked at No. 1 if they were there and Keller is an awesome talent. It’s about time we started using a tight end to make grabs anyway,

  26. By Jakeberk on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    Drafting Gholston i am psyched about, its the Keller move that didn’t make sense to me. We needed a tall, fast, physical guy to stretch the field. Granted Keller is a good talent, i don’t think he was the best choice considering James Hardy and Limas Sweed, 2 receivers who ran 4.4 40s and are over 6-4 were still available at our pick 36, and we could have kept the other 4th rounder and traded up

  27. By SuffernJetsFan on Apr 27, 2008 | Reply

    The Jets got the two things they deperately going into the draft. Speed rusher to compliment Calvin Pace & Bryan Thomas and an offensive weapon. They did both. Those who dont know Keller are in for a treat! 2 words PLAY MAKER!! The Jets need to open up the middle of the field! Heartbreak in draft is STL swiping Justin King CB PSU in the 4th rd one slot prior to our pick..OUCH!

  28. By Jesse on Apr 28, 2008 | Reply

    Ummm….. I don’t know why everybody is so down on the Dustin Keller move? We snatched him up before Seattle could get him; he is a complete match up problem! Look at Winslow, Heath, Boss, Shockey this is our game changing TE who is going to step this offense up another level come on people. We had one of the better first rds. in the draft!

  29. By Die Hard Fan on Apr 28, 2008 | Reply

    Gang Green is back. With the offseason we had along with the draft, we have improved dramatically. We got the needed players out of the draft, not the sexy players. Thank God D-mac any Ryan was gone before we made a costly mistake. I’d rather win a low scoring defensive battle than a shootout. Bring on the Tuna!

  30. By Row on Apr 29, 2008 | Reply

    I am pretty sure only 3 teams scored less points then us last year. I did know we traded our 3rd and 5th for Jenkins, I was just mentioning there were a lot of good players in the 3rd. I personally would have liked us keeping our second and drafting Hardy or Jackson, anyone would be better then having 3 money grubbing TE’s. I hope keller holds out so Tangini sees how dumb a pick he was!

  31. By CEDRIC on Apr 29, 2008 | Reply

    Here we go again, another fair weather fan knocking the pick that hasnt even took a snap yet, and we only got one disgruntled TE. If u even watched the draft if there was no WR good enough for the first round, what makes you think he’s gonna make a big difference. we should be able to print these post s you can actually eat yoiur words ROW

  32. By Ray on Apr 30, 2008 | Reply

    Hey jets101 I like erin henderson too, but unless something changed he was still available after the draft. I am hoping he is one of the UFA’s we sign.

  33. By jay on May 8, 2008 | Reply

    Dwight Lowery will be the biggest CB steal in the draft! This guy was on mel kipers top 25 draft list before the season. All American two straight years. The only reason his stock dropped was because after leading the nation in INTs, his stats went down because they stopped throwing to his side. 40 time was slow because of a hamstring injury. This man was top 3 in the draft in CB. Watch out NY.

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