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NFL Scouting Combine Opens for Business

Posted by Randy Lange on February 24, 2010 – 5:52 pm

The National Football League’s 2010 Scouting Combine kicks off today as the offensive linemen, tight ends, kickers, punters and long snappers all arrive in Indianapolis. It’s just another important offseason step for the Jets and their league brethren before free agency commences next Friday.

The league certainly appears headed for its first uncapped season since 1993. DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director, sent a memo to the players and their agents on Tuesday that was released to The Associated Press.

"While we are doing all that we can to reach a fair agreement with the NFL before the start of the 2010 league year, it appears likely that no new CBA will be reached and the 2010 season will be uncapped," Smith wrote.

The Jets have seven players — LS James Dearth, DE Marques Douglas, K Jay Feely, LB Ryan Fowler, TE Ben Hartsock, LB/special teamer Larry Izzo and FB Tony Richardson — who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 5. Feely became especially newsworthy on Tuesday when the Jets signed street free agent K Nick Folk.

The addition of Folk doesn’t necessarily mean the Jets are parting ways with Feely. GM Mike Tannenbaum hasn’t commented on the transaction, so you can only logically guess that the Jets have added an insurance policy if Feely bolts or that they’ve added a strong leg to compete with the veteran if they both are on the roster when training camp starts.

It should be noted that the Jets have the ability to sign Feely at any point before March 5. He is officially a Jet until 12:01 a.m. next Friday and other clubs won’t be able to negotiate with him until then.

“I appreciate all the support from the Jets fans,” Feely posted on his Twitter page this morning. “I have truly enjoyed being a Jet and my sincere wish is to be one til the end of my career.”

The Jets, as conference championship game participants, won’t be able to sign any unrestricted free agents (players who have completed six or more seasons if there is no labor agreement by March 5) themselves unless Feely or one of their other UFAs signs with another club. There is also a salary-matching component to this UFA situation, so it’s not like the Jets could go out and sign DE Julius Peppers if one of their seven UFAs signs with another team.

But like Folk, there will be some interesting street free agents out on the open market and the headliner at this point is former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson. The ‘Bolts released LT from his contract and thus clubs have no restrictions to move in and place an offer on the future Hall of Famer.

Travel restrictions will be in full effect Thursday all over the Northeast due to another wintry storm, so the Jets’ operations department scrambled this afternoon to get the offensive coaches on a flight out of Newark this evening. The defensive staff won’t fly out until Friday because the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs will be the last to arrive and work out.

Pundits’ Early Picks for the Jets

It’s always interesting to examine the draft pundits’ big boards and mock drafts at this time of the year. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has the Jets selecting Rutgers CB Devin McCourty in his latest mock. The 5’10”, 186-pound McCourty, an All-Big East first-team performer, is a good athlete and a physical player who isn’t afraid to come in and throw his weight around. He totaled six interceptions for the Scarlet Knights, but he’s solid in man coverage and that will get Coach Ryan’s attention.

Even though ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Green & White taking Illinois WR Arrelious Benn with the No. 29 selection, he lists McCourty as his No.1 riser. Not only can the Rutgers product cover well, but he’s also a dynamic special teams player who participated on punt return, punt coverage — he blocked seven kicks in his career — kickoff coverage and kickoff return units.

Scouts Inc. has McCourty ranked 31st overall and actually has another corner — Alabama CB Kareem Jackson — in that 29th slot. Jackson played 14 games for the national champions his junior season, hauling in an interception and collecting 49 tackles. He also is comfortable in man coverage and the early entrant will be missed by Tide head coach Nick Saban.

CBSSports.com has a draft section entitled “NFLDraftscout.com” and draft pundit Rob Rang has the Jets selecting USC WR Damian Williams. Mark Sanchez could definitely give the Jets some help in their scouting of Williams, who had 12 catches for 189 yards in the Trojans’ Emerald Bowl win over Boston College.

Chad Reuter is another prognosticator who sees the Jets going corner — only this time a vote goes to Boise State’s Kyle Wilson. He benefited from an impressive Senior Bowl week after registering three INTs as a senior — two of which he returned for touchdowns. Wilson also is a quality punt returner as he posted a 12.7-yard career PR average and took three back for touchdowns.

Tony Pauline is producing a lot of Sports Illustrated’s online draft content and he ranks Wilson 29th on his pre-combine draft board. The consensus is Florida’s Joe Haden is a sure-fire top-10 pick, but this is a good year if you’re searching for a top-flight corner because there’s quality depth early. Don’t forget about Florida State’s Patrick Robinson and ‘Bama’s Javier Arenas, either. P-Rob’s a big-time athlete who had six interceptions in 2007 and just one the past two years combined. But Robinson also excelled in Mobile, Ala., and Arenas could be a terrific nickel corner and returner on the next level.

Now let’s see who makes their mark in Indy.


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25 Responses to “NFL Scouting Combine Opens for Business”

  1. By Ira on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    I am all for McCourty. Its time the Jets to draft a player from their own backyard. They have let too many over the years get away. This kid has the potential to be something very special. Plus he would help in ST’s. The only problem here is he is going to run the fastest 40 time and might shoot up the charts and not be around if the Jets do pick at #29. He also is a very sound tackler like Revis, They would make a perfect combo. GO JETS!!!!!!

  2. By 37 year fan on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    We are not wasting our first round on a corner. That’s a smokescreen.

  3. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    More short CBs who return punts when we don’t seem to want starters returning kicks (J-Co was just a stopgap, though he did a great job), just what we need. I don’t want to hear about any DBs or WRs shorter than 6′ 2″. The Feely-Folk thing is disgusting, reminds me of the way news comes out of D.C. — some completely unacceptable move is reported as fact and then we have to sweat out the politics. Randy and Eric, feel free to ignore that story till somebody knows what’s really going on.

  4. By uncle joe on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Watch CB Brandon Ghee and DT Geno Atkins.

  5. By Frank on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Tanwoody needs to sign Feely this is a no brainer he is by far the best kicker we have had in years and one of the best in the NFL. With the style of play with this team and the amount of close games they are in they can’t play games like this. Folk is a disaster and this will come back to haunt them if they don’t sign Feely.

  6. By HarlemLee on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Randy: All those opinions on who the Jets gonna take at 29 !!! I think I’ll stick with our scouting department and Mr. T’s judgment on our draft picks. Seems NOBODY has a clear cut opinion on the second half of the first round. Such a deep draft, maybe we should stockpile picks for the second and third rounds. VG was a fluke. Every team has one in their draft history. For every Vernon G there’s a Revis. So lighten Up fella’s.

  7. By OriginaljetFan on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    McCourty would be a nice pick, he’s a gamer and Rutgers has been turning out some folks lately that impact quickly,i.e leonard, rice, britt, and westerman looks like a keeper for the Jets. gambel, but he’s a good one, how’s his speed though?

  8. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Just read on BreakingSportsNews that the Jets are bargaining hard with TJ over his contract, which almost makes up for the drama with Feely. Anyone who would pay TJ all that much given all the great RBs in this year’s draft should take a look at the tapes of how fast SG gets through the line and how slowly TJ does so even when perfectly healthy. And I’m sure we could find another RB like SG in the draft if we end up unloading TJ for a pick or two, which is still the move I like best.

  9. By HarlemLee on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Randy: I’ve figured out a great way to pay for the new stadium. N. Asomuha @ CB, D. Sharper @ S, J. Pepper’s @ DE, B. Marshall @ WR,
    D. McClusker @ slot. Seems logical to me ! Hey, if Woody can ask for a ridiculous sum of money for PSL’s can’t we ask for a similar result? I see SOLD-OUT all over this lineup.

  10. By scjoe on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Even though I have stated that combine workouts are a little over rated, that don’t mean players rankings are not effected by them. I think McCourty from Rutgers is a perfect example. If there were no combine I believe he falls to the second round, but with a good workout he may not be there at 29. I do agree that it is a pretty deep draft for CBs, so I hope they focus on DE/OLB with the first pick. Still can’t understand the cry for WR, not with our other needs. Aside from D Bryant…….

  11. By scjoe on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Cont…. I don’t feel another WR is worthy of a high pick. I heard talk of Boldin being available for a #2. There may be others as well, that has to be a better option then drafting another “prospect” because that is basically what you will have, there are a lot of Heyward Bey’s out there and you have to be careful with WRs. In my opinion, the biggest impact for 2010, form the draft, will be a pass rushing DE/OLB, followed by a “decent” CB, but not a WR or another TE

  12. By Ira on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Tom,
    Nobody is going to trade for TJ knowing the Jets might release him 3/9. I would offer TJ a 2 yr deal for 5 mill. Included would be a 2 mill signing bonus and split the other 3 over the 2 years . That seems fair to me. As for Feely the tag price for kickers is about 2.8. Thats the avg of the top 5 kickers. Don’t know what Feely wants but i would be safe to guess its about 2.5. Thats why they signed Folk for now. And if Feely signs with another team bring in Nugent to compete with him.

  13. By Frankie on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    TJ has no trade value. Teams know that if he doesn’t accept the pay cut then he will get cut. This is sad. TJ is still one of the best backs in the league. Yeah he is in his 30’s but is in better shape then most 20yr old backs. I hope we can find a way to keep him. what a loss if we can’t. yes we have leon and shonn but having this 3 headed monster healthy next year will put us in a good position to return to the championship game and win it.

  14. By Frank on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Tommy 64 its not that simple. Greene benefitted from fresh legs at the end of the season while TJ was the workhorse the entire season. TJ also had his 2 longest runs from scrimmage this year and is a model teammate and professional whose value and leadership has an intrinsic value that can’t be replaced. Greene has shown he gets nicked up and we don’t know if he can stay healthy for the entire season. They need to find a way to keep TJ no rookie will replace him. TANWOODY SIGN FEELY!

  15. By Frank Levan on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    I just want to comment and let people know,that we wont be getting a top flight free agent this year because there is going to be an uncapped season. We cant signa FA until one of ours is signed, and on top of that we can only sign one to the similar contract that the FA we lost signs. And dont get me wrong I would love to get Julius Peppers, but I dont see Ryan Fowler or Jay Feely getting nearly the amount of money peppers is going to want. Cont*

  16. By Frank Levan on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Part 2. As for the Draft I strongly believe we need to get a solid DE, with Douglas leaving for free agency and Shaun Ellis not getting any younger we need to get an athletic strong man in the trench. Mike Tannenbaum has a way of finding quality players in the middle rounds of the draft. With the depth of cornorsv in the draft this year we can get one in the second or third rounds. As far as WR’s go I think that with Mark Sanchez’ growth he’ll make our recievers look and play better.

  17. By Theo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    I have recently read and heard rumors and talks of the Jets possibly in the hunt for Asomugha? Could this be true and how could we pull off such a deal with that sort of contract he has?

  18. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Best post of the DECADE, HarlemLee! Like the brothers used to say when I played hoops wid ‘em up on 125th Street, “Don’t come inside with that WEAK STUFF, Woody!”

  19. By Jon on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    I like McCourty or another DB with an early round pick. Coleman and Lowery are underachieving and I’d rather see Lowery go back at safety and try to wreak some havoc. We need a DE, but I still think if we’re going to keep him around, ask Gholston to put on 30 pounds and play the line. Why not at this point? Randy, just curious, if we can sign Feely before March 5, does that go for all our own potential UFAs? I’d love to see Richardson come back and Dearth is underrated at LS.

  20. By Russell on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Before we start projecting who or what the Jets will do their 29th pick of the NFL Draft, can we focus on the free agency period first. What will the Jets do with RB T.Jones, CB Shepard, DB Rhodes and the others? Is OG Alan Faneca due a roster bonus? To Ira, want a Rutgers product on the Jets, how about DE/OLB George Johnson, pass rusher and can drop back into coverage. With the defensive line up there in age, perhaps a DL should be drafted in either the first or second round. No to LB LaBoy

  21. By Ian on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Jets have to get a pass rusher or a 2nd corner in the first round unless the are addressed through trades or free agents. The signing of Nick Folk is actually a smart move. Although Feely was great for the Jets, he is going to ask for alot of money (for a kicker). He could get paid by another team and allow the jets to sign a decent free agent. Nick Folk had a bad season but he was great for the Cowboys other wise just hope he could bounce back.

  22. By cmfjay on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    i say we go for marshall trade clowney , and more do what it takes to bookend edwards ! we need a big physical wideout to play as rex says “jet footbal” get sanchez his needs ! dont stop there ! lets keep doing what we need to and push the other guys around for a while ! i moved to vegas 12 years ago . have been a jet fan since i was10 running around wearing joes #12 uniform in 1968 ! lets keep going and dont look back ! to many bad years behing us , but remember they are behind us now ! JETS

  23. By Randy Lange on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Jon, the Jets can re-sign all of their potential UFAs before March 5 and even after — as you recall, Brandon Moore was free to explore free agency for a few days last year before he was re-signed.

  24. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    I hear all you guys on TJ and I tip my hat to you, some of you follow the biz details better and smarter than I do. That said, the problem is I think the trade of TJ should’ve been in the works about five minutes after SG went out of the IND game. I see TJ dropping off big-time in the next year or so and none of you guys mentioned that some of his long runs weren’t TDs ’cause he’s easy to catch from behind. (Almost as easy as RHODES!) I got no problem with a cheap deal but he ain’t the future.

  25. By Lanny on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t fully agree with mocks saying Jets go WR. We’ve filled our needs in the secondary, & been burned, of late, using 1st-rounders on pass rushers (Gholston, Bryan Thomas). Smart move, after Jenkins’ lost season, is draft DT. Jared Odrick, a supposedly capable DT-DE, may be best pick, if he’s still on the board. I could see us picking surpise person, & fans booing roof off the Garden. Would love to get some depth at guard or tackle. Eh, they’ll do the popular, & pick Golden Tate.

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