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College Prospects Visiting the Jets Complex

Posted by Eric Allen on April 6, 2010 – 12:05 pm

Just 16 days before the commencement of the 2010 draft and the Jets are dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s as a number of draft prospects are dropping by Florham Park for a visit this week.

Most of the hay is in the barn at this point, but these visits might give the Jets a better feel for a player and another chance to review some critical medical details. We’ve seen a bunch of the guys walking the halls here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and the list of invitees this week includes:

 Prospect College  Prospect College
 T Anthony Davis Rutgers  DT Corey Peters Kentucky
 RB Montario Hardesty Tennessee  OL Maurkice Pouncey Florida
 CB Kareem Jackson Alabama  CB Patrick Robinson Florida State
 RB Ryan Matthews Fresno State  OLB Ricky Sapp Clemson
 CB Devin McCourty Rutgers  TE Mickey Shuler Penn State
 DL Jared Odrick Penn State  S Major Wright Florida


Thirty-two years ago, the Green & White drafted Penn State TE Mickey Shuler in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft. Shuler played 12 seasons for the Jets and finished with career totals of 438 receptions (tied for fifth in franchise annals with Wesley Walker) and 4,819 yards (seventh). Mickey’s son, who impressed pro scouts at PSU’s pro day, had plenty of blocking responsibility under Joe Paterno and finished with 27 career catches.

Each NFL club is permitted to host 30 players, plus prospects who either attended a college within a 30-mile radius of the team’s facility (e.g., Rutgers for the Jets) or are currently living within 30 miles of a franchise’s headquarters.

Clowney Jet-Setting to Ghana

Fresh off a humanitarian mission in Haiti, WR David Clowney recently announced that he’s going to Ghana from July 3-10 in an effort to improve the lives of children in West Africa. His week-long mission will feature a visit to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital/Little Angels Trust, where he will make donation of money and medical supplies.

Clowney is also scheduled to speak to students and make a donation at a school in Kumasi and he’ll make an appearance at a children’s home in Ghana’s capital city of Accra. The trip will conclude with an American football camp.

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58 Responses to “College Prospects Visiting the Jets Complex”

  1. By Stephen on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    David Clowney (AKA Mr.August) is the #1 reason I’m massively excited about the pre-season. He’s gonna light it up again. The guy absolutely dominates 2nd stringers. When is he gonna get some serious playing time?

  2. By harborrat78 on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    i don’t know about you but i would love to draft mickey shuler jr…hey randy what round do u think he might be available to us…i know he can block and we all know we need as many people to block beings that we are a “ground and pound” team….late round selection?

  3. By Ira on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Nice job by Clowney. EA, I would be thrilled with either Odrick or McCourty in rd#1 and Sapp, Hardesty and Shuler Jr. to follow as the draft goes on. Boy its going to be real hard to pass on Davis if by any miracle he drops to the bottom of the draft. I just can’t see that happening.

  4. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Nice to see Hardesty and especially Matthews in there, as well as those three choice CBs.

  5. By Jeremy on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson
    Steve Maneri, TE, Temple
    Mickey Shuler, TE, PSU

    All players I’ve heard visited or are going to visit us.

  6. By mark on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    why aren’t they looking at any WR’s

  7. By Ira on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, I agree with you about D. Williams. I posted his #’s with Sanchez a few days ago. This kid is going to be a good one and would be a steal in rd #2 . They would probably have to trade up to get him. I don’t think he will last to the end of the 2nd rd. He could step in and be their #3 WR right from day #1.

  8. By Ablity on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    we have to take Devin McCourty with the first pick right; i mean the kid is fast; can move; a great special team player and rex can turn him into a shutdown corner. in the second we should trade up to get S Major Wright

  9. By Frank on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    I really hope the rumor the Jets are no longer interested in Marshall is not true. This would be the one big splash that could improve the team and give us a dynamic playmaker we never seem to have. This whole Feely nonsense stinks to high holy heaven. He was a proven clutch playoff caliber kicker with no replacement this was so maddenly dumb and unneccessary.

  10. By NYJetsLEO on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    i can’t wait to see who we pick on the first round. I think we should go with DL Jared Odrick.

  11. By will on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    They are looking at positions they don’t even need. Their main focus should be on receivers.

  12. By Eric Allen on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    harborrat78, I checked on young Mr. Shuler’s status on two big-board Websites and he’s listed now as a seventh-round type of pick.

  13. By Ira on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    When the rumors say they have no interest thats when things happen.
    Ability, Agree i have been calling for McCourty since Feb. But you can’t argue their biggest need is a pass rusher or DL.
    They signed Stitser as a kicker. He is just to have an extra leg for now and put a little push on Folk until somebody else becomes available. 71.2 in college is not going to cut it in the NFL.

  14. By 37 year fan on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hardesty ,…That guy is crankin’ . Great size , bruising !! He attacks up the gut . at the ends , and is an excellent reciever .He is a cut back type of runner similar to Curtis Martin. We couldn’t do better than this guy in the draft. I fully endorse ….

  15. By Gary C on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    more smokescreens, the jets are not drafting any of these guys their bringing in.Best, Mays, Hughes,Thomas of Georgia Tech,Griffin of USC.these are possibilities that is why jets won’t bring them in.

  16. By jet80 on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Who the heck is this Clint guy.C’mon really kickers are so valuable to a team and we let one of the best in the league go,it really will come back to hurt us.

  17. By Mr.Skillettdon on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    WHO’S PLAYING SAFETY GUYS ???? No More K.Rhodes (#25)

  18. By VIGUY007 on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    What about this kid Garrett Lindholm. Kickoffs average more then 60 yards. Made field Goal of 64 yards to tie with no time left in college playoff. Makes better then 85% of FG attempts. Small school but a kicker is a kicker. Check him out, he may be our answer

  19. By maurice on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    i think we should go safety or find a pass rusher in the first round, we can find a decent slot reciever in the sec round

  20. By supa718 on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    we need a Pass Rusher.. n if we dont focus on that theres gonna problems during the season PERIOD!!!

  21. By uncle joe on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yeh,I think this Damien Williams is the best Wideout in the draft.Those other big name guys don’t show me anything.I wouldn’t mind him at 29 and the best available DE or CB in the second round.Williams & Sanchez already have a year under their belt together,it would be nice to watch them grow tegether.

  22. By uncle joe on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey,I’m feeling like Nick Mangold is one of the best picks this Franchise ever made.How quickly did he become the best center in football,especially with a different QB every year.Plus he seems like he’s allways at charities and benefits,and from those tweets on the side there,It seems like he’s becoming the fan favorite!

  23. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, give me your take on K Tiffin of Alabama. Another reframing on letting Feely go and missing out on Rackers is the question of whether we should try to get and develop a young kicker, if a good one can be had in the later rounds like I’m told Tiffin can. Also, a depth chart on the PFW site suggests that Best and Williams can be had in the 2nd. I’d be fine with a DL 1st, then RB, WR, OL, DB, and K last if the right people can be had. I’d rather draft like this than lose picks trading for BM.

  24. By uncle joe on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    I’m on the fence with DB McCourty or WR Williams.Both are late 1st,real early 2nds.Both are perfect for us,at positions where if a starter went down we are in trouble.I guess it all depends on which position can be taken care of in round 2.I think DB is deeper & plus Lowery is a better 2nd string than Clowney at their positions,but we do have B.Smith & TE Keller.I’m lost here,but I’m really liking this WR Williams for us.DE can be covered with Free agent DTs.

  25. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Ability, even thou I would like to see the Jets get Major Wright the guy hits like a ton of bricks. They are saying he will got not go before the 3rd round so I would be mad if we took him in the 2nd round there are studs that will be there for us to pick before we go after him.

  26. By Ira on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Really don’t know much about him except for watching Bama game. I have no problem with taking a kicker in the later rds if they feel they need one. Hope they can find the next Dan Carpenter though instead if using a draft pick. I do think i would use a 6th or 7th on him if all their other needs are filled. Williams will go in the 2nd rd but he won’t be around by the time the Jets pick unless they trade up to get him. Ditto about Marshall but you never know with Trader Mike. GO JETS!!!!

  27. By uncle joe on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    So Jason Taylor is coming here tomorrow,Do we want him? I’ll take him for a year just to stick it to the Dolphins’ fans

  28. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Jason Taylor is coming in today for a visit I knwo alot of you guys will not like this but hey if we could get him for what Feely is making for the Cards I say do it & DO IT NOW!

  29. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Taylor arrived in New York on Wednesday and is being heavily recruited by the Jets, according to a source. The Jets have been interested in signing Taylor since the start of free agency but didn’t have the ability to sign him. Under the terms of the uncapped season, because the Jets made the AFC Championship Game, they had to lose a player to free agency be able to sign a player. But last week’s loss of free agent kicker Jay Feeley to the Arizona Cardinals met that requirement and started the

  30. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    process of the Jets recruiting Taylor, the last remaining unsigned Dolphins free agent So the Jets are planning an aggressive sales pitch. According to a source, part of the recruiting process includes a trip to the Jets’ new stadium in the Meadowlands, where highlights of Taylor’s career will be shown on the scoreboard. Jets coach Rex Ryan’s is interested in Taylor as a means of improving the team’s pass rush. Calvin Pace led the Jets with eight sacks last season, but the Jets want to have a

  31. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    player with 10-sack potential to increase their team sack total of 32. The Jets had only 10 combined sacks from their outside linebackers last season.
    Taylor, one of the best pass rushers of his era, has 127½ sacks during his 13-year NFL career. He was on the field for 80 percent of the Dolphins’ sacks last season, collecting seven himself.

  32. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Jason Taylor 9 out of the last 10 years 7 or more sacks. 7 out of the last 10 years he has 10 or more sacks. DO IT!

  33. By Ira on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    uncle joe,
    He is here today and no true Jets fan will want him. I will leave it at that. So then they end up trading B. Thomas and a 2nd rd pick to Den for Marshall? Doesn’t matter to me i can’t handle Taylor in a Jets uniform.

  34. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    The Jets biggest needs were a corner & a pass rusher. We got Cromartie & now if we get Taylor we will be set on D. The Jets could really just focus on taking the best player out there when they pick instead of thinking about what they need.

  35. By joeyjets12fl on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    12:20 the news down here said taylors on a plane headed for new york

  36. By uncle joe on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    How bout WR Damien Williams at 29 and swap twos with Al Davis and give him Clowney and Gholston.Al would jump on that and we can get a Brandon Ghee or Kareem Jackson at that spot.

  37. By BriGuyinFL on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Dont want Twinkle Toes Taylor. Please, dont do it. Thats about the best I can express myself on this forum.

  38. By uncle joe on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Leon Washington will get traded and it is all my fault.Every player’s jersey that I have bought my daughter or myself gets traded or released.Vilma,Chad,Farve,Coles and last year I got her Leon’s jersey.Sorry people but he can be trade bait to move up( maybe with SF) or get a 3rd rounder.I also bought Revis’ jersey last year but I think that the curse wont work on him because it was an authentic jersey.

  39. By Frankie on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    as much as i hate the fins i would take Jason Taylor. I think he can flourish with the mastermind of Rex. but we don’t want to pay that much for him, we can get a young guy in the draft. alot of good pass rushers in the draft.

  40. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that a “lot of people” believe the Jets will get free agent Jason Taylor signed before the end of the day.
    A deal “very well could happen” during Taylor’s Wednesday visit to Florham Park, Schefter confirms. Reporters like Jason La Canfora of NFL Network have doubted the marriage, but Schefter and the Newark Star-Ledger seem to believe one is likely. We should know more by day’s end at the latest.

  41. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Jets are fully expected to sign free agent Jason Taylor during his Wednesday visit.
    “I’d be completely shocked if he left without signing,” one source said. “Rex (Ryan) likes those tall, lanky, off-the-edge kind of guys that can wreak havoc.” The move would likely threaten Bryan Thomas’ spot on the depth chart, and obviously move down Vernon Gholston.

  42. By Vincent on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    I know Bryan Thomas is not the best LB I’ve ever seen and we do need some one better on that end, but I also know Jason Taylor will not solve that problem. At nearly 36, unless Taylor is happy with a 6pack and a bag of chips, I’d give him little more than that in the form of payment. Surely the draft holds better LB/DE prospects than that has-been Taylor…surely!! He was a bust at the Redskins and last year he was not impressive by any stretch of the imagination. Go to the draft Mr T.

  43. By Tom Spicer on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Vincent, Taylor had 7 sacks last yearthat is a good year.

  44. By Ray on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Do we want an old Jason Taylor or are we going to wait for NE to dump A. Thomas and go after him? I prefer younger…

  45. By JIMMY G FROM MA on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t wait for the draft. Hopefully Mike Iupati from Idaho, a 6’5″ 331lb OG will fall to the J-E-T-S. Faneca is getting a bit old and we need a good backup to groom to take his spot after another 2-3 years. A wideout in the 2nd would be a good idea if Jason Taylor signs. I think he’s got another good year left in the right circumstances.

  46. By Row on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Just say no to Jason Taylor. He would be an injury riddled part time player, which is NOT what we need. Why did we trade Rhodes again? Mr. T, enough of the part time one hit wonders. It’s like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, just plain ridiculous! Go Jets (Dunlap)

  47. By TJ Carey on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    Signing of Jason Taylor for the Jets would be decent it’s an upgrade. But there is more talent in the draft. The reason I would sign Taylor is to get us through this year so we can draft a Reciever in the 1st round (Demarius Thomas Georgia Tech?) Then, IF we have a 2nd round pick I’m not sure. Go more defense or play maker Dester Mcluster? IF he falls down. Also may OL McClain from Bama for 1st round. What are your thoughts?

  48. By Sean on Apr 8, 2010 | Reply

    Jason Taylor was once quoted as saying, “all Jet fans are worthless pieces of garbarge.” That is a fact. No way they should sign him. This would enrage me!!! His career is OVER!!! Why let him enjoy success in a place he has hated?? The fact that he would consider siging with the Jets is just proof of how big of a loser he is.

  49. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 8, 2010 | Reply

    Row, we traded KR because he’s a prima donna who can’t make a hit on anyone but I agree with you about Taylor. His age alone should scare anybody off.

  50. By Buddy on Apr 8, 2010 | Reply

    At our position in the draft, I would hate to see the Jets pick WR in round one, when we can get some of equal or greater value in the 2nd and maybe even the 3rd round. I say that we trade the 29th pick for Tampa Bays two 2nd round picks and we try to swap 4ths. Then we draft Golden Tate with that first second round pick, and then pick up Brandon Spikes with one of the other ones. Oh, and why isn’t RB Ben Tate of Auburn on this list? He should be!

  51. By zach on Apr 8, 2010 | Reply

    We need to get a guy like Demaryius Thomas from Georgia Tech he’s big, fast and strong. I bet he doesn’t ever drop the ball either

  52. By Tom Spicer on Apr 8, 2010 | Reply

    Ray, Thomas is 32 Taylor is 35 they are both old. Taylor had 10 or more sacks 7 times Thomas 1 time. Taylor 7 or more sacks 9 times Thomas 4 times I would much rather have Taylor.

  53. By Ray on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Spice, but at that age 32 to 35 is light years…. and I believe Thomas would thrive being under Rex again. On the other hand Taylor is a one year deal. Telling me all his stats from prior years means absolutely nothing regarding how they will perform THIS year. I still prefer younger and a guy who has been in this system before.

  54. By russ on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply

    Jason Taylor..never came up big in a BIG game but if Rex wants him then it is so….And if Shonn Green goes down for 6 weeks, who carries the load??? Would like to see Clowney play football or get cut…Where is my Victor Green in this draft???

  55. By bAby TeR on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply

    we need golden right now screw everyone else golden is great.Jason taylor dont like how he disses the jets but ill take him. we need to get rid of leon for a second rounder sorry leon but your time is up, and get a second round pick and get navvaro!

  56. By kevin on Apr 11, 2010 | Reply

    hay Randy, being i believe we need a safety do u think Earl Thomas or Taylor Mays will be available to us…. and who would be a better fit? i really believe Thomas will be gone by our pick but Mays may be there. your thoughts?

  57. By bobtom on Apr 12, 2010 | Reply

    Todd McShay analysis on the jets mock ,after aquiring santanio holmes or mock revisited foe the jet show a little bit of film on brandon graham out of michican wow spoted the athletic ability wow what was McShay suggesting all i know is thats a football player…..check out espn..jets mock upon aqiuring santanio holmes,,just lock mat the footage ofv film on this guy….

  58. By Eric on Apr 16, 2010 | Reply

    there is no reason to give up leon, taylor is a bum, and ill agree that golden tate is a good player, but we NEED pass rush in first round… if tate happens to fall into second round i hope they do pick him

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