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EA and Cameras at the Combine in Indy

Posted by Randy Lange on February 24, 2011 – 2:15 pm

Howdy. We’ve been lying low for the last few weeks because, quite frankly, there hasn’t been a lot to report on around the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. But we’re coming up on draft season, which means the chat will begin to increase on newyorkjets.com about the NFL Combine and such matters beginning today.

My partner, Eric Allen, and Chris Ubbens of our multimedia crew arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium this morning and hit the ground running for the kickoff of the combine interviews in front of the assembled media, which EA tells me has shown up in force today.

Among the interviews for the assembled are “select NFL head coaches and general managers.” And two who have been selected for that duty are Jets head coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum. Fresh off their star turn taping a CSI: New York episode on the West Coast, they’re now in Middle America and scheduled to step up to the podium for probably 15 minutes each beginning around 3:30 p.m. ET today.

At the moment I have no information regarding Rex and Mike T being streamed live or archived anywhere. We are not able to do that as we normally do for Ryan’s in-season news conferences. It’s possible NFL Network or NFL.com will carry parts of those media sessions but I haven’t received that information yet.

But Nick Gallo and I will be monitoring the Ryan and Tannenbaum pressers to bring you a full report on what they got into with the media group, which is usually a good mix of New York area football reporters and columnists and the national media types we’re so familiar with.

EA will be making the rounds for the next three days out in I-town, checking in with some of those national reporters, plus Rex, Mike and Joey Clinkscales, the Jets’ vice president of college scouting, plus some of the big-name draft prospects that you want to hear from. Job One for Allen is to get everyone on camera for newyorkjets.com and Facebook, but he may check in with us from time to time on the Radar.

Speaking of the top draft names, we’ve posted a question on the newyorkjets.com home page about which buzz-worthy draft candidate you want to hear most about from Indianapolis. We’ve only got room for four names so we may have left out your favorite top-of-the-draft pick.

But we will pop up a Jets-centric question early next week, and for that, let me ask for your help. Send me your comments on which player you’d like to see the Jets select on the opening night of the draft in a little over two months. I know some of the names, but maybe there’s a hot prospect you think is Green & White material in Round 1.

I’ll tally up the suggestions I get here on the Radar, and the top four names will go up in that question next week for all of the visitors to our site to vote on. Some 5,000 or more votes on those top four names will give us all a real good idea who the fans want to see in a Jets uniform this summer and fall.

For a preview of the combine, read Real Football’s advance to newyorkjets.com, which we posted a short while ago. Here is the interview schedule for players the rest of this week at the combine, just so you can be prepared for the reporting on your position of interest, whether it be here or on your favorite draft site:

Today — Offensive linemen, tight ends, kickers, punters, long-snappers

Friday — Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers

Saturday — Defensive linemen, linebackers

Sunday — Defensive backs

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7 Responses to “EA and Cameras at the Combine in Indy”

  1. By IRA on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, Glad to see a new post. As for the combine i don’t put too much into it. I think the real value is to get to interviews these guys. Too many workout warrior busts over the years. Scout them well, study tape and hope you make the right pick. You can’t measure a guys heart and what he is going to do when they are running in shorts or catching footballs when nobody is ready to take their head off.
    I think best available player when the Jets are ready to pick is the way to go. They need help in several positions and if a safety, LB or DL is sitting there take whichever one is rated the highest on your board.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  2. By IRA on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    This draft though teams will have to approach it different than in the past. By the time the draft rolls around teams have filled some needs via free agency in the past. That doesn’t appear to be the case this year. So teams are really going to have to draft well and hope some of these players make the team and can contribute right away. This CBA stuff is really changing the way things are done. Just hope they have enough time to have normal training camps.

  3. By jeff on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    i think we should get Phil Taylor or Rahim Moore in the first round. sure passrush would be helped, but i think having a ball-hawk like Moore would be a nice addition if the rush isn’t helped. First we should sign Smith, then Cromartie, edwards and holmes because we can always get someone like titus young in the draft, corners and wr/qb/rb like smith and cromartie don’t come often Nick Folk was clutch but i feel he made too many mistakes the only things we need to improve are safetys, lb’s, and de. I say DE first wr second saftey 3rd and mlb 4th

  4. By GaryC on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    very interested in Justin Houston out of georgia who I have mentioned in previous posts, outside backer out of georgia as was Mo Lewis, also Ballard of Iowa and also a guy I like who I mentioned before the bowl games was McPhee from miississippi state, he won’t be a first rounder but a guy jets might steal later on.Also if you want a sleeper McClain from south florida can be a diamond in the rough,like Pierre-Paul was for Giants. will watch this combine to get a better idea where guys might drop for jet selection.

  5. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    “Workout warrior busts” — did you coin that phrase for Gholston, Ira?

  6. By scjoe on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    I would agree with you re: “best available” at #30 Ira, but only if that “best available” were a DE, OLB or a Safety. Those are the 3 biggest needs regardless of what any one thinks, and I feel very confident that barring any kind of major trade or FA signing, that that is exactly what it will be at 30. There are those out there who believe we should go WR or OL early, I say WHY? It absolutely has to be DE, OLB, Safety at least in the first round. The WRs are there for the signing, the O line for the most part, is still young and can be addressed later in the draft or via FA. I also believe that competition at P & K is a must!

  7. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    One good thing this years draft is loaded with big strong DE/DL’s MLB OLB’s we’re going after the best available @30 bet on it …I highly .doubt we’re go after safety or Receiver @30 .. 60 -15 minute interviews for Rex and company coming up at this combine we’ve gonna find out if they have an eye for talent and character time will tell hopefully this season

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