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With First 3 Picks, Speed Is Added to the Mix

Posted by Randy Lange on April 27, 2012 – 11:54 pm

There have been and will continue to be a variety of opinions on the Jets’ first three selections of their 2012 draft. But one thing the draft triumvirate of GM Mike Tannenbaum, VP of college scouting Joey Clinkscales and senior personnel executive Terry Bradway stressed in their Draft Day 2 wrapup news conference late this evening was that the threesome provided a commodity the Jets need.

“One thing we did today and yesterday,” said Bradway, “was that we improved the speed of the team.”

“First of all, we wanted to get the best player available, stick to our board as much as possible,” said Clinkscales. “But I’m sure that was in our mind. We wanted to get faster. The league is getting faster, and it’s important for us to add that as well.”

North Carolina DE Quinton Coples put his get-the-quarterback 4.78-second speed on display at the NFL Combine in February. Hill has a rare combination of size and speed that enabled him to, well, not exactly boast but predict to Clinkscales that he would turn in a 40 time in the 4.3′s.

“In our interview at the combine, that’s exactly what he said,” said the Veep, “and he did it.”

And Demario Davis flashed anywhere from 4.5-4.6 speed at linebacker to help him flash to opposing ballcarriers, whether they’re heading into the hole of for the flanks, and then apply his strength and tackling skills to drop them in their tracks.

“I think we’re off to a good start,” said Tannenbaum. “We got Quinton on the first day, then Stephen Hill, we were excited about that. And we feel we improved the athleticism at the inside linebacker position. There’s other things we want to get done. We’ll see what happens. Not to manage expectations but Matt Slauson, a starter for us, we got in the sixth round.”

One position not addressed yet is the O-line. Mr. T was asked about that and replied:

“There’s a number of young players on our offensive line. Wayne Hunter’s back for another year and he’ll be competing for a position here, and there’s Caleb [Schlauderaff], Austin [Howard], Vlad [Ducasse]. We really did stick to our board, and at the time we took the highest-rated player on our board all three times.”

Asked to clarify his statement about Hunter competing for the RT position, T said, “I’d say Wayne’s our right tackle now. The offensive line we’ve said we’ll continue to monitor.”

And Vlad? “He’s at right tackle now, too. We’ll look at that once we get through the draft.”

One thing Tannenbaum assured, no surprise really: “I think our roster will continue to evolve. We’ll try to sign another veteran player here and there, depending on how tomorrow and on how the spring goes.”

Every rock, every day.

Draft Notes

With no fourth- and fifth-round picks now, the Jets will enter Saturday and the final day of the draft with five selections — three in the sixth round (Nos. 187, 202 and 203) and two in the seventh (Nos. 242 and 244). Assuming they use all five, they will have spent eight picks on players this year, the most in a draft since Tannenbaum, in his first draft as the Jets’ GM, used 10 picks.

Hill is only the fifth Georgia Tech player selected by the Jets in the draft. The last Yellow Jacket taken was also the Jacket taken highest by the Jets, DE Coleman Rudolph, who was grabbed with the 36th selection of the 1993 draft.

In case you didn’t catch this UNC trivia, Quinton Coples is only the seventh North Carolina player to be drafted by the Jets and the first first-round Tar Heel. The last time the Jets went to Chapel Hill for a Heel, they took two. In the 1997 draft they tabbed DT Rick Terry with the first pick of Round 2, the 31st selection overall, and two rounds later they tabbed “The Natural,” RB-KR Leon Johnson, in Round 4. One other popular Carolina player drafted by the Jets was LB Eddie Mason, a sixth-rounder in 1995.

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44 Responses to “With First 3 Picks, Speed Is Added to the Mix”

  1. By bill on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Let me just say I love the Hill pick. I have waited for what seems like forever to get some speed on this offense. I am so tired of not having breakaway speed at the skill positions. Finally with Hill we have a real homerun threat and a great run blocker to boot.

    The combination of Tebow and Hill on special plays will be especially difficult to defend. Tebow, while inaccurate, has an absolute gun of an arm, and can obviously scramble for several seconds. You can’t cover Hill for several seconds while simultaneously defending Tebow’s run threat. Beastly. This pick really excites me. Can’t wait for the season.

    Coples is a scary pick and could easily bust. But the guy is an absolute monster so if they can get him to show up it could be great

  2. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    If we could deal the one pick that we’re allowed to deal as well as players and some cash to get even a total of two more picks higher than the ones we’ve got now to pick a quality OL and S, that would be better than picking a bunch of Marcus Henry’s and Bobby McKnight’s at 6 and 7. But Mr T better be talking for real about getting some more guys this spring and summer, not ignoring glaring needs like he did with a backup C last yr. Even if the 3 guys we’ve drafted so far become instant superstars, we’ll fail on O without new OL guys and get torched on D without new S’s. Look how our weak QB, OL, and, yes GaryC, WR play neutralized Holmes last yr. As for the way our S’s got beat last yr, nothing more need be said.

  3. By kleckofan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    For all the guys screaming at us realists…RELAX…realism is not pessimism. Remember we all bleed green/white. I’m optomistic about Q; I think Gary C pointed out the change in staff and position as well as the suspensions of teammates explain the apprent loss of production in his SR yr. I’m good with all the picks thus far; really intrigued by D. Davis (forget Burfict now). He’s the kind of motor guy we haven’t seen since Vilma and Cox (end of his carrer). Don’t kow how he’ll fit, but that is one thing I do have faith in Rex to do, find the place where a guy can excel. Would have liked to have gotten Massie, maybe Schlauderaff will surprise us all. (see that optomism shining through?) Of course, our QB is still….what’s his name?

  4. By Tom Spicer on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ok so the Jets signed Laron Landry in free agency so we have our safety. Than in the first round they take Coples so we have our pass rusher. In the 3rd round they take Hill so we have our tall, fast & deep threat guy opposite Holmes at WR. I get it up to that point BUT in the 3rd round we take a linebacker when we have the worst starting right tackle in the NFL in Wayne Hunter when Bob Massie from Ole Miss was sitting there for us to take. Also we say we are going to ground & pound & we took a linebacker when Lamar Miller running back Miami was still there. Unless the Jets think McKnight or Powell are totally going to blow up this year I just dont get it. Please dont tell me they ignored our 2 biggest needs just to draft this guy to start

  5. By Tom Spicer on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    at MLB so they can cut Bart Scott just to save $1 MIL. Also this is were trading for Tebow is going to hust us we have no 4th & no 5th round pick. Bob Massie right tackle & Lamar Miller RB are still out there & could instantly upgrade 2 spots. Massie can not possibly be worse than Wayne Hunter & Lamar Miller is only a Sophomore & he dominated at Miami this kid is going to be a STUD in a year or 2. I DONT GET IT I JUST DONT GET IT!

  6. By Tom Spicer on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    We have 3 6th round picks & 2 7th round picks. But we can not trade 2 of the 6′s & the 2 7′s. So with only 1 6th round pick to trade. Do not expect the Jets to be moving up into the 4th or 5th round to get anyone unless they are trading players or next years picks. All we can hope for is they hit on a 6th or 7th round pick or they do some thing in free agency after the draft.

  7. By GaryC on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    a few guys I would like to see jets get today, blanton and jonas gray,notre dame,keenan robinson and emmanuel acho texas, nate potter,tackle boise state and Mosely tackle Auburn,usually the last couple of rounds teams pick for their special teams and I believe some of these guys give jets good value.I am also sure if jets don’t get line help they have free agents already signed.

  8. By GaryC on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    If the jets want to take a flyer on a player,a guy I liked early in the year,neiko thorpe is on the draftlist,did not know he was coming out,this guy is tall and speedy,maybe can be converted to safety,worth the gamble.

  9. By joe on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply


  10. By wayne on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    This team is doing exactly what I thought they needed to do leading into this draft. Draft for speed and power. It’s a crapshoot mostly, sot I don’t give a pahtoot what the experts say……You have to account for speed. As I said before, bring some athlete in, then do your job, COACH EM UP……Predicted they trade up in 2nd rd, but I thought it would be for RB. Considering there was a run on RB in the 1st, pick is understandable….Looking to see more speed, and WHERE’S THE POWER!!?. See them getting another DE/LB type with speed and couple a OLs Jetaholics, your coach is trimmed down, I think he might mean business…..;

  11. By Frank on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    TanWoody/Rex disaster continues. They subscribe to the Matt Millen school of drafting. Get the raw talent guys and we will turn them into stars. The Jets will be cleaning house after this season implodes.
    We could have drafted Decastro got our OLB Zack Brown in the second round and then drafted B Massie at tackle in the third. We then could have solidified our O-Line and got an athletic beast at OLB.
    You trade up for Hill? I can’t stop laughing the guy caught 28 passes last year I don’t care how fast he is. TanWoody saying today they are happy with their O-Line backups and mention Ducasse we lost our best backup Turner. These picks are Ducasse and Ellis written all over them. WE NEED STARTERS!!!! Not wishful thinking. What a joke!

  12. By paul newbold on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    No offensive line help? No safety help? I can hardly call this a great draft!. No mid round draft picks, we trying to find a starting safety in round 6 or 7? I guess our compensary picks will provide our next OT as well!! At best I think when its alll said and done Jets gets a draft grade of C. I was hoping for a bit more, maybe its time they topple the rex and MrT show for good.

  13. By GaryC on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    nice to see rex shedding the pounds,maybe the new found discipline that he has can be brought to the team after last years run amock gang.

  14. By MIKE on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Taking Hill makes up a little for Coples at 16. Hill will open up field for Keller and Holmes and be a great red zone guy. The Davis pick is an odd one. Yes he is fast but over pursues runners. He will never be more than a back up and special teams guy.

  15. By GaryC on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    jetfantom, remember you loved plastico and stone mason if I remember so blame them for holmes down year,not sanchez,now back to the draft, It is a good thing the jets didn’f draft Bruce Irvin, this guy has more red flags than Leningrad.

  16. By GaryC on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    here is something for the jet fan to chew on, Max Starks is out there as a free agent and was a teammate of Tebow at Florida,maybe he is telling Starks to come here to play,only suggesting but maybe you hear that when draft is over.

  17. By Chicago Bob on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I can understand the frustration about ignoring Miller and Massie in round 3 however having them still around after 4 rounds says something – all the other teams obviously are not infatuated with either one. Picking Davis does not fill an immediate need however it has added some needed speed to the linebacking group and at least they are staying with picking the best athlete on their board. I would like for them to consider the safety from LSU (Brandon Taylor) – unfortunately with Claiborne and Brooks getting most of the press in the defensive backfield, this kid flew under the radar. He was selected team captain and has the type of attitude that is needed to help shore up the locker room.

  18. By Karan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    So far, we know Coples will be a boom or bust, based on his size, this guy has serious potential to be a OLB, even though they say he will play LE. What does this mean for Mike DeVito?? Not a big fan of this pick, but we’ll have to do with, hope he turns into a beast and not a VG. Rex’s decision making is definetly questionable. The Stephen Hill pick by the way, I like a lot. This guy definetly has the size and speed even they he’s supposed to be raw. But no complaints there. I think the D-line will get many sacks this season, why? I think really because of Karl Dunbar. The issue was the D-line coach last season, Dunbar has to be good considering he’s coached Jared Allen. We do have Mo, who i think will be a monster next season……

  19. By Karan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    ……Bo, who even though will age sooner rather thank later, still has a lot left and is the anchor of that line, one of my fav players on the team, theres Mikey D, who is underrated at times but is very important. Lets not forget the beast of a man in size that was drafted last season: Kenrick Ellis. I think time will Dunbar will do him good, he could be our kris jenkins in a few years down the road.

  20. By Karan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    By the way, since no good lineman are left, I don’t even know how the Jets are going to address this need. It might be too late, the best option right now is to go after veterans, should really target Vernon Carey before he’s not an option anymore.

  21. By mikeventi on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Predictably, Jets fans are outraged…… because they ALL know better. The Coples pick is a good one….. might turn out to be great. Hill is the guy everyone’s been clamoring for….. a deep, speedy threat, with size and hands, that can block. He only caught 28 balls, last year….. big deal, he played in a triple option offense that only completed 64 balls, all year. Davis is Scott’s replacement, except he’s much faster….. he hits like a truck, with a nasty streak. By the way, Davis has the speed and skill to cover tight ends….. and he’s selfless, shown by his blowing up plays by taking on blockers

  22. By Frank on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    This draft makes me sick this Regime did nothing to fix this team. The DE in a 3-4 is not your pass rusher the OLB is!!!!!!!!!!!
    The offense was a disaster last year and we did absolutely nothing to bolster it. Hill while fast is NOT NFL ready he plays in an option offense with little route running skills…fast doesn’t meam a thing in the NFL unless you know how to run routes!!!!!
    This is yet again a demonstration on how NOT to draft!

  23. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Guess who’s back .. Her we go again trading away all our picks

  24. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ken O’Brien anyone?

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    You don’t get it, Spicer, because it can’t be gotten. Teams need to use both FA and the draft to fill as many holes as we have and we’re not. GaryC, what I meant was Plax and Mason didn’t live up to expectations and that made it harder for Holmes, so that was an admission on my part though you make it sound like I said Plax and Mason were gonna be All-Pro. Besides, even then you rag on me for saying Holmes is never at fault, so you’re a tough room. Today I just say SH, Hill, Kerley, Schilens, and Turner doesn’t sound bad. Paul Neubold and Frank, I share your frustration a little but I’ll admit that the pick of Hill reassures me that Rex watches other teams besides the Jets. The thing we’ve needed most for 25 yrs is another Wesley Walker.

  26. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    MJV, WHERE THE HELL YA BEEN? I’d need a whole site to list the things we need your opinion on. Re-upping Sanchez? Tebow? More Wildcat? (I say forget that, of course, get somebody who can throw to Holmes, Hill, and Kerley.) No OL or S in the draft yet? Revis grumbling about his contract again? Tell us what you’ve been up to and what you think ASAP!

  27. By joe on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply


  28. By joe on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Basically we drafted NUMBERS GUYS (ALA OAKLAND RAIDERS )whose production in college didnt match their physical ability.(HILL catching only 28 balls the entire year worrys me I dont care what kind of system he was in .When PENN STATE had OJ Mcduffie THEY WERE A RUN FIRST team and i would venture to say OJ CAUGHT MORE THAN 28 BALLS ALL YEAR)

  29. By joe on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    ps MOST first and second round picks (TOP 50 SCHOOLS )HAVE at least 100 plus catches 1500 plus yards for their college careers .Does anyone know HILLS PRODUCTION numbers in school.

  30. By MIKE on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone should just calm down about not taking a lineman in first 3 rounds. OL is the strength of free agency right now. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather of taken Rieff or Decastro at 16 over Coples, but there are some decent OL available in free agency and 0 pass rushers.

  31. By MIKE on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Also Coples will probably stay at DE considering he is way to big to play OLB. But when Jets go to passing downs he can play DE or DT in a 4 down lineman set anyway. Wouldn’t be surprised if Devito subs him out on short yardage. Hopefully Coples can play similar to Aldon Smith last year at the same position. THey both have similar body types and skills.

    The gem of the draft is Stephen Hill. Sanchez has played much better with big targets, and Hill fits that description. He has the speed to stretch the field as well, which is exciting.

  32. By danny on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Well said Mikeventi. We had a real good draft and now we finish up in free agency. Most guys on here are liking our pics and enjoying discussing them and then a select few are still talking about our history in the draft like they been for weeks. The past is the past real fans are excited for some of the talent we just drafted. I can’t wait til there on the field

  33. By joe on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike great points as we need a right tackle NOT A LEFT .RIGHT TACKLES ARE DEFINATELY EASYIER TO FIND VIA FA It goes back to the quality of the picks as IT MUST BE BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN GETTING THE PAST 4 YEARS.Average to below average players aint going to cut it when teams like PITTS AND NE are drafting perrinial pro bowlers Five teams last year had rookies in the pro bowl .LOL IN OUR HISTORY I DONT THINK WE EVER HAD A ROOKIE IN THE PRO BOWL

  34. By Tom on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    1st two picks are fine, not taking Massie in 3rd round HUGE mistake. How can the coaching staff not see how weak the right side of Jets’ line was last year.
    Really dumb.

  35. By barry oakes on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine this: Your in the stadium, the games about to start. the kicker raises his hand and the chant starts J-E-T-S jets jets jets. and then you hear some guys behind you complaining about the draft, the coach, the GM, the players and you know “the same old Jets”
    You turn to look and guess who you see ? Tom Spicer, Joe, Frank, Paul Newbold and all the other phony fans. What is wrong with you guys ?
    You claim to be Jets fans. You sound like closet Patriot fans to me.
    Cheer for your team dammit, stop B….ing !

  36. By Tom on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Lighten up, Barry. Been a Jets fan since 1968. Cheer faithfully every game, season ticket holder, etc. But…as a ticket holder who went to every game including preseason games last year, you’d have to be blind not to see weakness on the right side of the OL. That’s all I was saying, there was a value pick there with Massie. Maybe Davis turns out to be great, he certainly adds speed, and the reports on him are generally good. We’re hoping. But Sanchez needs protection, all the teams that do well in the playoffs are very strong on the OL. We’re not, at least on the right side. It will all start with Buffalo on the Sept. 9. As their line stands now, they will have a tough time with Mario Williams.
    Maybe sign James Brown from Tory?

  37. By danny on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Barry well said

  38. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    barry, look at it this way: If I’d kept cheering when we had J-Co and Coles avg’ing 11 yds a catch even with a healthy Favre throwing to them for 10 or 11 games, we might never have gotten Holmes, Edwards, Kerley, or Hill. Don’t you know the old saying, “Power never cedes anything without a demand?” Jet fans who put up with mediocrity yr after yr — make that decade after decade — buy into Mr T and Rex’s often ridiculous spin, and just say “Go Jets!” in the face of everything are just taking up space. I don’t boo at games but when Leonhard said the booing of Sanchez made him think “we have do it ourselves today,” I wanted to say, “No, we have to do it without you two guys starting.” The only constant is change and WE NEED A TON OF IT!

  39. By stupidheimer on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    You ppl act like Massie and Ingram are locks to be successful in the NFL. But Coples and Hill are locks to be busts? How does that work?

  40. By stupidheimer on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    This blog only posts messages they agree with anyway. Nonsense.

  41. By Tom Spicer on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Barry, I said I like the Coples pick, I said I like the Hill pick & I said I like the Ganaway pick. I just dont like the fact that maybe our biggest weakness right tackle has not been addressed. Am I not allowed to talk about things I dont like or do I have to make sure every post is positive. I spend ALOT of money on my tickets & my PSL’S probably more than any other person with the same seats in any other stadium in America. I should be able to voice my opinon.

  42. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    stupidheimer, are you implying that Randy and Eric only print posts that are favorable to the Jets? I think me, joe, scjoe, and a few others blow THAT notion away pretty easily! Go ahead and stand up for your right to be heard, Spice, season ticket-holders in particular should NOT hold their tongues given the amount of cash they’re shelling out. And for the record, I like everybody we picked and per what Ira said, I have a feeling the thinking was that Griffin at #6 was almost as good as Massie at #3, so I’m more optimistic about the OL than I was. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us pick up a vet RT if neither Hunter, Ducasse, Howard, nor Schauderaff looks great in July. No way we make the same mistake with the OL 2 yrs in a row.

  43. By GaryC on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    to jetfantom, scjoe,spicer and others,you guys should air your views for all the rotten football that you’ve had to put up with,sitting in freezing temps like seeing o.j. break the rushing record when the jets were going through another lousy year.sorry to some of you other posters, this is not an obama presser or a rex presser, we throw the hard stuff here,No Phil Niekro knuckleballs.As Herman so eloquently put it,you play to win the game,and if not,get ready for some lambasting.

  44. By scjoe on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, well said! I remember going to one game in particular at Shea in 70 or 71, it was about 5 above and the wind was blowing off Flushing Bay and I got in a few minutes late and the Jets were already behind 14-0. Anything less then a die-hard would have turned around and went home.

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