Just over a week away from the NFL Combine and after that ends free agency is just around the corner. The rumors regarding free agents are more believable at the Combine and moving forward because that’s where general managers and agents meet. This is the tampering that the NFL looks the other way on as long as it isn’t blatant. I would be surprised if there were many leaks regarding who the Jets have met with unless it comes from the agent because John Idzik has this information on lockdown. We will find out who the Jets like when they announce the signing on the team’s twitter account at 4:01 on March 11th.
The rumors coming out of the Combine not to believe are the ones about prospects being “liked” by certain teams. Most teams put smokescreens out to hide their true intentions and float those through the media. However the prospects will start to separate themselves and the prospect lists will get more accurate. For the most part after the Combine you have a good idea of what round a prospect will get drafted in but the mock drafts are still complete guesses until after the first couple of waves of free agency.
What will I be watching at the Combine? I want to see if Troy Niklas can hang with the top 3 tight ends in Ebron, Amaro and Sefarian-Jenkins. Niklas is the best all-around tight end in the draft in my opinion. His blocking is what stands out now but he has the size and speed to be a matchup problem. I’m also looking at the wide receivers specifically Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry of LSU. Beckham Jr. is the game breaker the Jets need and Landry has the best hands in the draft and runs routes very well. I want to see all of the safeties that can cover especially Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois. Ward can cover the slot, cover tight ends and play deep as well. He also hits hard and can play the run too.
Everything starts in just over a week. I don’t know about you but I have been itching to get this offseason started. I feel the Jets are an ascending team that can really improve itself with $40 million in cap space and 12 draft picks. It will begin to play out at the Combine. As Bart Scott once said, “Can’t wait!”.