The New York Jets were reportedly interested in multiple media analysts for front office positions this offseason. Here are a few we’d love to see making decisions in Florham Park.
It’s been an offseason full of overhaul for the Jets, who not only replaced an entire coaching staff when they hired Adam Gase as head coach, but also turned over the personnel department with the post-draft firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan.
Joe Douglas now sits in the big chair on the personnel side, and while the likes of NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and ESPN’s Todd McShay have been mentioned as potential targets for front office positions, it looks like both will be staying in front of the camera.
That said, if the Jets still want to go to the media ranks to nab a high-ranking official for their new-look personnel department, here are three names that we’d love to see in the mix, with a particular focus on building through the draft:
Louis Riddick, ESPN
A mainstay on ESPN’s draft weekend coverage, Riddick is no stranger to the NFL front office world, having interviewed for general manager positions in recent years. Riddick’s expertise is second to none in the draft media industry, and his ability to identify quality traits in prospects have clearly caught the eye of decision-makers across the league. Any team that adds him to the front office in the future will be much better for it, and the Jets should consider being that team.
Kay Adams, NFL Network
The host of “Good Morning Football,” Adams does a fantastic job of captaining an entertaining show on a daily basis with fresh ideas and engaging content. Come draft time, she kicks things into high gear with a wealth of knowledge on not just the top prospects, but the entire draft class from top to bottom. Her opinions on prospects, team needs, draft trends prove how much effort and expertise she puts into researching the draft world and turning that information into quality coverage.
Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
If you’re interested in the draft at all, you’ve more than likely come across the well-oiled machine that is The Draft Network, an online compendium of draft knowledge with a star-studded cast of evaluators and writers. Crabbs is a deep-dive scout with a carefully crafted process, and he sticks to his guns, even if his grading system spits out results that go against the mainstream. NFL teams already have too many “yes” people in their buildings, and Crabbs would give the Jets a smart, confident scout who won’t agree with bad decisions just to keep from rocking the boat.