Episode 567 – Wrapping Up Senior Bowl Week w/Clayton Smarslok

Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama to get a wrap up of Senior Bowl week!

Episode 567 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama to get a wrap up of Senior Bowl week!

Clayton discusses what he saw throughout the week in Mobile including:

-Winners and Losers on Offense and Defense

-Prospects That May Be a Good Fit for the Jets

-Mailbag Questions

-Draft Stock Chatter

-The Latest Gossip Among NFL Decision Makers & Draft Insiders

-Predictions for the actual Senior Bowl game

& More!

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Episode 565 – Live from Mobile: Senior Bowl Practice and Media Day w/Clayton Smarslok

Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl to get a recap of practice and media day!

Episode 565 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl to get a recap of practice and media day!

Clayton discusses what he saw at practice from the top prospects at every position including:

-Winners and Losers on Offense and Defense

-Prospects That May Be a Good Fit for the Jets

-Mailbag Questions

-Draft Stock Chatter

-The Latest Gossip Among NFL Decision Makers & Draft Insiders

-A Full Media Day Day Recap

& More!

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Episode 560 – Off the Edge w/Jamaal Westerman: Jamaal’s Journey from the Combine to the NFL

Scott Mason talks to former New York Jets pass rusher Jamaal Westerman of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a look at his personal journey from the Scouting Combine to the NFL and the New York Jets!

Episode 560 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to former New York Jets pass rusher Jamaal Westerman of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a look at his personal journey from the Scouting Combine to the NFL and the New York Jets! 

First, we discuss what to expect in this weekend’s AFC and NFC championship games. Then, as we approach this year’s Senior Bowl, Jamaal takes us back in time through his personal journey to the NFL including:

-What kept him from being invited to the postseason All-Star games 

-What it was like working out at the combine

– Teams he had private visits with an what occurred during them

-An unexpected turn of events during a visit with the Jets

-What coaches look for from players throughout the process

-The best way for players to prepare

-What fans should watch for during the Senior Bowl

-The level of importance postseason games have in terms of a player’s draft stock

and more!

This is a rare opportunity to get a first-hand, moment by moment account of what a potential NFL player goes through during the draft process, so be sure to check it out!

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2020 Senior Bowl Preview: Offense

Clay Smarslok with his preview of the offensive players in the 2020 Senior Bowl

The Jets are finally getting to the point to where we can call this Joe Douglas’s team, rather than Mike Maccagnan. There are still quite a few stages before we reach that point in time but where it all starts is the Senior Bowl. 

 

Douglas and his staff; Chad Alexander, Phil Savage and Rex Hogan, can all be expected to be at the event. As we all know, they have a lot of work to do, even if they did finish 6-2 in the second half of the season. This is where they will talk to teams, maybe strike up conversations regarding future deals but nothing is more important than getting the opportunity to watch these 100+ players that could have an impact in the NFL less than 10 months from now.

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2019 Senior Bowl Recap: Defense

Clayton Smarslok with his Senior Bowl recap for defensive players…

Senior Bowl week is officially done with. The game was played Saturday afternoon in what capped off a fantastic week in all. The first part of the recap on the offensive side of the ball, came out on Friday, before the game was played. But with the game now in the past, here are some thoughts on what went down with the defensive side during and after my trip in Mobile.

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Episode 227 – Senior Bowl Day 3 & final observations from Mobile w/Jim Cobern

Scott Mason talks to Draft Analytics Guide publisher Jim Cobern who was on location in Mobile, Alabama for all 3 days of Senior Bowl practice including the 3rd and final day Thursday!

Episode 227 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Draft Analytics Guide publisher Jim Cobern who was on location in Mobile, Alabama for all 3 days of Senior Bowl practice including the 3rd and final day Thursday!

Jim discusses day 3 of practice and overall observations from the top prospects at every position plus talks about his analytics scores, and which of these players might be good targets for the Jets after round 2!

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2019 Senior Bowl Recap: Offense

Clayton Smarslok with a Senior Bowl practice recap for offensive players…

Three days in Alabama, one practice. That’s all that was available with both practices on Wednesday being restricted to media after getting moved to an indoor facility due to a nasty rainstorm. Regardless, being able to watch the one practice plus the information by just being in Mobile, it’s safe to say the trip was still a success.

With this being a site that covers the Jets and all, my time down there was really focused on their positions of need on both sides of the ball. Here’s what I came away with during my time in Mobile for the offense.

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Episode 226 – Senior Bowl Day 2 from Mobile, Alabama with Clayton Smarslok

Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama for day 2 of Senior Bowl week!

Episode 226 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama for day 2 of Senior Bowl week!

Clayton discusses day 2 of practice from the top prospects at every position plus all the latest gossip surrounding the players’ like Jonah Williams, Montez Sweat, and Daniel Jones, draft stock rumblings, how some of these players might fit with the Jets, and a chance encounter Clayton had with a major Jets name!

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Episode 225 – Senior Bowl Day 1 from Mobile, Alabama with Clayton Smarslok

Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl!

Episode 225 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to TOJ’s Clayton Smarslok who is on location in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl!

Clayton discusses what he saw at day 1 of practice from the top prospects at every position – including the rapidly rising Andy Isabella of UMASS – plus all the latest gossip surrounding the players’ performances, draft stock rumblings, and how some of these players might fit with the Jets!

Then, a little bonus content talking to NFL Draft hopeful and Kliff Kingsbury protege, WR Ja’Deion High of Texas Tech including an in-depth look at what Ja’Deion could bring to the offense and what life with Kliff Kingsbury might have been like for Jets fans! 

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Senior Bowl Preview: Defense

Clayton Smarslok with his Senior Bowl preview for defensive players…

With the Senior Bowl coming up in just a few days, this is the first time in the draft process where you get a group of players like this together until the combine in just over a month. The teams get to meet with some of the players and see them compete against some of the best in their class.

On Monday, we previewed three offensive players that would be potential targets for the Jets. Below, we go over three players on the defensive side that will be looked at to be fits in the new system they bring in with Gregg Williams becoming the new defensive coordinator.

 

EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

At the moment, the Jets still have a huge need off the edge. It’s been well documented that they haven’t had one after they traded John Abraham prior to the 2006 draft. This allows me to believe they will be spending a good amount of their cap space on players to fill that void. If they refuse to do so for some reason, Montez Sweat will be one name to watch in the first round. But rather than being in the running for the third pick, he could be someone they look at if they trade down. After the transferring to Mississippi State for his last two seasons, the fifth year senior played in all 26 games recording 22.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss in the process, making him one of the top edge rushers in the 2019 class.

Montez Sweat would be a much better fit as a defensive end in this new 4-3 defense the Jets will run rather than be an outside linebacker in a 3-4. On film, Sweat shows an explosive first step and a variety of rush moves, best of which is the long arm. However, one area it would be nice to see improvement this week is his flexibility and bend. Very rarely will you see him win by dipping the shoulder to beat a tackle, which is part of the reason why he won’t be near the top of the first round.

By switching to a 4-3 base defense, the Jets are lacking edge rushers like never before. Their defensive ends before will now move to defensive tackle and the outside linebackers are either free agents or not the prototypical end in this defense (i.e. Jordan Jenkins). This pairing is likely a long shot but if Sweat blows up the Senior Bowl next week and the Jets actually trade down to the mid to late teens, this match becomes slightly more realistic.

 

CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

There may be no more important position for this new defense than cornerback. Gregg Williams absolutely needs players to fit his scheme if he wants to be aggressive the way he always has. The big reason they took Denzel Ward instead of Bradley Chubb last year was because of how important the cornerback position is for him to be successful. Rock Ya-Sin could possibly be one of those guys for the Jets.

When watching Ya-Sin, his size stands out at 6’1 and around 190 pounds. The length is coveted in today’s game and he uses his to his advantage being physical at the line of scrimmage, something Gregg Williams will want. Ya-Sin has good athleticism and shows good ball skills, just not the greatest of hands. He’ll need some work technically starting with the feet, but nothing that can’t be fixed. One interesting tidbit about Ya-Sin is that he was given a single digit number in his first season with Temple. That means his teammates thought enough of him to consider him one of the leaders before taking a snap.

The Jets not only need cornerbacks for Williams, but they need cornerbacks on the roster in general. This off-season the Jets are possibly losing Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine and Daryl Roberts to free agency; making this a big position of need heading into the off-season. Ya-Sin would be a developmental selection that could possibly fall to them in day three, but should qualify as some depth with some future upside.

 

S/NB Mike Edwards, Kentucky

Edwards was originally supposed to be the second Kentucky Wildcat on the list but with Josh Allen dropping out, Edwards is the now only Wildcat but the second defensive back. While he isn’t as big of a name as Allen, he did play just as big of a role for the Wildcat defense over the last four seasons. But before we go any further what should be mentioned is that Edwards may be listed as a safety, but he is being looked at here purely as a nickel back more than anything else. That was the main slot he filled at Kentucky showing good production over his 45+ game career, recording 10 interceptions and 23 pass deflections during his time there.

As was mentioned, Edwards spent a lot of his time in the slot. He does a great job here in man coverage regardless of the matchup and does a solid job in zone following the eyes of the quarterback and knowing his surroundings. He has quick feet to mirror receivers but also good patience to not bite on a route too early. It’s hard to not love how he plays, he has a non-stop motor and is not afraid to get physical, even as a smaller guy. He was utilized well as a blitzer from the slot, shows tremendous ball skills and should be able to make an impact early on.

The Jets will need secondary help with all of the guys above leaving in free agency. Even though Edwards will fill a need at the nickel spot, it doesn’t hurt that he can provide help as a third safety as well. Marcus Maye has proven he can’t be relied on to play all 16 games, so getting a player who has the versatility to play in a couple different areas like Edwards later o in day two or early day three of the draft would be a great get for the defense.