The Jets have already begun to send some of their scouts to Indianapolis, IN for the NFL's Scouting Combine. The upcoming draft won't be the only focus in America's Heartland as both general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles will address the media for the first time since January.
"The long-term goal has always been to build through the draft," Maccagnan said at his season-ending news conference. "We do have some ability the way the contracts were structured to make determinations on how to proceed going forward if we decide to either create cap space or keep the player. We're no different than we were originally. Again, our long-term goal is to build through the draft."
And Indianapolis is another step in the draft process. Awarded a third-round compensatory selection, the Jets now own seven picks overall including four in the first three rounds. Some 330 players will be evaluated this week as prospects will be measured and undergo medical evaluations. They will also go through on-field drills and meet with clubs for interviews.
We will kick off our live daily coverage from Indy on Wednesday as the New York Post's Brian Costello will join me from radio row. After reviewing some of the Jets offseason moves with Coz, we'll preview the Bowles and Maccagnan news conferences.
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We'll be back live on the team's website at noon on Thursday and Friday. Bleacher Report lead draft writer Matt Miller and SNY's Mike Westhoff will discuss some of the top prospects in addition to reviewing the news conferences of Maccagnan and Bowles. Finally on Friday, we'll wrap up our live coverage at noon with a guest or two.
On all our media platforms, we will attempt to bring Jets fans behind the scenes to see a unique glimpse of the Combine. That will include a tour of the team's interview room, an update on the scouts day-to-day responsibilities, a check-in with Jets alums assisting in Indy and perhaps some participatory journalism involving a combine drill or two.