"On paper there have been some suggestions that maybe we haven't gotten better, but I would take exception to that," Bradway said. "No championships were ever won on paper, especially this time of year. I say this every year, that there are winners and losers in the off season. It doesn't matter. We can get a grade for free agency, we can get a grade for the draft. The only grade that matters is the grade we get at the end of the season." . . .
We hear the Jets aren't that high on Boss Bailey. We hear they don't love his instincts. At this point Bailey would have to be considered a better athlete than football player. Don't be shocked if the Jets wait until the second round to add a linebacker. Oregon State's Nick Barnett would be perfect. Other possibilities are Florida's Mike Nattiel, North Carolina State's Shawn Price and Tennessee's Eddie Moore. We here the Jets particularly like Barnett . . .
The Jets don't want to reach at 13 and might trade down . . .
DT Steve Martin, who was cut by the Patriots at the end of last year would like to play for the Jets again. Martin had his best year as a pro playing for the Jets in 2001.
"He would play here for free," said Bradway . . .
Former Jets safety Lonnie Young is scouting for the team in the Midwest . . ..
The Jets feel they can get both value and fill a need at 13. At 22, it will likely be a different story. They will probably have to go for the best player available or reach for a need. 22 is kind of no man's land in the draft. We still think the Jets will look to pick a defensive tackle at 13 with Georgia's Johnathan Sullivan and Oklahoma State's Kevin Williams two strong possibilities. One possibility at 22 is Stanford OT Kwame Harris, who the Jets recently had in for a visit. The Jets have only one backup tackle (Chris Smith) on the roster . . .
While the Jets could use another fullback, it is slim pickings for them in this draft because they are very picky in terms of what they look for. The Jets will not pick a player who is just a bruising lead blocker. They need to athleticism to do a number of different things ala Richie Anderson.
"[Our fullback] kind of a slash position, does a few different things," said Jets scouting director Jesse Kaye. "He is almost a cross between a tight end and a fullback, little bit of running back. It's kind of a hybrid position. In our estimation, in what the position is for us, there are very few candidates this year, unfortunately."
One player the Jets might be interested in is Wake Forest fullback Ogie Mughelli who was in for a visit recently . . .
There have been many mock drafts that have the Jets picking a big wide receiver in the first round, but that's not likely to happen. Expect it to occur in the second or third round.
"I think there are some really good second and third round type receivers," said Bradway. "There are some big guys who can run. There are also some big guys that we like that have had pretty good experience on special teams."
If he slips to them at 53, Penn State's Bryant Johnson would be perfect for the Jets: he is huge, fast and can return kicks. Talk about a great fit for the Jets . . .
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