Q) How extensive is the scouting process? How many games do you and your staff attend?
Kaye: I tried to estimate the number of football games as a staff we actually went to last year. I'm guessing it is about 120 actual college football games.
The number of schools we visited this fall in some way, shape or form was 251. When I figured out about the average number of visits for each school, we're up around a thousand visits. There have been about a thousand visits that the New York Jets staff, personnel staff, has made to schools to either do film, interview staff, watch practices, so that's extensive.
We have written reports on 1100 players during this process this year. We have a total of 4,059 reports on those thousand players. Obviously, some of the players have seven, eight, nine reports.
Q) You guys must have a lot of frequent flyer miles?
Kaye: As far as the travel, I'm guesstimating now that we as a group could have circulated the planet Earth about 13 or 14 times with the total travel involved. I'm guessing it's somewhere over 300,000 miles, maybe 350,000. It's a tedious, long process. It's tiring at times.
Q ) Is this a good offensive line draft?
Kaye: The tackle group is good. Many years it's hard to find enough tackles. This year there are a number of them. Guards are okay. It's not an exceptional year. It's just an okay group, I'd say, as far as numbers and depth. Centers, you know, there's very few of those every year. We feel the same way this year.
Q) It's no secret you guys need linebackers. How is that group?
Kaye: There just are not enough linebackers. There never seem to be enough inside backers. Seldom does it seem that way. This year's no exception. This year the outside backer population is pretty light. So that's not a real heavy group.
Q) How is the secondary in this draft?
Kaye: Corners are pretty good. This year there's a lot of middle round guys that will end up playing somewhere that some of them will end up being real good players. Safety is very thin. There is very little depth there at all.
Q) With the departure of Richie Anderson, you guys could use another fullback.
Kaye: The fullback position is a little different for each team. Very few teams use the traditional fullback anymore. He's kind of a slash position, does a few different things. 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.
Q) How deep is the defensive line crop?
Kaye: Defensive ends and tackles are both good in depth, we feel. Any of the big-guy position, offensive, defensive line, generally they're sparsely populated. This year both of those sides of the ball are pretty good.
Q) What is Herman Edwards role in the draft process?
Kaye: Herm was a scout at one time in his life. This is a very unique situation. May be the only one in the NFL where we have a head coach that at one time has scouted, so actually has some sensitivity and appreciation for what we do out there. This is a very nice situation to be in.