How the Jets get their information

Ever wonder how the Jets gather enough information on every college prospect in the nation to make an informed decision on draft day? It's a year-round process undertaken by director of player personnel Dick Haley and his scouting staff. Here Jets general manager Terry Bradway discusses that process in detail.

First, I'd like to commend Dick and his staff for an outstanding job in acquiring all the information, putting it all together. It's amazing how much work goes into this. This is a process that will start in May. Once this draft is over, we'll acquire all the names for next year.

Our scouts will begin looking at tape over the summer. Starting in August, our scouts will go visit schools. We actually wrote over three thousand reports this year and had almost a thousand school calls in terms of people who are responsible for different schools.

The school visits encompasses looking at tape, interviewing coaches, interviewing people on the staff, trainers, equipment people, public relations people, trying to find out as much as we can about these players, going to practice, going to games. That's all part of the process in the fall.

Once the fall is completed, we get into the post-season — All-Star Games, Indy Combine, (So) much goes into that in terms of the physicals, interviews, workouts, having to be highly organized. Our scouts all come in in February for about three weeks prior to Combine to look at tape, initially review the positions. Then we have individual school workouts.

Our scouts were out all of March hustling, getting information with workouts, with drills, position drills, vertical jumps. You name it, we were out there acquiring information. Then for the last 10 days, we have spent approximately 120 hours, discussed 204 players in preparation for this draft. That included reading reports, going over countless number of tapes, player tapes that we watched, and then discussions, sometimes rather lengthy, not only about the player, but maybe about the philosophy of what we're trying to do either offensively or defensively, which brings us here today.

There's a lot of work that goes in. Herm and I were both fortunate enough to be road scouts early on, knowing what's involved in that process. Our scouts use laptop computers. It's not unusual for them to be typing reports at 1:00 in the morning before having to be at the next school by 7:00 the following morning.

There's a lot that goes into it.


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