JC Combine Whispers - Olson helps himself

A divisional thorn in the Jets side could be leaving the division.

Bills running back Willis McGahee is on the trading block, and his days in Buffalo are likely over. The Giants are very interested in trading for him.

McGahee has burned his bridges in Buffalo, and doesn't fit into the plan of GM Marv Levy and coach Dick Jauron.

He has several paternity suits pending. And to make matters worse, he said in a recent radio interview he thinks the Bills should move the team to Toronto. This ticked off a lot of people in the Bills organization.

Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted on Saturday, at the combine, that he is interested in acquiring McGahee. The Giants are looking for a replacement for the recently retired Tiki Barber.

McGahee has had some of his best games against the Jets the last few years, and Gang Green would love to see him leave the division . . .

It's no secret the Jets could use a speedy tight end to compliment Chris Baker, and a guy who could fill the bill is Miami's Greg Olson. The New Jersey-native solidified his first round standing by running a 4.51 forty on Saturday at the Combine. Some scouts had his time at under 4.5. For a 6-5, 255-pound tight end. That is a heck of a time for a player his size. He's a little under-valued coming into this draft because of his limited production in college. But he's better than his numbers would indicate due to the quarterback instability during his time in Coral Gables.

If he is on the board, the Jets will likely think long-and-hard about picking him at 25 . . . Speaking of great 40 times, how about the performance put in on Saturday by Missouri Southern OT Allen Barbre. The 6-4, 304 pound offensive tackle ran a 4.84. This should move him up a few rounds. He could be moved inside to guard . . .

Another impressive 40 time for an offensive tackle was by Arkansas Tony Oguh, who was clocked under 5.0 by some scouts . . .

Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell lifted 225 pounds, just 23 times. But there is a good reason for that. He is still not 100 percent healed from a torn triceps injury suffered last season. The fact that he lifted at the combine should boost his stock in the eyes of a lot of scouts. When he is finally 100 percent, he has the ability to perhaps go over the 30. Harrell, who looks like he could be a terrific 3-4 end, is a player the Jets will have to consider at 25 . . .

With all the off-the-field issue running wild in the NFL, character is a big theme this year at the combine, and one player who gets high marks in this area is Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams. Not only is he a great player, but a great kid. He had a tremendous attitude, and always has a smile on his face. While Gaines is listed a defensive end, he has the speed and movement skills to play 3-4 outside linebacker. The Jets would have to trade up to get him because he's likely to go in the Top 10. But he might be worth it, and remember the Jets have a pair of second round picks to use as ammo.

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