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Bradway: Hunter’s shown “flashes”
This might come as a surprise to some Jets fans, but senior personnel consultant Terry Bradway had some nice things to say about right tackle Wayne Hunter during Thursday’s pre-draft press conference.
Bradway, a former Jets GM, said this year’s draft class lacked considerable depth at both the tight end offensive tackle positions. But he seemed confident that the Jets had enough in-house talent to get the job done.
“We’ve got some players on campus, including Vlad Ducasse, and Austin Howard, that are good players. And Wayne’s still here,” said Bradway. “You look at how Wayne played in the playoffs two years ago, it was pretty good. And I think there were flashes where it was good too. I expect him to play better also. He’s in the mix.
“As far as the tackles are concerned, all we can do is rate them, line them up on the board and if it’s something that makes sense, then when it’s our time to pick, we can do that.”
For those of you wondering just how much “due diligence” Mike Tannenbaum & Co. do in preparation for the draft, take a look:
These figures were supplied by Bradway at the start of the presser...
Jets scouting department experience: 238 years in the NFL (181 years with Jets)
Jets scouts and coaches wrote over 6,000 reports -- the most they’ve done since they’ve been here
Jets scouted 1,450 players -- 200 players more than last year) traveled to 12 more schools this year, for a total of 265 schools