Senior Bowl will help Jets scouting, but not with all picks Dan Leberfeld

The Jets coaching at the Senior Bowl last week should help their draft preparation. However,

it likely won’t impact who they pick with their two first-round picks, at #4 and #10.

Because while the Senior Bowl had a lot of quality prospects, there likely weren’t any prospects who are going to be picked in the Top 10, aside from perhaps QB Kenny Pickett.

And that is nothing new, that has been the case the last several years.

When Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich played in the game in 2000, as a linebacker prospect out of Hawaii, the game had all the elite prospects.

“Definitely, the highest-rated guys, the guys who could potentially go in the first round, not as many of those guys (now), for whatever reasons, maybe it’s agent influenced,” Ulbrich said in an exclusive interview with the Jets’ website. “Whatever the case may be. but a little less of the premier first-round, the most hyped-up prospects, aren’t necessarily here.”

In other words, guys like offensive tackles Evan Neal (Alabama) and Ikem Ekwonu (N.C. State) or defensive ends Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) or Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), didn’t attend the event.

So the Jets coaching at this event probably won’t impact what they do at #4 and #10 in the first round.

But, those two valuable picks they have at the top of the second round, where it’s possible they could land two potential starters, that is where you could see a couple of guys who were at the Senior Bowl, as well at their pick in the third round, and two selections in both the fourth and fifth-rounds. That is where you could see the biggest benefit of the Jets coaching at the event.


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