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Rex Ryan Grades Jets Draft

Opening Statement

JOHN IDZIK: "Thanks for hanging in there with us today. A long, but very productive and great day for the Jets. (Were) very excited to add two players in Jace Amaro and Dexter McDougle. Jace, we feel like is a size tight end that was flanked out, used down the field running all kinds of routes, (has) good hands, (was a) very productive player. Dexter, (we) felt like he flew under the radar to a certain extent. (He) was injured after three games. But we saw plenty of his play and certainly the three games leading into this season didnt dissuade us at all, (it) really encouraged us in fact. (Were) very excited to add those two players to our team."

On if McDougle was on the teams radar after the 2012 season

IDZIK: "Well yeah, hes the type of player you had your eyes on him early on. Youd like to see the entire season, but when he did start he had three picks in three games, (was) very productive in his short time. So it didnt do anything to tell you that he was anything different than you had seen before."

On if they made calls to trade up

IDZIK: "Yes, we did."

On if they wanted to trade up to take USC WR Marqise Lee

IDZIK: "We wont get into targets. But we just wanted to put ourselves into a good position to have alternatives."

On McDougle

REX RYAN: "I think Dex is a guy we feel really good about. In fact, its funny, the scouts do an unbelievable job with the preparation. Certainly we knew about Dex. I know (Senior Director of College Scouting) Terry (Bradway) had talked about him, (and then the) coaches follow up as well. When we watched him, we saw a guy that we think has versatility, can play outside, can play inside as a nickel possibly. Obviously, we like his cover skills. But we think hes a complete corner. We think he can tackle. We know he can tackle. Hes aggressive. Hell challenge you at the line of scrimmage. Hes got good ball skills. And obviously, we feel good (that) he can run. But (hes) a very aggressive player as well. And the thing that I thought was impressive, Terry brought this to our attention, the coach there named an award after this young man. Dex is a tremendous person. He loved his team. He wanted to support them in every way he possibly could. But we think he fits that Jet profile. I think hes a great teammate and (we) look forward to seeing what he can do here."

On if the team envisions using Amaro in-line or flanked out wide

IDZIK: "I think we can do both, really. He hadnt been in-line as much. He did do a little bit of that at (Texas) Tech. He certainly has the size and he has the will, too. You see him get after it as a blocker. I think he has the size and now its just a matter of getting a (few) more reps at doing it. Were not concerned that way."

On whether the passing game has been addressed to some degree with drafting Amaro

IDZIK: "Most certainly, he should have an impact on our passing game. No doubt."

On how they evaluated Amaros skills compared with his production in the system

TERRY BRADWAY: "Obviously in college football with the spread offenses theres a lot of numbers put up, but I think when you look at him, the routes that he runs, he catches the ball very well. And the thing, like John said, you watch the Oklahoma game and theres 11 snaps of him playing as a Y-tight end on the line of scrimmage and doing a good job. And if you watch him on the perimeter block, hes really a good blocker. He knocks guys on their butt and off the field too as a blocker on the perimeter. Its a little different than in line, I know that, but hes got the want-to, to do it and the size. Anytime youre evaluating a college player its not necessarily apples to apples, but you get a good feel for this player watching him on tape."

On Amaros strength

JEFF BAUER:" Like Terry said, he is (strong). If you watch him block, hell move people and he puts people on their backs, especially in the secondary. But those plays when he is inside, he gets movement and he competes. As a pass receiver, he took a lot of hits. He caught the ball a lot and hes hit a lot on a lot of crossing routes and he held up well. As far as tight ends go, hes a big guy thats strong."

RYAN: "I think he did like 26 reps at the combine as well in the bench press. Whatever thats worth (joking)."

IDZIK: (Laughter) "Thats strong."

RYAN: (Laughter) "Stronger than us combined (joking)."

On the assessment of the first three selections

IDZIK: "Were very happy with the three players that weve selected so far. Again, weve stuck true to form. We stuck to our board and we went into this draft feeling as though it meshed up well with us. By that I mean, some of the areas that were deeper throughout the draft, we felt could really help us as a team. I think thats reflected in our first three picks."

On whether there was serious consideration to draft a quarterback in the first three rounds

IDZIK: "Yes, we were serious about all positions. We were looking at all positions."

On whether he feels the pass defense can improve with the group of cornerbacks on the roster

RYAN: "Youve also got Kyle (Wilson), youve got Darrin (Walls), youve got a lot of guys that have played. We picked up Johnny Patrick and things, so theres some guys that we feel really good about. But, I think we have to get better in our pass defense. I dont think theres any question about that and I think we will."

On whether they took Amaros background into consideration

IDZIK: "We dont wipe anything away. We not only talk about it, but we drill down on those things. Again, its very important to learn the type of person that youre bringing into the organization. We take that background research very seriously."

On if McDougle is healed from surgery

IDZIK: "Hes healed. Of course we wont know specifically what he can do until hes here, but he has been cleared by his doctors. He started out doing more football-type activities in preparation for his pro day, so all things are positive, but were going to be smart about it. We wont know exactly how well handle it until he gets here."

On any questions about his durability because of his injury

IDZIK: "No, not really. Hes an aggressive player. He supports the run with vigor. Thats the type of player we like. I think in our game you dont want to shy away from anything, if youre the aggressor you tend to be alright."

On if Amaro can be like some of the big tight ends he has dealt with in the past few years

RYAN: "Well I do. I think the combination of him and (Jeff) Cumberland, I think gives you two big targets. Believe me, those guys are hard to defend. I mean there is no doubt about it. I like both of those tight ends. And then we have sasquatch (Zach Sudfeld), too. We have some match up issues for some people. Were really excited about it."

On Amaros speed being in the mid 4.7s at 4.74 and what they had/thought about it

BAUER: "That was basically what we had too, but for a big guy thats moving very well, I mean 4.7s, mid 4.7s, low 4.7s for a 65 guy. You can tell in the tape he separates. He can get down the seam. He runs away from safeties. Its a number to us. We look at it, but its what we see on the tape. His play speed is good."

On the chances of drafting nine players tomorrow

IDZIK: "Well, well see what happens. Again, its nice going in with some ammunition. We can maneuver. When you have three and you select three it looks like youre just waiting for your pick, but there are so many things happening behind the scenes. (Its) tough to predict, but its nice going in with nine."

On if the defense can be executed with the cornerbacks they have right now

RYAN: "Yeah, I felt good before we even went into the draft. I thought we would have an outstanding defense. When you look at it with the two young men that we added, I think our chances are even better. Were going to play great defense here, thats what we do. Im absolutely confident that well do it."

Source: New York Jets Media


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