- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- John Idzik did another Tim Tebow dance on Wednesday, sidestepping questions on the future of the Jets backup quarterback.
The GM said he's "happy to have Tim here," but declined to say whether Tebow will be included in the quarterback competition with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and anybody else who comes along.
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Idzik said at the team's pre-draft news conference, adding, "I'm not saying he is, I'm not saying he isn't. I'm just saying let's let things play out."
Tebow is participating in voluntary workouts even though he's in limbo. The Jets are trying to trade him, and they plan to extend that effort through the draft.
MUM'S THE WORD: The Jets were more guarded than ever during the 30-minute session with reporters. Idzik, flanked by senior personnel executive Terry Bradway and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer, declined to discuss specific prospects or positions. Bradway continued his annual tradition of supplying draft-related stats:
Number of players evaluated -- 1,426
Number of schools visited -- 271
Number of scouting reports written -- 5,000-plus
Number of player interviews -- 300-plus
ON THE RADAR: The Jets own the ninth overall pick. They believe it's a deep draft and they will trade down if it makes sense. Names being mentioned at No. 9, per league sources: G Jonathan Cooper, OLB Barkevious Mingo, G Chance Warmack and WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
ODDS AND ENDS: Idzik tweaked the collective bargaining agreement. Referring to the first phase of the offseason program, he said, "Unfortunately, we can't even throw a football for another two weeks. We've got to get that changed." ... Idzik repeatedly emphasized that he will solicit opinions from everyone -- coaches, scouts, front-office people, etc. "Every scout has a voice," he said. Bradway, a former Jets GM, has an "integral" role in the draft, Idzik said. Bauer, a longtime scout, replaces Joey Clinkscales, who left for the Raiders after last year's draft. What about Rex Ryan? Said Idzik: "Obviously, he's the head coach and he's very influential in what we do."
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