Thursday, March 6, 2014
Road trip: Rex, Idzik visit Clemson
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets displayed a show of force Thursday at Clemson's pro day, with Rex Ryan, general manager John Idzik and senior director of college scouting Terry Bradway showing up to watch several NFL prospects perform for scouts and personnel types.
The star attraction was Sammy Watkins, widely regarded as the top wide receiver in the draft and a likely top-10 pick. He stood on his 40 time from the scouting combine (4.43 seconds), but looked smooth catching the football, according to news accounts.
Watkins is Ryan's second-favorite receiver at Clemson. As many of you know, Ryan's son, Seth, is a receiver for the Tigers. The Jets' coach told the Associated Press that he would like to add a receiver (what a revelation!) and that he likes Watkins a whole lot.
"But there's no way he'll be there" when the Jets pick, Ryan said. He's right; there's no chance he'll fall to them at No. 18.
Clemson has another intriguing wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, who is 6-foot-5 and projects as a third-round possibility, according to some. The Jets' contingent also got a good look at quarterback Tajh Boyd, a late-round projection.
About 60 NFL types were in attendance, but Ryan and the Detroit Lions' Jim Caldwell were the only head coaches, according to AP.