According to our own Jake Steinberg, Jets Senior Director of College Scouting Terry Bradway was spotted in Oxford Mississippi.
If Bradway was in Mississippi he was there to see one man, WR Donte Montcrief. Montcrief is projected to go anywhere in the second through third rounds and was ranked No. 15 by Walter Football, 19 by Optimum Scouting and 11 by CBS Sports.
Moncrief is a big receiver at 6'2" and 221 pounds. Scouts say that for his size he has good speed and already has excellent route-running skills. Montcrief rates lower than top receivers this year because he doesn't have the same explosion that a player like Sammy Watkins has. Even so, he is good out of his breaks and has the size and suddenness to create space, especially off double moves. In addition, Montcrief is known as a good blocker for other receivers and in the running game. A trait that head coach Rex Ryan always loves in receivers.
The top five or six receivers in the draft will be easy evaluations for the Jets, but it is the players like Montcrief whch the Jets will want to take a closer look at since this is a deep class of receivers. Even with a full field, there are no guarantees that the Jets are going to get their man in the first round. Montcrief seems the type of player who might not have all the upside physical skills of other players but who regardless might adjust quickly in the translation to the NFL.
We expect that Bradway will spend a lot of time on the road over the next month, but having the Senior Director of College Scouting get on a plane, fly to Mississippi and watch the Pro Day for a second day prospect has to tell us a little something about the type of receiver they are keeping a close eye on in this year's draft class.